LG Optimus 2X 4g/3g GSM Straight Talk Review

Straight Talk LG Optimus 2X Review
The LG Optimus 2X is a dual core processing monster with tons of extras. This is one of the first Androids of this caliber to be offered as a prepaid no contract device. This is a relatively new device as it has been on TMobile for about 1yr and it was the first dual core device at the time. Very surprising that Straight Talk is adding such a high end device as. Excellent phone for those seeking a powerful Android at prepaid plan prices.


Release Date Jan 2012

Carrier: Straight Talk

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LG Optimus 2X Specifications

Manufacturer
LG

Android OS
Gingerbread Android version 2.3.4

Processor
Dual Core 1 GHZ

Dimensions
4.9" x 2.5" x 0.4"

Weight
4.9 oz

Form Factor
4" Touch Screen

Screen Size and Resolution:
4" 480 x 800 pixels

Technology:
3g/4g GSM

Battery Life:
Up to 7hrs talk time, Up to 10 days stand by

Signal:
4G where available

Camera resolution:
8 Megapixels

Bluetooth
v 2.0

Charge/data cable
Micro USB

Extra Port
HDMI output

Headphone Jack
3.5mm

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

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First Impression

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.

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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!

Conclusion

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.

LG Optimus Q for Straight Talk/Net10 Full Review

Straight Talk/Net10 LG Optimus Q Review
LG Optimus Q qwerty
What's in the box

The LG Optimus Q is a full touchscreen with QWERTY Android sporting a newer Android OS in the form of version 2.3.4. This is more of a mid Level device that adds the QWERTY keyboard for easy text entry. The phone is offered by both Net10 and Straight Talk. To be honest, we're not quite sure why because most people would opt for the Straight Talk plan as it is $5 cheaper and offers the same exact coverage area.



Carrier Straight Talk, Net10

Release Date October 2011

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LG Optimus Q Specifications

Manufacturer
LG

Android OS
Gingerbread Android version 2.3.4

Processor
800mhz

Dimensions
4.5"x 2.3" x .6"

Weight
5.5 (Ounces)

Form Factor
Touch Screen (Slide out QWERTY keyboard)

Screen Size and Resolution:
3.2" Diagonal, 320 x 480 pixels 256K color

Technology:
CDMA

Battery Life:
Up to 7hrs talk time, Up to 10 days stand by

Signal:
Good

Camera resolution:
3.2 Megapixels

Bluetooth
v 2.0

Charge/data cable
Micro USB

Headphone Jack
3.5mm

Micro SD card
4gb card included, Up to 32Gb support

LG Optimus Q Features

Android Market, Full touch screen, Full HTML browser, Video, Camera, Bluetooth, Voice commands, Micro SD card (should be included), GPS navigation, Youtube, mp3 player, Swipe Keyboard, Netflix, Angry Birds and lots more

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What's in the box

What's in the box

  • LG Optimus Q
  • 4gb micro sd (pre-installed)
  • Charger Plug
  • Charge/Data cable
  • Battery
  • Battery Cover

First Impression

The Optimus Q is an entry to mid level Android that looks and feels like a quality device. Off the bat, we noticed more heft when compared to the other 2 Androids offered by Straight Talk/Net10 but this of course is due to the physical QWERTY keyboard. Also as you would also expect, physical dimensions are also slightly larger, especially in thickness compared to the others. This doesn't really bother us considering we get the addition of a keyboard. The phone is still much smaller than those huge form factor Androids that have be come prevalent.

If you've done any Google searching for this phone, don't be confused by the name because this is not the same phone as the other LG Optimus Q. This Optimus Q is a completely different phone with a newer OS. Taking a look around the phone, we find a very simple design. The left hand side houses the volume toggles and charge/data port. The right hand side is home to the camera quick launch. The 4 standard Android buttons below the screen are of the physical push variety and are surrounded by silver trim.

Sliding the keyboard out, we find a nicely sized 4 row keyboard. The interesting thing about the keyboard is that it can be used to navigate without having to use the touchscreen or the 4 front buttons as the QWERTY also contains these buttons.

Overall, we really liked the Optimus Q. The full QWERTY is very user friendly and we really liked the fact that it can be used for all navigation without having to use the touchscreen or other buttons. LG also did a good job keeping the size and weight down despite the addition of the keyboard.

Usability and Features

The Optimus Q comes with the newer Android Version 2.3 (Gingerbread). Version 2.3 comes with updated themes, modified keyboards, improved copy/paste options, better power management, and improved application management. We were impressed by the fact that Straight Talk/Net10 used a newer Android version despite the phone being of the Entry Level variety.

The addition of the QWERTY scores high on the Features and Usability scale. The keyboard adds another level to the User Interface as it essentially serves as a secondary input device. Very cool if you aren't all that fond of touchscreens but you still want to experience the Android OS. Of course this makes it a superior texting phone over it's touchscreen counterparts as there's nothing like feeling the keys when typing.

As with any Android device, the feature factor is high. Like any good Android, you get full access to the App market. Of course you also get lots of great apps out of the box including Youtube, Facebook , improved navigation via Google Navigation, Google maps, Gmail and more.

The Optimus Q is by far the most usable of the Androids offered by Straight Talk/Net10. You will pay a little extra for this convenience , get a marginally larger/heavier phone but this might be a small price to pay for the QWERTY convenience. Compared to other Straight Talk/Net10 Androids, the Optimus Q has a faster 800mhz processor and higher resolution 3.2mp camera which also add to the higher price.

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Straight Talk or Net10

We've pondered the reason why both companies offer the same phone. Now we use the word "companies" liberally because Net10 and Straight Talk are one in the same. The fact that both are offering the same phone, tells us they both provide the same exact coverage, probably via the Sprint network. Another thing to note is that the Unlimited plan is required for this phone on both Straight Talk and Net10. So you may be wondering, like us, what the difference is? Fact is, there is none. The choice is simple, go with Straight Talk because that will save you an additional $5 over the Net10 plan. If you're already on Net10, then it may be easier to just keep Net10 as it may be slightly easier to port the number, but we doubt it. So the bottom line, go with Straight Talk for the sake of saving the 5 bucks. May not sound like much but this of course saves $60 year over year.

Conclusion

The Optimus Q is an excellent choice for big time texters and touchscreen haters alike. The keyboard offers yet another way to interact with the phone which we really like. You can completely bypass annoying touchscreen quirks like selecting specific text for copy paste functions by simply using the keyboard. Of course you pay a little more for this convenience but remember that you get a slightly more powerful processor and higher resolution camera. All in all, this is an excellent phone that we really enjoyed testing.

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