Can Dual-core Android Phones Like the LG G2x Replace Your Gaming Console?

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Today‚Äôs smartphones are loaded with some seriously premium technology, the likes of which the world has never seen. It’s hard to imagine, but the dual-core phones on the market currently are about 400% more powerful than phones from two years ago. For all you original Motorola DROID owners out there, check out the benchmark disparity below.

Before the touch screen, before 4G, before dual-core processors–video streaming technology was already available, but not widely used or adopted. For those who wanted gaming on the go, the best option for playing handheld video games was to purchase a gaming device from Sony or Nintendo. ¬†Those were the only two major options–and that was very limited.

Times have changed, though.  Today, Sony and Nintendo are no longer the only major options for console gaming.  These days, if you purchase a new 4G Android phone, you will not only have a wicked system that you can hold in the palm of your hands but also a machine that comes close to rivaling most next-generation consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox360.

And, I’m just talking about the gaming aspect–a 4G Android smartphone is also a phone, Web browser, multimedia entertainment player, personal digital assistant, and much more.

Although modern gaming consoles from Sony or Nintendo have also evolved into ones that are no longer exclusively for gaming, such gaming consoles are still primarily designed for gaming.  Such gaming consoles can be used not only for gameplay, but also for streaming videos, browsing the Web, and connecting to gaming communities.  The LG G2x can, too.  Here are quick comparisons between the LG G2x and gaming consoles:

Gameplay

There is no way to beat the classic experience of handling a game controller and becoming immersed in a game–and Android can do just that. While the titles for most major consoles are still better and more diverse, smartphone technology has improved dramatically. ¬†More and ¬†more developers are being drawn to smartphones and tablets for these devices’ 3D capabilities, dual-core processors, and possibility of streaming games directly to HD televisions. Developers at EA are also excited about developing games that use GPS-based technology in order to make Android games more interactive, too.

Streaming Video

By purchasing a game console, you have access to streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu.  There are apps for 4G Android phones which allows users to access their Netflix account and watch streaming video content on-the-go.  Best of all, such apps work on virtually every Android device. When you are at home, you can connect your phone wirelessly to a screen or you can plug it into your TV’s HDMI port and stream 1080p HD movies and television programs.

Internet Browsing

If you have ever tried using the Web browser on a console, you will know what a horrible experience it is. Using your controller to move the cursor can be a painful task and pages that use rich media content such as YouTube videos are often painfully slow. In contrast, using a phone like the LG G2x¬†makes¬†it is easy and efficient for you to move from the Facebook app to a website to text messages–all while you are making a phone call.

Networks

The Playstation Network and Xbox Live have done a good job of making it easier than ever to purchase games at any time. The only drawback of these networks are their typically slow download speeds and use of bandwidth from your home’s wireless connection. Purchasing games, apps, and content through a network such as the NVIDIA Tegra Zone or Android Market is quick because the file sizes are that much smaller, and are quite quick over a 4G network.

Mobile gaming has come a long way since the Game Boy and other handheld devices. While still gaining acceptance, gaming on Android could pose a major threat to consoles in the near future.

Has any of you ever tried playing games on the big screen off your Android device? What is the experience like?  Let us know in the comments.

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