I tested the Optimus 2X whilst out and about in town, taking pictures and recording video, sending text messages and calling people. The usual things you’d do on your phone. Oh and the odd game of Angry Birds! A Smartphone isn’t complete without Angry Birds running on it!
It worked relatively well but battery performance was a big issue as well as a few random crashes and restarts for no apparent reason.
Overall, there are definite areas for improvement with the LG Optimus 2X, but there are some rather impressive areas such as the camera quality, fast and smooth operating of the software on top of the Tegra 2 chip, and also high quality 4-inch screen that’s ideal for perhaps watching a film or playing some of the many available games from the Market Place.
Priced online between £270 and £340, I can kind of justify the price because it’s a very high performing device that’s capable of some great things, but then again, you’re going to spend half the time charging it if you’re going to be recording a lot of HD video or playing lots of games (which, let’s face it, they are some of the main reasons you’d be buying it anyway).
All in all, the LG Optimus 2X does have some great qualities but at £300, the battery life should be considerably better for a device with such high performing hardware. The software could also be smoothed out more for the Optimus, to iron out some of the bugs that caused our unit to crash and restart a few times.
The LG Optimus is only available with an 8GB storage size but with the ability to insert a microSDHC card (up to 32GB), you shouldn’t be running out of space any time soon.
- Amazing camera with a wide range of effects and settings
- 1080p HD recording
- Relatively inexpensive compared with the iPhone and some other Android devices
- Smooth and sleek user interface
- Crisp and clear audio
- Battery life
- Android 2.2 crashes occasionally on the Optimus 2X
- System uses way too much of the limited amount memory that’s available