LG Optimus 2X first impression.

So, after much deliberation I finally made the jump and bought a replacement for my much loved and trusty Nexus one – An LG Optimus 2X.

LG Optimus 2X first impression.

The decision was actually quite easy, it had to be ‘next generation’ dual core powered, have an unlockable bootloader and ideally the developers and rom hackers would get hold of it…. Boxes ticked, money parted with.

This is just an initial first impression, I will post something more in depth in a week or so once I’ve lived with the phone a bit. I’ll also add that this was bought with my hard earned cash, so there is no bias whatsoever, if there is a fault I’ll be sure to mention it! If anyone from the networks or LG ( or other Phone manufacturers) is reading this, feel free to rectify this shocking situation and send some review units!

So, first up is the device itself, Lg is a little bit of an unknown to some of us smartphone users, I’m a fan of  HTC, my Nexus is a quality device and to be honest the LG doesn’t compare badly at all, it has a nice solid feel, a plastic back with  a (what looks like) metal surround leading to the screen that has a lovely gently tapered glass edge. It’s not quite up there with the nexus, but it’s a close second and certainly miles better than the plastic cheap feeling Galaxy S that I previously owned.

LG Optimus 2X first impression.

The phone comes with a usb lead that doubles as a charging lead, some headphones and a box! No Sd card but it does have 6gb internal storage build in.

The (IPS) screen is a nice step up from the Amoled screen of the Nexus, bright and clear even in daylight!

LG Optimus 2X first impression.

It comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1 megapixel front facing camera, both seem very good, I’ll spare you my ugly mug from the front camera, below is a couple of sample shots from the main camera….

LG Optimus 2X first impression.

LG Optimus 2X first impression.

Of course, most smartphones are nothing if the software isn’t up to scratch. One of the issues with Android is that Manufacturers and networks have an annoying habit of adding their own ‘improvements’, fortunately LG have done the decent thing and left the phone running  more or less vanilla android, with only a few apps added. It’s running 2.2 currently, but LG claim they will update it to 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ very soon.


No, I haven’t changed things much!

LG Optimus 2X first impression.

LG have added a few small touches that are mostly welcome, one very good item is the gesture controls, basically you can touch the sides/top of the  phone either left/right/up/down and it controls various things, like moving to the next picture or moving the cursor in the text field, very nice and jolly useful.

Another little touch is the settings within the pull down notification bar, borrowed from others I’m sure ( and Cyanogen), but most welcome!

LG Optimus 2X first impression. Oh, have I mentioned this thing is fast? Well it is, very fast indeed! no lag or hesitation at all, instant response to everything that makes my Nexus seem very slow ( and yes… the Nexus was rooted, overclocked and running modified Kernels and CM7….)

LG Optimus 2X first impression.

I’ve only had the phone about 6 hours, so haven’t installed much, especially as I’ll be rooting and installing a custom rom fairly quickly, so I can’t comment on a lot of features, I will cover things more in depth for my next post.

My initially thoughts are that this is indeed a worthy replacement for my Nexus, hopefully this initially impression will be confirmed in the next week or so.

Ok, I’ll leave it there for now, please hit me up in the comments section or via twitter ( @StuartMc1 ) with any questions.

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  • Stuart Mcgregor3

    I’ve no idea why there is such a gap after the ( ‘ ) ? Apologies, I’ll try to edit when I’m back in front of a pc.

    • Stuart Mcgregor

      Ah, forget it, it’s just how it shows on the mobile app, panic over…

  • JohnSpoonz

    I’m also looking for a ‘next generation’ dual core powered smartphone. I am interested in knowing why you choose the LG over the Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Atrix or the HTC Sensation?

    Whilst the others are not yet available, they will be within the next few weeks and from what I’ve read elsewhere, the LG generally lags behind the others in reviews / previews. Personally, I had narrowed it down to the Samsung or HTC.

    The only aspect I am not aware of (and don’t really care about) is the ability to unlocked the bootloader & put custom roms on it. Was is this that made you choose the LG over the others, or something else?

    • Stuart Mcgregor

      Hi John,
      Thanks for the comment.
      The unlocked bootloader and the developers adopting the phone was a big deal for me. HTC confirmed they would be continuing their policy of locking their phones with the Sensation, I know it’s beatable, but I’m not happy with the direction they are going.
      Ditto the Motorola Atrix, Shame as I really like the look of that, especially with the keyboard option.
      The Samsung was a no go for me, I had a SGS and to be honest hated it, expected it to replace my Nexus one but sold it within a month! Plus I feel over 4″ on the screen is getting too big.
      Trust me, so far the Lg is exceeding my expectations, I’m very happy I bought it!.

      • Kind of agree about HTC. My Desire is my 8th HTC but I’m starting to feel a bit wary about them now. I’m not too keen on the extent to which they’re pushing Sense and the effect this has on their updates. Also don’t like how they’re trying their hardest to hinder modding. Why do they care what we do with our device after they’ve made their cash from us?

  • Anonymous

    I have been interested in this phone for a while now. The price has recently dropped too a sweet spot as well, but then I found out about a huge bug thread on xda. Apparently the phone turns itself off. Have you experienced this yet?
    I know no phone is perfect. My nexus one has BT crash bugs and a touchscreen calibration issue, which drives me mad, but the LG sounds particularly buggy. Would really like too hear how you get On after a few weeks.

    I feel I should wait and see what Google has in store for the next nexus device but the nexus s was such a disappointment I’m not sure the wait will be worth it. Also, I like the idea of getting a new toy ;p

    • Stuart Mcgregor

      No bugs yet, been 100% reliable, but it is only two days and I’m on holiday so the phone is getting a gentle start to life.
      I feel this will get some decent support,LG have already released kernel source etc, so I doubt updates will be an issue like the other manufacturers.
      I will do an in depth opinion in a week or so.

  • Amir

    Thanks for the review Stuart! Can you please tell me what the battery life is like?


    • Stuart Mcgregor

      So far it’s similar to the Nexus one I had before, about a day of heavy use. Once I’m back at work I’ll have a better idea.

  • this is going to be my next phone. replacing my Hero. I dont like the way HTC are trying to snub the modders of the world.
    looking forward to your full review. I will be placing my order after payday :)

  • Julian111

    I just wanted to say that my X2 turns off nearly every night and sometimes during the day. Really annoying. I hope there will be an update soon to fix it. Dont want to send it back. (Julian from Germany)

  • Andy

    LG Optimus 2 X is crap . Don’t buy.
    Phone shuts off  without notice and Wifi won’t work.