LG Optimus 4X HD P880

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Sections

Pros

  • Stunning performance
  • Great HD screen
  • MicroSD card slot for storage expansion

Cons

  • Autofocus on camera needs improvement
  • Battery life lags behind the competition

Key Features

  • Review Price: £399.95
  • 4.7-inch display
  • Quad-Core 1.4GHz CPU
  • 8MP camera with 1080p video
  • Android 4.0 ICS

Introduction
Like Man United and Man City, there’s an intense

rivalry between Samsung and LG. They both dominate in their native

homeland of South Korea, but when it comes to smartphones all the

attention has been focused on the Samsung Galaxy S3

of late, with high-end offerings from LG seemingly nowhere to be seen.

Now, however, LG is looking to change all of that with the LG Optimus 4X

HD. This handset seems to tick all the boxes for those after a high-end

Android handset as it packs in not just a quad-core processor and large

HD screen, but also has a fast 8-megapixel camera, NFC support and

comes loaded with Google Android 4.0 OS, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Of

course, pricing is key and its good to see that the LG Optimus 4X HD

comes in a little bit lower than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 4S.

You can buy it on PAYG from Carphone Warehouse (who supplied our review

handset) for £399.95 or pick it up for free on a £26 a month contract,

compared with the £519.95 PAYG price for the S3 or the £28 a month

lowest contract option.

LG Optimus 4X HD Design
Here

at TR we like premium phones to feel, well, premium and unfortunately

the LG Optimus 4X HD is a few spoonfuls of caviar short of out-and-out

luxury. It’s quite pretty when viewed from the front as essentially all

you’re looking at is a big slab of glossy black with a screen in the

middle. LG has sensibly kept the logo quite small and you’ll find it

perched just under the tiny grill for the ear piece. Beneath the screen

there are the three standard Android touch buttons for back, home and

menu access, all of which only light up when touched. They remain lit

for a while after, but then go dark again, which is slightly annoying as

with the backlighting off you can hardly see them because their outline

is so faint.

LG Optimus 4X HD

Flip the phone over and you’ll find that LG has used the same material on the back as it has on the LG Optimus L3 and the LG Optimus L7

handset that we’ve looked at previous. It’s essentially plastic, but it

has a slightly roughened texture that feels a bit like corrugated

cardboard. On the plus side it feels quite grippy and isn’t as sticky as

the rubberised plastic that many manufacturers use on their battery

covers. However, it looks a bit cheap and just doesn’t feel very classy,

which is a shame as the twin lines of chrome beading running around the

outer edge the phone do look quite bling.

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There

are only two physical buttons on this phone – the power/lock switch at

the top, which is a bit narrow for our liking, and a longer volume

rocker button on the left hand side. Thankfully the headphone jack is

also top mounted and there’s a micro USB port at the bottom. The phone

lacks a HDMI output, but the micro USB port does support Mobile High

Definition Link (MHL) so you can hook it up to an external display using

the right lead, although none is supplied in the box so we couldn’t

test this.
 
LG Optimus 4X HD Screen
The LG Optimus 4X HD is quite a

large phone, mainly because it has to accommodate the big 4.7-inch

screen, although to be fair it is slim at just 8.9mm thick and its feels

a little bit smaller in the hand than the Samsung Galaxy S3 with its

marginally larger 4.8-inch screen.

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The

display uses standard LCD technology rather than the AMOLED technology

that Samsung has opted for on the S3. There are debates as to which is

better, but for our money you currently get more accurate colours on LCD

screens versus deeper black levels on AMOLED. That’s by the by, because

this screen looks excellent. It’s got a 720p HD resolution of 1,280 ×

720 pixels leading to a pixel density of 312 pixels per inch, which is

actually slightly higher than Samsung’s latest flagship model. As you’d

expect it looks pin sharp for everything from text on websites to HD

videos, and colours are beautifully rich and natural looking. It’s

bright too, but thanks to its quite deep black levels it never looks

washed out.

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