3D SMARTPHONES are in the minority at the moment with only the LG Optimus 3D and HTC Evo 3D to choose from in the UK market.
The two phones are similar in almost every way so we put the two head to head to find out the differences and see which one you should buy.
We would describe both of these smartphones as good looking. From the front they look very similar, as a lot of touchscreen smartphones do these days. On the front both are dominated by the large screen and a visible row of four buttons. The Evo has a more minimalist look but the Optimus has brushed aluminium top and bottom edges.
Turn them over and the phones look quite different even though everything is situated in identical places. The Optimus has a more modern matte black cover and the aluminium effect continues whereas the Evo has a slightly retro look, with a textured lined cover and bronze coloured detailing around the cameras.
The size and weight of a phone is always important and both these handsets are on the chunky side. Thickness is similar, at 11.9mm for the Optimus and 12.05mm for the Evo. Weight is a similar story at 168g and 170g, respectively. Although the Evo is heavier we agreed that it felt lighter than the Optimus.
This deception is probably because the Evo is smaller in width and height at 65x126mm compared to 68x128mm of the Optimus. It's not much on paper but it feels like a lot in reality.
Both devices have a pretty decent processor under the bonnet. LG has opted for a Texus Instruments 1GHz 'tri-dual' processor in the Optimus whilst HTC has gone for a Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual-core processor in the Evo.
We found that both smartphones performed extremely well and coped with general use and demanding tasks. If we had to pick a winner in this area it would have to be the Evo 3D because it seemed a touch quicker and more responsive than the Optimus 3D.