LG Optimus 2X Review
posted by Daniel P. / Feb 01, 2011, 9:34 AM
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.
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.
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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...
posted on Feb 01, 2011, 11:01 AM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 02, 2011, 3:55 AM 2
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
posted on Feb 01, 2011, 11:31 AM 0
Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 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
posted on Feb 01, 2011, 6:47 PM 0
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
posted on Feb 01, 2011, 7:57 PM 2
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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
posted on Feb 03, 2011, 9:35 AM 0
Get your facts straight. Samsung Wave II is Super Clear LCD and not IPS LCD. It's not Super AMOLED because of shortage. Also, http://www.gsmarena.com/displa
SAMOLED>IPS LCD in terms of contrast and color rendition. PA should not have compared two IPS LCD's, there's just not point.
posted on Feb 27, 2011, 7:16 PM 0
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NO LED notification light, that is stupid, well LG, I will give my £ to HTC or Motorola, silly mistake DONT follow Silly Samsung.
posted on Feb 04, 2011, 3:09 AM 2
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.
posted on Feb 05, 2011, 11:43 PM 4
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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.
posted on Feb 04, 2011, 2:28 PM 0
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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.
posted on Feb 17, 2011, 12:20 PM 0
Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 20, 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...
posted on Jul 08, 2011, 4:34 PM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 21, 2011, 1:21 AM 1
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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
posted on Aug 06, 2012, 3:59 AM 0
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- Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
- Processor NVIDIA Tegra 250 T20 (Harmony), Dual-core, 1000 MHz
- Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 1500 mAh