Look & Feel
The LG Arena phone measures 105.9 x 55.3 x 11.95mm,
The LG Arena features a three-inch (diagonal) colour WVGA touchscreen sporting 480 x 800 resolution (like the
The LG Arena's screen appears to be much glossier than that of the iPhone (not sure if this is the glass or the underlying display itself) which means on bright, sunny days it can be more difficult to use.
The LG Arena has a 5-megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, auto focus, LED flash and image stabilisation.
The Arena will also shoot video at 720x480/30fps and QVGA at 120fps, plus it has a secondary camera for video calls.
The iPhone 3G, by contrast, still has its paltry 2-megapixel bog-standard camera. No video capture.
the Arena's photo quality, even though on the surface it trumps the iPhone's specs and should be good. Then again, the iPhone is no great contender for camera of the year either.
Information about what multimedia the LG handset supports is fairly scarce, though we do know that it features Dolby Mobile audio for those times when you need to annoy everyone by playing music through the phone's built-in speakers.
There's no reason to doubt that it'll handle any less music and video formats than other LG multimedia phones.
It has a built-in FM radio.
The iPhone 3G handles MP3, AAC, MPEG4. No radio.
Both phones have a built-in GPS unit with A-GPS and make use of this via Google Maps.
Both phones operate on 3G networks and have built in Wi-Fi.
The Arena has integrated instant messaging, SMS and MMS, while the iPhone lacks MMS and requires third party applications for IM. (MMS coming this summer).
The iPhone uses the Safari browser
The LG Arena has an 8GB of internal memory plus the ability to add up to 16GB on microSD storage.
The iPhone has a proximity sensor.
The iPhone allows a range of Apple-approved third-party applications to run. It's not clear whether applications can be added to the LG Arena, though this doesn't seem to be mentioned as a feature.