This is my new favorite Android phone. Those of you who know me well in real life, will know I change phones a LOT and usually carry several at one time. So, it’s probably safe to say that few phones capture my interest enough to become my main phone. The LG Optimus 4X HD is definitely one of them.
In the past year, I’ve carried 2 out of the 3 quad-core Android devices on the market, the HTC OneX and the LG Optimus 4X. I’ve also tested out the Samsung Galaxy SIII and it’s safe to say that my favorite was, surprisingly, the LG. I, like most of you had dismissed LG as a serious phone manufacturer, much less an Android powerhouse. But, this beautiful piece of tech won my heart, and though I found it tough parting with my similarly lovable OneX, I’m happy with my decision.
1- Shape and Build
It’s sexy, angular and sleek black screen and cover is highlighted with nice aluminum strips on the side and a grooved back cover and side skirts. Making it a much more elegant and improved cousin of the infamous SII. It goes to show that LG learned the secrets to device style after having Prada design a device with them.
I’m not going to into the very techy details, because honestly it’s too complex for my limited intellect. But, in just a few words, the crystals in device screen sometimes wobble around in different positions, distorting the light rays passing through them and into your eye. With IPS (in-plane switching) the distortion is corrected by a magnetic field, allowing for a more real image from your device’s screen and much better viewing from all angles.
It comes with 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich Android with a few edits by LG. They don’t have fancy name for it like HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz. It’s light and simple, with a clean-cut, streamlined interface in the contacts section, lock-screen, camera interface and dialpad among other things. Makes you wanna dial and swipe the print-like, crisp-clean screen. The 4X has three bottoms, a back button on the left, a home/multitasking button in the middle and a menu/settings button on the right. I honestly would’ve preferred the multitasking button be on the right instead of the settings, but it’s ok after a few minutes using the device and get used to it.
The camera isn’t the fastest I’ve ever used, nor the best. It pales in comparison to the lightning speed of the OneX shutter and the crispness of the SIII’s. However, it does make up for that with a much better focus and a few awesome perks such as the extremely cool pre-shutter capturing, where if you didn’t quite catch the shot in time, you can “go back in time” with pre-recorded images a few seconds before you actually clicked on capture. You can also capture stills while recording video and the panoramic and burst mode are both extremely fast and fluid. Check out the awesome pano shot I took below, and the rest are here
All in all, the LG Optimus 4X HD is quite a mouthful, but also quite a handful. Loved this phone, below is the hands-on video review I made.