LG Optimus Black vs. LG Optimus 2X – Review

by Jerry D on March 10, 2011

The LG Optimus Black looks every inch the super-phone, despite the fact that it doesn’t feature a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. How far behind the LG Optimus 2X is it? This fight is closer than you might think…

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Stat-fight: LG Optimus Black vs. LG Optimus 2X

Highlights: the LG Optimus Black features an impressive 4.0-inch ‘NOVA’ LCD with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, not to mention an eye-catchingly slim design that’s 9.2mm thick. The LG Optimus 2X also turns heads. Note the speedy 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2, featuring a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, and the 5.0 MP camera.

LG Optimus Black VS LG Optimus 2X
Display 4.0-inch NOVA LCD 4.0-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Processor 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2, featuring a dual-core ARM Cortex A9
Software Android 2.2, upgradeable to 2.3 (Gingerbread) Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Storage Up to 32GB Up to 40GB
Rear camera 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p HD video capture 8.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, 1080p video recording
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (10.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP
Size 63.5 x 121.0 x 9.2mm 63.2 x 123.9 x 10.9mm
Weight 109g 139g
Talktime 6.0 hours 8.0 hours
Standby 350 hours 400 hours

Analysis: LG Optimus Black vs. LG Optimus 2X

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Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)

Best Size/Weight: Optimus Black (2-1)
The Optimus Black and the twin-core Optimus 2X measure 121.0 x 63.5 x 9.2mm (tapering down to an astonishing 6mm) and 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9mm respectively. Overall the Optimus 2X is the bigger phone. Tipping the scales at 139g, the Optimus 2X is also weightier than its opponent. The Optimus Black weighs 109g.

Best Camera/Video: Optimus 2X (2-2)
First up, the Optimus Black’s 5.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p HD video capture. It has a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls.

The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Optimus 2X outclasses LG’s technology. It supports a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 and also includes Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, 1080p video recording. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.

Best Display: Optimus Black (3-2)
Headlining the LG Optimus Black is a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive NOVA LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Optimus 2X has the same 4.0-inch dimensions. The screen resolution is exactly the same.

Best Processor: Optimus 2X (3-3)
The dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 inside the LG Optimus 2X eclipses the hard-working, single-core TI OMAP 3630 processor that you’ll find in the Optimus Black.

Best Software: Draw (4-4)
Android vs. Android…

Best Storage: Optimus 2X (4-5)
LG’s phone offers less overall storage space.

Best Battery life: Optimus 2X (4-6)

Best Extras: Draw (4-7)
The Optimus Black also includes GPS/A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA content sharing and a digital compass. In comparison, the Optimus 2X features GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, HD (720p) TV-out via HDMI, digital compass and a gyro-sensor.

BPF Verdict: The LG Optimus 2X wins!

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