LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

We are always excited here at PhoneArena when we have to compare two outstanding handsets, but our excitement gauge breaks out of range today, because we are about to throw into the gladiator pit the top of the cell phone food chain.

In the left corner a powerful new contender is flexing his guns - the LG Optimus 2X and on the right is the most talked-about and profitable cell phone of all times - the iPhone 4. Spartan industrial design that just dashes through benchmarks with the sheer raw power of its dual-core chipset, versus a thin boutique device with cult-like reputation for running hundreds of thousands of quality apps that make it a Swiss Army knife of a phone.

One of the handsets can record Full HD 1080p video and splash it all over your TV via HDMI, or render Adobe Flash and JavaScript with crazy speeds in its browser. The other can’t do these, but is still selling like hot cakes. Is dual-core powerful enough to bulldoze the Apple orchard? Read on to find out...


The Apple iPhone 4 is like no other in design - steel and glass become one to form an image that both genders find appealing. The LG Opimus 2X, in its turn, tries to convey a high-tech image of a cold, but powerful handset, and succeeds, be it only for the grey-silver sides, and the HDMI title font on the protective cap - it looks like it’s something the Terminator would use.

How surprising it is then to find out that they both actually... weigh almost the same, and when you handle the sharp edges of the iPhone 4 it even feels rougher than the greyish slab with 4” display, but soft-touch plastic on the back that is the LG Optimus 2X.

And here we come to the screens. LG makes the 3.5” 640x960 pixels Retina Display of the iPhone, so naturally it slapped a similar IPS-LCD technology on the 4” screen of its own top-of-the-line creation, but with the lower resolution of 480x800 pixels. It also seems less bright and, of course, with lower pixel density than the one on the iPhone 4.

For some reason it also has narrower viewing angles than the Retina Display, so it might not be the best LG is capable of. Many users would take a very good 4” screen any day before a 3.5” excellent one of the same technology, but a larger screen comes at a price. In the Optimus 2X case it's the larger size, not least because of the excessive space beneath the display, which could have been used for, well, more screen.

Overall, while we don't mind the cold high-tech nature of the LG Optimus 2X's bland looks, we've seen soft-touch plastic on a phone before, thus the sheer exclusivity of the iPhone 4 design tips the scales in its favor here.

Apple iPhone 4 360-degree View:

LG Optimus 2X 360-degree View:



1. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 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: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 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: Sep 09, 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: May 14, 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: Feb 11, 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: Dec 16, 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.....

21. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

It seems I was correct...

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

One recommendation try comparing other phones to each other and people will consider this less biassed

15. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 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: Mar 16, 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: Mar 02, 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: Mar 16, 2010

if its an android phone, then they will probably be right with that assumption.

28. Snorkelface

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 02, 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

Hello iPhoneArena.com 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: Dec 16, 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.

32. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

Thankyou. I completely agree.

26. iphone<3 unregistered

you droid lovers will never understand iphone´s bussiness .......

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