What Makes A Smart Phone A Genius Phone?

So, what’s the difference between just being smart to being a genius?

There's an immense variance between being really bright and being intellectually gifted. While geniuses do tend to be extraordinarily intelligent, they also use imagination and creativity to conceive, realize or envisage something unique. They blaze new trails instead of just trudging down the beaten path. For the genius, the ability to imagine new possibilities is as important as intelligence.

Great geniuses in world history are central to our advancements in science, technology and understanding. Without geniuses from Archimedes to Stephen Hawking, our understanding of mathematics, literature and music would be completely different. Concepts that we now take for granted, like gravity, planetary orbits and black holes, might still be undiscovered.

In the same way, the LG Optimus cell phone is a concept – a genius prototype of the way mobile phones will be built and used in the near future.

On The Cellular Level

The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink. (Fran Lebowitz)

It’s a fact that form and function are significant factors when buying a cell phone but performance is the most decisive dynamic to be considered. Never forget that a cell phone is only as good as the calls it makes. Thus, even if your handset has the best attributes but can’t make or take a single decent quality call, it’s virtually useless. Even the snatchers in Quiapo and Arranque won’t spend a New York minute trying to filch your phone.

While it’s true that the strength of a carrier's network is critical to making good calls, the strength of the phone's antenna and receiver play a big part in performance as well. The fact is, you are buying a cell phone so it follows that at its very core, your handset should serve its one true purpose – call the guy at the other receiving end.

So, for form, function and performance, who you gonna call?

No -- not The GBs – call the Optimus, and you’ll discover that it doesn’t scrimp on the most basic function of any cell phone.

If you know the name and if you know the number, you can spend all your unli time talking until your jaw hurts because the LG Optimus cell phone’s 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery can last for up to 400 hours of stand-by or up to 7 hours and 50 minutes of talk time. You don’t even have to lift a finger to do it – with built-in voice dialing, your command is the phone’s wish.

When the time comes when every one of your friends and family members eventually catch up with you in the 3G trend, you’ll be ready to make true video calls with the phone’s 1.3 MP secondary front-facing camera which you can use for high quality video chats.

Additionally, I like the text messaging service’s threaded view. I do most of my communication via SMS and having this feature in the Optimus lessens the confusion of piecing together an ongoing SMS conversation especially if you’re discussing various issues with several people.

Add a proximity sensor feature (so my phone knows if I’m nearby so it can rest and save energy while I’m away), an accelerometer and a gyroscope, and the LG Optimus becomes one handy BFF (best fone forever).

The Fast and The Nitrous

There's a way to do it better - find it.
Thomas A. Edison

The LG Optimus 2X uses NVIDIA’s Next Generation Tegra, the world’s first processor for the mobile web, specifically designed for the high-resolution needs of tablets.

According to the NVIDIA website, Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies, Inc. said, “The new NVIDIA Tegra processor has a unique feature set critical for tablets -- fast web browsing with fully rendered pages, uncompromised graphics, snappy user interface and HD video -- all with the battery life we’ve only seen with cell phones.”

The key to the Tegra’s capabilities are eight independent processors, including the world’s first dual core CPU for mobile applications. These processors are used together or independently to optimize power usage at all times. With its ultra low-power design, Tegra delivers over 16 hours of HD video or 140 hours of music -- on a single charge.

The Next Generation Tegra is a leap in mobile computing performance for the following reasons:

The world’s first Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset.

Eight independent processors that make short work of web browsing, HD video encode and decode and mobile 3D gaming.

10x faster than the processors used in smart phones today, and up to 4x the performance of the previous generation Tegra processor.

Advanced TSMC 40nm process with active power management.

The series emphasizes low power consumption and high performance for playing audio and video.

At a maximum CPU clock rate 1.2 GHz (dual-core), it's just .6 GHz short of the dual core PC I'm using now, and my computer plays Crysis, Call of Duty - Modern Warfare, Red Alert 3, Starcraft 2, Oblivion, The SIMS 3 and Medieval 2 Total War. It’s not a new PC but it’s still quite fast pa rin, debba?

NVIDIA believes that the future of GPUs on smart phones is no different than the future of PC GPUs. As a result, the GeForce ULV GPU in NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 looks very similar to a desktop GPU -- just a lot smaller, and a lot lower power. Or, in the other words, the only thing stopping NVIDIA from putting an Intel 7-like or an AMD Hexacore-similar processor in a cell phone like the LG Optimus is that a processor that powerful needs large amounts of power more than any mobile battery can provide.

Basically, the Tegra 2 processor was designed for a tablet PC. But the guys at LG wanted to give the Optimus more computing nitrous (The Fast and The Furious speak right there) so they basically put an F22 Raptor jet engine in a Mazda RX7. The result is a cell phone that runs in machs not in miles, if you get my drift -- my Tokyo Drift.

Now, imagine that Tegra powering your cell phone. Like a mobile phone on nitrous, the LG Optimus excels at multi-tasking between applications and boosts superior web browsing performance. Start-up times of programs /apps and games are suddenly in turbo speed. Your phone will always be sober (alive, alert and enthusiastic) unlike other phones which are as hard to wake up as “pess droonk” English hooligans who’ve had too much Vino Kulafu after watching a Manchester United match.

A dual-core powered cell phone augmented with a 512 MB RAM means you can run multiple applications simultaneously without reducing everything to a grinding crawl. You can switch between applications while maintaining your MS Office Word document or your Excel spreadsheets. You can listen to Bruno Mars and still download files while playing X Men for Android OS – and still receive calls from your boss who asks about the progress of your report. Gaya nga ng sabi ni pareng Bruno, “It’s simply amazing.”

Sa medaling salita, my dream (and every workaholic’s dream for that matter) of having a a mobile phone that works hard (and plays hard) as you has finally been realized with the LG Optimus.

Mobile Life is Like A Bowl of Frozen Yogurt

Like most tablet PCs in the market today, the LG Optimus is driven by the Android 2.2 Froyo.

The Android OS is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. Google Inc. purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005. Android's mobile operating system is based on the Linux kernel. Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance collaborated on Android's development and release.

The Android Open Source Project is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android. The Android operating system is the world's best-selling Smartphone platform. Android has a large community of developers writing applications or apps that extend the functionality of the devices. There are currently over 200,000 apps available for Android.

The Android Market is the online app store run by Google, though apps can also be downloaded from third-party sites. Developers write primarily in the Java language, controlling the device via Google-developed Java libraries.

While I was in Divisoria to buy some Naruto and Gundam action figures, I visited Jeney Tan, my favorite tablet PC vendor at 168 Mall. She is all out for the Froyo. She explained to me every conceivable feature and advantage of the OS including the accelerometer which tilts everything you see when you hold the gadget in landscape or portrait mode.

Jeney even made bida about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread that should be in the market by now. Pre-loaded with Froyo, the LG Optimus is upgradable to Gingerbread. Adding my own flawed logic, I informed her that Gingerbread is a big leap from Froyo that when the cell phone’s display is held in portrait or landscape mode, it actually tilts the user in that orientation. She then looked me straight in the eye and said the words that I will never forget, “Ser, bebele ba kayo?”

Like a bowl of frozen yogurt during hot summer nights, Froyo (short for frozen yogurt) is a refreshing approach to using tablet PCs and high-end, high performance phones like the LG Optimus.

The Way It's Meant To Be Played

Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts. (Yahoo Serious)

Before I got the LG Optimus, I had one of those popular media players made by a US company named after a red or green fruit (and no, it’s not a berry). The video playback and quality was okay but among my long list of peeves was that it played a limited number of video formats if not just one which is MP4.

The video format is okay for my cell phone and my computer. But my other portable player has trouble playing MP4s and only plays Windows Media Video formats. So, I had to convert videos to MP4 for my portable media player and into WMV format for my family’s other video player and for movie / video archiving.

It’s in playing various video formats that the LG Optimus shows its true awesomeness. Because it plays and supports multiple video codecs (plus DivX / XviD video support), I don’t have to convert / encode my movies or videos over and over again for viewing and archiving. That saves me time. Precious time that I can waste playing Tekken.

Beyond video support, the Optimus wows us with its display.

I remember the first time I saw the Optimus at an LG outlet glass shelf, I was really amazed at the proportions -- 34-22-32. Uh, okay, that was the vital statistics of the salesgirl who look liked Megan Fox. What struck me was that the screen seemed bigger than my touch phone. Asking Megan, I mean the salesgirl, I discovered that my other phone only had a 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch display while the Optimus had a 4.0 inch display (all the better to see Megan Fox with).

The Optimus is equipped with a 16M-color capacitive IPS LCD touch-screen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels). It has a HDMI port which you can use for HDMI mirroring. Just connect it to a wider screen or an HD TV and experience the most vivid and life-like videos this side of Cybertron.

Because the phone is able to play in full HD through any monitor, you see every detail of Jennifer’s Body in astonishing clarity and sexiness.

I usually watch videos and movies over large monitors when I’m with my family. Most of the time though, I’m using the LG Optimus to catch up on the latest movies while waiting for the FX or the van at the terminal. The viewing experience is just as good as the big screen which can sometimes make you feel that your head is going to be eaten by a giant 3D piranha.

But the best place to watch is in bed – relaxed and alone. And with the Optimus phone’s superior theater-like sound and HD video, I feel like I will have to save Bella again in the upcoming Twilight XXV: Vampire Sequels Without End.

Take Your Best Shot

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. (Eudora Welty)

The LG Optimus possesses an 8 MP autofocus camera with an LED flash for insufficiently lighted areas like bars, discotheques, concerts and internet cafes / Counterstrike fragging rooms. It prioritizes people over things and stuff with that Photoshop-friendly face detection feature.

I could stop ranting about the phone’s super astig camera right here and you’d be convinced by its performance. But since I like listening to myself talk, let me continue.

Just for the camera phone, I’d sell my other touch screen phone made by a company named after a pomaceous fruit of the species Malus domestica. Compared with LG Optimus phone’s 8 MP camera, my other phone has a measly 5-megapixel still camera (boy, is it cool -- NOT!).

Hands down, pants down – the LG Optimus takes the matrix of leadership in still camera shooting.

Size Does Matter

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. (William Shakespeare)

When the folks at LG designed the Optimus, they had the young Spielbergs and fledgling George Lucases in their mind. Empowering the YouTube generation, they imbued the phone with the ability to do 1080p video recording at 24fps and 720p at 30fps. I have a JVC Everio HD camcorder that does the same – and it’s a full-fledged video recorder! How the LG people managed to cram a lufet video recorder inside the Optimus phone’s sleek frame is beyond my comprehension. But that’s why they’re geniuses, you see.

And if you’re in a Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry concert and want to record the whole thing, there’s plenty of internal storage (8 GB) and a micro SD slot for 32 GB cards.

Even with just a video recorder match-up, the LG Optimus slaughters the leading, popular competitor which can only record VGA-quality videos at 30 frames per second with the front camera.

LG Optimus trashes the rival with HD quality video recording.

No contest. Match over. Anyone for pizza?

Got My Blueprint, It’s Symphonic

Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken. (Ludwig van Beethoven)

You’ll go gaga over the LG Optimus phone’s high definition virtual surround sound. It’s the first mobile device with 7.1 multi-channel virtual surround sound which encloses you in a lush acoustic experience. The Optimus allows you to chill out or just dance via earphones, speaker, Bluetooth headset or any device with HDMI connectivity to take pleasure in listening to the Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement.

The decision to make the cell phone a virtual stereo component that fits in your pocket is the kind of genius thinking that the LG folks enjoy doing for all of us cell phone users. In the astute words of the modern day oracle we call Lady Gaga, they were born that way.

How The Web Was Won

To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me. (Isaac Newton)

For me, dinner time at the mall is always a constant battle. Whether I’m having meals at Gumbo, Tokyo Café, Banana Leaf, Bacolod Chicken Inasal, Koryo or Gerry’s Grill (all located at SM City The Block), I’m always wishing that my cell phone would successfully find and connect to the free WiFi available at the mall. Most of the time, I’m victorious as the Azkals and in rare occasions it’s like The Battle of Bull Run, Masada, Pearl Harbor and the Fall of Bataan all rolled into one.

But these days, with the LG Optimus, my WiFi struggles are like a walk in the park – the Sandara Park. Its WiFi is at 802.11 b/g/n which means it decently performs whenever you need to update your Twitter account while feasting on that plate of spicy Jambalaya or Garlic Potato.

A phone that can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots enables you to surf the Web or transfer data at much higher speeds. Even if your phone supports 3G networks, you may want Wi-Fi support, too, as it tends to be faster and more reliable than cellular networks. It can be cheaper, too, since surfing on a Wi-Fi network doesn't require using your carrier's service.

With the LG Optimus, enjoy high-speed access to your favorite sites with full web browsing faster than any other smart phone in the market. With the dual core processors sharing the load of stacking up graphics, pages and videos, you will notice a faster response time especially those sites with a lot of multimedia and flash components like IGN, FilePlanet or GameSpot. You’ll immediately notice faster access to your favorite websites like Facebook, E-mail, Flickr, YouTube and Angry Birds.

In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night

Intellectuals solve problems. Geniuses prevent them. (Albert Einstein)

One of the best innovations of the LG Optimus Black is the enhancement and the durability of its LCD display. The LCD screen's contrast and backlight strengths are indispensable for any cell phone. Ironically, it isn’t the darkness of the night that makes images or text unreadable – it’s the bright glare of sunlight which makes thing harder to peruse.

I usually ride shotgun in the FX or van which makes sunlight shine directly on my lap – the exact area where I would be reading an e-book (currently it’s Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic -- Deceived). The brightness of the morning sun defeats the LCD screen making the e-book unreadable. It’s the same problem when I watch episodes of Gunny’s Lock and Load – the video is too bomalabs.

That’s the reason why I scored a cell phone capable of counter-acting the brightness factor. The Black’s 4” NOVA display has 700 nits of brightness, 16M-color WVGA capacitive IPS LCD unit. It’s the brightest cell phone screen in the world making outdoor viewing in broad daylight friendlier to the eyes.

The LG Optimus Black also supports multi-touch, which means you can register more than one touch point at a time. This technology allows you to pinch and grab the screen to zoom in and out on a Web page, for example. Other phones support single touch only, and can register only one tap at a time.

Thus, in brightest day, in blackest night, no video or e-book shall escape my sight. Let all who watcheth Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night, I swear, they’ll enjoy it with Optimus Black’s LCD light!

Is It Safe?

In the movie, The Marathon Man, the Nazi operative Szell (Laurence Olivier) repeatedly asked Babe (Dustin Hoffman) “Is it safe?” He was referring to the bag of diamonds Szell had procured at the height of the Third Reich. Of course Babe had no idea what it was all about and he got tortured severely for it.

I mentioned that movie for two reasons. First, one of my favorite actors is Dustin Hoffman. Second, most cell phone users are like that Szell character in the movie – they’re always asking the manufacturers “Is it safe?” referring to their handsets.

One of the most sensitive and most exposed parts of the cell phone is its screen or LCD display. Which is the reason why the kinfolks at LG made sure their units were ready for the vicious bump and grind of everyday buhay. No wonder the LG Optimus is equipped with a 4.0 inch, 480 × 800 pixel Gorilla Glass display.

The unique composition of Gorilla Glass allows for a deep layer of high compressive stress. This is created through an ion-exchange process. This compression acts as a sort of “armor,” making the glass exceptionally tough and damage resistant.

The Ion exchange process that makes Gorilla glass tougher than the other glasses used in other displays is a chemical strengthening process where large ions are “stuffed” into the glass surface, creating a state of compression. Gorilla Glass is specially designed to maximize this behavior. Thus, Gorilla glass is better able to survive the real-world events that most commonly cause glass to scratch, chip, or break. The result is a tough and damage-resistant glass that is ideal for today’s sleekest electronic devices and most sophisticated touch technology.

And for the environment-conscious cell phone user, Gorilla Glass is environmentally friendly and can be recycled. Corning Incorporated, which makes the glass, recycles it at various points in the manufacturing process, and consumers can recycle their devices as part of various recycling programs available in the Philippines.

Far and Away

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. (Leonardo Da Vinci)

Isn’t it obvious? I’m a Nicole Kidman fan!

When you’re in the city, being lost is not as perilous as being disoriented in the forest or jungle. In such situations, you’ll need workable tools that will get you home even though you’re far and away in some Oklahoma prairie.

Among the many practical uses of the LG Optimus is its capability to direct you to the nearest geo-tagged landmark. The phone is fitted with a gyroscope, magnetometer, GPS w/ aGPS support, a digital compass and a geo-tagging feature for images and videos.

Choose Your Weapon

You know you’re a serious World of Warcraft player when the game starts interfering with your life. You know you’re an addict when your life starts interfering with the game. (Anonymous)

Playing games over cell phones isn’t something new for most of us. But with an ultra angas dual core like the Tegra in the hood of your handset, the gaming opportunities for your Optimus suddenly enlarge exponentially.

That’s good news for gamers like me. Better processor performance translates to plenty of power to manage advanced graphics and demanding visuals. Say goodbye to bursting bubbles or clicking multi-colored jewels as your staple cell phone game fare. Superior dual core processors allow you to play console-quality mobile games like Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty – Modern Warfare with exceptionally responsive motion controls powered by a gyro sensor. Playing either as Kratos, Rayden or Max Payne, your choice of weapons are now almost limitless.

When you’re at home and have a monster LCD monitor, connect via the phone’s HDMI port and play X Men for Android. Nothing like seeing Logan in full HD unleashing a world of hurt and making shawarma out of those henchmen with his Adamantium claws.

With Adobe Flash 10.2 support and an Android app community churning out new games almost every day, the Optimus makes leisurely gaming while waiting for your turn at the dentist’s chair a virtual paragon of asskickery.

FM First Class

It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on. (Marilyn Monroe)

If you’ve listened to FM radio lately, you’ll notice that it sounds more like the AM band than what we’ve always known what FM sounds like. Besides the proliferation of talk shows, there are advice and counseling programs, jokes, skits and the proverbial balahura and balasubas DJs who dish out salitang kalye or palingkera style observations on politics, showbiz, romance, work and the intricacies of life.

The rise of the balahura and the balasubas DJs may have something to do with the surge of portable media players that can load up more music MP3s than one can possibly play in one whole day or work week. Thus, if it’s just listening to music that you’re after, you don’t need FM radio. You just need a media player and be your own DJ and choose your music line-up day after day.

But for us who also like to listen to intelligent banter and witty discussions like Monster Radio’s Morning Rush or Nicole Hyala and Cris Tsuper’s Tambalang Balasubas at Balahura, we turn to FM radio.

The FM radio experience with the LG Optimus is really top notch. For starters, the audio is first rate -- stereo FM radio with RDS. There’s a micro USB port for charging and stereo Bluetooth v2.1.

But what makes the FM encounter first class is the social networking integration. Superior processor performance means you can listen to Chico and Delamar and then connect to Facebook or Twitter and send in your Daily Top Ten shout outs. The dynamic duo in turn may like or comment on your entry, and basically the whole feedback circle is complete.

In my opinion, that’s the way FM radio should be enjoyed – trulalu at walang halong eklavuh.

Your Future Awaits You

Choosing the right cell phone requires some handwork and clickworks with the mouse and a fair amount of legwork.

Hopefully, with this review on the features of LG Optimus, your mobile life will be lived out at the optimal level. With the complexities and opportunities of today’s high-tech life, a smart phone simply isn’t enough. You need a genius phone. And the LG Optimus is more than just smart. It’s a genius.

As Albus Dumblebee (the Grand Yellow Autobot Wizard of The Planet Hogwartstron) declares, “Step inside the world of the LG Optimus. Your future awaits you.”

Optimus is more than just smart. It’s genius. Visit lgoptimus.ph for more information!

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