To 3D, or not to 3D? (from MWC 2011)

To 3D, or not to 3D? (from MWC 2011)First of all, apologies for the lame title of this here opinion piece. A quick google search confirms that I’m, like, the 8.2 millionth scribe to pose the question in such hilarious, intellectual fashion. Anyways, 3D; is it a horrible, temporary phase, or the amazing bright new future of mobile phones, gaming and cinema?

Let me be perfectly honest and say that I friggin’ hate 3D movies. Partly because I resent the surcharge (I’m a poor writer, alright?), but mostly because it is – in the majority of cases – completely and utterly pointless.

With the exception of James Cameron’s Avatar 3D, there hasn’t been a single movie that has made me think, ‘Wow, that was a hell of an experience,’ or, ‘Thank Jehovah that wasn’t in measly 2D.’ And how about those cheap plastic glasses? Jeez.

Some people claim to suffer headaches post-3D cinema, or feel dizzy. And I’m convinced that long-term exposure to 3D trickery can only result in a generation of melted brains.

With all that said, I approached the LG stand at Mobile World Congress with an open mind. Would the LG Optimus 3D succeed in convincing me that the mobile world needs "the new dimension"?

The LG Optimus 3D doesn’t require glasses. Like Nintendo’s 3DS, it’s autostereoscopic. That immediately addresses one of my concerns about 3D. But what about the rest of the mobile phone experience?

I took a handful of photos using the LG Optimus 3D’s camera, and they just looked… weird. Remember those 3D hologram thingies you used to get free with your cereal? The pictures looked exactly like those.

I then moved on to the gaming side of things. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline in glorious 3D. After a couple of minutes of constantly tilting the screen to ensure I had the optimum viewing angle, my head was begging me to stop. There’s a slider on the left to adjust the 3D-ness, and my preferred setting was firmly at the bottom i.e. plain old 2D.

And let’s not forget the LG Optimus Pad, which can also record video in full 3D. Alas, you’ll have to wear the dreaded glasses, as the Pad isn’t autostereoscopic. Or, you can connect your LG Optimus Pad to your 3D TV. Which, of course, no one can bloody afford.

There was a definite hint of dizziness on leaving the LG stand, and my eyes still feel a tad tender.

So, to answer the 21st Century equivalent of Shakespeare’s famous question: not to 3D. It’s rubbish.

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