I have had my LG Optimus C for 3 weeks now. I love it. To me the Ascend 2 looks and feels a little cheap while the Optimus C has a solid feel. I think it will work better for the long haul. Texting for the most part is easy, but I have fat thumbs and tend to screw up here and there lol. I personally do not like Swype but you may love it. Plus if your a gamer, the Ascend 2 does not support multi-touch.