LG Optimus 3D Vs. Samsung Galaxy S II

We’re two months into 2011 and the number of competing high-end smartphone continues to grow. At the Mobile World Congress, both LG and Samsung showed off their upcoming flagship Android handsets: the LG Optimus 3D and the Samsung Galaxy S II. Samsung has chosen to pack its handset with the latest version of Android and beefy stats, while LG has chosen the more experimental path of glasses-free 3D. But which one comes out on top when the numbers are crunched? Find out below!


Winner: Tie

If you’re a big fan of 3D, this decision will bother you immensely. It’s difficult to make this decision without actually having the LG Optimus 3D in our hands, we think the clarity and brightness of Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display is astounding and rivals any display technology on the market. At 480 x 800, its pixel density is equal to the Optimus 3D. Unfortunately, rendering 3D somewhat lowers the fidelity of the image. Both screens clock in at 4.3 inches. If you don’t think 3D is a gimmick, the Optimus 3D is the winner here. If you value 2D more, The Galaxy S II has a much crisper, brighter screen.

Operating System

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S II

This isn’t really a contest. Though LG has opted for the good, stable Android 2.2, Samsung is supporting Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Google made a number of needed enhancements to Android, most notably in the visual department. Many of the main Google apps received a visual overhaul for the Dec. 2010 update. In addition, the update also enhances Android’s battery management capabilities and multimedia functions. We’re sad that more handsets aren’t already using 2.3.



Winner: Tie

Both handsets run a 1GHz dual-core processor. While we’re sure that one of these processors is faster than the other, for the general consumer, they’re about on equal. The Samsung Galaxy S II runs on the 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and the Optimus 3D is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor.

Storage & Memory

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S II

Both handsets are packing a decent amount of storage and memory, but the Galaxy S II double downs the Optimus 3D in both categories. Samsung’s new phone packs 16-32GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM, which is comparable to some of the best phones on the market, like the Motorola Atrix 4G. LG has a respectable 8GB of storage, but the company skimps on the RAM. Optimus includes only 512MB of RAM, which seems a bit light for a phone hoping to display 3D.

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