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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