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LG Optimus One P500 review

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The LG Optimus One gives you the latest Android Experience at an affordable price. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and optimised for Google Mobile Services, the handset delivers the ultimate smartphone experience while offering easier accessibility for the growing number of consumers looking to purchase their first smartphone.
Review On : LG Optimus One P500
By Jonathan Cheah
At A Glance:
Pros:
+ Froyo OS
+ HSDPA capable
+ Large capacity battery
Cons:
- Little onboard memory
- Battery cover hard to peel off

18 November 2010 Ė The LG Optimus One is one of the first Froyo (Android 2.2 Operating System) devices on the planet. We were lucky enough to receive a review unit way before the actual sales campaign started, so we had plenty of time to test the device and write a proper review.
Iíd like to take this opportunity to commend LG for such foresight and would like to recommend such a method to competing device manufacturers. I speak for many of my peers when I say that we donít really care about the song and dance routines, usually downright awful, that we are subjected to at some launch events.
Anyway, the latest news from LG is that a million Optimus One devices were sold around the world in the first 40 days and that itself sums up what we are about to say about this phone. It is a great product with a correct price point and something we totally recommend to our readers if they are looking to buy a new phone.
In the box
- Transceiver unit
- 1 standard battery
- Charger set
- Headset
- Manuals

Exterior, Controls and Screen
The Optimus One is also known as the P-500, and in the United States it is also known as the Optimus S (Sprint) and Optimus T (T-mobile) or the Vortex (Verizon) which will be launched on November 18.
What we have is a solid device that feels like a well-rounded pebble. The navigation buttons are on the front below the screen as usual. A toggle button is on the right while a headset jack and the power on/off button is also on the top of the device. A micro USB port is at the bottom of the phone and the data cable plugs in here to transfer loads of goodies from your own desktop PC.

The data cable also plugs into the charger head and therefore it can charge the phone either from the power point on the wall or when plugged into a live USB drive on a computer or a laptop. The screen is a 3.2-inch HVGA showing 320 x 480 pixels.
Right now, we were told that only the black version is available in Malaysia, but what we have heard over the Internet that other colour variants for the casing are showing up around the world.

Software, Applications and Games
The key selling point of this device is that it runs the latest version of the Android OS, which is version 2.2 also known as Froyo. Of course, it was only just yesterday that the next version of the Android OS called Gingerbread was shown on a device at the GSMA Mobile Asia show.
Now the Froyo version of Android is such a big deal because it is like a super-tuned version of the Operating System. It runs faster, and so putting it on the 600 MHz processor of the Optimus One doesnít necessarily mean that it is slower than the 1GHz processor phones with other OS installed. In fact, Froyo responds really fast and you will not really notice any difference in responsiveness.
The downside is that the 600 MHz processor will not work with future versions of the Android OS, so you will not get to upgrade the OS on the Optimus One.
The applications and games are downloadable from the Android store and from other sources across the Internet. Of course, the first thing I put into the device was the latest version of the Angry Birds game. A couple of weeks later I learnt that Smurfís Village had knocked the birds off the number one spot which they had held for such a long time.
Camera, Video and Audio
The camera is a 3-megapixel one, and comes with the usual bells and whistles. What is more interesting is the brilliant playback and display of MP4 videos. Music playback was also pretty decent and you donít get the crackling speaker sounds that are common to handheld devices. Even the audio books I loaded into the device showed timing controls, which is a very convenient thing for clips that are about 80 minutes long. You can also record video at 640 x 480 pixels.
The downside is the rather small amount of memory in the device - about 170 MBs - so everything has to be in the microSd card which is 2GBs in size, but can be upgraded to 32GB microSD cards.
Internet Connectivity
This is a HSDPA 7.2 Mbps device. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, dual-band WCDMA / 3G and quad-band GSM.
Bluetooth 2.1 is supported and the microUSB plugs into a computer and auto-syncs your data if you want it to, just like any other Google Android device.
What is a little bit annoying is that the Google applets in the phone keep trying to connect you to Google-related sites and after a while it just becomes a hassle to tell the applications that you donít want to connect to the Internet.
Editorís Opinion
There must be a reason why this is LGís top-selling device in the initial launch period. It is hard to complain about a device that does it all, at a very reasonable price and looks pretty decent. I am not sure we can announce the price yet, but I can tell you that it did surprise me a little when I was told of it. Stay tuned for the official pricing announcement in the next few days.
Conclusion: Fast, responsive Froyo phone at a very reasonable price. Must consider if shopping for a new phone.


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