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LG Optimus 2X Now Available From £330

The price of the LG Optimus 2X is now so affordable that it is a no-brainer purchase compared to other handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S or the HTC Desire which have inferior hardware.

Play now stocks it for £329.99, a price that includes delivery and almost matches the Google Nexus S while being less expensive than competitors like the HTC Incredible S.

The Optimus 2X packs some superb hardware for the price; there's a dual core Tegra 2 system on chip from Nvidia clocked at 2GHz, an eight-megapixel camera with LED and AF, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera, a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen and 8GB internal memory.

As expected, expansivity is excellent with a microSD card slot, USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G. At 139g, it is slightly heavier than competing handsets but its advantages far outweigh this minor inconvenience. Note that it can, unlike most of the competition, record content in 1080p and the Tegra Zone games are not half bad.

Its only two (relative) shortcomings are the fact that it comes with only 512MB RAM and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo rather than Gingerbread (Android 2.3 should be rolled out on the Optimus 2X in H2). Also, expect battery life to be less than stellar (but that's a shortcoming affecting most smartphones).