LG Optimus 4X HD Review
LG has renewed their focus on technical excellence and its starting to pay off. The company is poised to make it’s comeback to the top tiers of the smartphone market with their LG Optimus 4X HD.
The Optimus 4X HD is an example of LG’s renewed focus on their technology. It has a line-up of specs that are quite impressive. In this review, we take a closer look at the Optimus 4X HD and try to figure out if it specs is as impressive as the sound.
Design and Display
- The LG Optimus 4X HD measures 132 x 68 x 8.89 mm as well as weighs 158 grams
- The overall design of the Optimus 4X HD is sleek and very refined though the phone feels nicely solid in one’s hand
- LG Optimus 4X HD’s button layout consists of three capacitive buttons: Home, Back and Menues
- Moreover, as the Optimus 4X lacks physical buttons, it has a really smooth and minimalist appearance
- The display is a 4.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive screen
- The resolution of the Optimus 4X HD’s display is 1280 x 720 pixels
- Pixel density of the display is 312 pixels per inch
- Because of its use of IPS or In Plane Switching technology, the screen of the Optimus 4X HD gets optimal side viewing
- The LCD technology ensures that the display has great and natural looking colors
- The display use Corning Gorilla Glass for protection.
- The LG Optimus 4X HD has a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor that clocks at 1.5 GHz
- The Optimus 4X HD’s processor has a fifth extra core that works at 500 MHZ clock
- This fifth core goes to work when the phone does not really need to much processing power and allows the phone to work while saving some battery life
- Moreover, the Optimus 4X HD has 1 GB RAM together with a 16 GB of onboard storage
- You can increase the storage of the Optimus 4X HD by up to 32 GB using its microSD slot
- The battery of the Optimus 4X HD is a 2,150 mAh
- You can get about a full 24 hours’ worth of battery life from the Optimus 4X HD
- The Optimus 4X HD comes with a 8 MP camera in the rear
- Furthermore, the rear camera is also capable of capturing 1080 HD video
- It also has a from facing the camera, a 1.3 MP shooter that has facial recognition as well as smile detection
- The gallery has a lot of nice features such as the Silly Faces effects; another feature that allows for the speeding up or slowing down of videos as you watch
- The camera is really very functional and takes some great shots no matter what the lighting conditions
- The LG Optimus 4X HD comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
- It uses LG’s Optimus 3.0 skin user interface
- The Optimus 3.0 UI provides a nice user experience, and you will find that it is quite easy to add apps, widgets, and folders to the home screen. Navigation is also smooth
- The system toggles and menus of the interface are nice, neither gaudy nor overdone
- There are four different themes and three system fonts you can choose to use to customize your experience
- LG has some nice widgets in the Optimus 4X HD including Social +, Today + and SmartWorld
- There is an NFC tag writing application already included
- The Quick Memo application is also nice; it lets a user draw at any time on any part of the screen
- Moreover, the LG SmartWorl app suggests apps that are based on your own preferences
- There are preloaded games in the LG Optimus 4X HDL Samurai II, ShadowGun, and NVI
When we look at the LG Optimus 4X HD and its competitors, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and HTC’s One X, it’s a safe bet that the quad-core Tegra will beat their dual-core processors.
Even from a technical point-of-view, there is little to find lacking in the Optimus 4X HD. Its screen is great and very generous in both resolution and dimensions. The IPS technology makes it very nice to use as well. The Tegra 3 is a great processor which delivers smooth performance in UI navigation as well as app utilization and web browsing. The software is nice and the Optimus UI is simple to use and nice looking as well.
The downside to the Optimus 4X HD would be an industrial design that is a bit boring, a few crashes and inconsistencies found in the user experience, but otherwise, we found nothing to complain about.
All in all, the LG Optimus 4X HD is a flagship that is a worthy competitor for its slot in the high-end smartphone market. The choice comes down to personal preference.
What do you think about this LG smartphone?