Optimus 2X Review!

The Optimus 2X I hold here is the “real” post-production model that I bought 2 weeks ago over in South Korea.  The other reviews of Optimus 2X on the web are the demo units and pre-production models.

The Optimus 2X features a 4-inch 800×480 pixel screen,  dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 1Ghz processor, Android 2.2, DLNA, HDMI full mirroring and 1080P output, SD card slot, and internal memory of 12GB.

(Left side view of the Optimus 2X, no buttons, just clean form factor.)

The size of the Optimus 2X is very comparable (about the same) as a Nexus S and a tad bit heavier as it has an 8 megapixel back camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera.

The back of the Optimus 2X features an SK Telecom T-World logo (the T) and LG logo.  Unlike pre-production units we saw at CES 2011, this one doesn’t come with a Google label, not that it matters much.

The top of the Optimus 2x features a power button, HDMI output, and headphone jack.

The bottom of the Optimus 2X features two rather large speakers and a micro USB port in the middle for re-charging and connecting to your computer.

The right side of the Optimus 2X features volume buttons.

The Optimus 2x feels really good on my hands, it’s a tad heavier than my Nexus S but still light enough and feels very solid.

The front features a Settings button, big rectangular Home button, and a Back button, pretty simple enough.

The Optimus 2X comes with USB and WiFi tethering capability, meaning you can tether your laptop via USB or share your phone’s internet connection with multiple devices.

The About screen of the Optimus 2X shows that it’s Android 2.2.1 and also it can play back DivX videos/movies.

The Optimus 2X screen is pretty good, nothing bad I can say about that.  The menus are “very” zippy, no lag is found anywhere on the UI.

Optimus 2X comes loaded with bloatware, which drains the battery quite a bit.  I will be rooting the phone soon so hopefully I can get rid of those apps.

The Optimus 2X that I got, has DMB TV functionality, which means you can pick up DMB TV signals where available.  You can see a demo video of me using it in Korea here:

Here’s some more Korean apps loaded on the Optimus 2X, since it was made for the Korean market.

For video recording, the Optimus 2X can do full 1080P, 720P, and more.  This is the only smartphone in the world right now that can actually record in 1080P.

The front camera works well for video chatting, which I used often when I was in Korea to chat with my friends at home.

What impressed me the most about the LG Optimus 2X isn’t the dual-core Tegra 2 processor (which is impressive already) but the multi-touch screen and the keyboard.

The Optimus 2X has the “best” multi-touch keyboard I’ve tried, beats everything else hands-down including a Nexus S and iPhone 4.

Of course, no matter how good a multi-touch keyboard is, it’s certainly not going to beat any QWERTY-keyboard equipped phones like Samsung Epic 4G or G2 Phone.

But if I didn’t have a choice for a physical keyboard, the Optimus 2X’s keyboard would be my best bet for typing fast on a multi-touch keyboard.

Where can you buy an Optimus 2X?

Right now, it’s only sold in South Korea.  You can purchase a round-trip ticket for around $1,200 and pick-up an unlocked Optimus 2X in Seoul for about $1,000.

Also, the Optimus 2X will only work fully with AT&T for voice and 3G data.  Voice will work on T-Mobile but because of different frequencies, 3G data will not work on T-Mobile.

There’s no telling if it will ever make it to the U.S. but let’s hope so and in the meanwhile, you can watch my Optimus 2X videos.  🙂

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