LG Optimus 2X - Twice the Horse Power

Launch SRP: S$888

Introduction & Design

Reining in the LG Optimus 2X

There has been a lot of hoohaa about smartphones taking on the next generation of technology, coming in with dual-core processors that promise faster speed, an especially essential component for crunching the increasing multimedia content smoothly. While the LG Optimus 2X is another addition to its Autobot-inspired lineup, more importantly, it also paves the way for the next-gen high-end mobile devices as it is the first smartphone to be equipped with the NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip. So now that LG has set its new Optimus 2X ("2 "for twice the power, get it?) apart from its competitors, how does it really fare? Let's find out.

The LG Optimus 2X isn't a hefty monster by a long shot, and is almost equally as thin as the HTC Desire (shown here on top) or the Google Nexus S. Nonetheless, it is definitely thicker than the slim Samsung Galaxy S. 

As most can gleam, the LG Optimus 2X sports a simple and clean design not unlike its contemporaries. Its front is covered by a glass slab, only to be interrupted by the speaker grille at the top. Unsurprisingly, the quick-to-be-standard 4-inch LCD  screen takes most of the real estate on the front, alongside four capacitive touch buttons at the bottom. The rest is sparsely taken up by an LG logo and an accompanying front-facing camera at the top. Its unobtrusive design keeps the phone attractive and accessible - take for example, the ports are neatly lined along the top and bottom of the phone with volume controls taking main stage on its right profile.

The front is almost entirely covered with a glass panel, which undeniably adds class to the phone's design but also makes it easy to be smudged by fingerprints. We definitely advise users to get screen protectors to protect it from both grease and scratches. 

Top, from left to right: 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI port and the power/lock button. They are evenly spread out, making it easy for users to access them.

The bottom is kept sparse, with a single micro-USB port that's found neatly lined alongside two more speakers, supposedly for better spatial sound.

The volume controls are found on the right profile of the phone. Noticeably missing is a camera button - a nifty addition that should have been included on the smartphone.

The main framework of the phone is cast in metal and is accompanied by a matte plastic back cover. The latter is austerely decorated with a column of silver in the middle that's inscribed with two words: "with Google".

The cover is easily pried open through a small gap that's roughly the width of a thumb. Inside, you will find the usual battery, SIM card and micro SD card compartments.

Overall, we found the handling experience to be well-balanced due to its uncomplicated and minimalistic design. We must also add that while the LG Optimus 2X comes across as contrived in terms of visuals, it is still a stylish and compact smartphone. The physical buttons are easy to press with good tactile feedback and the capacitive ones are well spaced out without being too close to the screen (although, we would have very much preferred physical controls). The phone fits rather comfortably in our palms; however, we did feel that the body is a tad too long for our liking but its sturdiness and pleasing aesthetics more than make up for it.

8.5
Design
8.5
Features
8.5
User-Friendliness
8.5
Performance
8
Value
8
The Good
Simplified UI
Brilliant 4.0-inch LCD touchscreen
Well-constructed build
Snappy performance
The Bad
Lackluster camera performance
Small selection of LG exclusive apps
Short battery life