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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S vs LG Optimus 3D : 3D Becoming Mainstream?

IFA 2011 saw the launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S which promises to bring 3D to the masses by allowing users to take pictures in 3D using a single camera lens, although some argue that not being able to actually view content in 3D or record movies in 3D is a pretty big letdown.

We compared the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S to the LG Optimus 3D P920, the first 3D smartphone to be rolled out at the beginning of the year (at CES 2011). The phone can be picked up from Amazon (opens in new tab) for as little as £404.99 while the current Xperia Arc costs £320.

The Xperia Arc S has a big screen (4.2-inch) and the third highest screen resolution (854x480 pixels) while the Optimus 3D features a 4-inch, WVGA display, capable of displaying 3D pictures and movies.

Sony's new flagship handset has a single core Qualcomm SoC clocked at 1.4GHz while the LG Optimus 3D runs on a TI OMAP4 SoC clocked at 1GHz; overall both should perform similarly on average.

While both have 512MB RAM and a microSD card slot, LG's 3D option offers 8GB onboard storage compared to 1GB for the Xperia Arc S. Furthermore, while the Arc S has an 8.1-megapixel camera, it cannot record 3D video footage, whereas the P920 has two five-megapixel cameras with a front-facing one, and can record in full HD something the Arc S lacks.

If there's one area where the Arc S vastly outclasses the P920, it's when it comes to the design; the Arc S is wonderfully built, measuring only 8.7mm thick and weighing 117g. The Optimus 3D on the other hand is more than a third thicker and weighs nearly 50 per cent more.

Ultimately though, when it comes to experiencing the full force of 3D, the P920 wins hands down because it will almost certainly be cheaper than the Arc S and offers much more.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.