SMART­PHONES

LG Op­ti­mus mus­cles up to the lap­tops.

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LG OP­TI­MUS 2X P990 LG, $ 649, lge. com. au ★★★★

IF YOU need any more proof that smart­phones are get­ting smarter, you can find it in LG’s lat­est cre­ation.

The LG Op­ti­mus 2X is the world’s first phone with a dual-core pro­ces­sor.

Yes, the same type of com­put­ing brain you would find in an av­er­age net­book.

Some peo­ple ar­gue this isn’t nec­es­sary in a phone but they might just be jeal­ous.

You will no­tice the dif­fer­ence a high­pow­ered chip makes right out of the box. Flick­ing from screen to screen is quick, open­ing apps is quicker and the on-screen key­board is faster still.

It’s the sort of speed boost you don’t re­alise you need un­til you see it and com­pare it to your old ringer. It caused a pass­ing iPhone user to gasp.

To test its speed, we sat it be­side an­other up­com­ing dual-core phone, the Mo­torola Atrix. Both use a 1GHz NVIDA Te­gra 2 chip.

The speed test pro­duced mixed re­sults. Want to play An­gry Birds? The Atrix wins. Want to use Google Maps? The Op­ti­mus pre­vails.

What is clear is that both are very speedy. Un­usu­ally, both also use Google An­droid’s Froyo soft­ware rather than the more re­cent Ginger­bread – a slight dis­ap­point­ment.

How­ever, the Op­ti­mus 2X im­presses with more than just the speed of its menus. Its gen­er­ous 4-inch screen is a stand­out, thanks to di­alled-up bright­ness and IPS tech­nol­ogy ( In­Plane Switch­ing) that makes it look great even from a se­vere an­gle.

It’s also a great phone to hold, solidly built with a metal rim and slim pro­file. LG has added a 1.3-megapixel to its face for video calls and an 8-megapixel snap­per at the back.

This main cam­era is ac­com­pa­nied by an LED flash and can be used to cap­ture full high-def­i­ni­tion videos, al­beit in a for­mat you might not have used be­fore (. 3g).

Pic­tures from this cam­era are a lit­tle washed out, but more than ac­cept­able for on-thego snaps. Those pho­tos can be saved to its 8GB in­ter­nal stor­age or to a Mi­croSD card up to 32GB.

Stored pho­tos can also be shared on a larger screen with this phone, as the Op­ti­mus 2X comes with a Mini HDMI con­nec­tion at its top so it can be plugged di­rectly into a TV. It’s a handy ad­di­tion if you need to share your pho­tos with a group.

On the down­side, it fea­tures older An­droid soft­ware and LG has pinned four apps to the screen and in­creased the app icon size – some­thing you may or may not ap­pre­ci­ate.

The bat­tery can also strug­gle to last the day, given that it’s de­liv­er­ing du­al­core power on a bright 4-inch screen.

How­ever, there’s so much to like about this phone that it’s sur­pris­ing a car­rier hasn’t snapped it up fast.

In­stead, the LG will be avail­able as an un­locked pur­chase at Harvey Nor­man stores this month.

It’s well worth a test drive.

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