If you follow me on twitter or often visit MobileBoard you probably know, how much I was excited about new LG-NVIDIA 'superphone'. On the paper it is a clear win for every Android enthisiast - latest hardware, including dual-core Tegra2, 8MP camera + 1080p, IPS dispaly and more.
But thanks to early reviews (especially by Engadget), I've decided firstly to wait for MWC and see what the next year in smartphone market will look like
1. The software
The LG's UI isn't as polished as others, more the reviewers found many times unresponsiveness, force-closes, and overall system unstability. Maybe it's because it's still not finall version, but the point is, that they are still working on Android 2.2.1 Froyo, and they had enough time to get things working. How long will it take for LG to get 2.3 working properly? Or even 2.4?
Optimus 2X includes 512MB of RAM. It should be enough for daily operations, but in my opinion isn't enough for 'superphone' which it wants to be. My guess is that in next year the 1GB will become a standard among high end devices. The LG's O2X has 128MB of it's RAM dedicated to GPU, so the 'real' user available RAM is 384MB: the 174MB are always in use by system resources (in current software), so the user accesible RAM is around 220MB. Still better than SGS, but not enough for 'superphone'.
3. The company
LG was for me always connected with low-end segment - the O2X is their first shot into highest Android league, and the debuts are rarely perfect - the early reviews showed it's surely isn't. While I don't like Motorola for locking their devices, I believe they know how to make good devices. HTC is well known for quality of their products. Other point is, that the LG as smartphone company didn't got as many fans as HTC did, and the dev's community is much stronger for Taiwaneese manufacturer.
I'm still a student, and I can't afford myself to change the device which costs arond 500 Euro every 4 months, so I need to know, that the smartphone which I'm going to buy doesn't have strong disadvantages, for this amount of money I must feel that I'm buying the best smartphone around, which LG O2X definetly doesn't feel like, with the Atrix and new HTC's in the horizon. The LG Optimus 2X surely is a good device, but many factors shown after first reviews are making it less attractive, than it was in early news.