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LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4

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Performance and Conclusion:

LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4
Both the iPhone 4 and the LG Optimus 2X are very good as phone functions go, with enough earpiece volume and clear voices, as well as good microphones for the receiving end. We replicated the iPhone 4 “death grip” when we took it out of the case, in terms that we lost a bar or two of signal after a while, but it didn’t affect the call quality, maybe because we were in an urban area with enough signal strength.

LG quotes almost 8 hours of talk time in 3G mode for the Optimus 2X, while the iPhone 4 is quoted for 7 hours. What we observed is battery life on par with the other high-end Android devices for the Optimus 2X, which disperses with the rumors that dual-core drains battery faster. If you don’t overload it, it will get you until the next morning easily. Playing a Full HD movie on your big screen TV took its toll on the battery, though - it lasted 3 hours and 17 minutes in that mode.

In conclusion we will say that the LG Optimus 2X is the more powerful and capable device of the two, if we take them as they come, and leave the application stores alone. Where the iPhone 4 shines is its unique design and display resolution, as well as the coherent looks and performance in the interface. The Android 2,2 Froyo skinning is a bit rough around the edges on the LG Optimus 2X, compared to the UI of the iPhone 4, but that’s true for most any Android device still - function trumps form.

Where the LG Optimus 2X excels, though, is snappy browsing, with fast rendering of Adobe Flash, and zippy JavaScript execution - areas where Safari played second fiddle to the Android 2.2 Froyo browser powered by a dual-core chipset, at least in the speed department. LG promised quick update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and, most probably, to 2.4 Ice Cream, which is Gingerbread with support for multi-core chipsets, so the Optimus 2X can only get better.

In the end, we must say that the first dual-core Android phone won’t sway people, who want the iPhone 4 design, simplicity of use, and the fact that iOS is the platform where developers are putting most effort to come up with more and more quality apps.

Who it might sway is the undecided voters, who want the most cutting-edge hardware, and don’t mind getting down and dirty tinkering with their phones now and then. Not to mention the bragging rights that come with owning the first modern dual-core handset. We are sure the LG Optimus 2X will receive a cult status pretty soon with the custom ROM crowd, which will unleash possibilities yet unknown about the handset.

This fame, though, might last only a few months, until the other dual-core Android phones hit the market in the Spring, not to mention the next generation iPhone in the summer, which, as all indications point, will have a second CPU core of its own.


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posted on 17 Feb 2011, 11:31 8

1. Kjayhawk (Posts: 294; Member since: 07 Oct 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.

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 20:55 3

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.

posted on 27 Feb 2011, 21:15

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.

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 11:42 7

2. Kakarotto (Posts: 254; Member since: 07 Dec 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!

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 13:33 3

3. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 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.

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 15:54 2

4. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 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....

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 16:13 2

5. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 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.

posted on 18 Feb 2011, 03:38 1

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!"

posted on 18 Feb 2011, 03:50

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??

posted on 18 Feb 2011, 04:29

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.

posted on 18 Feb 2011, 09:50 1

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".........

posted on 18 Feb 2011, 18:47 1

12. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 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.

posted on 19 Feb 2011, 04:21 3

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.....

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 14:13 1

21. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

It seems I was correct...

posted on 18 Feb 2011, 21:59

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

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

posted on 19 Feb 2011, 08:35 4

15. Diego! (Posts: 679; Member since: 15 Jun 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!

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 15:28 1

24. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:42

27. Snorkelface (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Mar 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...

posted on 19 Feb 2011, 20:29 3

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

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 01:35 2

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

posted on 28 Feb 2011, 15:29

25. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:48

28. Snorkelface (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Mar 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.

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 01:55 3

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?

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 10:30 2

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.

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 10:56 2

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.

posted on 25 Feb 2011, 09:57 2

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.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 09:30

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.....!

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 10:47

33. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 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.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 10:45

32. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Thankyou. I completely agree.

posted on 01 Mar 2011, 15:44 1

26. iphone<3 (unregistered)

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

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