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LG Optimus Chic E720 review

4.3/10 AVG.
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4.3/10
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The LG Optimus Chic E720 currently has an Informr score of 4.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The LG Optimus Chic is an Android-powered smartphone with a robust feature set, including a 3.2-inch touchscreen, tethering capability, 5MP camera with auto-focus, video record (640 x 480), GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi.

The Chic also offers a full suite of basic features, including calendar, alarms, etc., along with native apps for Facebook and Twitter. It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack and expandable memory up to 32GB via microSD/microSDHC.

The LG Optimus Chic offers a talk time up to 5 hours and a standby time up to 450 hours.


Operating system
Android
Processor
600 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile Syrup

A nice entry level Android smartphone that takes detailed pictures and provides quick and efficient online access

- Joseph Rizzuto, Mobile Syrup
PhoneArena

Aimed at the fashion-conscious consumer, the LG Optimus Chic has an appealing design with its glossy black plastic body, surrounded by a chrome-like subtle rim. What takes some points out of the design is the weight, and the fact that the touch buttons underneath the screens require significant...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena

I LOVE this phone! This is my first smart phone but it has consistently blown my mind. I would highly recommend it. I'm using Bell on the east coast of Canada. I have read several reviews about the buttons being difficult to push. I haven't found this to be true in the slightest. Maybe I have salty skin. Dunno. The interface is intuitive. The google speech recognition apps is AWESOME!! The camera is a very capable 5 MP. Installing dozens of apps doesn't seem to affect the system much. The browser if very good compared to every other phone I've had. With a bit of understanding of computers, you can set this phone up to be very personalized. The selection of apps is vast and growing incredibly fast. The downside is the potential to drain your battery extremely quick if you keep your GPS on, have a bright background, keep bluetooth on, etc. I've found it necessary to reboot my phone daily to ensure no background apps kill my battery. Keeping the usage to a minumum, the battery will last 3-4 days. On a full charge, I have been able to surf on the net and play games for about 4 hours. The screen is very responsive. (capacitive) It is quite resistant to scratches. Overall, I can't think of any reason not to get this phone for the $250 price tag. It puts a smile on my face every day, and it's been 3 months for me.


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LG released the Optimus Chic E720 on November 30, 2010.


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LG backs up the Optimus Chic E720 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.2"

The LG Optimus Chic E720's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
600 MHz

There is a Qualcomm 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
150 MB

Internal memory is 150 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1250mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1250 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time, 330 minutes.

Optimus Chic E720 Specs

Overview
Release date November 30, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm 600 MHz
Internal Storage 150 MB
RAM 512 MB
ROM 512 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.29 W/kg
Body: 0.71 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1250 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 330 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 5.8 x 1.3 cm (4.4 x 2.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 132 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Multi-touch input method
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WAV, QCP
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PDF, PPT, RTF, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps Document Viewer, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Bebo
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Critic Reviews


Mobile Syrup

A sleek looking device with a great camera and operating system

from Mobile Syrup

The most disappointing aspects of this device revolve around the hardware, as the processor lagged at times of user input, and using the capacitive shortcut buttons, in addition to the hefty weight, thickness, and minimal screen size. The battery for the Chic performed very well, which will b...More

The most disappointing aspects of this device revolve around the hardware, as the processor lagged at times of user input, and using the capacitive shortcut buttons, in addition to the hefty weight, thickness, and minimal screen size. The battery for the Chic performed very well, which will be very helpful when using the numerous preloaded apps. Overall, the Optimus Chic is a nice entry level Android smartphone that takes detailed pictures and provides quick and efficient online access. I hope to see future LG Optimus devices, which are tailored towards more experienced and knowledgeable prospective consumers, looking for an alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Series, HTC, Dell, etc. I would also like to see a significant drop in contract prices (more specifically on a 1 or 2 year contract), as many consumers are fearful of committing to long-term contracts.

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PhoneArena

Overall, a decent handset by LG, which might deserve its Chic moniker if you are a black-on-chrome design aficionado

from PhoneArena

Aimed at the fashion-conscious consumer, the LG Optimus Chic has an appealing design with its glossy black plastic body, surrounded by a chrome-like subtle rim. What takes some points out of the design is the weight, and the fact that the touch buttons underneath the screens require significant pressure to operate properly....

More

Aimed at the fashion-conscious consumer, the LG Optimus Chic has an appealing design with its glossy black plastic body, surrounded by a chrome-like subtle rim. What takes some points out of the design is the weight, and the fact that the touch buttons underneath the screens require significant pressure to operate properly.

The Froyo experience could be smoother, and the lack of full Adobe Flash support kind of misses its purpose, but still we'd take it any day before Android 2.1. The phone does good photographs in daylight, and an average job when the lights are dim.

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I LOVE this phone! This is my first smart phone but it has consistently blown my mind. I would highly recommend it. I'm using Bell on the east coast of Canada. I have read several reviews about the buttons being difficult to push. I haven't found this to be true in the slightest. Maybe I have salty skin. Dunno. The interface is intuitive. The google speech recognition apps is AWESOME!! The camera is a very capable 5 MP. Installing dozens of apps doesn't seem to affect the system much. The browser if very good compared to every other phone I've had. With a bit of understanding of computers, you can set this phone up to be very personalized. The selection of apps is vast and growing incredibly fast. The downside is the potential to drain your battery extremely quick if you keep your GPS on, have a bright background, keep bluetooth on, etc. I've found it necessary to reboot my phone daily to ensure no background apps kill my battery. Keeping the usage to a minumum, the battery will last 3-4 days. On a full charge, I have been able to surf on the net and play games for about 4 hours. The screen is very responsive. (capacitive) It is quite resistant to scratches. Overall, I can't think of any reason not to get this phone for the $250 price tag. It puts a smile on my face every day, and it's been 3 months for me.


User Reviews


Not impressed with this phone at all

when people call me i cannot hear them, nor can they hear me. i have to hang up and call them back. screen freezes constantly, also touch buttons are either so sensitive or will not work at all. i find it near to impossible to end a phone call, because the end button rarely works.

Not a big fan, actually.

The touch interface lags, especially when using the keyboard. The spell check is almost useless. Quite disappointed by my first "smartphone".

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