Name: LG G2x for T-Mobile
Price: Free (with contract )
We're the 1st to admit we're hardcore Apple fans, so when we had the opportunity to test drive the Android-powered LG G2x, we were kind of skeptical. Yes, we recognize there are several cool feature only available on Android, but the integration with the hardware isn't always what we are wishing for. So using the iPhone 4 as our benchmark, design-wise, tech features and integration, we set out to see how this 4G Android model compared to our trusty everyday phone...
Fit and Feel: Our of the box, the first thing we realized was the build quality of the LG G2x. The weight, balance, the use of Gorilla Glass screen wrapping around just a tiny bit, and the menu buttons that light up at the bottom of the screen..pretty neat! Fit and finish is far beyond of what we've seen with other Android models, with no skimping with cheap materials evident.
The back has the charcoal-ish looking velvety material that everybody loves, providing a grippy and warm in hand, but also a fingerprint magnet. But we're already used to the glass back on the iPhone, so the fit and feel was comfortable. The real metal band in the middle on the back gives a nice touch, but we found ourselves always trying to prop a non-existent stand to watch movies like other kickstand models. This one is just for decorative-design purposes.
Apps: all the usual suspects are there: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, plus the ever growing stable of Android developed apps. Still not as many as available for the iPhone's App Store, but at least many useful ones (nobody needs 100's fart apps!) that shared equivalent features.
UI experience: After some time with the LG G2x, we found ourselves still missing the ease of use and intuitive user interface of iOS. But at the same time, that's why we wanted to try Android: try something new and learn the other OS advantages and shortcomings. Things we like: how customizable Android is. We can convert the LG G2x's UI into a myriad of appearances, some slick, others minimal, others outlandish. Compared to the iPhone's "this is it" interface, a blessing and a curse, Android's customization factor is often cited as a reason why Android users prefer their platform to Apple's set in stone offering.
Hardware/Screen performance: the 4" screen capable of HD playback really shows shines for general browsing, playing games or viewing video. Games like N.O.V.A. and Need for Speed Shift are pre-loaded and impressed us with their graphics and fluidity. Icons look bright and crisp, the touch panel very responsive to touch and swipe interaction, We're also digging the 3D scrolling option for all the apps. Yet, when compared directly to the iPhone 4's screen, the G2x IPS panel reveal to be a liittle bit washed out, with whites marred by a yellowish tint we found kind of bothersome.
If you don't have an iPhone placed next to it for comparison, you won't have any trouble. We think the screen of the G2x is very nice. Just a tad bigger than the iPhone's and we would say that it looks just as sharp (again, when you don't have an iPhone next to it to compare!). Yes, there are bigger Android screens available, but some of them are too large to make them comfortable for pocketing, so the G2x seems to have hit the sweet spot.
The LG G2x is powered by the NVDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, and paired with T-Mobile's 4G network in ideal conditions, the G2x experience is snappy and responsive. Browsing online, playing games, or just moving thru applications and settings, the hardware and Froyo OS was always up to the task. You can also stream full 1080p HD movies right from the handset to your HDMI TV, revealing how amply powered this phone's hardware is.
Call performance is excellent with crisp voice quality and and devoid of any noise that can hamper a call (perhaps also credit to T-Mobile's coverage here). One improvement we'd like is in overall call volume. Despite the clarity, the G2x could sometimes be sound a notch or two too quiet.
Conclusion: So are we going to switch from the iOS to the Android Froyo? The answer is "no"...for now. The G2x taught this iOS devotee the platform and phones have plenty to offer, with extremely powerful mobile power and an almost-tops screen (that only faltered side by side with the iPhone 4), and an ever maturing OS. We'll be returning this test model, but we've finished with a better understanding of the appeal of the "other side". If we were to switch over, the LG G2x would be a worthy consideration.
- Height: 4.88 inch (123.9 mm)
- Width: 2.48 inches (63 mm)
- Depth: 0.43 inches (10.9 mm)
- Weight: 5 ounces (142 g)
- 4" (diagonal) wide screen with corning Gorilla Glass capacitive touch screen, 800 x 400 resolution and DLNA compatibility with HDMI micro out.
Memory and Processor:
- 8 GB of internal memory (ROM)
- 32 GB of expandable memory with MicroSD card slot
- 512 MB of RAM
- NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H dual-core processor (2X 1 GHz)
- Google Android 2.2 (Froyo) preinstalled (upgradable to Android 2.3)
Camera and Connectivity:
- 1080p HD Video Capture and sharing
- 720 video recording at 30fps
- 8 megapixel still camera
- 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, LED flash
- 4G capable, Quad GSM, WiFi and Bluetooth A2DP Stereo
(Images by Joel Pirela)
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