LG Optimus 2X vs. Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better phone – LG's Optimus 2X or Apple's iPhone 4?

LG recently unveiled the Android-powered LG Optimus 2X. Powered by a 1GHz, dual-core Tegra 2 processor, LG claims the Optimus 2X will provide enhanced multimedia, gaming and Web browsing, along with the ability to multitask with "virtually no screen lag". Does the LG Optimus 2X smartphone have what it takes to compete with the Apple iPhone 4?

Check out our detailed preview of the LG Optimus 2X and read out guide to the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

Along with its dual-core processor, the LG Optimus 2X has a 4in display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p full HD video recording, HDMI-out, DLNA and 8GB of internal memory.

LG Optimus 2X vs. Apple iPhone 4: Specifications

Feature Apple iPhone 4 LG Optimus 2X Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Apple iOS Google Android 2.2 Froyo (upgradeable to 2.3 Gingerbread) Draw
Display size 3.5in 4in Optimus 2X
Display technology Capacitive retina IPS Capacitive TFT iPhone 4
Display resolution 640x960 pixels 480x800 pixels iPhone 4
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Camera 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging 8 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, face and smile detection, image stabilisation Optimus 2X
FM radio No Yes Optimus 2X
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB or 32GB 8GB iPhone 4
Expandable memory No microSD card slot Optimus 2X
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9mm iPhone 4
Weight 137g 139g iPhone 4
Application store Apple App Store Google Android Market iPhone 4
Processor Apple A4 ARM Cortex A9 dual-core (1GHz) Optimus 2X
3G networks HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSDPA 900/1900/2100 iPhone 4
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP Draw
HDMI-out No Yes Optimus 2X
DLNA No Yes Optimus 2X
Quoted talk time Up to 7 hours Up to 7 hours 50 minutes Optimus 2X
Quoted standby time Up to 300 hours Up to 400 hours Optimus 2X
Adobe Flash support No Yes Optimus 2X

LG Optimus 2X vs. iPhone 4: Design and display

The LG Optimus 2X has a metallic that encases a front that's almost entirely glass. The Optimus 2X is a bigger handset than the iPhone 4, largely due to its 4in display. The iPhone 4's stainless steel band (which also doubles as the phones antenna) is certainly an intriguing design touch, and, at just 9.3mm thick, it remains one of the best built smartphones on the market.

The LG Optimus 2X has a large, 4in capacitive touchscreen display making it half an inch larger than the iPhone's 3.5in screen and putting it on par with other top Android smartphones like the HTC Desire HD, the Samsung Galaxy S and the Google Nexus S. LG has uses a standard TFT LCD screen, so its not expected to provide the same vibrancy or brightness as many competing screens like the Samsung Galaxy S II's Super AMOLED Plus display, for example.

Apple's iPhone 4 uses IPS technology (the same used on the iPad, and thanks to its 640x960 pixel resolution it has been described as a "retina" display, due to the human eye being unable to distinguish individual pixels.

LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

The LG Optimus 2X Android phone features a front design that's made almost entirely of glass, and has a large, 4in capacitive touchscreen.

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