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LG Optimus Zip review

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Sometimes, a phone can hold so much promise that it ends up disappointing on the day of its actual launch. That’s pretty much what the LG Optimus Zip is all about. It’s a fine-looking, albeit chunky, CDMA touchscreen Android smartphone with a slide-out hardware keyboard. It can easily look the part of a truly versatile Android smartphone. However, it is seriously limited in the features department, which is a little mind-boggling given that it runs one of the later versions of the Android software by default.

The Optimus Zip is fitted with an zippy 800MHz processor in order to handle the default operating system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It offers a measly 150MB of internal storage space which, fortunately, can be expanded further with microSD cards. The built-in touchscreen display measures 3.2-inches diagonally and features a native resolution of 320x480. This seriously under-utilizes the default operating system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s a good thing there’s an included slide-outQWERTY keyboard, which makes typing out longer messages and navigating the system menus a lot easier.

When it comes to wireless features, it comes equipped with all the latest. All the latest except wireless NFC, that is. So it has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity. And it can interface with any compatible PC via its microUSB port. The back of the phone holds a 3-megapixel autofocus camera that can take pictures and record videos of somewhat low quality; while it’s fairly unimportant, it’s still worth mentioning.

As terrrible as the Zip’s overall feature-set might be, it’s still better than many alternative options in its price range simply due to the fact that it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. If you’re okay with carrying around a little extra heft and weight in your pocket in exchange for a better typing experience, then this might be a budget Android smartphone to consider.

Need To Know: LG Optimus Zip

1. Slide-out QWERTY keyboard is great to type on; much better than the virtual Android keyboard, for sure. (The Good)

2. The default operating system has plenty of official and third party software support for extra functionality. (The Good)

3. The built-in screen is small and low resolution, making it difficult to enjoy stuff like Web browsing or watching videos. (The Bad)

4. Very limited amount of internal storage fully necessitates the use of external storage cards. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
3+ MP



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LG released the Optimus Zip on August 11, 2012.


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


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Screen Size
3.2"

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

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7627T 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ 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
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 7 days standby time.

Optimus Zip Specs

Overview
Release date August 11, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7627T 800 MHz
Internal Storage 150 MB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.72 W/kg
Body: 1.31 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 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 Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.5 x 5.9 x 1.5 cm (4.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)
Weight 155 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 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 180 pixels
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard Yes
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
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 Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG L75C

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User Reviews


Not what I expected when I purchased

I got this phone before Christmas. I got the 32 GB micro SD card, that was a waste of money. You can not move hardly anything from the phone memory to the SD card so the internal memory fills fast. So when the phone need to update for apps there is an error message not enough phone memory to update. Th...More
I got this phone before Christmas. I got the 32 GB micro SD card, that was a waste of money. You can not move hardly anything from the phone memory to the SD card so the internal memory fills fast. So when the phone need to update for apps there is an error message not enough phone memory to update. The phone is OK but expected more for the 179.96 price tag I paid for it. For the price should have more bang for the buck. You cant multitask very good with the phone. But for 45.00 a month it will give you that. I travel alot and haven't had any issue with no coverage it runs on the Verizon network. Less
Ronmat

Dont expect tooo much from this phone

Bought a 32g card but it was in vain due to the phone not giving me the option to put much on the card, I have no idea?? and no one out there can give support. If you want to check email and do a little surfing and maybe a couple of apps for other stuff it might be OK. After all it is offered by...More
Bought a 32g card but it was in vain due to the phone not giving me the option to put much on the card, I have no idea?? and no one out there can give support. If you want to check email and do a little surfing and maybe a couple of apps for other stuff it might be OK. After all it is offered by Straight Talk and for $50 a month this is what yo get. Less

Heather
I'm getting this phone for Christmas and my friend had it. She said it's a good phone and holds a lot of memory. Do you still not like the phone?

Stella_20230
I bet they don't like the phone because they don't know how to move apps to the memory card.

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