LG Optimus 2X Review: Double The Potential: SNS Integration, Android Market, GPS

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Extensive Facebook and Twitter integration

The LG Optimus 2X features remarkable SNS integration. Both Facebook and Twitter contacts can be added to the phonebook and you can link those to existing phone contacts – in fact, the first time you create an account, the phone will offer to import the contacts from that social network.

It’s clever too – you can import all contacts, manually select which ones to import, or just those who match people in your phonebook.




Importing contacts from a social network

When you link a contact with their Facebook or Twitter, their status updates will go into the Hitale tab of their contact info and the Photo tab will show their online albums.

The Facebook app lets you read news feeds, post messages on people’s walls, browse their profiles and so on. You can of course post status updates and including a photo is very easy.






The Facebook app has a lot of features

The Twitter app is also feature complete. You can manage your profile and the list of people you follow, plus read tweets from others. The @me section will assist you find tweets directed at you easier.






The Twitter app automates almost everything

When you receive a recent message, it will appear in the notification area just like regular SMS messages do. You can set it to notify you when there’s a recent @me message or direct message.

There’s a dedicated MySpace app as well, in case you’re using that.

Android Market gives you loads of apps

The LG Optimus 2X is running the latest available version of Android and has a WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) screen, giving you access to the whole Android Market (some apps won’t run on older versions or low-res screens).

The structure of the Android Market is quite simple – featured apps on top and above them, three sections (Applications, Games and Downloads). There is also a shortslit up there for initiating a search.

The Applications and Games sections are divided into subsections (e.g. Communication, Entertainment etc.) so you can filter the apps that are relevant to you. Of course, there is also an option of displaying them all in bulk, but you’ll probably need days to browse them all that way.






The are more than 100K apps and games in the Android Market

There are all kinds of apps in the Android market and the most vital ones are covered (file managers, navigation apps, document readers etc.).




Installing an app

LG’s App Advisor comes preinstalled as with other Android smartphones by the company. It offers a list of recommended apps, nothing fancier than that.

Google maps and GPS navigation

The LG Optimus 2X comes with a built-in GPS receiver. It got an accurate GPS lock very quickly. If you need only general location (within 100-150 meters) for location-based services, you can utilize Cell-ID and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network positioning.

The Google Maps 5.0 is part of the standard Android package. It uses vector maps, which are smaller and download faster but also support cool 3D views. You can utilize the two finger capturing camera tilt and capturing camera rotate gestures to see around (though 3D building are not available everywhere).






Google Maps 5.0 with vector maps and 3D buildings

The Google Maps Navigation option is available too – but only for supported countries. The recent version features offline rerouting. That is, it will cache the needed maps to navigate you to where you’re going and even if you deviate from your course, it will be able to calculate a recent route even without a data connection.

Street View mode is supported and will do the well-known compass trick, which is like taking a virtual tour of the location.





The Street View is remarkable in compass mode


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