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…
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|
|3G||3G/HSDPA (10.2Mbps)||3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)|
|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|
|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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