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Not as loaded as you’d expect

Enter the first-of-its-kind dual-core processor touting mobile handset, the LG Optimus 2X. It is designed for super-speed and HD content support with a relatively affordable price tag of just Rs 27,490.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2011 16:33 IST
Shayne Rana

Enter the first-of-its-kind dual-core processor touting mobile handset, the LG Optimus 2X. It is designed for super-speed and HD content support with a relatively affordable price tag of just Rs 27,490. The Optimus presently has no peer in the power department. At 139g with a four-inch IPS LCD display (480x800-pixel resolution, 16 million colours), this one is slim but rather heavy.

But with all its processing power, it’s disappointing to find out that this 2X ships with the dated Android 2.2 aka FroYo operating system. However, The interface is well designed.

Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Optimus 2X also has a set of gesture-based functions. For instance, by holding down on an icon, you can use the handset's gyroscope, to tilt the handset to reach the one on which you want to place the shortcut. Flipping the handset over mutes the ringer or pauses and mutes a video, similar to the Galaxy S II. Yet, with a dual-core processor powering this handset, you will expect smooth functionality. It's fast all right, but the iPhone 4 does seem smoother. When pitted against the HTC Desire S, the Optimus 2X is ahead, if only by a little, in terms of speed.

Even with audio enhancements in place, the Optimus 2X is average in the audio quality department. FM radio reception is good even in areas where other handsets do not provide good service. Apart from 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi with DLNA the Optimus doesn’t sport a preloaded GPS application like that on the HTC Desire S or Nokia N8.

It does sport an eight megapixel camera with autofocus and an auto-stitch panorama mode. Photos can hold their own against the best eight-meg camera phones. Colours are sharp and retained with a good level of detail.

Verdict
All things consider, with a price tag of Rs 27,490, the LG Optimus 2X seems like a good choice. It offers quite a bit, though it lacks in other areas. In this price bracket, the 2X is value for your money. You may also want to wait and watch to see how Samsung’s Galaxy S II–another dual-core 1GHz mobile phone–copes up.
Rating: ***1/2