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05
Jan
2011

LG Optimus 2X review

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Written by Vedran Dakic   

Having worked with NVIDIA for the better part of the past eight or so years, I believe I've gotten to a point where I know this company and its products rather well. It's been years, but pretty much everything's gone through hands of the crew here - from various VGA's to motherboards and server-related products. But when I first heard about Tegra, I was a bit surprised. The fact that NVIDIA was moving towards mobile business wasn't such a surprise, but the way they chose to do so - kind of was. And the way was - let's start off by delivering the best.

Now there might be people who will agree or disagree with that, but - one of the reasons why original Tegra didn't see the light of day was a mixture of circumstances that ultimately ment that it wouldn't be a leader on the market. By waiting for an additional year and a half or so - NVIDIA gave itself time to develop something different and unique. And that's what we're reviewing here today - LG Optimus 2X, Tegra 2-based smartphone that NVIDIA labels as a super-phone. Let's see what it has to offer.

For starters, this is a first dual-core phone on the market (dual A9 core bundled within the Tegra platform), ticking at 1GHz with a close connection with NVIDIA's ULV GeForce, operating at up to 300MHz. This thing has 512MB of LPDDR2-600 memory, 8MP camera with led flash and a front-facing 1.3MP camera. It can record 1080p video, and use up to 32GB microSD storage (8GB built-in). The screen is 4" in size, but uses IPS-LCD technology, which we'll discuss later. It's a bigger and a couple of grams heavier then the iPhone 4. You can use the onboard microHDMI to connect the phone to your TV set and a micro USB connector to connect this phone to your computer.

In terms of performance, we'd say that 2X feels quite a bit faster then everything else that we've had the chance to test - HTC Desire, iPhone 4, Nexus One, BB, whatever. Our subjective tests (which will become objective ones in two weeks) reveal some very advanced results - especially when you load pages with Flash. This thing is at least 50% faster then Nexus One that we had for a couple of hours awhile ago, before we started working on our reviews. We get the same feeling with Java-related tests. So, it's quite possible that NVIDIA has a winner here - from the start line.

 

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Rear camera is pretty good although I personally dislike the OSD a bit (too many functions for a smartphone), but that might just be me. Front-facing one isn't really for taking pictures, so don't do it unless you absolutely have to as the image quality isn't all that good. When you're recording video (h.264 1080p), you'll notice that the image quality is pretty good. There's definitely room for improvement although we have a feeling this is down to camera and lens's, not OS and technology behind it. We can't wait to see some more devices with Tegra 2 to see how they'll do in this area. It works perfectly when you use it as a mini-HTPC by connecting it to your TV - seamlessly and with excellent picture quality.

Overall, in terms of value, this phone just kicks ass. It's brimming with power, performance and promise for the future. And let's not forget the fact that Google's doing an awesome job with Android these days so - I can't wait to see what kind of tricks they've got hidden in their sleeves. That being said, I can't wait to see what other Android partners will do with Tegra 2. Hopefully something from Samsung and HTC? Can't wait to see...

 

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