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LG Optimus 4X HD review

Can LG's first quad-core phone offer anything different?

The LG Optimus 4X HD is a really fun piece of kit. It pushes the boundaries for LG and is the first phone we think that establishes it as a serious player in the Android field. We're big fans and can find nothing bad to really say about it.

We liked

The design of the Optimus 4X HD is spot on and LG has clearly worked hard to make the interface nice and customizable.

Things like changing fonts and adding homescreen folders may be unimportant but little touches make all the difference.

Messaging is an absolute delight as is using the keyboard and that quad-core processor flies along like you wouldn't believe.

We didn't like

But the fact is, whilst the Optimus 4X HD price tag is roughly the same as comparable phones, LG doesn't have the same reputation or following to ensure people will choose it over others.

There are no real annoyances with the phone but enough little niggles like the screen being a fingerprint magnet, a poorly designed screen-and-glass combo and no LED notification to make it grate a little on occasion.

Verdict

If we didn't live in a world where we have the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X, there is no doubt about it – the LG Optimus 4X HD would be the best phone out there bar none. Its specs are fantastic.

The trouble is, LG has released this handset six months too late which means it offers nothing new. Unfortunately – and it pains us to say this – LG has simply created a me-too handset – or that's how it looks. And while we like it, we're not blown away because we've seen it all before.

If you want a cheap quad core phone, this could be a real steal in a few months - and it's definitely a rival for media mobile of the moment too.

In summary, we do recommend it – it's a cracking piece of kit. And if you can get it on a good deal, we say 'go for it' but there's no real reason to pick this over a Samsung Galaxy SIII, a Sony Xperia S or an HTC One X.

We do like it a lot. But we'll save the bunting for the next LG offering which we hope sets the bar, rather than joins it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory1 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS
SAR Value0.51 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus 4X HD
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 900, GSM 850, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1800, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time4 Hour
Product ModelP880
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)134 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density313 ppi
Height132.4 mm
Width68.1 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time100 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus 4X HD P880 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Product LineOptimus 4X HD
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberLGP880.AITAWH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • Optimus 4X HD P880 Smartphone
  • Standard Battery
  • Travel Charger
  • Earphone
  • Data Cable