Nokia N9 vs LG Optimus 3D

Vs 14:58, 25 Jul 2011

We compare Nokia's long awaited N9 with LG's increasingly popular Optimus 3D

When rumours of a MeeGo handset started to circulate last year people were interested, excited and very much open to the idea of another major ecosystem being introduced into the smartphone market but, as so often happens, the device's development stalled and it was placed on a dusty shelf.

Skip forward 12 months and we're only now getting a glimpse at this mythical device, the N9. While there's no doubt it looks a hell of a smartphone, is the market as receptive as it was last year and, more importantly, how well will the N9 do when faced with the cream of the current crop?

We've set out to answer the latter question and to do so we've matched the N9 with something of an up and comer: LG's Optimus 3D. So let's see if this Finnish beast can tame one of Asia's finest.

Display
Nokia's N9 comes packing some incredible display technology in the form of a 3.9-inch curved AMOLED screen that operates at a resolution of 480x854 pixels.

As you'd expect from an AMOLED screen colours are pin-sharp, blacks are deep and power consumption is low, and the inclusion of Corning's Gorilla Glass gives it an impregnable feel. A+.

LG's Optimus 3D is a special device. As its title suggests the device is imbued with parallax barrier 3D technology, enabled by its 3D LCD capacitive screen that operates at 480x800 pixels.

The 3D may be a novelty down the pub, but when you cut down to the nitty-gritty the screen is good, not great. Colours look vivid, it responds well, but it isn't anything to write a letter home about.

Winner - Nokia N9

Power
The Optimus 3D is a powerful device, running on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip and the labour intensive 3D crunching is ably assisted by a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

The device also packs 512MB RAM, but to our minds 1GB would have been nearer the mark. Storage-wise the Optimus 3D makes the grade, offering 8GB on-board with a Micro SD slot included with support up to 32GB cards.

The Nokia N9 runs on Ti-OMAP 3630 chipset which is made up of a 1GHz single-core CPU and PowerVR SGX530GPU, which hinders the device's ability to remain future-proof. Dual-core is the way of the walk in this age and without one the N9 will languish.

Thankfully Nokia has seen sense when it comes to RAM and installed 1GB in the N9, and the device is also going to be available in 16 and 64GB flavours.

Winner - LG Optimus 3D

Software
LG has imbued the Optimus 3D with Android version 2.2 (Froyo) and there's not really a lot we can add when it comes to the hugely popular platform.

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