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LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S

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Interface:

There is a lot to like about the interfaces on both the LG Optimus 4X HD and the iPhone 4S. For starters, LG's flagship runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, many elements of which can be customized. Home screen widgets, alternative launchers, live wallpapers, and whatever you can think of can be downloaded from the Google Play store, in case you don't find the Optimus UI 3.0 eye-pleasing. With the iPhone 4S, however, which will run on iOS 5 until later this fall, you can change your wallpaper and that is about it. Nevertheless, so many users are quite happy with the platform's intuitive, minimalist outlay that we don't think its lack of customization options is that big of a drawback. At the end of the day, it all depends what your personal preferences are.

The LG Optimus 4X HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, many elements of which can be customized - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The LG Optimus 4X HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, many elements of which can be customized - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The LG Optimus 4X HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, many elements of which can be customized - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The LG Optimus 4X HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, many elements of which can be customized - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The LG Optimus 4X HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, many elements of which can be customized - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The LG Optimus 4X HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, many elements of which can be customized - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The LG Optimus 4X HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, many elements of which can be customized - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The LG Optimus 4X HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, many elements of which can be customized - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
iOS 5 on the Apple iPhone 4S - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S


On-screen keyboard:

Typing on the iPhone's on-screen keyboard is not difficult at all, especially when your fingers get used to it. Besides, you can always flip the phone sideways and use the keyboard's even more spacious landscape orientation. But the LG Optimus 4X HD is wider, and so is its portrait keyboard, which makes typing on it noticeably easier. Besides, its auto-complete bar is a quite useful addition.

On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
Portrait keyboard - On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 4S - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
Landscape QWERTY - On-screen keyboard of the Apple iPhone 4S - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S

Portrait keyboard

Landscape QWERTY



Processor and memory:

Ready for some hardware specs? Okay, here we go: the LG Optimus 4X HD comes equipped with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor ticking at 1.5GHz along with 1GB of RAM. The iPhone 4S, on the other hand, has a dual-core A5 processor, and 512MB of RAM. From all those numbers written on a piece of paper, the average user might conclude that the Optimus 4X HD offers superior performance, but in reality, both smartphones run as fluidly as a smartphone should. What's more is that in some cases, the iPhone 4S feels slightly more responsive to the user's input. With both devices, switching between applications happens almost instantly, and lags throughout their interfaces are quite uncommon.

As we mentioned earlier, the iPhone 4S does not have expandable storage. That said, you will have to drop plenty of cash on the table if you want a model with more than 16GB built-in. The LG Optimus 4X HD offers more flexibility with its microSD card slot, which can add up to 64GB on top of its built-in 16GB of storage.


Internet browser:

Both smartphones come with very capable web browsers, but the overall experience is better on the LG Optimus 4X HD. That is mostly due to the device's larger screen, which allows more stuff to be viewed comfortably without the need for scrolling. Besides, the browser supports Adobe Flash, so it can play back embedded videos and draw that extra eye-candy on web pages that contain it. However, don't get us wrong as Safari on the iPhone 4S is great as well and excels when it comes to fluidity.

The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is very smooth - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is very smooth - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is very smooth - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is very smooth - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S

The web 
browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The web 
browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The web 
browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S
The web 
browsing experience on the Apple iPhone 4S is a very engaging one - LG Optimus 4X HD vs Apple iPhone 4S


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