Jun 03 2011

LG Optimus 2X revisited

Right, so I unrooted my Optimus 2X, flashing LG's own latest stock build, and sent it back to the shop with a full sheet of errors, reporting its more or less severe shortcomings. So what did LG do? They "updated the firmware" to the exact same one I had already just updated to, and sent it back to me.Same build, same kernel, same all.

So what did that solve? Well, much what you'd expect.

But you know, I gave it a shot, and after a week in LG's perverse version of FroYo heaven, I've had it. Maybe there's something wrong with my particular handset, maybe it's just a bad goddamn phone. Either way it's going back again.

I got my Galaxy SII today. Preliminary review says, "Nice !"

May 23 2011

LG Optimus 2X review (slight return)

Some time ago I posted a lengthy review of the LG Optimus 2X here.

In my conclusion I wrote that, "I think the best that can be said about the LG Optimus 2X at this point in time is that it has the potential to be a really great device."

I fully stand behind that statement, because of its specs, beautiful screen and physical build quality. But, I also wrote a bit about root and custom ROMs saying, "If [you] know what you're doing, you can pound this beast into submission and have a great Android experience with it.", and I'm going to have to retract that. I most certainly know what I'm doing and as it is, the bloody thing is useless.

Most notably, I had a pretty consistent issue with the phone ringing, me answering the call, causing the phone to promptly reboot. But its inability to switch seamlessly back and forth between mobile network data connections and stored WiFi access points was also very, very annoying. There was a multitude of other major and minor faults, peppered with Force Closes and unprovoked reboots.

LG have been promising a gingerbread update that may or may not solve everything, but that update has been pushed from March to April to May and when I contacted LG Denmark, they said it was coming "this summer", which could just as well be September (or never) as it could be June.

So I've handed it back in with a full A4 sheet of error descriptions and my carrier has subsequently sent it back to LG. We're awaiting their response but whatever that may be, I'm done with it, and I'm getting myself something else instead. Probably a Samsung Galaxy SII, if they can deliver.

Feb 07 2011

LG Optimus 2X

Engadget got their hands on th LG Optimus 2X and reviewed the hell out of it.

While it is a really cool device, it suffers from the same illness as most other android phones, namely that the vendors feel a need to disguise android in their own bloatware, which range from the tolerable (Sense) to the downright nasty (MotoBlur? Sony Ericsson?).

I would have loved to see this lovely thing wearing only stock gingerbread.

Dec 26 2010

Everything's Gingerbread.

Phew. Everything's been Oxygen and Gingerbread. I've redone all my icons with gradients and glow to accommodate the generally updated UI of Android 2.3. I've also added the connected/fully connected logic layer to everything.

2011 is going to be massive for Android powered devices. The Google Nexus S, anyone? Yes, please. LG's got something coming out called the Optimus 2X, it's a dual core unit, that's just begging to be rooted and Oxygenated. Interesting times indeed.

I don't suppose anyone's got a line on a Samsung/Google Nexus S device that can be shipped to Denmark? I'd kinda like one.