LG Optimus 2X Review: Double The Potential: Controls And Construction

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Controls and build quality

Moving on, we see the four keys below the LG Optimus 2X display – all using the capacitive touch technology. There’s the usual Menu, Back and Home keys, plus a search button that is optional as far as Android handsets go.

There are four keys below the display this time

As usual you also acquire extra functionality with long-press on some of the keys. Holding the menu forces the virtual keyboard out, a long press on the home key makes the task switcher pop-up appear, while press-and-hrecent on the search key triggers the voice search.

On top of the display sit the 1.3 MegaPixel (MP) front-facing capturing camera for video-calling and video-chat, the earpiece and the proximity sensor. There’s also an ambient light sensor here, allowing automatic brightness control.

The 1.3 MegaPixel (MP) capturing camera and the sensors are either side of the earpieice

Moving to the correct side of the LG Optimus 2X brings us upon the two volume keys. Decently sized, those cautilize small usability issues.

The volume is controlled with two separate keys, rather than a rocker

What bothers us more though is the lack of capturing camera key here. With a shooter this fine it’s a real pity that LG didn’t find space for the button that really takes usability to a different level.

The left side of the Optimus 2X bears no control elements whatsoever.

There’s nothing to see on the left

On the bottom we find the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) data cable/charger plug and a couple of grills. There’s no cover over the opening, which is a plus to usability, but recommdiscontinue dust accumulation over time.

Those of you who noticed the striking resemblance to the iPhone 4 bottom, earn an extra point here.

Interestingly, the ports at the bottom provide the same functionality– one of the grills hides the microphone, while the other hosts the loudspeaker.

There are two grills but not two loudspeakers at the bottom

The top of the Optimus 2X is where it gets interesting. You acquire the 3.5mm audio jack here, which is again unprotected, along with the power key and the microHDMI port. The Optimus 2X can easily stream 1080p footage to your FullHD TV or monitor and since it supports HDMI mirroring you can see the stream on both the external and the internal monitors.

The microHDMI port is flanked by the 3.5mm audio jack and the power key

The 8 MegaPixel (MP) capturing camera lens is located at the back, correct next to the (not quite capable) Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash. On the plus side Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash is a go for video lighting so you might be able to capture some fine low-light 1080p footage if you don’t acquire too far away from your subject.

A potential problem with the capturing camera is that not only does it lack any protection, but it is also protruding. Unless some really tough glass has been used on top, scratches are certain to appear quickly and worsen the image quality.

Also the glass on top is pretty easy to smudge, while it’s particularly hard to clean.It’s probably a fine concept to check it out every time you are about to shoot something.

The 8 MegaPixel (MP) capturing camera lens and the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash

The microSD card slot is under the battery cover, but fortunately it is hot-swappable. It handles all kinds of memory cards currently available so you can easily expand the Optimus 2X storage by up to 32 GB.

The microSD card slot sits under the back panel

The other thing of notice under the back panel is the 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery. It’s assumed to last for up to 400 hours of stand-by or up to 7 hours and 50 minutes of talk time, but our unit hardly made it through more than 36 hours of heavy usage. That’s not poor considering that we fiddled with the different features of the phones for at least a couple of hours a day, but it isn’t remarkable either.

We also did a dedicated battery test in video playback mode, by looping an SD sample over and over with the classy screen brightness set to 50%. The LG Optimus 2X lost 90% of its battery juice (at which point the video player is automatically switched off) in 5 hours and 20 minutes. Again that's not too bad, but we've seen far better.

The general ergonomics of the Optimus 2X are quite good. If you are ok with handling a 4” smartphone, this one will suit you fine. And even if you find it to be a small over the top we advise you to as least try it out before rejecting it. Plus, handling a larger phone gets easier with time.

LG Optimus 2X held in hand



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