LG Optimus 2X P990 Android Mobile Phone

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It made news, and heck, the Guinness Book of World Records, as the world’s first smartphone with a dual core processor. And it is also LG’s boldest step into the high end smartphone segment in recent times, with respectable hardware built around aforementioned chip, leading many to predict that it would emerge as a contender (to quote Brando, Marlon) among the many high profile devices The Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4, to mention just two that are expected in the Indian market in the coming days. But does the LG Optimus 2X or the P990, to give it its proper moniker deliver on its innards and almost Dickensian Great Expectations? We have been using it for a few days now. Hit the jump to get our pennyworth.


The Optimus 2X has been released running Android 2.2 (Froyo), which truth be told, is a bit of a disappointment on such good hardware for our techie side, but will not make that much of a difference to most general consumers. Its a new mobile phone with all modern technology.LG has draped a skin over Froyo with seven customisable homecreens and a steady four icon toolbar on the bottom, but it is nowhere as comprehensive as Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense, so one pretty much gets a standard Android experience from it. We slapped Launcher Pro on to it for a much jazzier and let’s face it, faster, experience.

The standard Android goodies such as integration with Gmail, maps and social networks are there and so are some apps from LG’s side, including its App Advisor, F Secure security app, an e mail client with support for MS Exchange, Polaris Office for accessing files on the device and on Box.net, and LG’s apps for Twitter, My Space and Facebook. We were however surprised to see no apps or games designed to make the most of the device’s processing muscle even the Tegra Zone app that recommends apps to run on Tegra 2 devices was not installed (we got it off the Android Market pronto). The only preloaded game was Real Darts, which is not really the best advertisement for the handset. And a word about the onscreen keyboard although relatively spacious, its predictive text can be hell, so we would suggest subbing it with Better Keyboard from the Android Market.
In terms of appearance, the 2X is more Meryl Streep than Megan Fox. The look is understated and the design minimalistic. To put it bluntly, you are not going to really pay attention to it unless you are really close to it. The 4inch TFT display latest mobiles seems to curve just a little outwards (not as much as in the Acer Liquid Metal, but enough to be noticeable) and predictably dominates the jet black front, below which are four touch keys for menu, home, back and search, while the top right corner has a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera. We would have preferred proper keys instead of touch ones, but in terms of pure design, it works. The lower side of the phone has dual speakers that seem right out of iPhone 4 territories, only with a micro USB port between them, while the top has the screen and power on/off button, a covered HDMI port and a 3.5 mm jack. The left side of the phone is totally bare, and the right only has the volume buttons on it we told you the look was minimalistic, no room even for a camera button, alas! In fact, the only touch of flair on the handset is on its back where a vertical metal band with the word with Google seems to flow downwards from the 8.0 megapixel camera with LED flash. The build is mainly plastic but very solid indeed. The phone does seem a bit long (perhaps the bezel below the display could have been smaller) but is comfortable to hold no moving parts or rough edges. People are unlikely to give it more than a passing glance in this era of large display handsets, but neither are they likely to go

So where does all that leave the Optimus 2X? Well, judging by what we have seen, we have no hesitation calling one of the best Android handsets we have used.
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