Smart Phone Madness Games 3 and 4: iPhone 4 vs. Atrix 4G, myTouch 4G vs. Optimus 2X

Day Two of Smart Phone Madness 2011 is underway, and we have two big matchups for you: Headlining the first game is the Verizon Wireless Apple iPhone 4 vs AT&T’s Motorola Atrix, and the T-Mobile myTouch 4G faces off against the LG Optimus 2x in the second game.

Game 3: Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon Wireless) vs. Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T)

Now that the iPhone is on Verizon’s network, Apple’s smart phone is even better, which is why we gave it an Editor’s Choice in our review. All the stuff we loved about the AT&T version is here: Retina display, intuitive iOS interface, superb camera with 720p video, seamless integration with iTunes, FaceTime, and 300,000+ apps in the App Store. You can’t talk and use data at the same time (as you can on the AT&T model), but we saw more reliable data performance and less dropped calls. You can also use this phone as a personal hotspot.

While it’s now been proved that the “4G” part of the Atrix 4G is kind of bogus, that doesn’t mean this Android 2.2 smart phone doesn’t have anything going for it. This Tegra 2-powered device has a near-iPhone like 4-inch qHD screen with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, a front-facing VGA camera and a rear-facing 5-mp camera with an LED flash. The Atrix 4G also has the coolest accessories: A laptop dock that turns this phone into a mini notebook (complete with tab-equipped web browser), and an entertainment dock that, when used with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, lets you browse the web and watch movies on a large-screen TV. Check out our full review of the Atrix 4G here.

Game 4: T-Mobile myTouch 4G vs. LG Optimus 2x

At the time we reviewed it, the myTouch 4G was the second phone on T-Mobile’s network capable of accessing that carrier’s 4G service, and was the first T-Mobile phone to have a front-facing camera and a mobile hotspot feature. Unlike more and more slab-like smart phones, the myTouch 4G has physical buttons on the front–there’s a Genius button for voice commands, as well as an optical trackpad. The 3.8-inch VWGA screen is bright, but not as crisp as a Super AMOLED display. HSPA+ data was fast, but that didn’t translate into smooth video calls.

First announced in December, the LG Optimus 2x was the first smart phone launched with Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor inside, promising blazing dual-core performance along with 1080p video recording and playback. This 4-inch handset is rolling out in Europe now, but there are reports that it will land stateside soon under a different name: T-Mobile G2X. The device features an HDMI port for outputting 1080p video (and anything else on the phone’s screen), 8GB of memory, and an 8-MP camera on the back and a 1.3-MP camera up front. Supposedly the Optimus 2X/G2X will be running Android 2.2 at launch, but an upgrade to Gingerbread won’t be far behind.

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