LG Optimus 4X HD review

LG Optimus 4X HD review

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  • The Optimus LG 4X HD is the company’s first with a quad-core processor. But since the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S3, will anyone give a 4X?

    LG Optimus 4X HD review

    Love

    • Classy styling
    • Great battery life
    • Gorgeous display

    Hate

    • Not latest Android
    • Average camera
    • Low-rent widget icons

    LG’s latest premium Android, the LG 4X HD, is a stylish machine. It has a crisp, clean design with neat details like the chrome edging in subtly varying widths and the rough, matte back. It’s not as wide as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and it doesn’t feel like a palm-stretcher as Samsung’s does, even though the screen is only 0.1in smaller.

    Android phone makers can add their own styling to Google’s operating software and LG matches earlier LG blowers. This isn’t as sophisticated as Samsung’s or as gorgeous and feature-packed as HTC’s and the shortcut icons look cartoony on this hi-res display.

    But the way the widgets shrink as they are swiped offscreen is cute. As is the lock screen which, as you stroke your finger across it, reveals the home screen in a circular window that moves with your finger. Neat. This phone, by the way, comes with Ice Cream Sandwich, not the very latest Jelly Bean software.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Build

    There’s a fashion for phones with sealed battery units, to maximise cell power and minimise the space for the battery’s casing. But the 4X HD has a removable back (handy if you want to swap batteries). Some phones with pop-off backs can creak when you flex them but this one is solid and silent.

    The power button on the top edge is perhaps a little too recessed for easy use, but the other button, the volume rocker on the left edge, is neatly hidden. It falls under the thumb naturally enough but is so discreet it’s hard to see when you’re looking directly at it.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Features

    The 4X HD has the now standard resolution for smartphone snappers: an 8MP camera. There’s also a 1.3MP sensor facing front. Still shots were acceptable but not especially strong or instant – shutter lag was evident in lower-light shots.

    Video was strong, however, with autofocus that worked well, despite what you may have read elsewhere. The facility to zoom in while shooting by pinching the screen was useful.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Screen

    The 4.7in display on the LG 4X HD is one of the phone’s standout features. It has high pixel density (312ppi), so not much less than the iPhone 4S’s much-vaunted Retina Display. It’s sharp, then, but also bright and vividly coloured. It’s a pleasure to look at.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Performance

    Quad core means speed, right? Well, it certainly seems to here. The phone is very responsive, from simple tasks to heavy ones conducted with lots of programs running. Pages load super-fast, apps open instantly. It’s very satisfying to use. The only downside comes when your data connection is slow but that’s not LG’s fault, of course.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Battery

     

    This phone has a powerful battery, at 2150mAH it’s more powerful than the one in the Samsung Galaxy S3. As a result, it’s easily enough to see you through a full day’s usage, though we’d still recommend nightly recharging.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Verdict

    The LG 4X HD is a slick, impressive phone that will last all day with ease and do everything at speed with no slowdown, no making you wait. The screen is great: rich and vibrant with plenty of pin-sharp detail.

    And the styling is LG at its best – quirky but classy and in a case that fits well in the hand. LG’s biggest problem is that other phones – like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X – offer as much if not more. Still, it’s easier to hold than the Samsung.

    LG Optimus 4X HD availability: Available now

    LG Optimus 4X HD price: £450

  • The quad-core LG Optimus 4X HD has been officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012 and features a 4.7-inch screen and Android Ice Cream Sandwich

    LG Optimus 4X HD review

    Love

    • Classy styling
    • Great battery life
    • Gorgeous display

    Hate

    • Not latest Android
    • Average camera
    • Low-rent widget icons

    Update: The LG Optimus 4X HD UK release date has been confirmed as 27 August 2012 and is now available to pre-order from Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse. A handset-only price has yet to be announced but Phones4U will be offering monthly contracts from £26 a month.

    LG's first quad-core smartphone was first outed on the company's website earlier this month but has been given an official airing at MWC 2012 in Barcelona in the form of the LG Optimus 4X HD.

    It joins the Huawei Ascend D Quad as the latest high-powered handsets on the market. Packing some monster specs this Ice Cream Sandwich iPhone 5 rival was unveiled at LG's launch event in Barcelona. We were there to get our hands-on...

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Build

    All of LG's smartphones for 2012 sport a similar aesthetic - minimalist and neatly square with a slim profile (8.9mm in this case). This means that even the phones that are lower down the range still have a certain chicness about them, but as the flagship smartphone on show, the 4X HD is the best-looking handset of all.

    A narrow bezel makes the most of that large display while the back features a slightly textured finish no too dissimilar to that of the LG Prada Phone 3.0 (albeit without Prada's fancy signature pattern).

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Features

    The LG Optimus 4X HD is the Korean brand's first quad-core phone. LG describes it as "4+1" - as it features a 1.5GHz quad-core processing chip along with a separate core running at 500MHz. The phone uses the fifth core while it's taking a rest in your pocket, meaning that the there's less strain on the battery.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Screen

    Recognising the trend for larger screens, LG has tried to apply this to all of its new models for 2012. The LG Optimus 4X HD sports a large 4.7-inch TFT LCD display. The screen was extremely bright and clear and bright graphics were rendered extremely well.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Camera

    The Optimus 4X HD sports an industry-standard rear-facing 8MP camera, along with a front-facing 1.3MP version. Briefly trying the camera out on the LG stand at MWC, the images looked rather soft, but this was probably due to the nature of the dimly lit corner of the stand that we were in. However, it does suggest that the Optimus 4X HD, like many of its rivals, but not be quite so hot in low-light conditions when it comes to taking snaps, but we'll reserve judgement until we get a finished sample in for a full review.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Performance

    Running on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the LG Optimus 4X HD is very fast, thanks to that quad-core chip. We saw the phone demoed against a specially built dual-core version of the handset and the different in performance on games graphics was astonishing, with the 4X offering colourful zippy images while its dual-core sibling was still struggling to load the game.

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Verdict

    As the brand's new flaghship phone, the LG Optimus 4X HD certainly looks good. We were impressed with the large, bright screen, the slick design and the speedy operation.

    The performance on gaming graphics was also a highlight, and while we didn't get to try out any video playback, but we'd be willing to bet money on it being very strong indeed. Stay tuned for a full review...

    LG Optimus 4X HD: Q2 2012

    LG Optimus 4X HD: TBC

    Check out our LG Optimus 4X HD review: Hands-on video

     

    Hands-on review by Libby Plummer

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