LG Optimus 4X HD review

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

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The Optimus 4X HD is a really competent point and shoot. Not the best we've used but passable for a bit of playing about. It comes with two cameras on board – a 1.3MP job on the front which is good for vanity and an 8MP shooter round the back.

On the whole, we weren't overwhelmed with the quality of snaps. In average light, they looked clear and sharp with good colour representation. In some cases, strong light meant the whole image just looked washed out.

In no light, the LED flash made a world of difference and illuminated a pitch black room well enough to take a snap. That flash is pretty intense – much like the Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3 and far superior to the HTC One X which tends to throw in a bit of noise for good measure, unfortunately.

Plus, you get some good features like Continuous Shot (which gives you six photos snapped in burst mode) and Time Catch Shot which also captures the seconds before you hit the shutter so you don't miss the crucial moment.

HDR mode wasn't amazing – with a fair bit of blur making the final result.

Scene modes aren't overly generous – you get the basics like Sports and Night and not much else. The Optimus can switch between auto focus mode and face tracking mode.

LG Optimus 4X HD review

We found that the auto focus was slow to refocus in good light though and that meant some good opportunities were lost. At least you do have the option of tap to focus.

We did have a few other gripes too. Firstly, there's no shutter button. We know lots of phones don't have them these days but that doesn't make it right.

LG Optimus 4X HD review

When you hold these phones like cameras and they have so many camera-like features, it really grates to not be able to take a photo with a dedicated button.

Secondly, tasks like changing the flash from 'off' to 'on' are not overly easy as you have to go into the settings menu with no obvious way of putting a shortcut on the camera screen. Which obviously takes time.

And thirdly, there are four variations of shutter sound for you to choose from, there is no option to turn it off completely.

Even when the phone is completely in silent mode. Which we think is ridiculous. Sometimes, it's perfectly acceptable to want to take a picture quietly without being a pervert and we feel irked that LG refuses to let us. Is this a nanny-state?

Overall, it's a competent camera that fails to match the power of the HTC One X or Galaxy S3.

LG Optimus 4X HD review

LG Optimus 4X HD review

LG Optimus 4X HD review

LG Optimus 4X HD review

LG Optimus 4X HD review

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourWhite
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

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