LG Optimus 3D vs. Motorola Atrix 4G – Review

by Jerry D on March 7, 2011

What have we here? The world’s first 3D phone (LG Optimus 3D) versus one of the world’s first dual-core handsets (Motorola Atrix 4G). Is the glasses-free 3D enough to make you want to buy the Optimus 3D over the well-specced Atrix? Or does the Motorola phone thump LG’s design experiment into submission? Let’s sort this out with a big phone fight…

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Stat-fight: LG Optimus 3D vs. Motorola Atrix (4G)

LG Optimus 3D VS Motorola Atrix (4G)
Display 4.3-inch 3D LCD 4.0-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 540 x 960 pixels
Processor 1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (Texas Instruments OMAP4) 1GHz Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2
Software Android 2.2 at launch, customised with a 3D UI. Upgradeable to 2.3 Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MotoBlur. An update to 2.3 planned for later in the year
Storage Up to 40GB Up to 48GB
Rear camera 5.0 Megapixels with dual 5MP cameras with autofocus, LED flash and geotagging. Capable of taking stereoscopic photos and videos (720p only); plus 1080p video capture in 2D mode 5.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 720p video capture
Front camera Yes Yes
4G 4G
3G 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (14Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 68.0 x 128.8 x 11.9mm 63.5 x 117.8 x 10.1mm
Weight 168g 136g
Talktime TBA 9.0 hours
Standby TBA 250 hours

Analysis: LG Optimus 3D vs. Motorola Atrix (4G)

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Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)
The LG Optimus 3D features 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (14Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. Whereas the Atrix has 4G connectivity (where available), plus 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR.

Best Size/Weight: Atrix 4G (1-2)
The Optimus 3D measures 128.8 x 68.0 x 11.9mm, while the powerhouse Atrix (4G) is 117.8 x 63.5 x 10.1mm in comparison. The Optimus 3D is the taller of the two phones by a good 11.0mm. As for weight, the LG Optimus 3D weighs 168g, while the Atrix 4G is a more lightweight 136g.

Best Camera/Video: Optimus 3D (2-2)
The Optimus 3D packs dual 5MP cameras with autofocus, LED flash and geotagging. It’s capable of taking stereoscopic photos and videos (720p only); plus 1080p video capture in 2D mode. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chat/Skype. The Motorola Atrix, meanwhile, matches its opponent with a 5.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 720p video capture. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.

Best Display: Draw (3-3)

Best Processor: Draw (4-4)

Best Software: Draw (5-5)

Best Storage: Atrix 4G (5-6)
LG’s phone offers less storage space than the Atrix.

Best Battery life: Draw (6-7)

Best Extras: Atrix 4G (6-8)
The Optimus 3D also includes GPS/A-GPS, a customised 3D UI, a gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio with RDS, DLNA connectivity and an HDMI port.

In comparison, the Motorola Atrix features GPS/A-GPS, Gorilla Glass, an HDMI out, 1080p capable video playback (via post-launch software update), an eCompass and a stereo FM radio with RDS. It also boasts the ability to dock with a laptop.

BPF Verdict: The Motorola Atrix 4G wins!

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