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LG Optimus 2X review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £402
inc VAT

Fast gaming performance and some interesting features can't save LG's Optimus 2X from feeling like a rush job.


Android 2.2, 4.0in 480×800 display

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the camera. All the megapixels are as they should be, as are the effects and settings, but image quality isn’t particularly sharp and lacked the kind of colour and definition we’ve seen on other 8-megapixel cameras. We also found the camera app would crash when we tried to take a picture. The phone will capture video at 1080p and 24fps, and footage was reasonable if a little dull.

LG Optimus 2X back

The 2X has a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, which, as you would expect, has graphics acceleration built in. When it comes to gaming, the Optimus 2X really comes into its own. Angry Birds, Gun Bros and Need for Speed all play like they were made especially for the device. This is the first time we really saw evidence of the Optimus 2X’s powerful hardware. Unfortunately, as with Samsung’s Galaxy S2, battery life suffers. You’ll definitely be charging this phone every night.

Despite its fantastic gaming abilities, LG’s Optimus 2X comes across as a thoroughly average handset, especially compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S2. There’s no Android 2.3, the UI is laggy and the preinstalled apps are mediocre. We’d buy the Galaxy S2 or better still, hold out to see how HTC’s dual-core Sensation compares first.

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Price £402
Rating ***


Main display size 4.0in
Native resolution 480×800
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 8-megapixel
Video recording format MPEG4
Connectivity Bluetooth, HDMI, microUSB
GPS yes
Internal memory 8192MB
Memory card support microSD
Operating frequencies GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100
Wireless data GPRS, EDGE, 3G
Size 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm
Weight 139g


Operating system Android 2.2
Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PowerPoint editors, PDF viewer
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
Video playback formats DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
FM Radio yes
Web Browser native
Accessories USB charger, HDMI cable, headphones
Talk time 7 hours
Standby time 16.6 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 14h 52m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £399
Price on contract Free
Prepay price £399
SIM-free supplier
Contract/prepay supplier Orange, Virgin Media, T-Mobile, O2

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