LG Optimus muscles up to the laptops.
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.