When the LG Optimus 2X first hit the review circuit, it got a lot of bad press. This was due to a rather inferior early sample whose bugs drove the reviewers to mark the phone down. However, by the time the 2X was released, the bugs were gone and the phone finally started getting the press it deserved.
The one thing that was never in question was the beauty of the physical design. Gorilla Glass covers the front screen and menu icons, while the back is matte black. A metal band runs along the edges, similar to the iPhone 4.
The screen is a high-resolution 4inch display, providing sharp images, deep blacks and vivid colours. On the back is a quality 8 megapixel camera.
Inside, the LG Optimus 2X sports a dual core processor, 1GHz with GeForce GPU and Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, which means it is fast. Applications launch quickly, gestures reaction is prompt, video looks fantastic and games play smoothly. Unfortunately, with all of this power and responsiveness comes battery drain. Like so many of the smartphones out there, the 2X needs daily charging.
Out of the box, the Optimus 2X comes with Android 2.2 under the hood. LG’s personal modifications are minimal and include customised Twitter and Facebook clients. An HDMI out connector allows you to play phone-held video on an HDMI ready television, choosing between 1280 x 720 and 1920 x 1080.
As an overall LG Optimus 2X review, we can affirm that the unit is solid, fast and beautiful to look at; most certainly LG’s best Android so far.