LG Optimus 2X Review
The LG Optimus 2X presents text messages in a threaded conversation form, as is the norm now. Typing them in both landscape and portrait modes is quick due to the well-spaced virtual keyboard, and the large 4” screen. When you press a letter, a large handle appears to show you which one you've selected. The phone supports several gesture controls, and we found the one where you tap on the phone's sides to move the cursor in a text field most useful. It is usually a pain to position the cursor precisely on a touchscreen phone, so that takes care of it, until the Optimus 2X gets updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with its large handle bar for moving the cursor around.
LG's own email app has only two options – MS Exchange and Other, which has preset settings for the most popular webmail services, so you just need to plug in your user name and password. The Email app offers combined inbox for all your accounts, but the maximum size of messages and attachments it can download is unspecified.
On the connectivity front, the Optimus 2X is well equipped – 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, FM radio, DLNA, and even an HDMI port. The GPS chip managed to locate us for about three minutes on cold start, and worked very quickly afterwards, taking advantage of the newest version of Google Maps and the digital compass to show exactly which way you are facing.
Our test of the HDMI-out capabilities can be found here – just plug in the supplied HDMI cable, and watch your phone's display transfer over to your big screen TV while gaming, browsing, or watching movies.
For managing the DLNA connectivity on the LG Optimus 2X, you have the SmartShare app, which allows you to share multimedia over the air via Wi-Fi. The process was as simple as they come, and we were able to browse the gallery on an Android smartphone standing nearby from the comfort of our LG Optimus 2X.
We tested the DLNA feature on our LG Optimus 2X unit and it worked well, with slight hiccups when we were streaming Full HD video to our Windows 7 PC. It also needed to buffer the video for about a minute before it started, but if we were on a wireless N router, it might have been faster.
Playing content from our PC on the phone worked like a charm, but you can only use the default Android player, so no weird formats for you. Streaming to the PC actually solved the problem with playing unsupported formats. If you have the codecs on the receiving end, Full HD video encoded in the .MKV format played with no problems, regardless of the fact that on the phone it can't with the default player.
On the Google side, it comes with the newest versions of Android Market, and Google Maps 5.0, with its 3D view of buildings and large precached areas for offline navigation. To pay a tribute to the fact that it is the first commercially available phone with NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 chipset, there is an app called Tegra Zone. It contains news related to the Tegra chipset, as well as game recommendations, but NVIDIA has further plans for expanding its reach. UPDATE: LG got in touch with us to inform that the Tegra Zone app we had on our review unit is actually still in the testing phase, and it won't come preinstalled on the phone, but rather available as a separate download from Android Market for NVIDIA Tegra 2-based devices.
Another notable software addition on the Optimus 2X is a free one-year subscription to F-Secure's Mobile Security suite. It includes the free Browsing Protection app (similar to the Incognito browsing mode in Chrome), antivirus and malware protection, as well as anti-theft tools, such as remotely pinpointing your phone's location, and wiping it clean from afar. Mobile Security kicked in when we copied or downloaded files to the internal storage, chiming in that they are safe.
LG has also provided its own software for remote control and managing of your phone, called Remote Support, which ominously stated “after connection, a representative will control your phone”, but we never got it to connect to the server. Of course, we also have LG's own App Advisor, which lists Android applications the company thinks are great, and worth to grace your Optimus 2X with their presence.
There are a few other handy apps preinstalled, like Document Master for viewing Microsoft Office documents, which can also log you into your Google Docs, or Box.net accounts, and take it from there. It also serves as a file browser, so no need to install Astro, or some of the others on Android Market.
We'd be remiss not to mention the Mirror app, which uses your front-facing camera for a mug shot.
Car Home is an app that turns your homescreen into a placeholder for huge icons, suitable to see and operate while you are driving. It includes easy access to your Maps and Navigation apps, as well as Voice Search, Music, Contacts and Phone functions – all those likely to be used on a roadtrip.
All in all, quite the apps selection on the LG Optimus 2X, covering most basics out of the box – from free antivirus protection for your mobile, through a DLNA sharing app, to remote support and management of your phone.
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: 5171; 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: 5171; 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: 315; 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: 858; 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: 315; 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: 217; 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: 174; 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|