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.