LG’s Optimus 4X is definitely a huge improvement over the Optimus 2X. Battery life is significantly better, the 1280x720 4.7-inch screen is a vast improvement over the predecessor and it features a nice camera.
However, the boxy design won’t be something that everyone will enjoy, as well as the Optimus 3.0 interface and preinstalled applications. We believe vanilla Android 4.0, HTC Sense 4.0 and TouchWiz look much better which is definitely something that might be a turn off for many.
The good thing for LG is that its main competitor lacks a replaceable battery and micro SD card slot. If you can’t live without these features, the Optimus might be the phone for you. We just hope that this phone gets Jelly Bean Android 4.1 but LG doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to timely Android rollouts.
LG also priced this phone at €499, while the One X with 32GB sells for €529 and the lack of some free cloud storage like Dropbox might also be an issue for many. If you shop around, you can pick either up for about €480 in retail. Samsung’s S III also comes out on top, thanks to its speedy Exynos processor and great battery life, but it is also a bit expensive.
If you like LG this might be the phone for you, but our feeling is that it should end up with a somewhat better deal if you go for its main competitor, the HTC One X. The Optimus is not a bad choice, but it leaves us with some mixed feelings, particularly in the UI department.
The review sample was supplied by Ditech.