Saturday, May 21, 2011

LG Optimus One on Hand

LG has never failed its customers to be surprised and satisfy by its world-standard product. Optimus One is my first android phone I owned. From being a symbian user (N73), I could say it was really an improvement of me. It delivered more than I expected from its price tag.
Optimus One P500 captured me by its looks and price - a classy looking phone but not that hefty, and carrying Froyo 2.2 at its launch which is also upgradable to Gingerbread 2.3. Here are the features:


  • Network: GSM as well as HSDPA
  • Weight: 129 grams
  • Dimensions: 113.5 x 59 x 13.3 mm
  • Display: TFT capacitive screen, 256 colors, 320 x 480 pixels, 3'2" inches diagonal
    Accelerometer for Auto rotate display and Proximity Sensor for Auto lock display
  • Memory: 512 RAM, Internal memory 170 MB, expandable up to 32 GB, 2GB is included
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
  • Processor: Android OS Froyo 2.2 upgradable to Gingerbread, 600 Mhz Qualcomm
  • Sound: MP3 ringtones, Decent Loudspeaker, headset incuded
  • Messaging: SMS threaded view, MMS, Email
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth, WIFI, GPRS/EDGE/3G
  • Radio: Yes
  • Gps reciever with A-GPS; Digital Compass
  • Office Document Editor
  • Social Network Integration
  • Divx/ Xvid Support
  • Battery: Lithium Ion 1500 mAh


  • No flash player support
  • No LED flash and dedicated camera button

Looking at the frames taken by its camera, its really sharp with proper lighting and quite impressive for a 3.2 megapixel. But taking pictures in dark areas is a dissappointment having no flash.

I was glad I could view and edit documents while on the go. Though the Office Document viewer/editor can only handle light and small files otherwise it will be a painful chore for the phone.

The preinstalled browser by google is fast and user-friendly. It's easy to use (but I prefer using dolphin browser). It supports zoom features in a three way methods (+/- buttons, multi-touch pinch, and double tap)

Compared to other capacitive screen, it doesn't respond to light touches. In other words, you actually have to press on the screen for it to respond. Looking at the bright side, it avoids accidental presses or unnoticed calls. So others may find it as a turnoff but I find it as a plus.

One thing I also enjoy using this phone is it syncs your google account/s as wells as your facebook or tweeter account (social network integration). You're probably saying so what? One of the obvious changes you'll noticed is the gmail notifications once you get connected to the web via wifi or your service provider (mind you this phone is constantly looking for connection and thus as a precaution better to intentionally wrong the setting) and phonebook will be having their contact photo.

The gallery is awesome looking with pictures categorically arranged by 3D folders. Images and videos are tiled in a grid like manner which I find it cool.

Okay time to wrap up. Optimus One gives more than what you paid. Compared to expensive phones, it can generally do the same functions. Its my first android phone and it was never a dissappointment.

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