LG Optimus 2X review

Will the world's first dual-core smartphone prove to be a powerhouse?

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LG Optimus 2X review: Interface

This being Android (and Android 2.2 Froyo at that), multiple home screens are the order of the day. There are seven provided in the LG Optimus 2X, and it's pretty clear that the LG team are fans of HTC, with several clear nods to the fan-favourite Sense UI used on phones such as the HTC Incredible S and HTC Desire S.

There's a clock and weather widgets on the first Home screen, which even has a flip clock like HTC's overlay.

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LG's actually provided a whole range of widgets in their own menu when you go the 'Add' option in the Home screen menu.

There's a range of other clocks and alarm clocks, including analogue and digital, bookmarks, calendar, FM radio control, social feeds and more.

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The social feeds app is a large widget with a tab for Facebook and a tab for Twitter, both of which tie into the LG-specific apps for these two social networks that come pre-loaded on the phone.

HTC's Leap View, which graced phones such as the HTC Desire when introduced, is replicated here. Pinch in on a Home screen to bring up all seven in miniature, at which point you can choose one to zoom in on.

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Navigating around the Home screen is quick enough, thanks to that Tegra 2 dual-core processing ticking over inside. There are plenty of frames dropped, but the phone doesn't tend to actually hang – that is to say, it does what you're asking, it skips over the animation part sometimes.

More of a problem is that it can be a picky with regards to touches. Often, pinching in to bring up the helicopter multi-home screen view both activated that view, and thought we'd touched a widget, meaning the phone would zoom out (which is what we wanted) and then suddenly launch something.

More irritating than that is the Lock screen. It's easily the slowest part of the phone to respond, which gets on your nerves when it's standing in the way of you actually doing anything. It's doesn't have this problem all the time, but often enough for us to think it worth mentioning.

Pull down the Notifications bar and you'll notice quick options for turning on and off sound, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, along with a rotation lock button. There's also a permanent music widget.

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Hit the Applications icon and you'll be taken through to the full System Applications list. There's a lot of stuff in here right from the off, thanks to a whole bunch of pre-loaded apps, including Facebook for LG and Twitter for LG.

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These two apps really show off the speed off the phone – there's absolutely no waiting around in them. Tap something and a new screen slides in immediately, not missing a step. Very smooth, very impressive.

The interface is unsurprisingly slick on the whole, considering the power behind it. In the apps that have clearly been optimised for it, it's as fast and responsive as the comparably specced iPad 2, which is no mean feat considering that Android doesn't have the targeted hardware development that Apple does.

However, we aren't that blown away by the interface overall. While it's undoubtedly fast, it's not that much faster than the likes of the HTC Desire S. Android has been running buttery smooth on HTC hardware for a while, but HTC has done more with UI design, improving on LG's efforts here.

We're not saying the Optimus 2X's interface is bad, by any means – Android's popular for a reason, and LG hasn't tinkered with that formula too much.

But when you compare a marginal – sometimes non-existant – speed increase in the LG to an improved user experience overall in HTC Sense, we'd say the latter wins every time.

If you're wondering about the LG Optimus 2X being on Android 2.2 when 2.3 is the new hotness, and already features on the likes of the Google Nexus S and HTC Desire S, then we can only tell you that LG has said a 2.3 upgrade is coming.

We wait hopefully for official word (with the rumours putting the 2.3 drop in July), since it's possible Android 2.3 might help to fix a few of the niggles.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time7.83 Hour
Product ModelOptimus 2x P990
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)139 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height122.4 mm
Width64.2 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time400 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus 2x P990 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Gyro Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberLGP990.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG Optimus 2X is the world's first dual-core Smartphone. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo), the latest Smartphone from LG allows users to experience improved performance when browsing the web, downloading applications and multitasking. Packed with the latest features the LG Optimus 2X offers an 8 MP camera with full HD 1080p video playback and recording. Content can be played back using the HDMI interface which shows content on HD TV displays to full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2x will also offer console-like gaming experience brought to life by the NVIDIA graphics dual-core processor and the phone's gyro sensor.