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

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

LG Optimus 2X vs. iPhone 4: Software

The LG Optimus 2X Android phone runs the 2.2 Froyo version of Google's Android operating system but LG claims it will be upgradeable to the 2.3 Gingerbread version. Android 2.3 Gingerbread will equip the Optimus 2X with a revamped keyboard, better copy and paste, improved power management, and a slicker user interface.

The iPhone 4 runs Apple's iOS4 operating system. It offers a familiar swipeable home screen enhanced by folders, and the consistent Apple UI look and feel extending across all of the standard applications. If you have never used an iPhone before, you can expect a device that is easy to pick up and use, a well-populated App Store, and excellent multimedia capabilities. The iPhone's iPod integration ensures it remains one of the best music smartphones on the market, while mobile Web browsing is fast and efficient.

Though the streamlined iPhone experience has won many fans, Apple's closed platform means the iPhone 4 doesn't offer the same flexibility as smartphones like the LG Optimus 2X. The iPhone has an inferior notification system to Android phones, and it doesn't let you customise and display live widgets on your home screen. By the same token, the iPhone interface and overall user experience are far more polished than what is currently on offer from Android phones.

LG Optimus 2X vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

The LG Optimus 2X Android phone has HDMI connectivity and DLNA for sharing content to a large screen television.

LG Optimus 2X vs. iPhone 4: Other features

The key feature of the LG Optimus 2X Android phone is its dual-core 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". LG also claims the Optimus 2X will have better battery life than smartphones with regular, single-core processors. The LG Optimus 2X also has HDMI connectivity and DLNA for sharing content, along with an 8-megapixel camera. LG will include a HDMI cable in the sales package.

The iPhone 4 can't boast a dual-core processor or HDMI connectivity, but its camera is widely regarded as one of the best on a smartphone, surpassed only by the superb 12-megapixel Nokia N8.

LG has confirmed the Optimus 2X Android smartphone will launch in Australia in March or April, and will be priced exclusively through one or two carriers in the $79 to $99 cap price range. It is not yet known which carriers will offer the smartphone.

What do you think about the LG Optimus 2X and the Apple iPhone 4? Tell us in the comments below!

Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook

Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide

Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags LG Optimusandroid phonesapple iphonemobile phonessmartphonesiPhoneGoogle Androidiphone 4

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?