- Jerry Hildenbrand , Android Central
The LG Optimus One is not a top-end phone, nor was it designed to be. If you're expecting some sort of dual-core wünderphone, look elsewhere.
The LG Optimus One is described by LG as a great choice for first-time smartphone users. In this writer's opinion, the Optimus One deserves a better lead than that. Let's break it down.
The LG Optimus One is an Android-powered candybar that offers a 3.2 inch, 320 x 480 pixel capacitive display which, while not top tier, is certainly capable, large and easy on the eyes.
Add a 3MP camera with auto-focus, video record, MP3 player, FM radio, full internet browser and native YouTube player, and you have a phone that can keep pace with the diverse and immediate needs of many users.
The Optimus One also features location-based services including navigation via A-GPS, memory expansion via microSD (Up to 32GB), Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headset jack and more.
With a talk time of up to five hours and a standby time of up to 450 hours, the LG Optimus One is a great choice for first time smartphone shoppers, and then some.
Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)
Android on a budget, but the Optimus One is far from nasty
The overall best of the budgets – for the moment at least
A great example of an affordable yet highly functional Google Android smartphone
A budget smartphone that gets more than just the job done
A great option if you’re looking for a smartphone on a budget
The Optimus One is a low-end Android but it performs very well in its price bracket. LG’s main goal with this one is pull people away from feature phones by offering more functionality than even the most high-end feature phone.
Feature phones usually offer a better screen and a better camera but often features go underutilized. Fine, there’s a GPS but what good is it without a SatNav app? There’s more to Wi-Fi than just Internet browsing too. And Android offers an incomparably rich app package compared to any feature phone platform.
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The Optimus One has a set of features, which match the asking price
As a calling device, the LG Optimus One functions decently, with clear voices in the earspeaker. Our callers said they were unable to hear us very distinctly, and the volume output was a tad low. The handset has a generous 1500mAh which lasts 7.5 hours in 3G mode, according to the manufacturer.
What we saw in the LG Optimus One is a set of features, which match the asking price – nice capacitive touchscreen, smooth interface, various codecs support, and pleasant design. We’d like to see better pictures in low light situations, a more fluid browser, or adequate... Full review
A very pocketable, well built, speedy communications device
Undemanding and pleasant
A decent way for newcomers to get into Android on a budget
Featuring a simple back-to-basics approach by LG, the Optimus One is a sturdy and affordable way to get into Android – especially since it's the first really cheap phone to come with Android 2.2.
However, the 600MHz processor and lower resolution screen place this near the bottom of the current Android pile in performance terms. While it's perfectly usable, it's more of an entry-level choice for newcomers or those on a budget than an Android powerhouse.
But it's nearly there – 10 per cent more processor power would've negated these minor hitches. If you're... Full review
At the right price, you’ll find yourself with a phone that offers almost all the goodness that Google’s mobile OS has to offer
The LG Optimus One feels like a better device than LG’s GT-540 Optimus. We prefer the design and we like that the buttons are to the point, unlike the Huawei Ideos, which goes a little overboard on controls. The offering of Android 2.2 means you get some nice high-end features, even if getting Flash videos means moving to a new browser.
The low resolution display is an obvious weakness of the Optimus One, with a bit of a question mark over its support in the centre, but it isn’t a deal breaker - if you can get the Optimus One at the right price, you’ll find your... Full review
Wow really closely follows more expensive phones for way less :)
The LG Optimus One, a question of how much you want to use it.
It's decent, but acts up sometimes
Pretty good phone :) Not the iPhone, but still pretty awesome for an LG :)
I love this phone....really!!
I love this phone because...
First Time User
Simple and Powerful
Prices (Where to Buy)
Online Buying Options
Manuals / User Guides
- LG Optimus One Manual (PDF)
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