7 Tips to Help You Get the Most out of Your New LG Optimus 4X HD Smartphone

The allure of the smartphone is its extensive array of fun and practical features. Let’s face it, it’s the bells and whistles that grab our attention and get us to open our wallets. However, as smartphones become more sophisticated, and the apps and features become more diverse, there can be a real learning curve when you first unbox that new handset.

Take the LG Optimus 4X HD for example. With its quad-core processor and great all round performance it is easily one of the more impressive handsets on the market, and it’s garnered a lot of well deserved attention. But coming to grips with all of the features of the LG Optimus takes time, and a bit of trial and error.

To help flatten out that learning curve, we’ve gathered together seven simple tips to help you get the most out of your LG Optimus 4X HD.

1. Editing Your Quick Settings Notifications

When you pull down the navigation bar on your LG Optimus, you will find a variety of shortcuts and toggles. To edit this feature, so that it displays shortcuts to the features and apps you use most, simply swipe right until you see the ‘edit’ icon. This will allow you to choose which shortcuts you want to see displayed on your navigation bar. Alternatively, you can hold press on individual icons, opening their respective system menus and setting preferences there.

2. Setting Your Smartphone’s Theme

The LG Optimus 4X HD is highly customisable, and it only takes a moment to set your home screen’s themes and effects. Simply go to ‘Settings > Home Screen > Themes’ and choose from a variety of presets to customise your device’s theme. To change the screen transitions, continue on to ‘Screen Effects’ and select your favourite preset.

3. Changing Gesture Controls

The Optimus’ touch screen is highly responsive, and offers a smooth functionality. That being said, not everyone is comfortable with gesture control on their smartphones. To activate or deactivate flip gestures on your LG Optimus, simple go to ‘Settings > Gestures’ and follow the on screen prompts.

4. Controlling Data Usage

This is an important, and valuable, tip. As all smartphone owners know to their costs, data usage can very easily get out of hand. Once you go over your networks data limits, you will likely be face with some stiff penalties. The LG Optimus makes it easy to monitor and control your data usage. Simply go to ‘Settings > Data Usage > Set Mobile Data Limit’. Here you can monitor data usage over 3G and 4G networks. More importantly, you can restrict any syncing apps that may run in the background, eating up your data allowance without your knowledge.

5. Using the Power Saving Mode

If there is one area where the LG Optimus is lacking, it is in battery life. This is a problem that plagues many smartphones, but there are measures you can take to extend your handset’s battery life. Open your ‘Settings’ menu and go to ‘Power Saver’. There you will be able to deactivate any functions that put an excessive drain on the battery, and schedule when the power save mode should kick in. This can be a real boon if you find that you are not getting enough time between charges.

6. Enabling Call Rejection

If you find yourself plagued by persistent telemarketers, or simply bothered by callers you don’t want to speak with, the Optimus makes it easy to block calls by number. Simply go to ‘Settings > Calls > Call Reject” and input the numbers you wish to block.

7. Setting Your Lock Screen

This is another handy tip. The LG Optimus 4X HD allows you to change the display of your lock screen, including wallpaper and preferred shortcut icons. More importantly, you can not only set the type of lock screen, but you can also set the time your phone takes to time out and lock. Properly used, this can be a great security feature. Should you mislay your phone, a quick time out and lock will prevent people from using your phone or accessing your information. Considering the spike in mobile phone thefts over the last year, this is a great tip.

The LG Optimus 4X HD is one of the most popular budget handsets on the market. It offers a vast array of features and apps that will make it attractive to a wide range of consumers. However, like any full featured smarphone, it can take some time to explore the range of its functions. These few tips should make it easier to customise your new Optimus, so that you can get the utmost from your latest handset.