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LG Optimus 2X Review

LG Optimus 2X

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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.

Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus 2X Review

The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review
The camcorder interface - LG Optimus 2X Review

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.

LG Optimus 2X Review
Vivid mode - LG Optimus 2X Review
LG Optimus 2X Review
Vivid 
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LG Optimus 2X Review
 

Vivid mode

 

Vivid mode

 
Color 
effects - LG Optimus 2X Review
Color 
effects - LG Optimus 2X Review
Color 
effects - LG Optimus 2X Review
Color 
effects - LG Optimus 2X Review
Color 
effects - LG Optimus 2X Review

Color effects

Sample images 
taken with the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X Review
Vivid mode - Sample images 
taken with the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X Review
Sample images 
taken with the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X Review
Sample images 
taken with the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X Review
Sample images 
taken with the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X Review
 

Vivid mode

   

Sample images taken with the LG Optimus 2X



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.

Strong - Indoor samples - LG Optimus 2X Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG Optimus 2X Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Optimus 2X Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - LG Optimus 2X Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples



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.

LG Optimus 2X Review
LG Optimus 2X Review
LG Optimus 2X Review

Music player in landscape mode - LG Optimus 2X Review
Music player in landscape mode - LG Optimus 2X Review
Music player in landscape mode - LG Optimus 2X Review
Music player in landscape mode - LG Optimus 2X Review
Music player in landscape mode - LG Optimus 2X Review


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.

The video player of LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X Review

The video player of LG Optimus 2X


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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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