Review: LG Optimus 2X
The speed of the device is obvious. There’s no waiting for things to happen with the Optimus 2X. Apps open instantly, flicking to others or between open apps is done without delay.
The LG Optimus has an impressive 4-inch touchscreen with four virtual keys below the screen on the front panel – menu, home, back and search.
On the bottom edge is a USB/charging port between two speakers while the volume up and down keys are on the right side.
The HDMI Out port is on top between the 3.5mm headphone jack and the on/off sleep key.
On the back is an 8 megapixel camera with flash which is set at the end of an aluminium stripe that runs up the centre of the panel.
When compared to the latest Android devices, the LG Optimus 2X is a little bulkier at 139g and 10.9mm thick although the device is far from being a brick.
We’ve already said the LG Optimus 2X is fast and it’s worth saying again – it’s fast.
The main selling point of this device is that it’s fast and we can see why.
Users won’t be waiting for apps to open and to flick between homescreens.
It is only a couple of milliseconds faster than the latest smartphones which are far from being slow but users who need that extra zip will find it with the LG Optimus 2X.
The LG’s speed also comes into play nicely when there are several applications running at the same time and you can easily switch these apps and maintain all your data.
The Tegra processor also helps move thing along when it comes to playing video and music on the device.
The web browsing experience is also satisfying and complete with Flash compatibility so you can see sites as they would appear on your computer.
Being able to mirror the LG Optimus 2X screen on your TV through the HDMI Out port worked well although we had to source our own micro HDMI cable because couldn’t find one in the box.
Picture quality with the device’s 8 megapixel were of decent quality in bright conditions and the flash worked well for those illuminate the scene for close up photos in lower light conditions.
Colours were a little muted and lacked a little warmth but passes for capturing those on-the-spot moments.
On the video side the LG Optimus 2X also captures full high definition video and while resolution was not an issue, the colour reproduction was good not great.
Still, it is a handy way to capture video on the go and easy to share it on your TV through the HDMI Out port.
Battery life was on par with other similar devices and got us easily through a full work day and half way into the next.
If it was a Formula One race, the LG Optimus 2X would easily be first across the finish line.
It is a solid package that offers an excellent screen, excellent speed and a fine user experience. It is also great value at just $649.
While it would have been nice to have it as sleek and thin as the Xperia Arc and the Galaxy S II, the LG Optimus easily holds it own against these other models in terms of performance and even exceeds them in some areas.
If speed’s what you need, the LG Optimus 2X deserves a test drive.
LG Optimus 2X
Four stars (out of five)