LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Apple's interface is app-centric, and has been so since 2007. Just one row of icons after another on a page after page might seem boring compared to the widgetized flexibility of the Android UI, but the pure simplicity of iOS with consistent fonts, coloring and transitions has won many hearts over the ragtag Android skinning efforts. Luckily for the iPhone 4, LG’s overlay of the stock Android 2.2 UI is not HTC Sense, so we’d call it a draw.
How’s navigation around those interfaces? Smooth as silk on the iPhone 4, very fluid on the LG Optimus 2X. The iPhone 4 responds to your finger movements seamlessly, like a purring cat to a head massage, while the LG Optimus 2X overcomes the fact that Android is a tad less responsive via the raw power of its dual-core chipset.
We especially liked the scrolling inertia setting of LG’s handset. The iPhone 4 is set to slow down to a stall when scrolling up and down a list, no matter how briskly you swipe your finger, while long lists on the Optimus 2X just go and go when flipped, until you tap and stop the scrolling madness abruptly.
Messaging, Browser and Connectivity:
The keyboard on the LG Optimus 2X is eerily resembling the one in iOS, to the extent where even the popup that enlarges the letter when you touch a key has the same shape. Copycat or a payday for Apple’s patent filings? Either way, the bigger screen makes the keyboard on the LG Optimus 2X more spaced out and comfortable to use.
By now most everybody with the slightest interest in smartphones is aware of what the Android and iOS interfaces look like. Thus what we pointed our attention to was the browser performance. We all know how smooth browsing on the iPhone 4 is. After all, Apple popularized inertial scrolling, touch gestures and tap zooming.
The Android 2.2 Froyo browser has never been as fluid as Safari on any handset, but for a few very valid reasons. The main one is that is renders Adobe Flash, which, as popular as it is around the Web, is a real resource hog. The Android browser also renders the page in real time when zooming, while iOS stops rendering and shows fuzzy image until you’ve finished with the gesture, then it resumes. Nevertheless, because of that navigation in Safari is smoother, and you are not really reading while zooming the page anyway.
The huge plus, however, is the ability of Android’s browser to show Adobe Flash content, which Safari lacks, and Flash is not going away from the Internet any time soon. And in the LG Optimus 2X that support is outstanding, because of the dual-core chipset. Not only is it powerful enough to render heavy Flash pages without much stuttering, but it also does it much faster than on single-core handsets, since recent changes in the Webkit code, as found in the Froyo browser, can delegate tasks to more than one core.
A single-core CPU deals with a script it encounters on a web page until it is executed, whereas with NVIDIA Tegra 2 the tasks are split between the two cores, and they continue fetching the page from the servers while at the same time a script might be executed. But enough with the theory, let’s show you the benchmarks.
First off, the iPhone 4 loaded our home page fully for 31 seconds, while it took the LG Optimus 2X 23 seconds to render it completely, Adobe Flash and all. When we hit refresh, the iPhone 4 was only a second or two late, but not showing the flash ads, of course.
Then we ran BrowserMark and got 48077 on LG’s dual-core phone, while the iPhone 4 scored 30784. On the other popular browsing benchmark Peacekeeper we got 423 for the iPhone 4, whereas the LG Optimus 2X scorched it with 839 points.
To cut a long story short, Apple popularized the multitouch gestures like pinch-to-zoom, and things like double-tap in the iOS Safari browser, so for various reasons they work best there, the absence of Adobe Flash support notwithstanding.
The two handsets offer similar connectivity options, in terms of 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS, but the iPhone 4 notably lacks DLNA and HDMI. It compensates for the lack of DLNA with the AirPlay streaming standard for iOS devices, for which you need the “hockey puck” Apple TV, or a certified device.
The LG Optimus 2X has them both out of the box, so you are covered much better if you want to hook up your phone to your TV via a regular HDMI cable without any additional accessory. Have a look at our HDMI-out video demo on the LG Optimus 2X here.
Native DLNA support is another plus, although you’d better be on a Wireless N router if you want the 1080p videos from your phone to stream to your computer or TV wirelessly without hiccups. The other good news is that you can stream video in formats which your phone doesn’t play, and if the device on the receiving end with the bigger screen has these codecs, it will play the video, regardless of the fact that your phone can’t, which is not possible with AirPlay.
1. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
"who want the iPhone 4 design, simplicity of use, and the fact that iOS is the platform where developers are putting most effort"
Seriously I don't know where the idea that android is super complicated comes into play, my mom who is technically challenged learned how to use a droid in one day.
She like it over my fathers iPhone because she thinks it easier to use (Probably because of physical buttons)
I like both iOS and Android but lets stop making excuses Phonearena. Android is not that complicated and stop saying that everyone thinks it is, because thats not true, and there is no study proving that your point is true.
6. zackh121556 (unregistered)
DUDE! you are on point with this, i have had both OS's and i must say Android is alot more user friendly then iOS, we all just need to slow our rolls because phonearena will always try to find something bad about the Android OS, thats why i spend most of my time at other phone websites.
23. Eingild (unregistered)
Dude, what they mean about Android being complicated is that it is an open source OS that can be modified by TechSavy users. Just like Ubuntu, you can customize it in any way you want it. When I say customization, I'm not just talking about adding widgets or changing wallpapers. Let's say one can alter Android UI whichever suits his/her needs. That's why its SDK is given to the public for free since you can use based on your own preferences.
2. Kakarotto (Posts: 234; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
It's obvious that Optimus 2x is better so I'm asking - Why do you make this stupid comparisons to iPhone? Every new smarthone is compared to an old iPhone - because of that behaviour you're creating a mystical mist around iPhone, a legend that iPhone is the best and then, noobs are going to buy it.
Just make comparison to another smartphone - there are plenty of them, NOT ALWAYS TO THE FU$KING iPhone!
3. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
The iphone4 is a bit old to be compared to a not even released phone. Although flattering, it's unreasonable. Of course the LG Optimus would outperform the iphone4 in many aspects. Even then, I'm still sticking with my iphone. It's a practical phone for my practical needs on a smartphone. Not to mention that I already have apps on my iphone that I've accustomed to use every day that would be hard parting from. But as far as comparing the two devices. The LG Optimus is the clear winner.
4. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)
here's a thought... why dont you guys just STOP doing these until something else beside the iPhone wins?
otherwise its just as pathetically bias as the one before....
5. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)
"the fact that iOS is the platform where developers are putting most effort".
It's true that iOS has a mature software base, but it's had a much longer head start than Android. But to say that developers ARE putting most of their effort into iOS is ludicrous statement with NOTHING to back it up. Considering how quickly the Android market has improved I would say IMHO it's the other way around.
And there are still plenty of shovelware on the appstore. Even with all the reviews, and if your lucky, demos you can still end up with a lemon wishing you could get a refund. That happens much rarer on Android where I can at least try something out for 15-min and return if I don't like it. I'm much more likely to purchase a newly released software that has no reviews or demos.
7. android_hitman (unregistered)
i just can't believe this!!!!
WHY this comparison?
like he said:
"It's obvious that Optimus 2x is better so I'm asking - Why do you make this stupid comparisons to iPhone? Every new smarthone is compared to an old iPhone - because of that behaviour you're creating a mystical mist around iPhone, a legend that iPhone is the best and then, noobs are going to buy it.
Just make comparison to another smartphone - there are plenty of them, NOT ALWAYS TO THE FU$KING iPhone!"
8. eyecam (unregistered)
What I would like to know is if you put the Android browser to plug-in's on demand then how quick does it load in comparison??
10. ios5 (unregistered)
Still iphone4 way better than LG 2x don't get wrong I asked a friend of mine he try out the LG 2x cuz he's working for LG for living myself I like the phone you know what he told the phone it's fast and good looking phone and the battery not that bad but the some time crashes and hang kind of weird cuz it's Dual core! I think and this my opinion iPhone cuz of OS better than Andriod I'm nit saying that Android it's bad or something but google did not optimized Android will or the hardware in some Android phones it doesn't has a quilaty as iPhone or the software didn't work will with hardware.
11. Ivelin (unregistered)
Why we have to compare all mobile phones to iPhone? Because they are the best? I don't think so, they are a great phones but we should not great them so much, and especially the iPhone 4 who has 2 major issues; the reception and battery life. So, why this phone is always on top of any other phones? And they are very limited in terms of music/ dependent on iTunes / and so on. With all my respect to Apple and iPhones I have to say that a phone with such issues should not be rated so high, they have one of the the best features and screen and apps, but if look around you will see much better phones, and remember if a phone is limited to something or dependent ignore it immediately, a phone like this i call it "An Comunist Phone".........
12. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
The iPhone is a capable device and it's always compared to because (like it or not) it pretty much set the standard. As is evident, the Optimus 2X is blatantly copying the iPhone. But I'm sure you all are going to downrank a rather logical comment simply because it's slightly in favor to the iPhone.
14. ivelin (unregistered)
When the first iPhone appeared, from where do you think Apple got and based their standarts and interface? From the other phone companies, isn't it? And you think iPhone do not copying anything, you will see some stuff when the new iPhone 5 comes out.
I'm not against Apple and iPhone, they are a nice phones and deserve to be ranked, but i'm just annoyed that the media use the iPhone as exemplary.....
13. protozeloz (Posts: 5392; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
One recommendation try comparing other phones to each other and people will consider this less biassed
15. Diego! (Posts: 545; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
The real comparison should be actually among four new devices:
LG Optimus 2X, LG Optimus 3D (different chip than LG Op. 2X), Motorola ATRIX 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II
THAT is something we all are looking forward to.
Why should every single new phone be compared to iPhone 4? Geez!
24. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)
that would be comparing turds against turds. in the end, they are all just a pile of steaming feces with a bloated unstable os and are manufactured by companies with non-existant QA divisions. no thanks.
27. Snorkelface (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
And again proving that Apple users have anger issues and little man cyndrome when there is competetion (that is usually better) to an Apple product emerges. Sad...
16. DownwithiPhonearena (unregistered)
Phone arena why everytime i come here you slap me in the face with your baseless iPhone love. you should change the name to iPhonearena it makes a hell of alot more since. seeing as you dont give any phone other than the iphone good reviews. case in point the epic 4g you down ranked it because it doesnt have a kickstand WTF a kickstand only one phone that i know of in the market has a kickstand (aka the evo 4g) why dont you down rank the iPhone 4 because it doesnt have a kickstand or real multitaking or a proper notification system (one that doesnt make you leave what you are doing to check it)
iPhonearena you are pathetic
17. ddd (unregistered)
All i can say is that phonearena are stupid iphone lovers,so if they compare it to another phone,they still think its better.I bet in the future they will compare a quad core smartphone with iphone 4,and they will think it is better
25. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)
if its an android phone, then they will probably be right with that assumption.
28. Snorkelface (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
Another one from this guy?! I'm betting this guy sists there with his iPhone in his hand, all proud of how trendy he is. Then his friends and co-workers arre sitting around him with their Android phones doing things that his iPhone just isn't capable of. His feelings get hurt as they insult his manhood by critiziing his little iPhone and it just sends him into a tizzy. Maybe you should just upgrade your phone so you don't have to be pissed off all the time.
18. ivelin (unregistered)
So you think that a phone with a reception issue, poor battery life, limited to music, no flash, no file transfer via bluetooth and so on, still stays as exemplary to others. Funny isn' it?
How much Apple pays you guys for that?
19. keep it moving (unregistered)
Phonearena and Apple sitting in a tree K I S S I N G . It's funny how much love you have for the fruit phone.
20. Jeff (unregistered)
PhoneArena is definitely getting paid by Apple, no doubt about it. Apple pays them to continue this 'hype' into a 4 year old phone that is missing core features, so that dumb customers come into my cell phone store asking for it without knowing why they even want it. Also, you cannot continue comparing new 4G phones to this old 3G device, it doesnt work.
22. DT71 (unregistered)
What a bunch of stupid comments. Android Fanboys. Sad people. I don't own an iPhone (I own a Samsung Wave), but the iphne IS the standard in multimedia touchscreen phones. Apple just did a great job with the first and every following device. Period. Every other phone is mimmicking it's interface. Even Android and Bada. Why? Because it's a great invention. That's why. Stop whinging about conspiracies and PhoneArena beeing payed by Apple or just don't read the articles. Bunch of cry babies.
31. Ivelin (unregistered)
Is the reception issue is a standard for iPhones? Or the limited music, or the bad battery? Which one is a standard?
From where do you think Apple and iPhone based their standards and UI when were introduced..?
All my friends with the iPhones a cry babies, they all complain because of the reception issue, even with the case boosters..
I just laugh a lot when people say that the iPhone is a leader in the phone industriy.....!
33. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Ummm...it kinda is. Android is leading because it's ubiquitous where as IOS on;y has a few devices. iPhone is a leader in the phone industry. Thank Apple for Android's relevance.
26. iphone<3 (unregistered)
you droid lovers will never understand iphone´s bussiness .......
29. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
Since when is iphone 4 a benchmark to be beaten?!? Lol Phonearena just doesn't want to lose funding from Crapple.
30. highwind (unregistered)
it's just like saying "apple iphone is the best, so we must be better than it"
all this phone competition is just lame
i stick with android though
34. Mihai (unregistered)
iOS was the best, but Android is getting better and better. Sorry iPhone lovers - this is real. I love LG Optimus 2x I'm waiting for it in Switzerland. And I have a quote: Why should we be in the "horde", if you have a little bit of culture you should try something else?! ... like Android.
P.S. If you want to listen to radio ... you buy a radio receiver?! because you don't have radio on iPhone :))