LG Optimus 2X - Twice the Horse Power

Launch SRP: S$888

Features

Different Device, Same Old UI

A whole lot of emphasis has been put into fine-tuning user interfaces (UI) across the different mobile platforms to a point where they have been stagnant in terms of design. In all honesty, most phones that we have reviewed recently have similar user interfaces or if not, similar user experiences - be it from iOS, TouchWiz or HTC Sense. Here the LG Optimus 2X seems to have taken a leaf out of Samsung's TouchWiz UI (of which, the latter share incremental resemblances to Apple's iOS), featuring a blend of widget-positioning and app shortcuts. Of course, there are also other small nice touches that we definitely appreciate.

Just like on the TouchWiz UI, users are greeted with four standard app shortcuts at the bottom. These direct users to functions that are regularly used or referred to. 

Users have the option to clear your screen with one touch of a button. Downside is, you can only clear one homepage at a time - which is the one that you are on - and only when it is filled to the brim with widgets or shortcuts; otherwise, the option will not be available. 

 If you find that you prefer to keep your home pages concise, here's a nifty option. You can easily choose from 3, 5 to 7 screen pages from Home settings.

In addition, downloaded and new apps are segregated accordingly in the applications page. You can also create new or rename categories aside from the ones that are automatically available (System Applications, and Downloads) on the phone.

 

LG's Exclusive Content

 We first saw the LG App Advisor on the Optimus One, and naturally, it makes a reappearance on the LG Optimus 2X. This app gives you an overview of what's hot in the vast Android Marketplace.

 LG has its own Facebook for LG and Twitter for LG apps, which are basically simplified versions of other and frankly, more comprehensive third-party social networking apps.

As with most other operating systems, the phone comes with a widget that consolidates all relevant social feeds into one location.

All in all, the LG Optimus 2X comes with some cool additions that are otherwise non-revolutionary. We liked the simple yet tasteful UI but once again, we have to iterate that there is nothing too unique about the user experience. Of course, the upside to that is that previous users of other smartphones with differing operating systems can easily switch over with little difficulty. Do also note that the phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) but an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is in the lineup. 

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