3D smartphones are becoming the next big thing nowadays. With more and more smartphones being released in the market today, faster phones capable of rendering 3D-like displays have become an interesting battleground for many mobile phone manufacturers.

Two 3D smartphones that comprise the minority as of the moment are the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D. Which of these two 3D phones is worth your while?  Read on to find out.

Design and Display

Absolutely gorgeous from every possible angle we look them at, both smartphones appear similarly designed to us. The Optimus 3D is covered in modern matte black with a distinct aluminum style effect that wraps around its whole body. The Evo 3D sports a minimalistic approach and a retro-like feel with textured lines and bronze detail.

Both phones are equipped with 4.3-inch touchscreen displays that are large enough to satisfy your viewing cravings. But, the credit goes to the Evo 3D sporting larger display resolutions and pixel density at 540×960 and 256 ppi, respectively.

Hardware and User Interface

In the processing department, both phones have blazing-fast processors, with LG going with a dual-core, 1-GHz Texas Instruments processor for the Otpimus 3D and HTC going with a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor for the Evo 3D.

When comparing both phones in benchmark tests, our money was on the Evo 3D. The added 200 MHz in power means the difference between faster load times during activities.  Powering the Evo 3D is Android 2.3 Gingerbread while the Optimus 3D comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, although it can be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Camera-wise, both phones feature dual 5 MP cameras.  Each phone has its own set of unique features not found in the other. For starters, the Evo 3D features dual-LED flash, while the Optimus has single-LED flash. The camera suite is fairly easy to use, with the Evo 3D giving the greatest control for setting exposure, contrast, saturation, and sharpness. Image results look pretty decent on both phones, even for 2D images.


The HTC Evo 3D sports 1 GB of RAM compared to the LG Optimus 3D’s 512 MB.  This could be the reason why the Evo 3D is faster in loading applications and multitasking. Upfront, the Optimus 3D holds a massive 8 GB internal storage straight from the box compared to the Evo 3D’s measly 1 GB. However, both phones can be expanded up to 32 GB of memory with the aid of the microSD card slot.

3D Effect

The 3D effect minus the glasses could be attributed to the Parallax barrier that the two manufacturers use to bring 3D technology to life. One of the things that users have to accept when they buy phones having 3D capabilities is the way they have to sit in a specific viewing position or angle to see the 3D effect properly. There is no exception–both phones have the same viewing angles in every possible way.

Users can have two options in viewing content: 2D or 3D. Both phones are remarkably good in rendering 3D images, but the Evo 3D seems to offer crisper images. The possible reason behind this could be the higher resolution screen found on the device.


Both phones are equally matched in several areas, which makes it harder to choose what phone is clearly the winner. However, judging by the specifications and some performance tests, the Evo 3D clearly stands out victorious. With a much larger screen resolution, smoother handling of applications, and twice as much memory as its competitor, the Evo 3D promises to be a great device in offering 2D and 3D content.

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