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LG Optimus 2X Hands On

Android 2.2 is loaded onto the Optimus 2x, rather than the latest 2.3 version, which is a bit of a shame, but hopefully an update won't be too far round the corner. LG has modified the interface slightly adding four shortcuts along the bottom of the homescreens for Phone, Contacts, Messaging, and the App Launcher. Open the app launcher and LG has also tweaked the layout with separate sections for downloaded apps and games.

The drop down notification zone has had shortcuts for muting the phone, and switching Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and AutoRotate on and off. There's also a mini music player for quickly pausing or resuming tracks without having to open the music player app.

There are a few other visual tweaks and some custom widgets but otherwise this is a fairly typical Android handset. Of course, what sets it apart from most is its dual-core processor. Joining it are 512MB of RAM (half that of the Motorola Atrix) and 8GB of storage, which can be bolstered via a microSD slot that will let you add up to 32GB more.

Frankly, in use we couldn't really notice the extra speed. It was perhaps a mite snappier than your average 1GHz Snapdragon powered devices but really we needed to be getting down to some serious multi-tasking to notice a significant benefit and that simply wasn't practical in such a brief period of time. It's just something we'll have to test when we get the device in for a full review.

All told, then, the LG Optimus 2x looks like a reasonably solid device with a nice design and some quality features. Aside from that fast processor, though, it didn't quite seem to have that certain something to make it stand out from the crowd. Expansys is currently charging £500 for pre orders of the device which compares favourably with the likes of the Google Nexus S (£549.99 at launch) and Apple iPhone 4 (£612 for the 32GB version). Time will tell if it proves to be the worth of that price.

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