Review: LG Optimus 4X HD
The year 2012 is pretty important as it is the year where we see quad-core processor equipped smartphones emerging. One of the first has been LG’s Optimus 4X HD which is globally available and gives a strong competition to the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X in the race of the quad cores. So has LG really hit the right notes?
- 1.5GHz 4-PLUS-1 Tegra3 processor
- 4.7-inch HD IPS display (720p resolution) 1280×720 resolution
- 16 GB Internal storage, expandable via microSD card
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear camera with flash
- 1.3MP front camera
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Optimus UI 3.0
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2,150mAh battery
The back is all plastic and thankfully has a matte finish. Also there is the 8MP camera with the LED flash and the speaker. The back cover has the NFC chip embedded on the inside so make sure you are careful when you are opening the back. Inside there is standard SIM slot, a microSD card slot and the 2,150mAh battery.
OS AND UI:
Not only can you customise your homescreen but also your notification bar, lock screen and even your icons! LG has taken a step ahead with its new UI to let the user choose his style of preference for the look of the smartphone. Good move.
The smartphone has some themes, which change the icon style, and a bit of the looks on your homescreen and menu.
The browser is pretty much the same as on all Android ICS devices, although LG has added a small bar below that makes browsing even more convenient. It has forward and back buttons, a nice zoom-in and zoom-out button and the bookmarks button.
Sound output via the speaker was also decent and loud. One thing we noted was the addition of sleep mode which allows you to switch off your music player automatically after a certain amount of time.
The 8MP snapper works well and we were left with some pleasing results. Apart from the usual camera features, the Optimus 4X HD offers some modes like HDR, panorama and continuous or burst mode.
Pictures come out pretty good in outdoor lighting. Colours somewhat are correct, and contrast and sharpness is also good.