Smart Phone Madness Game 12: LG Optimus 2x vs. HTC Evo Shift 4G

We’re down to the final match of the second round! It’s the LG Optimus 2x versus the HTC Evo Shift 4G – Which will go on to face the HTC Thunderbolt, the only other remaining Android phone in this year’s contest?! This game will remain open until midnight on Sunday, March 27.

While it will be called the T-Mobile G2x when it hits the U.S. later this spring, this device was originally called the LG Optimus 2x when it was first announced in December. This is the first T-Mobile smart phone with Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor inside, promising blazing dual-core performance along with 1080p video recording and playback. The device features an HDMI port for outputting 1080p video (and anything else on the phone’s screen), 8GB of memory, and an 8-MP camera on the back and a 1.3-MP camera up front. The Optimus 2X/G2X will be running Android 2.2 at launch, but an upgrade to Gingerbread won’t be far behind. Oh, and did we mention 4G speeds?  Check out our hands-on video.

The HTC Evo Shift 4G–which earned 4 out of 5 stars when we reviewed it– is the smaller 3.6-inch brother to the 4.3-inch Evo 4G; it has a slower 800-MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 2GB of ROM. However, the Shift has a comfortable slide-out QWERTY keyboard, HTC’s Sense interface, and Sprint’s 4G connection speeds, which saw 6 Mbps on the download and consistently delivered 900 Kbps to 1 Mbps uploads. You can also use the Shift 4G as a mobile hotspot, and connect up to 8 devices.

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  1. Tony Says:

    Who the heck is voting on these polls? Granted a T-Mobile phone shouldn’t win anything unless it has ATT 3g bands, but a lot of these match ups are comparing different generations of phones. Things like Evo Shift beating Droid Bionic makes no sense at all unless you are on Sprint or love HTC to irrational levels.

  2. soinvisiblexx Says:

    @ Tony
    it has a lot to do with the interface. bionic has a terrible moto blurr. I personally like htc sense a lot better than any other interface that is out there. The htc evo shift 4g also has a keyboard which may be a reason why more people voted on the this phone. Plus the htc brand is just more trusted and more reliable :p

  3. Simon Says:

    HTC are tweeting to all their followers to come here and vote for their phones. Thereby rendering the poll spoilt.

  4. Joseph Says:

    @Tony
    I know EXACTLY what you mean!!
    Not only this match-up, where an old, QWERTY slider is beating a brand new, cutting-edge, high-end smartphone (in fact, the very first dual-core phone!), but all of the votes, like how did the Blackberry torch beat ANYTHING, let alone a galaxy s phone? And how did this same shift beat the Droid Bionic, another super-high-end device? And the Pre 3 (which has barely even been seen at all at the trade shows, let alone released) beating the Atrix?
    Then there is stuff like matching off all the best phones right away, like the iPhone 4 and the Atrix in round 1, the Xperia Play and the Nexus S in round 1, and then the crappy phones together like the Torch and the Arrive.
    Plus, I saw HTC post about this on their Facebook fan page twice, the second time about this very matchup, and when I first checked in, it was neck and neck at about 50% each, and 5 minutes later, its 65% for the EVO shift, and 35% for the Optimus 2X! I hit LG up on twitter telling them they gotta do the same to cancel out HTC’s meddling, but it’s not looking like they’re going to…
    All in all, this does not look like a poll put together by a site focused on mobile phones, and that’s because it’s not. They put old devices on there like the Blackberry torch, and just fresh out of the oven phones like the Thunderbolt, which still have a lot of hype around them, and then not only unreleased, but barely even shown off phones like the Pre 3 and Droid Bionic!
    If the Shift wins this match up, which at this point is inevitable, then there will be no really compelling devices left in the running, even though we started with 3 dual core phones, the iPhone, the Nexus S and the Xperia Play!

  5. rick Says:

    @Tony ,@Joseph
    I dont think the question being asked of the poll was which “mobile phone” is better …It is saying which “Smartphone” is better :) .. and granted hands on hardware is not available for some (like the Pre3) but when it comes to operating systems hands down some are better than others and when you pair it with the ease of use with hardware images I think thats what you vote on.Maybe you can create a poll of “whats better .. a physical qwerty keyboard or virtual.

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