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					LG Optimus x2 Review by Cnet.com
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    LG Optimus 2x the basics                                        Android impressions

    The LG Optimus 2X puts the ‘hard-core’ in ‘dual-core’, with     Android on the 2X is as fun and feature-filled as ever, and in-
    a speedy processor that makes it stunningly fast. But the       cludes a brand new version of Google Maps to keep you from
    custom software on this Android smart phone is as flaky as      getting lost. Maps now lets you swipe with three fingers to put
    a bowl of cornflakes. The 2X is so fresh that we don’t know     the map at an angle, so you can look over the renderings of
    how much it will cost on a contract, but you can pre-order      buildings like a god.
    it SIM-free and unlocked for £500.
    Dual speedway                                                   Maps is just the tip of the app iceberg. The Android Market is
                                                                    stuffed full of games and programs that are easy to install,
    The 2X is leading the charge of dual-core phones that are       once you wade through the dross to find the ones you want.
    about to overrun our shops. Based on this phone’s perfor-       Check out our guide to the best Android apps to get started.
    mance, we welcome our new multi-core overlords. This bad
    boy is fast, whether blowing most of its single-core com-       LG has also put its own stamp on the phone in the form of App
    petitors out of the water in CPU benchmark tests, or simply     Advisor. It’s an app that contains just a subset of the massive
    showing off its incredibly whizzy menus.                        selection of apps from the main Android Market. It’s pretty
                                                                    pointless if you know what you want but, if you’re an app be-
    The processor makes the user interface noticeably quick         ginner, it’s worth a look.
    and smooth when, for example, you’re switching from por-
    trait to landscape view while looking at a Web page or pho-     Bloatware Madness
    to. The Web browser itself doesn’t download pages much
    more quickly than that of the single-core Samsung Galaxy        Unfortunately, LG has gone overboard when it comes to pre-
    S, although both browsers are very speedy, and about as         loading apps on the 2X. It’s one of the first Android phones
    quick as the iPhone 4’s. But the process of re-rendering the    we’ve seen with actual bloatware installed, including some
    page when you flip the phone is much faster on the 2X than      games that require a download before you can even try them.
    the Galaxy S.
                                                                    To make matters worse, there’s an app called ‘pre-loaded
    One of the things we love about the iPhone is its buttery-      apps’, which we assumed would let you manage -- and delete
    smooth user interface. For example, zooming into a Web          -- this rubbish. But instead, it displays nothing but a blank link
    page with a pinch of your fingers, or swiping through a long    and the plaintive message ‘no files’.
    menu, feels like running your digits through a bowl of cus-     Visible flakes
    tard -- in a good way. The 2X comes closer to this smooth-
    ness than any Android phone we’ve tried so far. There’s still
    the occasional judder when you’re whizzing around a Web
    page at top speed, for example. But, compared to other An-
    droid phones running the same 2.2 Froyo version of the OS,
    it’s fantastic. If you value speed over smoothness, you may
    like the 2X even more than the iPhone, because its transi-
    tions tend to just happen.
All aint bad                                                                                                The angry phone

LG’s additions aren’t all bad. We like its live     the-press sample, but we’re worried. We doubt           Nevertheless, every time we had to restart the      website before getting into the good times. But
wallpapers, including one of a cityscape with       any operator would let a problem like that              2X in a bid to sort out a software hiccup, our      it’s pleasing to know that, when we need
animated fireworks that explode when you tap        through the net when the phone comes out on             rage was brought into check by the stupendous
the screen. We also like the added ability to       contract, but some of the other software quirks         speed of the phone. Despite the software flaws,     them, a thousand Bejeweled clones will always
sort the icons in the app menu into groups.         don’t look promising. The 2X may be a phone             we enjoyed using this handset. Once we’d sort-      be waiting online for us.
                                                    that needs at least one software update before          ed out the apps into built-in bumf and our own
We found some of the LG widgets useful too,         it’s really good. In that case, it’s not alone -- the   carefully curated favourites, there were plenty     All this sounds like a battery’s worst nightmare,
although they’re not quite as good-looking as       Samsung Galaxy S was also unreliable until it           of good times in store. Angry Birds, for exam-      and it is. But we did get a whole day of use out
the ones that HTC includes on its phones. The       received some software tweaks.                          ple, runs so quickly and smoothly on the 2X that    of the 2X, even with plenty of live widgets up-
weather widget, which also features a clock, is                                                             it seems like the phone was specifically built to   dating over Wi-Fi, Web surfing and GPS usage.
particularly good -- it even shows how cold it      That’s not the only way that the 2X reminds             play that game.                                     Conclusion
will feel outside taking into account wind chill.   us of a Samsung phone. The changes sprinkled
                                                    over the default Android user interface are             The 8-megapixel camera also comes in handy,         The LG Optimus 2X definitely has the power to
But some of the widgets are as flaky as filo pas-   reminiscent of those implemented by the other           although its LED flash is typically harsh and       please, thanks to its dual-core processor, which
try. For example, a widget that shows two tabs      big Korean phone maestro. For example, there            blinding. Without it on, photos are decent even     really revs up apps and user-interface transi-
for your Facebook and Twitter updates sounds        are shortcuts along the top of the notification         in poor light, and videos are also good quality.    tions. But, despite the awesomeness of An-
handy. But when we lost connectivity -- which       bar to turn Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other features         Plus, your shots are easy to share by email or      droid, the software issues on our sample phone
happens frequently in our semi-subterranean         on and off.                                             via Facebook and Twitter, thanks to Android’s       make it hard to recommend the 2X -- at least
London lives -- the list of updates went blank.                                                             built-in sharing features.                          until it’s had its first update. This is a phone
We’re fine with it not updating when we’re of-      In theory, we like having such handy shortcuts.                                                             you’ll probably have to save up for, and that’s a
fline, but we at least want to see what has been    But, like Samsung’s, LG’s tweaks to Android             You can also output your oeuvre to the big          good thing, since it will give LG a chance to sort
downloaded already.                                 aren’t always welcome. In the case of the Wi-           screen via the HDMI port, and LG has kindly in-     out some niggles.
                                                    Fi shortcut, turning the antenna on in this way         cluded a cable in the box. Even the small screen
Widgets were the least of our worries. Our          opens a pop-up window that shows the phone              isn’t that small on the 2X, offering 4 inches of    Edited by Charles Kloet - Cnet.co.uk
test handset seemed to have some major Wi-          searching for available networks, finding one           display space for watching videos and the like.
Fi problems. At one point, we found that, even      and connecting. It’s disruptive, especially when        Since the browser supports Flash, you can easi-
after setting up the phone to automatically         you have your home or work network set to be            ly catch up with videos on the Web without wor-
connect to an unsecured wireless network, the       remembered by the phone, because the pop-up             rying whether they’ll play properly.
Wi-Fi connection restarted constantly until we      appears too quickly to enable you to do any-
reset the phone.                                    thing about it, but for long enough to be dis-          Even Flash games on websites are there to en-
                                                    tracting.                                               tertain you -- the 2X is the first phone to have
We also had an odd problem with one of our                                                                  GPU-accelerated Flash, which makes it run more
SIM cards. Our Vodafone SIM worked perfect-                                                                 smoothly than on other Flash-enabled phones.
ly, but our T-Mobile SIM wouldn’t make calls or                                                             We still prefer installed games to online ones,
texts, despite the 3G data connection working                                                               since you don’t have to navigate around a
without any problems.

This is probably just an issue with our hot-off-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                           GPS    Yes, with A-GPS support
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General Specifikations                                     Vibration, MP3 ringtones                                             USB    Yes, microUSB v2.0                                                  -   Social networking integration
                                                           Loudspeaker Yes                                                                                                                                 -   HDMI port
2G Network      GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900                3.5mm jack Yes, check quality                                        Primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check qualityFea- -      Google Search, Maps, Gmail
3G Network      HSDPA 900 / 2100                                                                                                tures Geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, image stabiliza- -   Digital compass
Announced       2010, December                             Phonebook      Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall   tion                                                                       -   YouTube, Google Talk
Status          Coming soon. Exp. release 2011, February   Call records   Practically unlimited                                                                                                            -   DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
                                                           Internal       8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM                              1080p@24fps, 720p@30fps, check quality                                     -   MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
Size Dimensions 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm                     Card slot      microSD, up to 32GB                                   Secondary     Yes, 1.3 MP                                                  -   Document editor
Weight       139 g                                                                                                                                                                                         -   Organizer
Display      Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors   Data GPRS Yes                                                        Features OS Android OS, v2.2 Froyo, upgradable to v2.3                     -   Adobe Flash 10.1 support
Size         480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches                  EDGE Yes                                                             CPU    Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, ULP GeForce GPU, Teg- -        Voice memo/dial/commands
                                                           3G     HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps                            ra 2 chipset                                                               -   Predictive text input
-   Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate                WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
-   Proximity sensor for auto turn-off                     Bluetooth     Yes, v2.1 with A2DP                                    Messaging    SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM               Battery        Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
-   Gyro sensor                                            Infrared port No                                                     Browser      HTML                                                          Stand-by       Up to 400 h
-   Touch-sensitive controls                                                                                                    Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS                                             Talk time      Up to 7 h 50 min
                                                                                                                                Games        Yes + downloadable
Created by Robert Sandberg
Desktop Publishing student 2011

				
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