LG Optimus 4X HD P880 video review

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LG Optimus 4X HD When it comes to its phones LG hasn’t had a great time of it recently, with Samsung and Apple grabbing all the headlines, and sales. But, with the Optimus 4X HD, it is definitely getting back on track.

This high-end power-house of a phone isn’t much of a looker. It’s slim and feels sturdy enough but its peculiar textured plastic back and double chrome stripes aren’t exactly at the forefront of design.

But what this phone lacks in pizzazz, it makes up for in features. Its big selling point is its superb 4.7in LCD screen. It’s HD so is incredibly sharp and is bright and colourful too. Only the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 rival it.

We also like the handling of the device. The square sides make it easy to grip, and although the power button is way up on the top edge we found it easy to reach without loosing our grip on the phone.

On the inside there’s this phone’s other big feature which is its Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Not only does this make the phone superfast, but you also get the TegraZone game store, which provides exclusive and optimised games for your phone. Games such as Horn and ShadowGun.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for there you can also just jump into the Google PlayStore app store, as this is a fully fledged Android phone too. It runs the nearly latest 4.0 version of the software so has many of the more recent speed and feature tweaks. LG has tweaked things a little, adding its own lock screen and adding apps such as the productivity suite Polaris Office and video streaming app Smart Share.

Other notable features include a microUSB socket which supports video output via the MHL standard, and storage is expandable by way of a microSD card.

However, things aren’t perfect. The camera is only average, battery life isn’t great and you miss out on the latest 4G connectivity, which the latest and greatest phones are starting to include.

Nonetheless, with LG pricing the Optimus 4X HD quite competitively, it’s definitely one to look out for, particularly if you can find it discounted.

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January 17, 2013, 1:20 am

For 4yrs I was very happy with my LG secret, and despite dropping it about 10x a day it still works and looks almost as good as new, so, when my other half offered to get me a new phone for xmas, I chose this one. Friends had suggested that I get an iphone, but those same friends had all had to buy new screens after dropping their phone just once, with my butter fingers trait, really not a good option. Also due to my daughters bad experiences with Samsung, fatal software issues one after just 8mths the second after 12mths, they were never a consideration. My single biggest reason for choosing this phone is LG's Tonka Toy construction, and yes I drop it almost as often as the secret, with no ill effects.

Kiplis

February 10, 2013, 4:35 pm

"Battery life lags behind the competition" So, who to trust? LG Optimus 4X HD 13.22 hours, excellent? http://reviews.cnet.com/2719-1...

Robert

May 29, 2013, 10:39 pm

PLEASE!! the music in this video review is way too loud!!!! come on... really anoying! no need for any fancy music at all...

Bacanu Simona

August 4, 2014, 8:03 pm

I have LG P880.The problem with my phone is that when someone is calling me, the phone doesn't ring.I receive the call, but no sounds at all.Does anyone have the same problem? Or what should I do? Thanks.

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