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.
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.
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.