LG Optimus 2X Review
The LG Optimus 2X lacks a dedicated camera button, which is a head-scratcher for a smartphone with an 8MP camera, that, on top of it all, is the first capable of shooting Full HD video. Sign of the times, we guess, but considering how much underutilized space there is on the sides, this should have happened.
The camera interface is functional and easy to operate, although the settings menu feels a bit cluttered, due to the sheer number of options available. You can have a look at the list of choices in the screenshots below. The burst shooting mode, Panorama shot and stitching are extremely fast, probably because of the Tegra 2 chipset.
The picture and video samples with the LG Optimus 2X that we took on a cloudy winter day had the overly eager noise suppression algorithms kicking in, blurring the frames quite a bit. Other than that, the sky exposure and the overall color representation were fairly accurate. We used the camera again when the sun showed, and naturally the photos came out slightly sharper.
We tried all the color effects for fun, and were hoping that the Vivid mode will help the photos and videos saturation in the winter daylight, but it bumped up the contrast too high, and darkened the whole scene, so it is not as helpful as what you find on the Nokia N8, for example.
Indoor photos came out very good, except for a slight yellowish hue in strong indoor lighting, before the LED flash started to illuminate the scenes. The flash actually turned out very usable - details are plenty, the frames are focused, and the produced results were sharp, with accurate color representation.
The Full HD 1080p video samples were average in terms of focus and color representation, but the amount of detail was out there for a video shot with your handset. We also found that when you are panning around with the handset while shooting 1080p samples, the video gets lighter or darker very abruptly, due to the phone constantly measuring exposure and adjusting colors accordingly – it's just not as smooth a transition as we are used to on other high-end handsets. But then, again, no phone before had to process the amount of data coming in while shooting Full HD video.
Full HD video is not as smooth as the 720p samples captured with the phone, since it is encoded with 24fps, whereas the handset's HD 720p video goes up to 30fps. A 30 minute 1080p video clip will run you about 2.5GB from the 8GB of internal memory, give or take, which is bearable.
LG Optimus 2X Sample Video:
LG Optimus 2X Sample Video - Vivid mode:
Music playback is top notch through the built-in stereo speakers in terms of quality, although they could use a bit more strength. In portrait mode the music player is a run-of-the mill Android fare, but with about 20 equalizer presets, including surround sound in both speaker and headset modes. Turn the LG Optimus 2X in landscape, though, and one of the prettiest Cover Flow-like music player interfaces is revealed. The strip with your album covers has nice 3D effects while scrolling, similar to the Gallery, and a handy slider underneath helps you find the exact album in your extensive music collection you are looking for. The only thing you don't seem to be able to do is fast forward the track in the mode, just play and pause the songs in an album.
The handset supports video files encoded in the MPEG and H.264/3 formats, as well as DivX/Xvid, but you have to register it first for those. Go to About phone in the Settings menu, and choose DivX VOD registration – it will guide you what to do, but basically you write down the code, and insert it in the DivX Player on your computer, which then generates a registration video that has to be played once on the phone, and, voila – your LG Optimus 2X runs DivX/Xvid. For anything else, like .MKV, you will have to hit Android Market. When the phone plays supported video files, it goes all the way up to 1920x1080p without a stutter. If the format is not supported, however, Full HD 1080p playback is somewhat laggy, like what we experienced with a 1920x1080 music clip in the popular Matroska .MKV container, which might have been due to the QQPlayer we used, of course. We watched a Full HD 1080p movie for 3:17 hours, before the battery gave up the ghost.
1. mart (unregistered) posted on 01 Feb 2011, 10:32 1 3
2. Prodigy (unregistered) posted on 01 Feb 2011, 11:01 2 2
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 posted on 02 Feb 2011, 03:55 2 0
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 posted on 02 Feb 2011, 04:08 0 0
Oh and I forgot, those low light pics for this phone....very nice.
3. kasha (unregistered) posted on 01 Feb 2011, 11:31 0 0
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) posted on 01 Feb 2011, 11:33 0 0
Thanks for the review. Its a nice early review but don't feel very thorough.
5. iwebdroidberry7 posted on 01 Feb 2011, 14:18 4 0
The keyboard and messaging reminds me of the iPhone.
6. surethom posted on 01 Feb 2011, 15:30 2 1
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 posted on 01 Feb 2011, 18:47 0 0
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) posted on 01 Feb 2011, 19:57 2 1
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) posted on 02 Feb 2011, 19:33 0 1
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) posted on 03 Feb 2011, 09:35 0 0
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) posted on 27 Feb 2011, 19:16 0 0
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 posted on 04 Feb 2011, 03:09 2 2
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) posted on 05 Feb 2011, 23:43 3 1
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 posted on 04 Feb 2011, 14:28 0 0
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) posted on 06 Feb 2011, 01:04 0 0
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) posted on 09 Feb 2011, 23:01 0 0
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) posted on 12 Feb 2011, 23:04 0 0
A great handset like this should be reviewed by Joven. I don't quite get it.
22. ArenaFan posted on 17 Feb 2011, 12:20 0 0
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) posted on 20 Apr 2011, 09:22 0 0
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 posted on 08 Jul 2011, 16:34 0 0
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 posted on 18 Jul 2011, 02:27 0 0
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) posted on 16 Sep 2011, 12:03 0 0
Im buying a new phone soon.Should i buy this or xperia arc.
28. beN (unregistered) posted on 21 Sep 2011, 01:21 1 0
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 posted on 04 Jun 2012, 09:34 0 0
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 posted on 06 Aug 2012, 03:59 0 0
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