HTC EVO 3D vs. LG Optimus 3D: smartphone comparison

Which 3D Android smartphone is king: HTC's EVO 3D or the LG Optimus 3D?

TV manufacturers have been keen on 3D technology in recent times and now it seems the 3D world is being transferred to smartphones, too. LG was first to market with the Optimus 3D — early enough to be crowned the world's first 3D smartphone — and HTC has closely followed with the EVO 3D.

Read our comprehensive reviews of the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D and check out our roundup of the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

Though some might consider 3D a gimmick, there is no doubt the glasses-free technology is genuinely impressive in action. Does HTC's EVO 3D nail the concept or can the LG Optimus 3D be crowned king of the third dimension?

HTC EVO 3D vs. LG Optimus 3D: Specifications

Feature HTC EVO 3D LG Optimus 3D Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Google Android 2.2 (Froyo) HTC EVO 3D
Display size 4.3in 4.3in Draw
Display technology Capacitive 3D LCD Capacitive 3D LCD Draw
Display resolution 540x960 pixels (qHD) 480x800 pixels HTC EVO 3D
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Camera Dual 5 megapixels (stereoscopic 3D photos), dual-LED flash, autofocus, geotagging Dual 5 megapixels (stereoscopic 3D photos), LED flash, autofocus, geotagging Draw
Video 720p HD (2D), 720p HD (3D) 1080p HD (2D), 720p HD (3D) LG Optimus 3D
FM radio Yes No HTC EVO 3D
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 1GB 8GB LG Optimus 3D
Expandable memory microSD card slot microSD card slot Draw
Dimensions 126 x 65 x 12.1 mm 128.8 x 68 x 11.9 mm HTC EVO 3D
Weight 170g 168g HTC EVO 3D
Application store Google Android Market Google Android Market Draw
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core (1.2GHz) ARM Cortex A9 dual-core (1GHz) HTC EVO 3D
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP HTC Evo 3D
HDMI-out No (Yes, via HML) Yes LG Optimus 3D
Quoted talk time Up to 7 hrs 45 min Up to 9 hrs LG Optimus 3D
Quoted standby time Up to 420 hrs Up to 450 hrs LG Optimus 3D
Adobe Flash support Yes Yes Draw

HTC EVO 3D vs. LG Optimus 3D: Design

Both the HTC EVO 3D and the LG Optimus 3D are large, chunky smartphones. This is due to the fact they each have dual-cameras that allows them to capture stereoscopic 3D images and videos.

Despite its bulky frame there is plenty to like about the HTC EVO 3D's design. The black edges are made from sturdy-feeling aluminium, the rear battery cover has a grippy, plastic surface that makes the phone slip-resistant, and the touch-sensitive shortcut buttons below the screen are responsive and backlit. We also like the metallic red edging that accents the two camera lenses and the machined aluminium shutter key. Annoyingly, the camera lenses protrude from the back of the EVO 3D, so the phone doesn't sit flat on a desk or table. It's also pretty heavy at 170g.

The LG Optimus 3D is even larger than the EVO 3D even though it weighs a mere 0.2g less. On the upside it feels well constructed: the back cover doesn't creak or rattle and the combination of plastic with metal highlights gives it a premium look and feel. We particularly like the brushed metal strip on the rear of the phone, though the lack of dedicated shutter key is a downside.

Optimus 3D

HTC EVO 3D vs. LG Optimus 3D: Display

The HTC EVO 3D has a 4.3in 3D touchscreen but the big draw card here is its resolution: the 540x960 pixel panel makes it a quarter HD (qHD) screen. The EVO 3D's screen means you will see more of a website at once and will also benefit video playback and mobile gaming. Text is noticeably crisper than many of its rivals, including the popular Samsung Galaxy S II.

The LG Optimus 3D also has a 4.3in 3D touchscreen and it uses the same LCD technology as the EVO 3D. However, it has a less impressive resolution of 480x800. It's still bright and clear and ultimately there is nothing wrong with the screen, but it's not as crisp or sharp as the EVO 3D due to its lower pixel count.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World
Topics: 3D smartphones, mobile phones, Google Android, HTC EVO 3D, smartphones, Android smartphones, LG Optimus 3D Android phone, HTC Sense, LG Optimus
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