LG Optimus 2X Review
Very often it turns out that it’s more important to be first than be the best. The LG Optimus 2X is the first commercially available smartphone with a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, and this feat alone makes it special.
There are other, and more interesting phones coming up with two CPU cores, as much as there are other, more powerful dual-core chipsets than Tegra 2, but none of those you can take for a spin or buy yet. Their loss.
Back in last summer we wrote that due to sinking market share LG is plotting the creation of an Optimus line of handsets, and on top of its food chain will be a powerful phone with a dual-core chipset from NVIDIA, which at the time was selling its Tegra 2 platform to anybody willing to listen.
Both were considered underdogs then - LG due to the never-ending supply of uninspiring feature phones, and NVIDIA due to the fact that Qualcomm, Samsung and TI all had dual-core chipsets in the works, which were more powerful and efficient than its already done Tegra 2.
Both LG and NVIDIA bet heavily on the first-to-market slogan, and we have the end result of NVIDIA trying to get a foothold in the cell phone business, using LG’s urging need to stand out somehow. The LG Optimus 2X is supposed to be the most powerful Android phone to date, but what can dual-core do for you in reality? Read on to find out...
The phone feels very solid when held, with its 4.9 ounces (140 grams), and is borderline large, but its decent 0.43” (11 mm) thickness comes somewhat to the rescue. Still, there is too much empty space below the screen for the phone to be considered normal size.
You can compare the LG Optimus 2X with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
The large 4” screen has 480x800 pixels of resolution, and is bright, with wide viewing angles, and punchy colors - most probably an IPS-LCD, which currently is one of the best LCD technologies. LG is making the Retina Display for the iPhone 4, and the screens on its latest high-end phones, like the Optimus 2X and the LG Optimus Black, can attest to its display manufacturing prowess. There are four capacitive Android buttons below the screen, which are quite responsive.
The elevated square module on the back hosts the 8MP camera sensor with LED flash, which transitions nicely into a chromed strip running along the middle of the back cover, which carries etched Google branding. The same strip we are seeing on LG's upcoming G-Slate tablet, so it might be the mark of a product line now. There is also a front-facing camera for video chat above the display, but no LED notification light.
The sides don’t have much going on for them – there are separate volume buttons on the right, and a power/lock button at the top, all of which are easy to press, with a nice feedback. On the top are also the standard audio jack, and an HDMI port with a protective cap, which is very easy to pry open. The bottom hosts the microUSB port and two stereo speakers, making the phone a multimedia delight, among its other virtues.
We liked the spartan, streamlined industrial design on the LG Optimus 2X. There is just the right amount of quality materials, like the soft-touch plastic and the metal strip on the back, which prevent the handset from looking plain.
1. mart (unregistered)
2. Prodigy (unregistered)
Well, it seems that Atrix will eat this one at breakfast.
You should compare the LG screen with an Samsung Galaxy or a Nexus S. Not an iPhone...
10. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I dont think so. If anything they are gonna be neck n neck. The UI, stock software on this seems better than what Moto offers.
If you mean the docking features.....no phone can even come close to the Atrix for that.
But overall, I would put in this order: Atrix .....LG 2X and Bionic tied probably for next.
11. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Oh and I forgot, those low light pics for this phone....very nice.
3. kasha (unregistered)
Is the rim made of metal? Or is it plastic painted in silver?
Please also show the cover flow music player when holding the 2X horizontally. Its the slickest interface I've seen, as I saw it on Youtube.
Also please try to take photos under low light environment. Again on Youtube and other sites I saw the camera takes pretty good photos and videos with dim lighting
4. kasha (unregistered)
Thanks for the review. Its a nice early review but don't feel very thorough.
5. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
The keyboard and messaging reminds me of the iPhone.
6. surethom (Posts: 227; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)
Having NO Led Notification light is the silly mistake & the no 1 reason LG has stopped me from giving them my money I will have to give my £ to Motorola or HTC then.
7. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Reading this review was like an "anti-climax" to what early reviews called the LG 2X - "a revolutionary handset"..
Now that its here, it might be worth while waiting for the Moto Atrix to arrive in 900/2100Mhz HSDPA flavours, and then compare the two again. Hopefully the other makers have their dual core handsets out by then too.
The most disappointing thing for me is that I just wish LG released it with Gingerbread, but I guess we have to consider where LG 2X has been borne, and the fact that it hasn't come from a long line of decent handsets.
So, looks like I'll be hanging onto my Nexus S for a few more months then :-p
8. kasha (unregistered)
Just for your info, LG promised to upgrade to 2.3 for 2X later, and this review misses quite some details. The review seemed rather rushed and didn't tested thoroughly (e.g. horizontal Cover Flow music player, photo under low light condition, etc.)
However, LG do not much good history of high end phone.
Moto has a very bad reputation of future OS update outside US so this time I won't consider Moto again. Their customer service is near non-existence
Nexus S is very nice and I considered it too! But its too plasticky for me when I tried in the shop
I'll wait for others to review the phone more thoroughly to give a better picture of LG 2X
12. guest (unregistered)
AMOLED should be the standard for screen comparison and not the IPS LCD of iPhone. Too bad, it's what they got in their pockets.
14. lol (unregistered)
It's a nice phone but camera not that good and by the way the IPS LCD screen better than super AMOLED in terms of reality color and brigtness that's why samsung wave 2 it's super IPS LCD and the good things about LG the call quality better than any Andriod phone even than samsung galaxy s
23. guest (unregistered)
Get your facts straight. Samsung Wave II is Super Clear LCD and not IPS LCD. It's not Super AMOLED because of shortage.
SAMOLED>IPS LCD in terms of contrast and color rendition. PA should not have compared two IPS LCD's, there's just not point.
15. surethom (Posts: 227; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)
NO LED notification light, that is stupid, well LG, I will give my £ to HTC or Motorola, silly mistake DONT follow Silly Samsung.
17. babara (unregistered)
Why do you keep targeting on the issue of the missing notification lights? Are you a three year old who is fascinated by some blinking light? Grow up! One comment is enough!
Most of the users do not need some irritating light that announces to the whole world that we have incoming messages or emails. It might be a cool feature but absolutely not critical in smart phones.
If you are looking out for something like this in a smart phone, I'm glad that you will not be carrying a 2X, because you are a disgrace to the smart phone users.
16. AlonShtrafun (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Aug 2010)
Looks like a no brainer to me. It's fast, it records full HD, and the stills aren't that horrible either. LG didn't customize Android or the phone design too much, keeping it all simple. Looks like a really well-balanced phone. And balanced is good.
Sure the Atrix is great as well, but all those docking stations cost money, and I already have a laptop thank you. HDMI out is good enough for me. Altough the fingerprint reader on the Atrix is a truly great idea, too bad LG or anybod else for that matter won't take it on-board.
18. Eingild (unregistered)
I hope Joven was the one who reviewed this phone. He would probably do more justice on the handset rather than the one speaking on this video. No offense.
20. KitPogi (unregistered)
WoW! and to think this device would be another Iphone Killer! it is exactly like the FREAK'N IPHONE! Failed! Big time failure....
21. Eingild (unregistered)
A great handset like this should be reviewed by Joven. I don't quite get it.
22. ArenaFan (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
Iam wondering if reviewer adds comments on sound quality through headphone jack and compare all new phones and tell us which phone sound spurb and better than iPhone 4 in term of sound quality through HP jack when using quality headphones/ IEMs.
24. enigma (unregistered)
I bought this phone last week. Iam extremely satisfied with the performance of the phone. It is damn fast! No lag at all. I think LG could have included a LED notification. Over all a great phone.
25. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
This is the best dual core android phone on the market today, this phone is jam packed with features left and right. This is and android device that is work buying.. well only if it doesn't get left in the dust and never gets updated.. that probably already happened...
26. xenover (Posts: 171; Member since: 27 May 2011)
a tad on the larger side ?
it's 1.5 mm longer, 1 mm narrower and 1 mm thicker than the galaxy S
was that large too ?
27. ivanwtf (unregistered)
Im buying a new phone soon.Should i buy this or xperia arc.
28. beN (unregistered)
Well, I purchased this feature-rich unit a couple of days ago and it's better than anything I've seen, reviewed and owned to date, and it's faaaasssssssssssttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.
unlike Samsung s**t -- I owned the BlackJack piece of garbage and will NEVER own another Samsung product -- simply trash and company management aren't there to help you, only to get your dough, then screw you.
30. Longingfore (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
Thanks for the review. I've had an Optimus 2X for two years now. It has spontaneously died once, so I had to pay for the repair. Otherwise, it has been working all right.
31. henrys (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)
they should make an upgraded version of this phone, dual-core 1.5ghz nvdia tegra 3, ice-cream sandwich, slightly bigger screen, 1 gig of ram, 16 gigs on internal, fix the vivid contrast, optimus 3.0 ui and have the price slightly above the one s
|Display||4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT|
NVIDIA Tegra 250 T20 (Harmony), Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
512 MB RAM
|Size||4.88 x 2.49 x 0.43 inches|
(123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm)
4.90 oz (139 g)
|Battery||1500 mAh, 7.83 hours talk time|