LG Optimus 2X Review

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Display

The LG Optimus 2X sports a 4-inch display, offering a resolution of 800×480, which is fairly typical among the high-end Android phones.

The screen features very deep blacks as well as vibrant colours; the image that you see is of a very high quality partly because of the Tegra 2 chip that’s powering this device and partly because of the high quality 4-inch WVGA LCD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some people argue that a 4-inch screen is way too big for a portable device, but if we compare the LG Optimus 2X with the iPhone 4, the actual length, width and depth is not that different between the two devices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camera

Now, onto what is probably one of the main selling points. The 8 megapixel camera, capable of 1080p HD video recording and a variety of settings for taking still photos.

You launch the camera app by clicking the icon that, by default, is in the corner of the screen in the dock area.

There are a whole range of settings available for the camera application on the LG Optimus 2X including changing the image size, focus, ISO, white balance, timer, image quality, stabilization and more! It’s basically a digital camera in a phone, just check out the photos we took on the Optimus, below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And most likely the main attracted, 1080p HD video recording! Here’s a quick video I recorded of my drive, some plants and other boring things. Excuse the slight noises, it was a bit windy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsyvX3FPvrQ[/youtube]

Speakers

All in all, the audio quality was rather impressive; no distortion, everything was lovely and clear. I think I’d have been more impressed if the Optimus went slightly louder because after testing my iPhone right next to it, I could hardly hear the Optimus’ pre-installed classical music over the iPhone’s speakers.

I also found that covering the speaker didn’t really muffle the sound because sound also leaks out of the back of the phone. I can’t decide whether this is a good feature or not; in one way, you’ll still be able to hear your music if you accidently cover the speaker, but if you wanted to actually cover the speaker to stop someone hearing the music then you’re out of luck there.

HDMI

Included with the LG Optimus 2X is a HDMI cable for connecting the phone up to your TV. It’s a really easy process. All you need to do is plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on the phone and then connect the cable to the HDMI port on the TV.

Once this is done, just change the mode on your TV to one of the HDMI channels and the TV will show a blown up version of the phones screen (as shown below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Software

If you’re familiar with Android devices, you might know that there isn’t really one Android phone that runs identical software to another one. This can be considered a good feature or a really bad one.

A did run into a few problems regarding what I believe might be software issues. I found that when in a call, the “hold” button was situated directly opposite my ear so when I called a family member, I actually put them on hold before I’d started talking to them. This also makes me ask, why didn’t the screen turn itself off? Unless an issue with the proximity sensor was to blame.

I experienced quite a few crashes as well whilst using the LG Optimus 2X; this was more common after I’d closed an application and it just decided that it was going to reboot. Again, I’m not too sure whether you’d blame software or hardware because it could be faulty hardware / a bug in the software or just a defect on our review unit.

There were a few applications designed just for LG Smartphones running Android including Facebook for LG, Twitter for LG and that one no one uses anymore, Myspace for LG.

All worked very well and had a very well designed user interface. A few other popular applications that I tried out were Spotify, whose UI on Android is really nice. It runs smoothly, you can control the now playing section with gestures, just a swipe up to display it and a swipe down to get rid of it. The Spotify app for Android definitely out-performs the iOS applications.

Android, unlike iOS, does not have an actual multi-tasking application to close individual applications. The way Android runs, is by keeping every app you load in a paused state so that when you return to the app, it starts from where you left off. When too many apps are loaded or memory is needed by the phone, it will automatically kill various applications to free up space.

However, if you wish to have more control over your applications, you can download “Advanced Task Killer” from the Android Market Place, which is a free application.

After running the app and killing everything but music and the task killer application, you can see that we only managed to reach 179MB of free memory, which means that the operating system is using well over 300MB of system memory just to run!

Considering that the LG Optimus 2X only has 512MB Memory to begin with, it’s only going to be a matter of time before the phone feels sluggish and slow.

Battery Life

The specifications state that the LG Optimus 2X has up to 400 hours of stand-by time. I find this very hard to believe, mainly due to the fact that I went from having a full battery to 25% in the space of 4 hours! I believe that the camera was mainly to blame because I noticed that whilst recording, for a few minutes in 1080p, the battery did drop about 20%-25% which is absolutely crazy for such as high performing device. Even with all that power inside of it, if you don’t have a good enough battery, it’s all pretty much pointless really.

After playing a few games and testing the phone for this review, I saw the LG Optimus 2X’s battery level drop to 25%.

I also found that the only effective way to charge the Optimus was to hook it up to the mains for a few hours, with the provided cables, because charging it through USB took about 1 1/2 hours to get it back up to 40%.

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