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 Optimus 3D vs iPhone 4: Design and display

LG uses a combination of attractive looking brushed metal and glossy plastic in the Optimus 3D's design. It is a much bigger handset than the iPhone 4, largely due to the 4.3in display -- almost a full inch larger than the iPhone 4's 3.5in display. The iPhone 4's stainless steel band (which also doubles as the phones antenna) is certainly intriguing, and, at just 9.3mm thick, it remains one of the best built smartphones on the market.

The key feature of the LG Optimus 3D is the fact that it doesn't require a set of 3D glasses for 3D viewing. The screen technology uses a series of slits on the front of the LCD screen that block light so that a user's left and right eyes see different images, creating a 3D effect. Apple's iPhone 4 uses IPS technology (the same used on the iPad, and thanks to its 640x960 pixel resolution it has been described as a "retina" display, due to the human eye being unable to distinguish individual pixels.

The LG Optimus 3D Android phone doesn't require a set of glasses for 3D viewing.

LG Optimus 3D vs iPhone 4: Software

The LG Optimus 3D Android phone runs the 2.2 Froyo version of Google's Android operating system but LG claims it will be upgradeable to the 2.3 Gingerbread version. Android 2.3 Gingerbread will equip the Optimus 3D with a revamped keyboard, better copy and paste, improved power management, and a slicker user interface.

The iPhone 4 runs Apple's iOS4 operating system. It offers a familiar swipeable home screen enhanced by folders, and the consistent Apple UI look and feel extending across all of the standard applications. If you have never used an iPhone before, you can expect a device that is easy to pick up and use, a well-populated App Store, and excellent multimedia capabilities. The iPhone's iPod integration ensures it remains one of the best music smartphones on the market, while mobile Web browsing is fast and efficient.

Though the streamlined iPhone experience has won many fans, Apple's closed platform means the iPhone 4 doesn't offer the same flexibility as smartphones like the LG Optimus 3D. The iPhone has an inferior notification system to Android phones, and it doesn't let you customise and display live widgets on your home screen. By the same token, the iPhone interface and overall user experience are far more polished than what is currently on offer from Android phones.

LG Optimus 3D vs iPhone 4: Other features

The LG Optimus 3D Android phone comes with a dual-lens camera for 3D video recording. This means you can film 3D videos using the dual-lens camera, and watch them on a 3D-capable, high-definition television. The Optimus 3D has HDMI connectivity and DLNA for sharing 3D content. LG has also partnered with YouTube to make it easier for users to capture 3D images and video, and upload these directly to the Internet using a special 3D version of the YouTube application.

The LG Optimus 3D Android phone comes with a dual-lens camera for 3D video recording, meaning you can film 3D videos and watch them on a 3D-capable TV.

The iPhone 4 can't boast 3D capabilities or HDMI connectivity, but its camera is widely regarded as one of the best on a smartphone, surpassed only by the superb 12-megapixel Nokia N8. The LG Optimus 3D is powered by a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor, has 512MB of RAM and comes with 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot for extra storage.

LG has yet to announce Australian carrier availability or pricing for the LG Optimus 3D smartphone, but the phone is expected to launch down under in June.

What do you think about the LG Optimus 3D and the Apple iPhone 4? Tell us in the comments below!

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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12 Comments

TIn

1

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.

SL

2

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.

ZS

3

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.

Buck

4

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.

ph

5

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.

Mike

6

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

7

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!

Deanj

8

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."

Deanj

9

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!

Peter

10

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

11

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.
Lolz.
better luck next time.

aditya

12

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

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