LG Optimus 2X Review
The in-call quality from the earpiece of the LG Optimus 2X is quite decent in terms of accurate voice   representation, but it could use a bit more strength for when you are in noisy environments. The other party said they could hear us well, and our voices sounded natural.

Contrary to the popular belief that the dual-core Tegra 2 will suck the life out of your battery faster than you can say “1500mAh”, the LG Optimus 2X behaved quite gently with the juice pack. It is rated at almost 8 hours of talk time in 3G mode, which is on the long side for an Android handset, and, indeed, while we handled the phone we didn't notice a shorter battery life than the other high-end Android smartphones. Oh, and the phone doesn't heat up too much, to mitigate some concerns about heat from dual-core chipsets. It does get a little warm under pressure, but less than the HTC Desire HD, and especially than the thin Sony Ericsson Xperia arc we handled, both of which have second-gen Snapdragon chipsets.


You won't be able to conclude right away that the spartan-looking handset you are holding in your hands is the first modern dual-core phone, when you handle the LG Optimus 2X. It doesn't have a flashy design, or “2X” written all over it. You might start getting a hint when you see the option for recording 1920x1080p video in the camera interface, but that's about it. The interface is fluid, browsing and multitasking are top-notch, but so are they on many high-end Android handsets these days.

It is enough to run one of the standard benchmark tests, though, and you will immediately come to grips with the fact that the LG Optimus 2X is the most powerful Android phone to hit retail to date. Others will soon follow, but the LG Optimus 2X will stay forever in our hearts as the first one which made it on the balmy dual-core shores, where lag, stuttering and insufficient power to run Adobe Flash are a thing of the past.

To top it off, the phone offers a fully-featured HDMI port for watching 1080p videos or play games on your TV, as well as a helpful selection of preinstalled apps, like a year's worth of Mobile Security subscription. And so it goes - this Android powerhouse is a no-brainer if the price is right, be it for the simple fact that you will be future-proof when developers start dishing out apps which take advantage of two cores.

All the other alternatives to the LG Optimus 2X are, naturally, of the single-core variety, and not going to score you any geek points, but you can head over to the HTC Desire HD, which has a bigger screen and more appealing design, or stick with the former performance king – the Samsung Galaxy S, simply because of its beautiful Super AMOLED display.

LG Optimus 2X Video Review:


  • The most powerful Android phone on the market for now
  • Records and plays Full HD 1080p video
  • Easy to use full-featured HDMI port


  • Average camera quality
  • A tad on the large side

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11 Reviews



1. mart unregistered

:D LOL!!!!!

2. Prodigy unregistered

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

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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 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

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Oh and I forgot, those low light pics for this phone....very nice.

3. kasha unregistered

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

Thanks for the review. Its a nice early review but don't feel very thorough.

5. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

The keyboard and messaging reminds me of the iPhone.

6. surethom

Posts: 1631; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

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

Posts: 2198; 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

8. kasha unregistered

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

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

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

Get your facts straight. Samsung Wave II is Super Clear LCD and not IPS LCD. It's not Super AMOLED because of shortage. Also, 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

Posts: 1631; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

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

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.

19. Marwan

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 08, 2011


16. AlonShtrafun

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 17, 2010

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

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

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

A great handset like this should be reviewed by Joven. I don't quite get it.

22. ArenaFan

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

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

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

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...

26. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

Im buying a new phone soon.Should i buy this or xperia arc.

28. beN unregistered

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.

29. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

i agree with you! Samsung sucks!

30. Longingfore

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

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

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

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
Optimus 2X
  • 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(7.83h talk time)

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