Product LG Optimus 2X
Specifications Nvidia 1GHz Tegra 2 dual core processor, Android 2.2, 4.0-inch WVGA TFT LCD screen, 802.11b/g/n, 8MP rear camera
Price £400 SIM free or free on £30, 24-month contract
KOREAN ELECTRONICS MAKER LG hasn't dominated the mobile phone landscape in the way Samsung has, but it seems determined to grab some attention with its Optiumus 2X aka the LG-P990.
If we're honest, it's really the first LG phone that has made us sit up and pay attention. Gone are the generic looks found on many of the company's other handsets. Instead, this device actually gives the Iphone 4 a run for its money in the style department. Of course, many will disagree with that, but we've spent the last week with this phone and its funky design has always managed to make taking it out of our pocket a likable experience.
There is but one chink in the otherwise impressive, gorilla glass shrouded exterior. At the bottom of the phone, where the glass meets the rest of the chassis there is a small gap. This little gap attracts the detritus found in every working pocket. Within a few days our Optimus looked a bit like the tray that catches the crumbs in a toaster. A minor problem, but cleaning this little void has proven tricky and slightly impractical.
More importantly though, the Optimus 2X is also one of the quickest handsets on the market. It's using the Nvidia Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip processor that also powers devices like Motorola's Xoom tablet and Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S II and the new Galaxy Tabs. In short, this is one of the best foundations for a modern, responsive smartphone you can find. It runs at 1Ghz, in common with all Tegra 2 handsets, but LG has opted to include only 512MB of RAM. During our tests, this presented no performance problems, but it's less memory than we would have hoped for in a high-end smartphone.
It does perform well, though. Were you to compare this phone to the original Samsung Galaxy S the latter would come off looking quite ponderous and unresponsive in comparison to the Optimus. What's more, the LG is genuinely one of the fastest phones we've used running any operating system. Scrolling through the home screens, the app tray or even in Tweetdeck is all as smooth as silk. Aside from some HTC handsets and the Nexus S, this is the best Android performance we've seen.