The LG Optimus 4X HD has seen mixed reviews since it was launched. It seems that some of the negative features of the phone are fairly disappointing for smartphone users, including a very poor battery life and a camera which does not live up to the standards set by rival handsets.
On the plus side, this particular handset has a traditional design, with strong edges, rounded corners and a glossy black finish. There are all the usual buttons as well as the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the micro USB port.
The screen has a good 4.7 inch display which does make up for some of the phone’s other shortcomings. The colours are accurate and clear and there are plenty of good viewing angles on the handset.
The operating system and user interface are easy to navigate, even for beginners. There are home screens which can be completely customised and you can change them as and when you want to. A handy addition is the app called Quick Memo where you can make notes using a variety of ‘pens’. There is a shortcut and widget management system so you can easily add new icons to your home page.
The camera on the LG Optimus 4X HD is an 8 megapixel camera and it has good features such as a strong lens. For the most part you can take a fairly good photo with this camera but it will suffer a little in bright light so be careful taking photos in sunlight.
Some of the modes only require a tap and they are in place and working. These include HDR and Panorama and you can also use the handset to capture HD video.
Using the Phone
There are plenty of connectivity options with this particular phone so you can connect using 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS. Web browsing is easy with this handset as it moves quickly and makes good use of the Chrome browser. As browsing goes, this is one of the finer features of the phone and can certainly put other handsets in the shade.
The processor on the phone is one of the best and performance is not to be faulted here. Even when using the 3D games you get plenty of speed from the processor. The call quality of the phone is perfect and you get a decent level of volume.
However, this has had a knock-on effect to the battery. All this power can be very draining and heavy users are unlikely to get a day out of the battery life. Moderate users will probably get a day. Standby is an option to get the most out of the phone but not everyone will be keen on the idea of using this mode.
To Buy or Not to Buy?
So is this phone worth investing in? On the whole, yes. It is a reasonably good price when compared with Apple and Nokia handsets at the top of the range and – battery life apart – it has everything that the dedicated smartphone user requires. It is definitely worth considering and it is perfect for those who need to browse on the go.