LG Optimus 4X HD review

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

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The Optimus 4X HD couldn't be faster. It seriously blazes along when surfing. With full HSPA and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, surfing is a breeze.

We couldn't believe it when, over Wi-Fi, we loaded the TechRadar homepage. We didn't even get to a second before the mobile site was all displayed and ready to go.

LG Optimus 4X HD review

When we chose the full HTML site, it was up completely in just over two seconds. And that's with all animations and elements loaded completely. It really was stunning.

We expected it to slow right down away from Wi-Fi but using T-Mobile's H+ signal in London, we got the same results with just ONE second added onto those times. This really is one of the fastest phones we've used for surfing.

The LG Optimus 4X HD is also one of a dying breed in that it supports flash. We used to moan about phones not running it but since even Adobe itself decided to scrap mobile support for Flash – and even the Android Chrome browser has scrapped it – this has become less relevant.

Yet, it's still nice to have because as we go through this age of transition to HTML5, there are still, undeniably, lots of sites that use it. Which makes it really great to at least have.

The other beauty is that screen. It is razor sharp so even zoomed out, web pages look fantastic, despite the gap between the glass and display.

LG Optimus 4X HD review

And it supports text reflow really well. Double tap to zoom in and out (as with most phones) and just pinch to zoom and watch it reflow to fit the screen, even if it means just having one or two words per line. This is a feature so many phones fail to manage other than HTC's line, so we're glad it's popped up on the Optimus 4X HD.

Bookmarks are laid out nicely with real thumbnails of the page though we were disappointed that it doesn't automatically sync your bookmarks with Google.

LG Optimus 4X HD review

Chrome does this (which can be downloaded from Google Play) as does the stock browser on the Samsung Galaxy S3, but LG hasn't thought this far ahead which means you have to muck about more than you should have had to.

There is also the option to save pages for offline viewing in case you go underground or somewhere unobtainable. This does work but it appears to turn the page into an image rather than a webpage.

Which means links don't work. So, say you are looking at something on your saved page and decide to then click on a link when your signal comes back, you can't as tapping just zooms in.

You then have to go back into the main body of the browser which means more fiddling. Not a big disappointment but a minor irritation, nevertheless.

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