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LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X

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As we mentioned earlier, both smartphones run Android 4.0 out of the box, and hopes are high that an update to 4.1 Jelly Bean will be released one day in the future. To no surprise, we have custom overlays running on these handsets: the Optimus UI 3.0 for the LG Optimus 4X HD and Sense 4.0 for the HTC One X.

We are more satisfied with Sense 4.0 simply because it looks prettier and more consistent. Also, the lock screen is more versatile as it allows app shortcuts to be placed on it – something that you cannot do on Optimus UI 3.0. (UPDATE: Turns out you can have lock screen shortcuts on Optimus UI 3.0 too.) But the 4X HD's interface is not bad at all as it retains the simplicity associated with Android 4.0. Besides, it does not lag or anything, so it is perfectly usable on a daily basis, and if you are not happy with the way things look, there are plenty of customization solutions available at the Google Play store.

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Optimus UI is layered on top of Android 4.0 on the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
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Optimus UI is layered on top of Android 4.0 on the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
LG 
Optimus UI is layered on top of Android 4.0 on the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
LG 
Optimus UI is layered on top of Android 4.0 on the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X

The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X


On-screen keyboard:

Although the two smartphones are wide enough to accommodate spacious portrait on-screen keyboards, we find typing on the Optimus 4X HD a bit easier. That might have something to do with the way the keys are arranged on the HTC One X – with an extra row of arrow keys underneath, which pushes the ones with the letters slightly higher and further away from your thumbs. Nevertheless, our fingers gradually got used to that positioning, although we'd still prefer the 4X HD when it comes to typing text. Besides, there is always landscape mode, in case if dealing with the portrait keyboard is proving too difficult for you.

The on-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboard of the LG Optimus 4X HD - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X

The on-screen keyboard of the HTC One X - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboard of the HTC One X - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X


Processor and memory:

There is no need to say much about the performance of these two devices. The Tegra 3 quad-core processor that powers both of them delivers excellent real-life results no matter the circumstance. One whole gigabyte of RAM comes standard with both handsets for seamless switching between applications. Unsurprisingly, that level of power output is reflected by the pretty high benchmark scores the handsets can achieve.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Optimus 4X HD 3742 11184 52
HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4

Even though the HTC One X does not have a microSD card for storage expansion, its 32 gigabytes of on-board capacity should be plentiful even for power users. The LG Optimus 4X HD has half the gigs, but up to 64GB of additional storage can be added using a microSD card.


Web browser:

HTC has attempted to enhance the browser on the One X with a few twists of its own, yet we are not blown away by the results. Quite the opposite – there are several interface issues that spoil the whole experience. For example, the “Tabs” and “Bookmarks” buttons on the One X are located on a pop-up bar at the bottom, but that bar seems to appear only whenever it feels like it. Also, the whole page is redrawn each time you zoom in or out, sometimes with a slight, but annoying offset to the side. At least we have no complaints when it comes to fluidity, but then again, the same trait applies to the browser on LG's flagship, which is why we'd definitely pick the 4X HD for surfing the web.

The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is very smooth - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is very smooth - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is very smooth - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The browser on the LG Optimus 4X HD is very smooth - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X

The built-in browser of the HTC One X - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - LG Optimus 4X HD vs HTC One X


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