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…
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|
|3G||3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (14Mbps)||3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps)|
|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|
Analysis: LG Optimus 3D vs. Motorola Atrix (4G)
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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