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Review: LG Optimus 2X Performance, Camera and Audio
Product: LG Optimus 2X
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Good: First dual core processor smartphone, camera with high detail, HDMI mirroring, nice LCD screen
Bad: Laggard UI, software has lot of bugs
LG Optimus 2X Review
Processor of LG Optimus 2X- the Tegra 2 Processor
The highlight internal feature, the reason for the hype in market of LG Optimus 2X is definitely its Tegra 2 processor. Its two cores are the 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and eight GeForce GPU. Inspite of two cores they easily fit into the body with the native HDMI and dual display support. Pairing these two in a single smartphone means that you can multitask by watching your content on your Optimus 2X and your nearest HDTV together at one instant. Although, this capability is limited while video playback when only your HDTV will get the feed it still has many dual usages like during browsing or showing off your images. If you want to play games then you can use your Optimus 2X as a motion controller for playing games preloaded on your 2X on the big screen. You can imagine what a great expertise and power is required to display 3D games using HDMI mirroring technique but if you are holding 2X you might not notice this.
There is a HDMI cable bundled with the package with can also be used to watch the 1080p content of the 2X, here also the image is sharp and clear and played without any flaw. As already mentioned above that for video content there is no mirroring but I don’t suppose that will be an issue with anyone because you won’t watch the video feed on two displays in any case. No set up is required to connect HDMI connection and video switches on the fly- you connect the cable and the video appears on the screen, you disconnect it and the it starts to play on the device from the same part and not from start.
There might be a lot of talk about the dual core processing in a smartphone but in practice there are very few lifetime applications where you would need such a monstrous processing power. From some time all the latest devices are coming out with high processing power and they perform their tasks well be it a Snapdragon, Hummingbird or an A4. Now after all what process on a smartphone will bog down a 1GHz processor. The selling point for this dual core processor phone in the market is that however you might load up the CPU by multitasking it is not going to be bogged down. You might slow down a single core process by extensive multitasking like download cum browsing cum audio playback but that is where you stop. For any more tasking you will have to close one thing or the else because after all you have only one screen and speaker!! Thus the actual advantage of such power is not much.
Camera of LG Optimus 2X
The camera quality with the 8 Mega Pixel resolution is amazing. The images are filled with detail and offers clear zooming capability to quite high extent. The voice recorder with or without video recording is clear with a very good background noise-reducing blur. Just like its elder brother Optimus 7 the LED of 2X is also very bright, so much that your image might end up washed out if it is too close. It is a very good little camera to carry in your pocket and the adjustments features act like icing on the cake.
There are a few complaints too here. The images are a somewhat washed out, bleak to be precise. Not a big issue considering the number of options for color settings including a vivid color adjustment of its own. In saturation might be a little bleak but the detail more than makes up for it.
Another thing here is that after taking the first image the phone takes some time to process the image before getting ready for the second one. This is too not a big complain and I might not have maybe written about it if not for the fact that there is no sign to show that the phone is still working. The user might end up thinking that the phone has hanged up inspite of having such a processor!
The front 1.3 Mega Pixel camera of LG Optimus 2X should be considered strictly for video calling functions only. Step out from a perfectly lighted up room and there are chromatic distortions in the creeping up in the image. Just don’t think of taking image with this front camera. Now coming to the video recording of LG Optimus 2X, well it is mostly faultless, no stutters or processing lag here. Performance in still is even better it takes in a lot of detail both visually and aurally.
You can also check LG Optimus 2X full HD 1080 pixels too see its video quality.
Loudspeaker, earpiece and battery life of LG Optimus 2X
The speaker arrangement in LG Optimus 2X is identical to the iPhone- it is placed behind the right grille and is an excellent placement in terms of sound quality. You won’t be able to muffle the sound by blocking the speaker port as it escapes through the faulty body design. Not a complain but might prove a problem if you need to stop the sound suddenly. The earpiece is good quality like other competitor phones in the market- no better or worse. You might get a warmed up ear on talking for a long time but then it would happen with any other similar phone too.
Having a powerful processor might have had an effect of its battery life so this was something I was interested to test deeply. I was not disappointed here, battery of 2X is able to keep up with the current Android powerhouses in the market, and it even outperformed the less frugal HD Desire in terms of battery life. This long life can be attributed to the ability of Tegra 2 processor to idle (it draws very less power) under no usage. An average usage comprising of a hour talk, few minutes of HD video playback and some music playback while having the Wi-Fi radio and 3G on and push messages set up to refresh within half an hour did not discharge the battery before its marked 24 hours. Thus you can comfortably take it with you on a trip where you would use it similarly to a single core smartphone but if you have just bought it and want to try it on I would recommend carry the charger with you. The heaviest drainers of the battery, as expected, were the camera followed by the 1080 encoding and decoding. If you are comparing it with some other phone I would recommend not doing so because efficiency of a phone is decided by power consumption due to the work load and duration of work load where the latter is less on a fast processor. But still the battery life is not much different from other similar phones like Galaxy S or Droid.
After trying this phone out I have good news for LG. They have definitely built a solid foundation for competition in this market by the powerful Tegra 2 processor and the specs of this phone are further a good competition in the Android market. The screen might be a simple one but in the class of LED’s it is a good one. The little tweaks by LG seemed to have further the unresponsiveness problem of Android. It might be that there is a solution to this problem in a external skin but a review is done of the default features of the company product and this is definitely something on which LG engineers need to work upon.
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