Samsung DROID Charge vs. LG Optimus 3D – Review

by Jerry D on July 15, 2011

This big phone fight puts the powerful LG Optimus 3D into the ring with the plucky Samsung DROID Charge. Think of it as a pocketable Transformer versus a Star Wars robot. In movie terms, the winner would be easy to pick. The Optimus would crush the little DROID under a massive metal heel. But in the smartphone market things aren’t always so clear-cut…

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Stat-fight: Samsung DROID Charge vs. LG Optimus 3D

In this battle between Android handsets, the DROID Charge incorporates an incredible touch-sensitive Super AMOLED Plus display, 4.3 inches in size and with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Packing 384000 pixels into this 4.3-inch screen results in a pixel density of 216.977 pixels per inch (PPI).

The Optimus 3D’s touch-sensitive 3D LCD display is the same size and the screen resolution is exactly the same. Ditto the pixels per inch (PPI) rating at 216.977.

In terms of digital cameras, the DROID Charge is equipped with a 8.0 Megapixel camera (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture. Oh and there’s also a camera on the front for making video calls.

In this battle, the Optimus 3D takes second place, despite 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. Its 5.0 Megapixel camera isn’t up to the standards of the DROID Charge, however, and the 3D could be a novelty that quickly wears off. A second camera on the front can be used for video calling.

Read the full smartphone comparison below…

Samsung DROID Charge VS LG Optimus 3D
Display 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus 4.3-inch 3D LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz Hummingbird 1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (Texas Instruments OMAP4)
Software Android 2.2 (Froyo) Android 2.2 at launch, customised with a 3D UI. Upgradeable to 2.3
Storage Up to 34GB Up to 40GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture 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
Front camera Yes Yes
4G 4G/LTE
3G CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A. 3G/HSDPA/HSPA+ (14Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP
Size 68.0 x 130.0 x 12.0mm 68.0 x 128.8 x 11.9mm
Weight 143g 168g
Talktime 11.0 hours 4.0 hours
Standby 280 hours 100 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Blockbuster Mobile Application, ThinkFree Office and a digital compass GPS/A-GPS, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio with RDS, DLNA connectivity and an HDMI port. There’s also a 3D Hot Key, which activates five 3D-dedicated UIs, including Gallery, Camera, Game&Apps, YouTube 3D and 3D Guide

Analysis: Samsung DROID Charge vs. LG Optimus 3D

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Best Connectivity: DROID Charge (1-0)
Best Size/Weight: Optimus 3D (1-1)
Best Camera/Video: Draw (2-2)
Best Display: DROID Charge (3-2)
Best Processor: Optimus 3D (3-3)
Best Software: Draw (4-4)
Best Storage: Draw (5-5)
Best Battery life: DROID Charge (6-5)
Best Extras: Optimus 3D (6-6)

BPF verdict: Ooh, it’s a tie!

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