- Phone feels faster than the single core processor ones, particularly when pushed
- IPS LCD Display is quite vivid
- 1080p HD video recording added to a good camera
- HDMI out lets you connect to external display
- Looks understated to the extent that they are boring
This is LG’s biggest bet in the high-end smartphone market, not just because of the price, but also because of the kind of competition it is facing. The iPhone 4 has its own staunch supporters, and they don’t care if the rivals have a dual core processor or not . At least not till the iPhone gets a dual core processor anyway! The Samsung Galaxy S II has also been launched (For the complete hands-on, click here) in India, which just makes competition tougher for the Optimus 2X. What LG really needs here is for buyers to understand what the dual core experience is supposed to offer, and in what scenarios does it really work.
First Impression: Sleep inducing looks!
Straight out of the box, and the LG Optimus looks just like any other smartphone out there- the often seen form and finish. The 4.0-inch screen has four touch-based keys placed below it- menu, home, return and search. The display is the Gorilla Glass type. The panel around the display is dressed in glossy black colour. The left side panel is completely clean, which is rarity these days with phones- since they need to stuff in a lot of stuff on the every slimming form factors. The right side panel has the volume controls, but no dedicated camera button. The top of the phone is a busy place to be power button, HDMI out port and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The bottom panel has the micro USB port and dual speakers, which do pack a real punch. The rear panel has a brown finish, matte thankfully, with a silver strip running down the middle- “with Google”. Above the strip is the 8MP camera with the LED flash.
It is obvious for a 4.0-inch screen phone to feel big, but the critical element is the comfort factor (how well it grips in the hand) while using it. The Optimus 2X does well on that front, and allows you to use the phone with the same hand that is holding it. However, the phone does tend to slip a bit, if the hand isn’t perfectly dry
Well, where do I start! Let us take a look at the software bit first. This one comes with Android 2.2, with a promised update for Android 2.3 soon. This puts the Optimus 2X at a disadvantage, since the likes of the Galaxy S II will have Android 2.3 straight out of the box. However, what LG have done well here is made the UI look snazzier than before. The widgets look more in line of the HTC Sense, which is kind of the benchmark as far as Android UI’s are concerned. While flicking between the multiple screens on this UI, it was hard to miss the effort LG has put into making it looks vibrant. The widgets have more variety and are better looking too. Also, the pinch to see all home screens feature works very smoothly.
The LG Optimus 2X is definitely a step up from the single-core processor powered smartphones. The extra power on tap, the good display, a good camera with 1080p video recording and a surprisingly good battery life- seems to have all the ingredients of a good phone. The bland looks may be a disappointment to some. For a price of around Rs 26k, the Optimus 2X has the Samsung Nexus), the HTC Incredible S and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc as its main rivals. However, considering the fact that this is a dual core powerhouse, the 2X is definitely worth considering. Why not get the extra punch for the buck!
ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor @ 1GHz, 512MB RAM, Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, 4.0-inch display, IPS LCD type, 480x800 pixel resolution, Gorilla Glass, 8GB built-in storage, MicroSD card up to 32GB, 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording, LED flash, 1500 mAh battery
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