LG Optimus 2X review

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LG Optimus 2X review: Contacts and calling

As is usual with Android, you can expect to pull through your Google account contacts into the LG Optimus 2X if you've got them set up. LG has also included social networking apps covering Twitter, Facebook and MySpace that can add in your contacts from each of the networks (though other apps, including the official Twitter app, can also import contacts).

The contact import options for these two apps are intelligent, enabling you to import everyone automatically, import manually or (our favourite) only import information from contacts you already have a contact entry for.

The thing is, while you would think that this last option would guarantee you no duplicate entries, we still ended up with some. If the phone was confident enough in a match to bring the details down from Facebook, why wasn't it confident enough to link them?

Merging contacts is performed by going into one of the duplicate entries and choosing to edit the contact. Facebook and Twitter entries will say you can't edit the information, but the 'Join' option is still available if you press the Menu button.

The actual contact list isn't too unusual for modern socially-minded smartphones. You can see all of the contacts in a big list with the alphabet at the side. Beneath each person's name will be an update from Twitter or Facebook if linked in.

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At the top of this list is a search box and a button to add a new contact. Overlaid at the top of the screen are tabs to enable quick switching from your contacts list to the dialler, your call log and any contact groups your have, including your favourites.

When you tap on a contact, you're given a list of all the information you have for them, as well as contextual options for each entry if it can have more than one use (such as choosing between calling or texting a mobile phone number).

All the information is big and clear on the Optimus 2X's four-inch screen. There are also tabs at the top for looking at other information related to the contact, including their Facebook photos, if their account is linked.

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You can also access many options for a contact just by long-pressing on their name in the main contact list.

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The Optimus 2X is quite strong at picking up signal, which translates into strong 3G broadband speeds. We had no problems placing calls, even in known difficult spots.

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However, this didn't translate into a great calling experience. The ear speaker sits flush to the join between the glass screen and the surround. You can't really feel it when you're holding the phone to your head, which means it can stray off slightly and you'll lose the sound quickly.

The same earspeaker also doesn't carry very well. It's drowned out by traffic noise far easier than a lot of other phones.

The sound quality on calls was acceptable, but this isn't the phone's strongest point, despite the decent signal.

The loudspeaker also doesn't get super loud. If you're on a clear line, it'll serve you well for conference calls, but throw in even a little distortion and things get murky.


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.