Smart Phone Madness Games 7 and 8: Palm Pre 3 vs. Optimus 3D, Evo Shift 4G vs. Droid Bionic

Day Four of the second annual Smart Phone Madness tournament brings us the final two games of the first round. Game 7 is the Palm Pre 3 vs. the LG Optimus 3D, and Game 8 is the HTC Evo Shift 4G vs. the Motorola Droid Bionic.

Game 7: Palm Pre 3 vs. LG Optimus 3D

When we first saw the Palm Pre 3 at HP’s webOS launch event (check out our hands-on gallery), we were struck by its larger size–it has a 3.6-inch screen compared to the Palm Pre’s 3.1-inch screen–the 800 x 480-pixel resolution, and its large, comfortable keyboard. Inside, this 5.5-ounce device has a 1.4-GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 8 or 16GB of internal storage. When it comes out this summer, it will sport a 5-MP camera on a back (with LED flash), a VGA camera on the front, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot capability. While a carrier hasn’t been announced, we’re pretty sure plenty of webOS fans will be excited to get this device in their hands.

Consumer electronics makers are trying to put 3D displays on everything, so why not smart phones, too? What’s different about the LG Optimus 3D  is that you don’t need to wear glasses. The phone has a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 screen, and a 1-GHz TI OMAP 4 CPU, but also dual-channel and dual-memory architecture, which LG says will make it one of the fastest smart phones around. The handset will also have two 5-MP cameras on the back that can shoot 720p video, so you can create your own 3D movies. Check out our hands-on video of the Optimus 3D.


Game 7: HTC Evo Shift 4G vs. Droid Bionic

The HTC Evo Shift 4G–which earned 4 out of 5 stars when we reviewed it– is the smaller 3.6-inch brother to the 4.3-inch Evo 4G; it has a slower 800-MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 2GB of ROM. However, the Shift has a comfortable slide-out QWERTY keyboard, HTC’s Sense interface, and Sprint’s 4G connection speeds, which saw 6 Mbps on the download and consistently delivered 900 Kbps to 1 Mbps uploads. You can also use the Shift 4G as a mobile hotspot, and connect up to 8 devices.

The Droid Bionic will be just that; when it’s released, this Android device will ride on Verizon’s LTE network, which means blazing throughput. This mega-sized phone will have a 4.3-inch qHD (quarter HD) display, a 1-GHz dual-core CPU, and 512MB of RAM. This Android 2.2 device will have an 8-MP camera on the rear and a front-facing VGA camera as well. It will have HDMI-out, as well as mirroring, so you can view the same content on a large screen and the Bionic simultaneously.



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  1. james Says:

    Pr3 by far.
    yet another android phone with a silly gimmick. no thx

  2. akar Says:

    common people! Android it is for people who doesn’t care about OS or how it runs, how clean it looks or who makes em! So y put awesone WebOS and the legendary IOS against this bootleg OS Android! My PRE is two yrs old nd still a beast and better than most of the android fone! So it’s safe to say that we the WebOS fans and IOS fans live in the future and Android is just… Well you get the point!

  3. Gregg Ginsberg Says:

    Can’t you delay this match until sometime during the summer…you know, when you can actually buy a Pre3?

  4. Sam the Deaf Says:

    I agree with Gregg, Pre3 haven’t come out yet to show the real.

  5. TJ Says:

    how is the pre 3 even in this… its not out! it should have been out months ago, palm is loosing so many users by taking forever to release new products and software updates. im about to go android.

  6. Tim Stiffler-Dean Says:

    Voted for Pre 3 and Droid Bionic – Both are devices that will influence the future smartphone market. The Evo Shift and 3D are nice, but not as ‘revolutionary’ as the other two, in my opinion.

  7. WyreNut Says:

    This contest has become laughable… The “HP” (not Palm) Pre 3 isn’t even released, and has no carrier commitment, yet you expect people to vote for something that doesn’t exist? Get your facts straight!

  8. Pre-lude To Victory Says:

    dear sirs, please stop doing these shoot-outs on such a regular basis. They are really getting old. And the Pre3 is clearly the best phone of the entire contest, so it would save time to just declare a winner so I can go back to watching live NCAA games on my Pre2 because it has flash…

    that is all

  9. Egjc Says:

    Um… I dont know why people are complaining that pre 3 has not verb released because neither has the Bionic…. Or the Optimus 3D. In fact, only one of these phones has been released: the crappy and highly underpowered Evo Shift. Some more HTC cheap stuff. It almost frustrates me that that company is doing so well. They can’t compete with anyone else on performance or quality. With ANYONE.

  10. Xact01 Says:

    Pre3 not out yet. Is it still going to win? lol

  11. DaveBlowFish Says:

    Palm can’t lose any users it doesn’t exist as anything but a fond memory. RIP Palm. Perhaps it takes a little while to integrate with a company the size of HP and that might cause a few delays on new devices or maybe HP want use their considerable knowledge and resources to make sure that all WebOS products are at level that Palm just didn’t have the scale to achieve.

    WebOS is amazing and Pre 3 will be a great vessel for it, the name Android describes it’s users, those who don’t have the vision to see beyond what their friends have and be different from the factory standard.

  12. Homer Simpson Says:

    Is it over? I don’t see any place to vote. doh!

  13. i told u so.com Says:

    yup Pre 3, I agree though not out (like others phone stated) it runs laps around anything current, and future coming. Also people stay tuned to the 4 inch slab webos device, the Broadway (a bigger pixi type design phone), and the Opal the 7 inch tablet. Webos is the future and hopefully people will get off of Androids inferior nuts, just because theres alot of Google phones on the market dosent make it the best OS out there wake up people, and innovate.

    HP Webos, join the revolution before the wagon gets too filled.
    Remember you heard it from me first I told u so.com

  14. bcch Says:

    I just wondering why the Optimus 3D can’t beat the Palm Pre 3, I do think that the 3Dis million times better than the Palm(according to the spec. and the video from youtube) and for sure there’s no Pre 3’s videos on youtube yet. So I’m so confuse…

  15. anon Says:

    how the hell did the shift beat the bionic?

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