LG Optimus 2X vs. Google Nexus S – Review

by Jerry D on March 10, 2011

The Google Nexus S looked like a cutting-edge phone when it was released last year. But the LG Optimus 2X quickly eclipsed it thanks to the presence of a dual-core processor. But is the extra speed enough to win this bout against a well-designed, second-gen Nexus? Let’s find out…

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Stat-fight: LG Optimus 2X vs. Google Nexus S

LG Optimus 2X VS Google Nexus S
Display 4.0-inch LCD 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Processor 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2, featuring a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 ‘Hummingbird’
Software Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to 2.3 (Gingerbread) Pure Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) build
Storage Up to 40GB Up to 16GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and 720p video recording
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (10.2Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with EDR
Size 63.2 x 123.9 x 10.9mm 63.0 x 123.9 x 10.88mm
Weight 139g 129g
Talktime 8.0 hours 6.7 hours
Standby 400 hours 427 hours

Analysis: LG Optimus 2X vs. Google Nexus S

The design of LG’s Optimus 2X features a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is 233.25.

The touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen on the Nexus S is the same size. The screen resolution matches that of the Optimus 2X. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 233.25.

In terms of CPU prowess, the Optimus 2X’s core uses a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2, featuring a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 chip. The Nexus S is fast, thanks to a single-core ARM Cortex A8 ‘Hummingbird’ processor, rated at 1GHz. But it can’t match the performance of the 2X.

The Optimus 2X’s 8.0 MP lens features a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second camera on the front face.

Despite including autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus functionality and 720p video recording, the Nexus S’s 5.0 Megapixel camera isn’t as good. It also boasts a second camera on the front for video calling.

Verdict: The LG Optimus 2X wins!

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