Most die-hard traditionalists who swear by their notebook and desktop PCs will disagree wholeheartedly, but the truth is the rapid advancement of processor technology has resulted in what was formerly nothing more than a simple, low-powered telecommunications device evolving into the mobile computing tool of choice for many. And with smartphones now sporting hardware specifications that are seemingly capable of giving entry-level PCs like netbooks and nettops a run for their money, there is no better time like now to see just how capable they can be with the right hardware. Which is exactly what we are going to do for this review with the world's first dual-core smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X.
The next time you are out on the streets or commuting on public transport, spend a few minutes to study the people around you and one should come to the (very late) conclusion that the old 'dumbphone' of yesteryear is well on its way to extinction in today's digital world. Which would make perfect sense if one stops to think about it; after all, being constantly connected to the online world 24 hours a day and seven days a week is now a necessity, and any tool that can achieve that need is definitely going to be highly sought after by both the social networker and the busy professional.
That being said, not all smartphones are capable of bringing the power of the Internet to the user without making some compromises in experience, and that is the reason OEMs find themselves caught in the race for superior performance in the form of up-to-date hardware and enhanced user interfaces. Needless to say, the LG Optimus 2X is no exception; after all, this was the world's first smartphone to feature a powerful NVIDIA Tegra system-on-a-chip (SoC) that supposedly promised users a whole dollop of awesomeness. But is having high-end hardware all that is needed to make the smartphone a better tool for satisfying one's needs? We shall see.
Before that, here is a quick list of the LG Optimux 2X's technical specifications for your reference:
|LG Optimus 2X P990 Technical Specifications|
|Bundled Operating System||Android 2.2 (Froyo), with upgrade path to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)|
|Processor and Chipset||NVIDIA Tegra 2 with dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz|
|Frequency Bands||UTMS Tri-band, HSDPA 10.2|
|Display||4" TFT 16M (800 x 480) WVGA|
|Cameras||8.0-megapixel Rear-Facing Auto-Focus Camera + 1.3-megapixel (wide) Front-Facing Camera|
|Memory and SD card support||8GB internal memory + support for microSD cards of up to 32GB|
|HDMI support||Output only via mini-HDMI|
|Wireless connectivity||Bluetooth 2.1, SmartShare via DLNA, WiFi (802.11b/g/n)|