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LG Optimus LTE review

6.5/10 AVG.
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6.5/10
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The LG Optimus LTE currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 19 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The LG Optimus LTE is an entry-level Android smartphone which goes for affordability rather than cutting edge features. It looks like many other low-cost phones, is constructed of plastic and has a cheap look and feel. The 3.2 inch screen is bright but small, and it can be hard to read text if you do not have excellent eyesight. It also has a rather low 320x240 resolution, making everything look a bit grainy.

An 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM do the computing, which is enough for a good user experience on Android Gingerbread. It does not compare to faster, more expensive phones though these lower end specs do help the battery life. The Optiums LTE can easily go a full day without needing a charge.

The Android operating system has been overlayed with Optimus UI, which is very basic but easy to use. The on-screen keyboard is OK to use in landscape mode, but the small screen size makes portrait mode a real challenge, even for people with smaller hands. The LTE version comes complete with 4G, making internet browsing much smoother. However, the CPU does not support Flash, which can be a problem if you view webpages that use it.

The camera is one of the weakest points of the phone. Photos the three megapixel camera generates are of very poor quality. Focus is usually off and exposure is inaccurate, usually leading to a blurry and dark photo. Video is no better. The Optimus LTE cannot shoot HD video and its footage appears choppy, blurry, and lacks detail overall. If you want to share a lot of photos on Facebook, you probably should look for a phone which offers a better camera.

Need to Know: LG Optimus LTE

1. 4G LTE makes internet browsing and downloading very fast. (The Good)

2. User interface is easy to use. (The Good)

3. Lacks Flash support. (The Bad)

4. Camera is very low quality. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

It’s been a good while since we last saw a flagship from LG. The Korean giant took its sweet time with the Nitro HD to make sure it got everything right. And on most accounts, this is the very case. The screen of the device is marvelous, the spec sheet impressive, and the OS up to date. I...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Ars Technica

The Nitro HD is a big and solid-feeling phone, with a plastic textured back that comes off for access to the battery, SIM card, and microSD slot. The rounded edges and smooth bezel make it a little slippery to hold. Has a 4.5-inch 720x1280 screen that doesn't use PenTile technology, and as a result...

- Casey Johnston, Ars Technica
Phone Scoop

The LG Nitro HD comes very close to earning a "very good" rating from me, but will have to settle for "good." The reason is mostly due to the exceedingly poor voice performance. Even though we use our smartphones more for data-centric tasks, the phone has to be at least serviceable as a telephone. T...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Android Central

Every review I write elicits the same feeling: this is such an exciting time for Android. Devices are evolving at the speed of light and as soon as you feel like you've got the best of the best, there's something better lurking around the corner. As is the case with the Nitro HD, which currently sit...

- Anndrew Vacca , Android Central
Laptop Magazine

The LG Nitro HD literally outshines the Android competition on AT&T with a brighter and sharper screen than any other handset, and it offers fantastic data speeds (when you're in an area with 4G LTE coverage). However, even at a discounted $149, this smartphone is a tough sell because of its sho...

- Sherri L. Smith, Laptop Magazine

Couldn't agree more with battery life comment. I use my phone for calls and text only less than 1 hour per day and the battery is daed within 24 hours. So many complaints online about the battery life, I shocked LG hasn't done anything about it! I hope I am never stranded anywhere with this phone.


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Screen Size
4.5"

The LG Optimus LTE's screen size is 4.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MDM9200 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1830mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1830 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 0.5 days standby time, 316 minutes, 240 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Optimus LTE Specs

Overview
Release date November 22, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700 MHz
Data:
HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MDM9200 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 2 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.67 W/kg
Body: 1.12 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1830 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 257 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 240 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 316 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 0.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.4 x 6.8 x 1.0 cm (5.3 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 135 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
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 Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
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
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
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
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG P930, LG Nitro HD, LG Eye

8GB microSD card included
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