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LG Optimus 2X Review

LG Optimus 2X

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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.

Messaging on the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X Review
Messaging on the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X Review
Messaging on the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X Review

On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus 2X Review
On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus 2X Review
On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus 2X Review

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.

LG's own email app - LG Optimus 2X Review
LG's own email app - LG Optimus 2X Review

We had a great experience with the browser on the LG Optimus 2X – almost no problems with fluidity when scrolling, panning around, using double or pinch-to-zoom. What's more, probably due to the powerful chipset, Adobe Flash doesn't seem to slow it down much - Flash ads showed quickly, and playing embedded videos worked as advertised, except for one Flash site, where we had to refresh the page for the video to stop buffering, and start playing. Since the chipset is so mighty, it executes both JavaScript and Adobe Flash elements very quickly, so we have the full Web experience loading extremely fast.

The browser on the LG Optimus 2X executes both JavaScript and Adobe Flash elements very quickly - LG Optimus 2X Review
The browser on the LG Optimus 2X executes both JavaScript and Adobe Flash elements very quickly - LG Optimus 2X Review
The browser on the LG Optimus 2X executes both JavaScript and Adobe Flash elements very quickly - LG Optimus 2X Review
The browser on the LG Optimus 2X executes both JavaScript and Adobe Flash elements very quickly - LG Optimus 2X Review

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.

HDMI - LG Optimus 2X Review
LG Optimus 2X Review
SmartShare app for DLNA - LG Optimus 2X Review
LG Optimus 2X Review

HDMI

 

SmartShare app for DLNA

 

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.

Google Maps 5.0 - LG Optimus 2X Review
Google Maps 5.0 - LG Optimus 2X Review
The Tegra Zone app - LG Optimus 2X Review
The Tegra Zone app - LG Optimus 2X Review

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.

The LG Optimus 2X comes with a free one-year subscription to F-Secure's Mobile Security suite - LG Optimus 2X Review
The LG Optimus 2X comes with a free one-year subscription to F-Secure's Mobile Security suite - LG Optimus 2X Review
The LG Optimus 2X comes with a free one-year subscription to F-Secure's Mobile Security suite - LG Optimus 2X Review
The LG Optimus 2X comes with a free one-year subscription to F-Secure's Mobile Security suite - LG Optimus 2X Review

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.

Remote Support - LG Optimus 2X Review

Remote Support


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.

Document Master - LG Optimus 2X Review
LG Optimus 2X Review
The Mirror app - LG Optimus 2X Review
Car Home - LG Optimus 2X Review

Document Master

 

The Mirror app

Car Home



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.

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LG Optimus 2X

LG Optimus 2X

OS: Android 4.0 2.2
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 250 T20 (Harmony), Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.88 x 2.49 x 0.43 inches
(123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 7.83 hours talk time

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