Reviews and Problems with LG Optimus 4X HD P880 / Swift 4X HD
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LG Optimus 4X HD review
7 January 2014
Summary: LG's recent efforts in the US phone market have been somewhat... underwhelming. The company's been a stalwart supporter of 720p displays, which is great, but some combination of poor software, underpowered internals, and bad build quality have consistently brought LG's phones crashing back to earth. Over in Europe, there's a phone that appears to have shed all those limitations and is ready to take over the world: the Optimus 4X HD. Software?
Pros: Solid build quality, Some real improvements to Android 4.0, Stellar performance
Cons: Mediocre battery life, Huge, Speaker is insanely quiet
Conclusion: This is LG’s best phone to date. The LG Optimus 4X HD doesn’t have the most cohesive design or a particularly fantastic camera, but the screen is stunning, the UI charming and games look great, playing back smoothly. As with the HTC One X, battery life is a pain point, on occasion dying before the day’s out but if you’re prepared to carry a spare, then this flagship is definitely worth your deliberation.
Conclusion: The European version of the LG Optimus 4X HD that I tested did not come with a lot of pre-loaded junk applications, though there were certainly a few LG-crafted apps that were of questionable worth. To its credit, though, LG allows users to uninstall a number of the pre-loaded apps, including LG SmartWorld, its live wallpapers, and a few widgets. Most of the rest of the apps can also be disabled and hidden from the app tray, which is a standard feature of Android 4.
Conclusion: LG, quite simply, needed to hit a home run with the Optimus 4X HD after a string of poorly received products - devices that hit the right boxes on paper but ended up having mostly unsatisfactory user experiences for a variety of reasons. And they’ve mostly succeeded - the hardware is as solid as expected, and the software is an absolute revelation compared to LG’s previous efforts.
Summary: The LG Optimus 4X HD may look the spitting image of Samsung's Galaxy S2, but it's a much more powerful blower. It's still a hard sell though, with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X on the prowl, and the iPhone 5 on the way. Why trust LG to keep bleeding edge tech on the bleeding edge of software though when it's repeatedly failed to before? Regardless, if you can find one for a reasonable price, it might just be worth a punt.