LG OPTIMUS 2X
The LG Optimus 2X was the first to make the cut and it even set a Guinness World Record for being the world’sfirst dual core mobile handset. The handset’s simplistic yet slick design form is quite a contrast to the sophisticated hardware it is loaded up with. Packed with 8 GB of storage and a 4-inch IPS LCD display panel, LG tried to make sure that you were well equipped. It also features HDMI out and DLNA support for media streaming. Needless to say, LG has managed a pretty decent looking handset with a powerful engine. An LG customized user interface is laid on top of the otherwise basic stock Android UI. LG has included quite a few gesture based controls, like tapping the sides to switch tracks or images. For your media enjoyment, you’ve got DivX and XviD codec support, with full HD playback support. Dolby Mobile audio enhancement and SRS Virtual Surround sound are also part of the package. The 8 megapixel camera can capture video in 1080p resolution @ 30fps. Like the S II, it is provisioned with plenty of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, 3G and DLNA. A few extras like F-Secure to monitor mobile threats, a memo pad that allows you to add images to notes, Polaris Office that can access Box.net to open and view documents in Word, Excel or other extensions are also preloaded out of the box. Apps like a calendar that syncs with Google, an alarm clock etc. are also present
Verdict : For all that the 2X offers,it’s real value for money.
For: IPS display, 8 GB built-in storage, very good value for money.
AGAINST: A tad heavy.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S II
The Galaxy S II has been one of those handsets that the mobile community has been craving for. It’s the thinnest Android mobile phone and quite light as well. The large Gorilla Glass display manages to keep smudges away and makes viewing comfortable. Samsung’s new TouchWiz UI 4.0 is no Sense UI but offers some handy features with plenty of gesture support thrown in. The music player features an 8-band EQ, along with bass enhancement and 5.1 channel surround sound option. It supports all video formats at full HD and playback is seamless. The Galaxy S II is a fully loaded for connectivity, packing in 3G (HSDPA up to 21 Mbps), EDGE, Bluetooth 3.0, USB-on-the-go, Wi-Fi with tethering and spot creation, DLNA and HDMI. The 8 megapixel auto/touch focus camera with an LED flash is capable of recording videos in 1080p @ 30fps. It offers quite a wide range of very digicamlike features, including scene modes, geotagging, face/smile and blink detection, white balance, panorama, etc. The 1650 mAh battery works out just fine, managing to offer a quite a reasonable amount of battery life. The task manager and device’s pre-loaded Power Saving mode does help optimize the battery life too. The Galaxy S II performs seamlessly and is priced reasonably. With its super thin design and large display, it stand outs and makes a statement.
verdict: The smartphone that would make the iPhone sweat.
For: excellent, displaym good user interface, speedy response.