PocketReview: LG Optimus 2X

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The LG Optimus 2X is the world’s first smartphone with a dual-core processor – NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset to be exact, acknowledged by the Guinness World Records Book.

The Optimus 2X also happens to be an Android phone. With features and capabilities of smartphones on a furious pace upwards, increased processing power is required. Arguably the highest powered Android Phone to date, we were eager to put the 2X through the paces and see how far forward the dual-core could push Android.

The Optimus 2X has a 4-inch screen with 800 by 480 pixel resolution – not the most bright or beautiful screen on the market, but definitely top of the line. It’s got a solid 8MP camera (more on that later), HDMI out, 3.5mm headset jack,  FM radio tuner, stereo speakers, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and a MicroSD slot capable of 32GB. It’s also got 8GB of internal memory and 512MB RAM.

The build quality of the Optimus 2X is strong. It’s slim (.43 inches) and light (less than 5 ounces), but still feels solid in the hand and is certainly pocketable. I’m not a big fan of the metal stripe on the back, but many others might. It definitely serves as a distinguishing characteristic in a land where smartphones are often hard to tell apart.

With all these great hardware features and a dual-core processor – 2 cores each running at 1GHz – I’m sure you’re wondering how well it powers the Optimus 2X software on Android 2.2. Time to find out.

 

Gaming experience on Tegra II processor

 

The Optimus 2X has 7 homescreens which you can tone down to 5 or 3 if you’d like. Double tapping the home button or pinching the home screen will offer an overview of your screens for quick jumping. Android’s notifications/status bar has toggle options for sound, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Auto-rotate, and music pinned to the top which is very convenient. The applications tray also comes with additional options and I appreciate the ability to re-organize them in different views, but android’s default alphabetical organization should be made the default option whereas LG initially separates your market downloads and places them at the bottom.

The LG Optimus 2X has 8mp rear facing camera which does a decent job but few pics were grainy and choppy and the videos were just decent.

This phone is a very high-end smartphone which has amazing performance but we wil have to wait and watch if it can defeat the likes of Samsung Galaxy SII.

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