LG Optimus 2X review: Double the potential
A social phonebook with an agenda
The phonebook displays all the contacts in a list ordered alphabetically and there is an alphabet scroll on the right. There’s also a regular search bar.
The list can be sorted by first or last name and you can choose how contacts are displayed – First Name, Last Name or the opposite.
Filters keep the phone book from getting overcrowded – you can choose which groups are displayed and which are hidden (e.g. Family, email contacts, Twitter contacts and so on).
Each contact is displayed with a contact photo and name – a tap on the photo brings up the quick contacts keys. You can use those to call the contact, send them a message or email or view their profile.
Viewing a single contact uses a tabbed interface. The first tab is Info – and it shows all available info for the contact with handy one-tap shortcuts for calling, messaging and so on. The next tab is History, which shows the communication history with the contact (calls, SNS updates, everything).
The final tab is Photos which show the contacts online albums.
You can link contacts (“join” in the Optimus 2X terminology) so that if you have a contact added to multiple services, all the data from them is pooled in one place. When you tap Join, the phonebook will suggest a contact based on name and it’s right most of the time.
You can manually pick another one if it’s wrong of course. When you add a new account, the phone will offer to import all, only some of the contacts or only those it already has in the phonebook.
Editing a contact is mostly unchanged. You have all the types listed (numbers, email addresses, etc) and there's a plus sign on the right - clicking it adds another item of that type. Pressing the minus sign under it deletes unneeded info.
The Call log is clever and groups some of the calls, e.g. 3 missed calls from the same contact on the same day. A number next to the contact name shows the number of events. It’s a great space saving feature.
Telephony is good
LG Optimus One 2X showed good signal reception even in areas of poor coverage. The in-call quality though is good but rather quiet even at the loudest setting.
The Dialer shows a virtual phone keypad that lets you dial a number. Smart Dial is available and works like a charm – it searches both numbers and names. Only one matching contact is displayed, but if you tap the down arrow button, the rest show up as well.
We ran our traditional loudspeaker test and the LG Optimus 2X. It performed pretty poorly, scoring a Below Average. The loudspeaker is generally very quiet and you’ll miss phone calls in loud environments.
You can find more about the testing procedure here.
|Speakerphone test||Voice, dB||Ringing ||Overall score|
|Samsung I9000 Galaxy S||66.6||65.9||66.6|
|LG Optimus 2X||65.7||60.0||67.7|
|LG Optimus 7||66.6||66.7||75.7||Good|
|HTC Desire HD||69.7||66.6||78.3||Good|
|Nokia N8||75.8||66.2||82.7||Very Good|
|HTC Desire Z||72.7||72.7||82.5||Very Good|