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LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

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The main difference between the 5MP shooter on the iPhone 4, and the 8MP one on the LG Optimus 2X is the dual-core LG phone’s ability to record Full HD 1080p video, whereas the iPhone 4 maxes out at HD 720p. The camera interfaces also couldn’t be more different - LG’s creation has an abundance of scenes, settings and preset modes, whereas the iPhone 4 takes the term “point and shoot” to a whole new level. If you are looking for the easiest casual way to snap a photo with your handset, the iPhone 4 won’t bother you with any settings.

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Camera interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Camera interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

The quality of the pictures from the iPhone 4 has been well-analyzed numerous times. The phone produces contrasty, saturated images, with a very good amount of detail and focus. They tend to be a bit noisy, for the sake of sharpness, and have slightly warmer hue inside.

With the LG Optimus 2X, on the other hand, the noise is less discernible, but post-processing it smears the shot a little bit. Still, the handset captures plenty of detail, but the colors in good daylight appear a bit colder than they actually are. With cloudy skies the shots are murky, and the colors again appear colder than they are in reality. Indoor shots, though, are very good, with sharp details and true colors, whereas the light from the LED flash is more powerful than the one on the iPhone 4. As mentioned above, a lot of indoor shots taken with the iPhone 4 have this annoying yellow tint to them.

Outdoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

Outdoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

Outdoor samples made with the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

Outdoor samples made with the Apple iPhone 4 on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the Apple iPhone 4 on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the Apple iPhone 4 on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the Apple iPhone 4 on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the Apple iPhone 4 on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Outdoor samples made with the Apple iPhone 4 on a cloudy day - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

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Darkness with flash - Indoor samples made with the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

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Strong - Indoor samples made with the Apple
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Now, for the video, we won’t be reinventing the wheel when we tell you that the Full HD 1080p video option gives a real advantage in the amount of detail the LG Optimus 2X is able to capture, compared to the iPhone 4. Despite the high compression levels, we can see more minute details on the Full HD video samples taken in one and the same location with the Optimus 2X, thаn on the HD video, captured with the iPhone 4.

The frame rate of 24 per second is lower in 1080p mode than the 30fps of the iPhone 4 in 720p mode, so the Full HD videos with LG’s handset are not as smooth looking in comparison. The colors in the video samples follow the same trend observed in the stills - oversaturated, sometimes blown-up colors from the iPhone 4, very cold ones from the LG Optimus 2X when cloudy, and slightly colder than reality when the daylight is plentiful.

We would have given our preference to the video capture from the dual-core phone here, if it wasn’t for the sluggish exposure and white balance adjustments on the LG Optimus 2X. The iPhone 4 is much zippier to seamlessly adjust the brightness when you pan around, or a bright object enters the frame, whereas on the videos with the Optimus 2X it goes as if you are slowly turning Venetian Blinds. Hopefully this can be remedied with a firmware update of sorts.

Nevertheless, because of the abundance of detail in the 1080p videos, the very good indoor shots, and the wider lens view, we’d give slight advantage to the Optimus 2X in the camera comparison.











Now let’s turn our attention to music. Both handsets have stereo speakers at the bottom, which are very good (for handset speakers, that is). We only wish the speakers were more powerful on both, otherwise the sound output is clear enough.

The LG Optimus 2X music player interface is almost stock Android in portrait mode, and can’t hold water compared to the iPod player on the iPhone 4. Turn the phone in landscape mode, though, and the LG Optimus 2X shows one of the prettiest interfaces to list and play your music we’ve encountered. The albums are arranged in a Cover Flow-esque carousel with 3D effects and transparent titles. A handy alphabetic slider at the bottom allows for quick find of the needed album in case your collection is vast.

Music player of the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Music player of the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Music player of the LG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

Music player of the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Music player of the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Music player of the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4


As for video playback, Apple’s iOS devices' format support is poorer than the one on the LG Optimus 2X. The Android phone plays MPEG and H.263/.264 files, and, when you register it with the DivX Player on your computer (see the option in the Settings menu), it also plays DivX/Xvid files. We also played .MKV files in the Matroska container with the QQPlayer from Android Market, but 1080p video lags a bit - this player is still not optimized to process so much info in that format.

The video player of theLG Optimus 2X - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

The video player of the
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Video playback with the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Video playback with the Apple iPhone 4 - LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4


When we combine the rich format support with the fact that the LG Optimus 2X plays Full HD 1080p video, and has a bigger 4” screen than the iPhone 4, it is the clear winner in video playback. Not that you will appreciate Full HD on any phone’s screen resolution, but it gives you that warm glow inside when you see the video clip resolution pegged at 1920x1080p, and your phone has only warmed up a little.

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