It seems like there are new Android phones every day, and this is why it is so important to differentiate. Manufacturers do everything they can to make their phones stand out, and LG has certainly taken a right step with the Optimus 2X. This is world's first dual-core phone! But is that all it takes to make a hit phone? Find out in the review.
LG Optimus 2X has a nice hardware design, though it looks a bit uninspired. The WVGA, 4-inch display dominates the front of the device, with four capacitive Android buttons below the screen. Above the screen, you can find a speaker grill and a front-facing camera. There are two volume buttons on the side, and a micro USB port on the bottom of the device. There is a power button, headset jack, and a mini HDMI port on the top. The back of the device gets a bit more interesting, however. There is a protruding 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, which descends into a chrome strip with "With Google" logo etched on it.
Optimus 2X was the first phone to hit the market with Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor. This device also comes with 8GB of internal storage and an expandable microSD slot expandable up to 32GB. This device also packs 512 MB RAM. The 4-inch IPS display is one of the best displays we have seen as of late, with great viewing angles and outside visibility. It is no Super AMOLED Plus, but it is a decent screen.
LG Optimus 2X comes with stock Android. Woo hoo, let's cheer! Right? Wrong. It comes with stock Froyo, Android 2.2. LG has promised a Gingerbread update for this phone, but it is still not here. We love the fact that LG has not messed with a working formula - Yes, stock Android is always better - but we would have liked to see stock Gingerbread more.
That said, we still respect LG's choice to use stock Android. The stock Android experience may not be as flashy as HTC Sense, or as nice looking as TouchWhiz 4.0, but it does the job. And it does it with the least number of force quits or software quirks. The only non-Google apps LG included here are 'Polaris Office', 'Smart Share', and 'Video Player'. The 'Video Player' app let's users to playback 1080p video right on the phone. It's a great app.
We are not quite sure if this is a software or hardware issue, but we experienced frequent shut-offs with this unit. It seems that this is a widespread issue for Optimus 2X and G2X units. Many people are complaining about this issue online, and exchanging the unit does not make the problems go away. Whatever the cause is, this needs to be resolved as soon as possible.
We like the camera on the Optimus 2X. It comes with a custom LG camera app with lots of options, similar to the camera app on Samsung Galaxy S II. It really has as many options as some point-and-shoot cameras. The 8-megapixel sensor performs very well for photos. There are plenty of detail and colors are very accurate.
There is no tap-to-focus or a two step hardware camera button, and it does not constantly autofocus. This means that when you press the shutter, it will take half second to focus and then actually take the picture. This can be frustrating and you could miss the moment. The rear camera can shoot videos at 1080p resolution, but 1080p video looks like an up-scaled 720p video. That said, video quality is still very good for a cellphone camera. In 1080p mode, video is 9.62 Mbits/sec and 24 frames per second. This is as good or better than those flip pocket camcorders.
- Tegra 2, super fast performance
- Okay design
- 8-megapixel camera
- Frequent reboots
- Bland design
- So-so picture quality
Optimus 2X is a great phone with some flaws. We enjoy stock Android and super-fast Tegra 2 dual-core chip. And yet, we are not happy to see a Froyo phone, especially when we know that this hardware can handle Gingerbread without a problem. If LG works at the issues we listed, this phone can be one of the best smartphones on the market right now. Let's just hope that LG delivers on those updates and make this phone a godly phone that it should be! We give the Optimus 2X 3 enjoyment balloons out of 4.