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LG Optimus 2X vs. Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown
- — 15 March, 2011 09:30
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.
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.
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