Review: LG G2x
Standing out from the huge crowd of super slabs is becoming tougher and tougher. There's only so much you can do, with respect to design, with these types of handsets. While it surely is conservative in appearance, the LG G2x manages to convey its own sense of style. It feels great in the hand. The quality of the materials is top-notch, and rounded edges make it comfortable to hold and use. It is a little bit on the heavy side, but not overly so. It is thin enough that carrying it in any pocket is not a problem.
The front face is one large piece of glass that has curved edges. These curved edges (which curve downward, toward the side of the G2x) reduce the chunky appearance and make gripping the G2x satisfying. The four Android control buttons are capacitive and built into the display, so they are completely flush. They are nearly impossible to find without looking.
The left side of the G2x is barren. The right side has naught but the volume buttons. Rather than use a single toggle, there are two separate buttons to raise and lower the volume. They are easy to find and use, and have good travel and feedback.
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The top edge of the G2x has a lot going on. It has a 3.5mm headset jack, a mini-HDMI port, and the power/lock button. The HDMI port is covered by a hatch. (Now that the HDMI-via-microUSB spec is set, I expect dedicated HDMI ports will vanish over time, but the G2x has one.) The power/lock key is easy to find. It has good travel and feedback, but a bit of a plasticky feel that I didn't care for overmuch.
The microUSB port is built into the bottom edge of the G2x, and is flanked by speaker grills. The battery cover matches the design of the new G-Slate tablet from LG. It has a soft-touch paint job that feels great, and a long metal strip running up to the G2x's camera. My first thought was that the metal strip looked like a kickstand; it's not. I do like the style of it, though.
The battery cover peels off easily enough, allowing you to access the microSD card slot. MicroSD cards can be changed without removing the battery.
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