LG Optimus 2X 4g/3g GSM Straight Talk Review
Release Date Jan 2012
Carrier: Straight Talk
LG Optimus 2X Specifications
Gingerbread Android version 2.3.4
Dual Core 1 GHZ
4.9" x 2.5" x 0.4"
4" Touch Screen
Screen Size and Resolution:
4" 480 x 800 pixels
Up to 7hrs talk time, Up to 10 days stand by
4G where available
Micro SD card
4gb card included, Up to 32Gb support
LG Optimus Q Features
GSM 3g/4g, Dual core Processor speed, Android Market, large 4" touch screen, Full HTML browser, Video, 8mp Camera, Bluetooth, Voice commands, Micro SD card (should be included), GPS navigation, Youtube, mp3 player, Swipe Keyboard, Netflix, Angry Birds and lots more
First impression is that this is right up there with some of the more powerful Androids on the market. We were also struck by the large screen. At 4", it's one of the larger screened devices out there. It's certainly the biggest screened prepaid device on the market. Of course with a larger screen, comes higher resolution so were were also struck by the brightness and clarity of the screen. Despite the large screen, it's actually pretty thin coming in at a tad under 1/2". It's actually thinner than the other Androids offered by Straight Talk.
A tour around the phone reveals the typical Android layout with the exception of the HDMI output which is located at the top along with a 3.5mm ipod type headphone jack and power/lock button. The left side houses the volume and camera button, while the right side has no buttons. The charge port is located at the bottom along with dual speakers. Just below the screen we find the typical 4 button Android buttons which are of the capacitance touch type. Finally, we find an excellent 8 mp camera which actually bulges out a bit.
Looks wise, this is a very attractive phone. We particularly like the beveling on the glass along the sides of the screen. The metal edging is also a nice touch making this a great looking phone.
Usability and Features
This phone has a lot of cool features that are aren't typical on Androids. We very much loved the LG gesturing system. For example, tapping the sides of the phone will cause the cursor to move to the side you typed. This is an awesome solution to the cursor placing accuracy problem that plagues most touch phones. The interface also has all sorts of customization options which aren't found on most Androids.
Of course you are buying this phone for the dual core speed and we are pleased to say that it does not disappoint. Web browsing and animations are smooth as silk on this device. There are no hitches like are found on some of the slower lower end devices. Be aware that this is a 4g capable device but of course that only applies to areas where TMobile offers the service. Otherwise, you will get standard 3g service.
We were very impressed with the 8mp camera. Images were as good as most digital cams out there. The HDMI port is also very cool. Connect it to your TV and watch your images and movies. It may not get as much use as it should, especially if you don't have an HDMI capable TV but it impressed the heck out of us.
Overall, we were very pleased with the features and usability of this phone. There are lots of little extras like the gesturing system that sets this apart from other devices. We think it's well worth the cash!
We think this phone speaks for itself. We are certain that the Optimus 2X is one of those devices you own and user for a very long time. It will quickly become a third hand to any user and once you get used to all it's features, it will be hard to put down. This is what happens when you combine the affordability of Straight Talk with the quality and power of the Optimus 2X.