LG Optimus 3D vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better phone – LG's Optimus 3D or Apple's iPhone 4?

The LG Optimus 3D is the world's first 3D smartphone, and doesn't require the use of 3D glasses.

The LG Optimus 3D is the world's first 3D smartphone, and doesn't require the use of 3D glasses.

LG recently unveiled the world's first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D. It has a glasses-free 3D LCD screen and can record 3D video thanks to a special dual-lens camera. Does this 3D smartphone have what it takes to compete with the Apple iPhone 4?

Check out our detailed preview of the LG Optimus 3D and see our roundup of the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

The LG Optimus 3D has a large 4.3in display and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. It has 512MB of RAM and comes with 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot for extra storage.

With this in mind, how does the LG Optimus 3D stack up against the iPhone 4 when it comes to specifications?

LG Optimus 3D vs Apple iPhone 4: Specifications

Feature Apple iPhone 4 LG Optimus 3D Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Apple iOS Google Android 2.2 Froyo (upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread) Draw
Display size 3.5in 4.3in Optimus 3D
Display technology Capacitive retina IPS 3D LCD Unknown
Display resolution 640x960 pixels 480x800 pixels iPhone 4
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Camera 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging Dual 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, 3D photo and video Optimus 3D
FM radio No Yes Optimus 3D
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB or 32GB 8GB iPhone 4
Expandable memory No microSD card slot Optimus 3D
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 128.8 x 68 x 11.9mm iPhone 4
Weight 137g 168g iPhone 4
Application store Apple App Store Google Android Market iPhone 4
Processor Apple A4 ARM Cortex A9 dual-core (1GHz) Optimus 3D
3G networks HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSDPA 900/1900/2100 iPhone 4
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP Optimus 3D
HDMI-out No Yes Optimus 3D
Quoted talk time Up to 7 hours Not quoted Unknown
Quoted standby time Up to 300 hours Not quoted Unknown
Adobe Flash support No Yes Optimus 3D

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World




It's hard to say without really using them. But I'm guessing that the iPhone is going to feel pretty flat and uninspiring in comparison..

Killer feature.. 3D YouTube!! that's awesome!

With android now getting 3 news apps for every new iPhone app we should see quite a lot of support for true 3D devices like this one.



The fact that you perhaps forgot to mention is that LG Optimus 3D is the fastest benchmark tested super smart phone in the market in 2011. Beating all other smart phones in GL benchmark 2.0 and Quadrant benchmark tests.

Also the RAM is dual memory and dual channel. Means much faster processing..

Finally how is IPhone market better than Android??? Is it by the number of apps or by the price of apps or just by God father S. Jobs blessings??? The fact is all good apps are now available in both these markets.



The aesthetics thing is the only debate here else technically this comparison is a no brainer. Love the Ipad2 folding leather case thing ..but my money is going to LG in a few weeks time.



ZS, I mostly agree, though I have to hand it to Apple with the screen resolution. It sure does provide some damn fine readability. Kind of an aesthetic thing, but it's more useful than pure aesthetics, because it results in less eye fatigue with prolonged usage.

On the other hand, I'm selling my iPhone 3G and probably never looking back to Apple.



this isn't the world's first 3D phone... Japan already have 3D handsets... 003SH and 005SH from softbank and the docomo equivalent SH-03C.



There have truly been MANY Smartphones with alot better specs on than the iPhone - but they were too complicated, didn´t have an apple on the back and well - they never reached the masses.

Now finally, there is a phone that KILLS the iPhone in tech-specs and does 3D!
I have a glasses-free 3d digital camera (Fujifilm w3 3D) and I know what the LG screen will be like. It shows amazing depth perception and is simply awsome to use.

Now heres my thoughts: 3D is here to stay - by the end of the year we will not only have smartphones and cameras in glasses-free 3d but also TVs, PCs, Laptops, Games, Tablets and pretty much everything with a screen. All these product are being released or already out - and were talking about the big dogs here:

Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Sharp, Nintendo, Nvidia, HTC, LG are just some of the companies expanding to 3D.

Now I hope for steve jobs, that his upcoming iPhone (supposedly always years ahead of competition) will spot a 3D screen - if not, it will be apples biggest mistake. 2D will look like the new black and white and if Apple fans have to wait another year for the iphone 6 to be 3D, then for the first time in years - then Apple will have to take a deep blow! Who in the right mind would stay with boring 2D?

Remember, I have a glasses free device and I know what im talking about - its a simple and amazing technology that just WOWS everyone that uses it once - you get hooked - it IS THE FUTURE.

Dean j


My friend showed me his LG Optimus the other day, WOW!!!, I bought one the same day! Bye Bye iPhone, been good while it lasted!



Mate! second mistake, Talk Time: 2G up to 20hrs, 3G up to 10hrs, this one also goes to the LG.
I suggest you take a look at the LG website and get facts from them, good try, anyway just to sum it up, just like LG says "After all, life isn’t 2D, so why should your phone be? The new LG Optimus 3D."



Oh and I think you should check you facts eg. the first mistake you made is Lg covers HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 1700 / 2100 / 850 3G networks so this one goes again to the LG.
I guess your another iPhone man and hates the thought of there new iPhone 4 being made obsolete already!



I have had my iphone for nearly 1 year now and even use it as pocketwatch :) that means insane daily usage :) not even a single little problem / scratch on it. All buttons and connectors are still as new... For the evolvement in mobile phones i really hope some manufactors make better ones but i doubt it will be LG, i love their TVs but all my buddys who have gone with LG phones have gotten broken displays / glitching cases after a very short time :(... on the other side itunes functionallity is so backward as it can be for a pc user... For me the actual surviveabillity is most important :) and mine will last atleast 1 more year :) the more good competition the cheaper phones :) keep em coming!

Mr X


This is the most idiotic comparison and the most idiotic comments i have ever seen in my life.
Can stop laughing.
I can't use this LG s** for more than 5 minute in 3d. Gives me a bad headache.
Slow as hell.
And hella laggy.
It is no where near to the experience on iPhone.
better luck next time.



I have both lg optimus 3d and i phone 4but i think lg 3d is best

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