LG Optimus 4X HD review

Can LG's first quad-core phone offer anything different?

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Android handsets are brilliant for those who want to use them as navigation devices. The reason is simple – Google Maps is hands down the best free mapping solution for mobile devices and when linked to the incredible (and free) Google Navigation, you have a full and powerful mobile sat nav with live traffic information in your pocket with no charges to pay other than the data ones.

LG Optimus 4X HD review

Going out of range used to be a problem but no longer. Google has now updated Maps so that it allows users to download sections of a county for offline use.

Not only this, you can even browse maps of some indoor locations (though obviously, you won't want to drive your car indoors.)

And if all of this is not good enough, you also get a multitude of other navigation apps available on the Google Play store – some free, some chargeable.

Obviously, using GPS drains the battery so make sure you have a charger cable in your car and that should keep you going. As for the signal, we really had no complaints. It was fairly quick to lock on in under 15 seconds for the first time and managed to keep that signal in open air. When going through tunnels, it regained a lock almost straight away on emergence into the bright daylight.


LG Optimus 4X HD review

App wise, the Optimus 4X HD comes with a fair smattering of offerings.

Aside from the obvious ones like calculator and clock (plus the standard Google suite), you get others like Backup (which backs up your Google apps to an SD card), Memo taker, Yahoo! News, Remote Call (which allows LG to get in touch and help you if you can't work your device) and a few other bits and pieces.

There is a Media Hub too which brings together all of your music, video and pictures but we couldn't quite see the point – it just replicates the individual Gallery, Music and Video Player apps.

Of course, these are just tasters – there are hundreds of thousands of apps available in the Google Play store and part of the fun is hunting around in there to see what you can get for nothing.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory1 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS
SAR Value0.51 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus 4X HD
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 900, GSM 850, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1800, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time4 Hour
Product ModelP880
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)134 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density313 ppi
Height132.4 mm
Width68.1 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time100 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus 4X HD P880 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Product LineOptimus 4X HD
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberLGP880.AITAWH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Spotless image with an Expansive True HD Display

The ingenious combination of True HD and IPS guarantees that you'll enjoy life-like color clarity with bright and brilliant viewing whether you're indoors, outdoors or viewing from wide angles. The True HD IPS Display with 313 pixels per inch and 550 nit brightness boasts readability that's crisper, sharper and reduces typos. Capture theatre-like excitement with a 4.7" 16:9 aspect ratio screen that delivers vibrant and outstanding visual resolution.

Package Contents
  • Optimus 4X HD P880 Smartphone
  • Standard Battery
  • Travel Charger
  • Earphone
  • Data Cable