Review: LG Optimus 4X HD

It has been a while since LG has created a top-of-the-line Os cellular mobile cellphone, the last of which being the LG Optimus 2X - which, despite being the first dual-core program, was easily overshadowed in early 2011 by other gadgets like the HTC Feeling and New Samsung Galaxy S III. Now LG is returning on the leading range with a immediate heir to these program, at the same time after some fairly significant cellular mobile cellphone produces from HTC and New Samsung.

What I have is the LG Optimus 4X HD: a program which, on document, clicks all the right bins for a top-end cellular mobile cellphone. You get one of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor chip chips which we know to be highly effective, a huge HD show, NFC, Os 4.0, and a improved, trademark LG design. However, as we already have two behemoths available on the industry in the HTC One X and New Samsung Galaxy S III, it will be exciting to see if the Optimus 4X HD is in the same group.

As always I thank MobiCity for offering me with the LG Optimus 4X HD for evaluation today. They keep offer first-class service to the Japan Hawaiian area, plus with their lately started out MobiCity UK shop, you can now buy the newest mobile mobile phones at reasonable prices very near to the discharge.There's not much to be dissatisfied by after looking at the requirements, although (and I'm cotton wool cotton wool swab the gun barrel here) it might have been amazing to see Gorilla Cup 2 used; more inner storage space alternatives might also have been a extra.

Design :

I'm grateful to see that LG hasn't done anything too extreme to modify their common cellular mobile cellphone design that they've used with the LG Optimus 4X HD. Yes, it's very hard-edged and almost completely rectangle-shaped, but with the styles of 2012 it suits right in and again plays a role in the obsolete sensation of the Galaxy S III's design.Despite the difficult benefits look of the 4X HD, it's extremely relaxed to keep thanks to the slight quantity of declining used around these edges; not as relaxed as the ergonomic office HTC One X but better than you might think on initial examination. It's reasonably slim at 8.9mm across the whole of it, and the declining in that is present on battery energy protect not only decreases this further in the arms but also creates it look slimmer at the right position.

The front part of the Optimus 4X HD has a huge 4.7-inch show - which I'll go into more details in the next place - associated with little frame to either part. Above the show is a little opening for the front-facing digital camera on the right and invisible receptors to the remaining, plus LG marketing below a slim presenter opening. While you may think it's a little omission, LG made the decision not to use a position LED on the 4X HD, which is something I've come to discover very useful across past gadgets I've analyzed.

Below the display are three capacitive elements buttons: returning, house and selection. Like New Samsung with the Galaxy S III, LG has ignored the Search engines recommendations to use a newest programs option instead of a selection option, which is again an exciting option. As designers keep update their programs to support the Os 4.0 UI, such as including a selection option into an Activity Bar-like UI lite, having a devoted selection option on it is not as necessary.

Using a selection option and using a newest programs option both have their benefits. When I was using the HTC One X I discovered it frustrating whenever the huge heritage selection option showed up on-screen because a programmer hadn't modified their app for Ice Lotion Food, but simultaneously I discovered the newest programs option amazingly useful as I started to change between programs more frequently and more easily for improved efficiency. I am still unsure on which elements option I choose more, but I'm sure soon enough the selection option will go out of benefit.

Anyway, moving on to the returning of it and LG has made the decision to use nasty here as most producers do (in-fact most of the Optimus 4X HD is plastic). As opposed to the Galaxy S III, as I keep factor out the faults in its design, the LG uses nasty distinctive with what seems to be canvas-like lines that experience extremely excellent. There's also a popular, steel LG logo in towards the top, above which and to the remaining is the a little bit inset digital camera and LED flash; at underneath remaining are two cuts for the presenter.

Around the edges of the Optimus the LG design team has decided for two, sleek metallic-plastic part that run around the whole of it. They are more popular on the lengthy factors, which allows for a wisely invisible quantity musician on the remaining part as well as an exciting experience. The use of these part certainly contributes interest to the design, but I'm not assured that it either seems better than just a smooth working surface area, or looks particularly excellent.

The top functions the energy option on the right and a 3.5mm earphone slot to the remaining. As I've described before, on gadgets this dimension it's easier to function the energy option if it's on the right part rather than the top, but it's not a huge cope on the Optimus as it's relatively simple to fall up to arrive at the option. Also of observe is the based microUSB slot on the platform.
When it comes to it the LG Optimus 4X HD certainly has a strong, contemporary design that looks reasonably excellent, however there are just some slight factors - such as the lack of alert LED, strange use of steel part and use of a energy option on the top - that take away from what could have been a fantastic leading cellular mobile cellphone overall look.

Display :

 The unique Optimus 2X used just a 4.0-inch IPS LCD panel at a WVGA quality, however as you might think from the "HD" in the name of the Optimus 4X HD, the show on LG's new leading program has seen a affordable update. Now you get a 4.7-inch True-HD IPS LCD panel at 1280 x 720, which is quite a significant update and delivers it in-line with some of the other top-of-the-line mobile phones available on the industry.As I described in my information to cellular mobile cellphone show elements, there are numerous benefits to having a panel that uses IPS LCD technological innovation rather the older TN LCD technical. They can consist of better evaluation percentages, further shades of black, brighter shows and better viewing angles; and of course the best show I've used to date - the Extremely LCD 2 used in the HTC One X - uses this very technological innovation.

So the questions continues to be as to whether the True-HD IPS LCD panel used here is as excellent as the Extremely LCD 2, or does it defeat the Extremely AMOLED HD show used on New Samsung devices?

First I should easily discuss that the solidity of this show is again very excellent, as you would anticipate from a leading cellular mobile cellphone, arriving at over the wonderful 300 ppi thanks to the "True-HD" panel. As it also uses LCD technological innovation there is no PenTile subpixel matrix in use, and although with the Extremely AMOLED HD you can hardly find the consequences, this True-HD IPS panel does seem to be cleaner.The shades represented by this IPS panel are vivid for an LCD panel, the evaluation is very excellent and it is the smartest show I have used out of the five leading mobile mobile phones with regards to shiny stages, however it is not up to the accomplishment of defeating the Extremely LCD 2. The latter show has excellent viewing perspectives and along with duplication seems partially better, and also the mixture of Gorilla Cup 2 with the S-LCD 2 on the One X allows for better touchscreen display adjustment.

The Extremely AMOLED HD panel used on the Galaxy S III is perhaps more vivid than the Optimus 4X HD's show, and it certainly has better black stages due to the characteristics of AMOLED technological innovation, however I choose the more natural look of the IPS LCD. Not only that, the shiny stages of the show on the 4X HD are much better than on the Extremely AMOLED HD, and outdoor legibility is far better thanks to improved lighting.I definitely recognize that the 4.7-inch True-HD IPS LCD used on the Optimus is excellent, and I don't think customers will be dissatisfied in any way except for that worrying sensation understanding the Extremely LCD 2 is a little bit better. It's a near contact to say whether the IPS panel is better than that of a Extremely AMOLED HD, especially if you are a fan of excessive dynamics, but at least for me I choose the IPS LCD.

Software :

What we have here on the LG Optimus 4X HD is a variety of Google Os 4.0 managing program and LG's own Optimus 3.0 customized individual interface. I've already taken a look at Os 4.0 in quite some details in a evaluation, so I won't carried everyone going over the things that is involved by conventional such as stay speech feedback, alert lite available from the lockscreen, the information utilization administrator and Os Stream.

Of course the current edition of Os is actually Os 4.1 "Jelly Bean", which was declared just before this program hit the industry. So far there has been no word as to whether the Optimus 4X HD will get an update to 4.1, but I wouldn't keep my breathing as it seems these kinds of up-dates take a while.

Overall Style :

While TouchWiz and Sense are reasonably hefty themes, in that almost everything about the managing program is modified in one way or another, the Optimus 3.0 UI is significantly brighter. Surprisingly a variety of the inventory Os Ice Lotion Food design hints have stayed in the individual interface, which is a welcome addition considering most themes go way too far from vanilla flavor.

Like the design of the cellular cellphone itself, Optimus 4.0 is a hard-edged, gradient-free epidermis that touches in perfectly with the Os 4.0 look. Some programs across all gadgets are never skinned by OEMs (such as Googlemail, Charts and YouTube) but now I don't experience like I'm getting between design dialects as I leap between inventory and skinned programs.One purpose this fluidity is obtained is because LG has kept some significant ICS elements and tailored it for their own requirements. In programs like Schedule, Texting and Collection you'll still look for the Activity Bar across the top that was recognized by Search engines in ICS and continues to be a significant function. You'll see running cafes in the Internet app that are basically the same as ICS, and in Connections the an eye are completely gradient-free.There are also factors that this indicates LG hasn't modified at all. Apart from including the fast configurations to the alert lite, the design continues to be very near to ICS, as does the position bar along the top. The app changing selection is similar to ICS, and pop-up and drop-down choices are exactly what you would anticipate from the vanilla flavor program.

I significantly, significantly compliment LG for acknowledging that if you modify the inventory ICS look too much you are going to create some terrible variance across the application. Instead they have taken what is available and customized it to fit the LG and Optimus design, and while I still experience vanilla flavor Os looks better, the result on the 4X HD is completely appropriate.Also ought to have a discuss is how you can modify the concept of the launcher between four involved options; individually the conventional one looks the best, but if you like a more lovable look I would suggest the "Marshmallow" concept.

New Features :

I confess that the concept LG has used, while not ICS, is reasonable; however I haven't seen as many new function improvements as I saw with TouchWiz Nature UX on the Galaxy S III. Definitely there are some new functions that boost the performance, but not a lot.

On the lockscreen you have four fast app symbols that, when drawn up, begin the specific app, and as I described before the alert lite has a set of fast establishing toggles. The most exciting of these fast toggles is QuickMemo, which when pushed needs a display get and then allows you to annotate said get, just like what I saw returning on the Galaxy Note (although without the stylus). It's a very useful function, especially when you want to easily figure out something.By pushing the + option on the top right of any homescreen you get an simple selection that allows you to add programs and symbols with convenience. There are a variety of useful symbols that increase the inventory set available, but I was dissatisfied that only three stay picture created their way to it plus only a little few of set qualification.

Across some of the skinned programs not a huge lot has been included. Some of the stand apart functions consist of the resizable dual-pane Schedule view that allows you to see both the 30-day calendar and plan at once, world time functions in the Alarm/Clock app and the useful playlist evaluation and film search bar evaluation you get in the Video Gamer.In it configurations there also isn't a lot to review on. There is a energy saving function that allows customers to have some configurations instantly turn off once battery energy begins getting low, and there are a variety of mostly ineffective act controls. I was pleased to see a "Quiet time" function that when set, hinders all appears to be between certain periods, and the ability to set a platform lighting level while in auto-brightness function gives you a lot of of control over a very well-functioning auto-brightness.

The only factor I was really dissatisfied in about the Optimus UI function set is that, as far as I can tell, there is definitely no way to have the app cabinet type programs alphabetically - instead the only option seems to be selecting the list individually, or making it conventional which has all your downloadable programs appear after the pre-installed programs.

Stand-Out Apps :

Luckily I have only discovered a few significant bloatware programs pre-installed on the Optimus UI (excluding service provider apps). LG SmartWorld has no benefits at all over the Perform Store, Application Manager and Process Manager are not particularly useful (the latter because you don't need to destroy Os apps), and Mobile Transmitted I haven't discovered a use for. I'm also not sure why LG involved a Software Update quick way in the app cabinet when you can easily access it through the configurations selection.Anyway, there are a variety of programs that are much better. Back-up is a very useful app that allows you to returning up everything on it, such as downloadable programs and their information, desltop and program configurations as well as information and more. One disadvantage is, of course, the backup is not cross-device suitable whereas Titanium Back-up is, but the Titanium Back-up needs main while this solution does not.

Finance, Climate and Information are both programs that use Google services to offer fund, weather and news (clearly). If you like to use Google for both these factors I'm sure these programs will come in useful.

The Memo app involved doesn't have an amazing set of functions, it it works well enough to get notices, especially thanks to the QuickMemo option discovered in the alert lite. I still want to use an app like Evernote as I can synchronize notices across my gadgets, but if you are not worried about this there is no purpose to neglect Memo.Finally, LG Tag+ is a fantastic app that creates use of NFC and a set of LG "Tag+" NFC decals that is in the Optimus 4X HD's box. The concept is you keep the NFC labels to appropriate places, such as you might put the "Car Mode" on your vehicle's dash panel and check out it to begin Search engines Charts Routing or whatever else you specify within the LG Tag+ app. It's a smart concept to consist of this kind of factor with an NFC-capable program, and I'm sure the two involved decals will come in useful.

Performance :

I've already given a reasonable bit of your energy and energy describing the efficiency of the Tegra 3 chipset in my evaluation of the HTC One X, so with the LG Optimus 4X HD I'm not anticipating a significant difference. The 4X HD packages the same Tegra 3 chipset as the One X, such as the 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor chip, 12-core "Kal-El" ULP GeForce GPU and 1 GB of RAM.

Other significant specifications consist of quad-band Cat.14 HSDPA (21.1 Mbps) + Cat.6 HSUPA (5.76 Mbps), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Wireless 4.0, 16 GB of inner storage space plus a microSD card slot, and NFC. Remarkably, the NFC processor chip is actually situated in battery energy protect, which has contacts that get connected to the cellular cellphone body to offer the near-field interaction abilities.

Pretty much everything I described about the HTC One X's Tegra 3 still is applicable when referring to the efficiency of the LG Optimus 4X HD: the chipset is certainly a monster, and provides an amazingly sleek efficiency across fairly much every element of it. As with all leading gadgets (so really I should stop mentioning it) the 4X HD shows no lag at all, even without Os 4.1's Venture Butter.In video games you'll discover no efficiency issues to talk of, and even though the New Samsung Galaxy S III draws far forward in standards, 60 supports per second is possible basically across the panel of high-end video games. You also get the included extra of NVIDIA's initiatives to get designers to boost their video games - or even consist of new functions - particularly for those packaging a Tegra GPU; just going through the Perform Store and you'll discover plenty of cases of Tegra search engine marketing.

Below I've involved the regular cotton wool swab of Os standards. The LG Optimus 4X HD functions within 6% of the One X across all standards, except for BrowserMark which revealed an unusual 22% efficiency benefits to the 4X HD.As for the other requirements I discovered no issues with the Wi-Fi, Wireless, NFC or A-GPS except for the regular issue with mobile mobile phones of how Wi-Fi link connections are to cap it at 65 Megabyte per second on 802.11n systems. When it came to system efficiency I obtained 7 Megabyte per second down at my house, which is regular and just about strikes the efficiency cap of the Optus system in my location.

Apart from the factor that the New Samsung Galaxy S III is the quickest Os program available on the industry, as indicated by the standards, the LG Optimus 4X HD is definitely still a strong entertainer that anyone from a cellular mobile cellphone beginner to fanatic should enjoy. The Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip is still one of the best doing chipsets available on the industry, and it should stay that way until we begin seeing quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 set ups which are still quite a while away.

Camera :

The LG Optimus 4X HD has two digital cameras, like most gadgets these days: a back 8-megapixel digital camera with LED display and a BSI indicator, able of 1080p film recording; and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing digital camera. Unfortunately, these digital cameras I wouldn't category to be the best I have ever used.

But I'll begin with the factors I was pleased with in the Optimus 4X HD's digital camera. Somehow, the digital camera that is used can concentrate amazingly carefully - around 2cm from the topic - which is amazing for macro plant digital photography. Also, the display is one of the smartest I have ever seen on a cellular mobile cellphone, which is sometimes beneficial but also can cause cleansing out.No one shade is major in images taken with the 4X HD, but images are not particularly vivid or amazing. The Sony-made receptors used on the Galaxy S III, Xperia S and iPhone 4S all seem to create regular images look amazing thanks to a amazing indicator, but you basically don't get that with this cellular mobile cellphone. You won't discover shades to be particularly bad, but there is certainly no amazing wow-factor.The excellent of images is also not particularly amazing. Below is a full-sized picture and the 100% plants of the center place, and you should be able to get noticable relics around the difficult factors of the simply leaves, as well as an unusual element impact around the lilac plant. Unnecessary to say, but a digital camera really shouldn't do this.One of the significant issues I had with the Optimus 4X HD's digital camera is not how near it concentrates, but how well. For some purpose the digital camera basically doesn't secure on very well, and I often took injections where everything was completely out of concentrate. The concentrating seems (at least on the preview) to take a while, it's quite laggy and it needs perseverance and practice to ensure it hair on to the right factor in the picture you are taking.
The other issue, but to a smaller level is how the digital camera controls low-light injections. As opposed to the One X, which uses an excellent mixture of a large-aperture zoom contacts and excellent indicator to provide strong low-light injections, the 4X HD wants to use a lengthy shutter speed to get more mild attaining the indicator. Obviously this is going to be a issue, as the least move will cloud the shot; it does perform (as with the apple taken below) to an level, but it's a bargain rather than an enhancement. Here is a evaluation between excessive low mild and using the display. The dark areas were too frustrating to be able to use the digital camera without the display, yet the display itself is so shiny it cleansers out the taken significantly.Apart from the faults in excellent of the indicator, LG's digital camera application is reasonably excellent. You get now-standard HDR, surroundings and rush ways, along with basically zero shutter lag (once you get it to concentrate properly) plus a amazing "time get shot" function that needs several images when you media the shutter, enabling you to choose the best one. In film ways you also get stay digital camera results, although unfortunately no time-lapse like is involved by conventional in Os 4.0.

Media Playback :

We're getting to the end of our Optimus 4X HD evaluation, and that means it is concentrate on the media play-back abilities of it. First off, I'd like to bring up two places which I had no real issues with: contact excellent and the on-device presenter. For calling, the excellent was completely appropriate and sensible in a variety of conditions, as you would anticipate from a contemporary smartphone; and the on-device back presenter is noisy enough to be observed in your wallet, but of course still maintains junk excellent.
The conventional music play-back created through the 3.5mm earphone slot is completely fine, again it's not as excellent as the Beats-enhanced audio of the One X, but it provides enough impact in the key places (bass, vocal-range, great shades, etc.) that it's difficult to factor at any specific faults. There is the option in the ipod to stimulate Dolby Mobile audio enhancement, but I didn't discover this to do rights to any of the music in my extensive music selection - actually more periods than not it decreased the audio excellent and created it audio like the music was being performed in a huge room.

Below are the results of the usual seven-part video playback test.

Volume is also not a issue with the music play-back, with a relaxed hearing quantity seated just above the half-way indicate for me. With the Galaxy S III the audio play-back was particularly noisy, significance if you unintentionally had it set to 100% you would get a amazing, ear-splitting surprise when you first play a music. The Optimus 4X HD is certainly noisy enough for most conditions, but it doesn't seem to have as much boosting as the GS3 for whatever purpose. The quantity stages only become a slight issue when you are viewing movies that create use of highly effective quantity, as you need to convert the audio up quite great (but not all the way) to listen to the comments at a affordable quantity. In these cases, Dolby Mobile actually does a really excellent job (mostly I anticipate because Dolby does a lot of perform with film sound) of improving the audio excellent to offer better conditions, better audio and punchier explosions.

No these outcomes aren't a lie, the LG Optimus 4X HD is actually able to experience returning definitely everything I used at it, making it the first program I've analyzed to efficiently complete the media play-back analyze. Complete cheers must go to LG for having an extremely solid codec and deciphering collection in place on the 4X HD, which controls to outshine the One X with the same SoC, and the Galaxy S III which also functions well in this place.

What's even better about these incredible outcomes is that you should be able to experience any of the common film types you might have in your (DRM-free) digital movie/video selection in the inventory Video Gamer app. As I described in the Software place and above, this app has a variety of amazing functions which you cannot get in MX Gamer, such as Dolby Mobile audio enhancement, which creates this program a perfect option for those who watch video clips on the go.

The LG Optimus 4X HD has set an excellent conventional in this place, and I wish more gadgets in the future can control my play-back analyze.

Battery Life :

I've been using the LG Optimus 4X HD for the best part of two weeks now, and so far the 2,150 mAh battery energy hasn't as yet passed away on me when I've been out of arrive at of a battery charger. That said, I haven't been offered away by battery energy either, instead with my emotions suitable in somewhere around the average-to-bad indicate.

Like with the HTC One X, it seems the Tegra 3 has an excellent damaging impact on battery energy as other mobile mobile phones (namely the Galaxy S III) seem to be similar in most other places, but significantly last longer than it with regards to battery energy. This is also amazing considering the 4-PLUS-1 structure of the Tegra 3 allows low-power projects, such as music enjoying, to be offloaded to a "companion core" which will allows the four main cores to be operated down.You will almost certainly need to charge the Optimus 4X HD every night, and if you are a particularly hefty individual you might want to consider a second battery energy just in case it passes away in a crucial situation. I have discovered often when I go back house after a normal daily perform that the Optimus is seated on 30% or less, significance if I had used it any more intensely thoughout the day it probably wouldn't have survived me.

For game playing conditions I would anticipate it would last around the regular 4-5 hours, but I didn't actually sit around to analyze this effectively. It's also important to note that it can get reasonably hot after a period of gaming; not enough to get rid of the epidermis but your arms will probably get a bit wet.

Below is the table of outcomes for film play-back battery energy (the only quantitative analyze I currently run). In this analyze I keep video clips clip enjoying on continuous cycle, in aircraft function and on 75% lighting, until battery energy gives out.

Conclusion :

The LG Optimus 4X HD is an exciting program for a variety of reasons. For a leading program, it does fairly much everything right: the design is attractive, the application is amazingly excellent, the efficiency is amazing, the media abilities are excellent and the display is first-class. Sure, the digital camera and battery energy is regular, but in all the other places the LG Optimus 4X HD is successful.

However, this isn't a industry where the Optimus 4X HD is the only leading cellular mobile cellphone available. The requirements, dimension and cost mean the Optimus 4X HD ($599) is straight competitive against the New Samsung Galaxy S III ($629 16GB) and HTC One X ($579 32GB), and while overall the cellular cellphone is excellent, I'm not sure it's a highly effective buy over either of the others described. The design and show is excellent, but the One X is better in both places. The program is fast, but the Galaxy S III is quicker and has a better digital camera. Unfortunately there is no one place, except for the media abilities (hardly a huge promoting point), that the Optimus 4X HD does better than a in the same way priced cellular cellphone already available on the industry.

Again, I'm not saying the cellular cellphone is bad - because it certainly isn't - but I would discover it difficult to suggest to someone when the HTC One X is a less expensive option. A fantastic program, just until the cost falls and service provider financial assistance come in to experience, not as highly effective of a buy as LG (and I) might have expected.

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