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REVIEW: LG Optimus S Android Smartphone

January 9, 2011 - Written By Mike Corbett

Intro

What’s up with the Optimus S? A rep at Sprint told me it was his favorite phone, well his favorite next to the HTC Evo. The Evo is pretty awesome, find out why he said this?

Looks

It is sleek, I kind of forget I have it every time I see it because it looks so different on the outside, it is grey, sort of like the nexus one in color. The buttons on the front are real, not just icons you press and they feel good too. It is rounded just enough and feels as comfortable as it can be.

Hardware

You get a 600 mhz processor, 256 MB of ram and 512 MB of rom. There is a solid button to turn the power off and on at the top and it feels good.

Screen

The screen is a 320 x 480 pixel, it is a capacitive LCD screen and it feels solid, I like texting on it. The on screen buttons are easy to click and feel natural.

Battery

We have a battery that is a 1500 mAh that supports 5 hours of talk time. It has a lot of awesome life and I get a day or so of use.

Operating System

Android 2.2 is what we get and that is great, full support for everything Froyo. Froyo is the newest, latest and greatest but we get a slight twist with the LG software that this phones gives us.

Software

LG shakes things up and gives us ID’s with this device, like I said it is also android 2.2 and we get all the fun fixins with that. LG lets different people on your phone by giving them an idea, not sure if this is the best idea, I personally use it for different days, who needs a dif rom when you can have different looks Monday through Friday!

Keyboard

A theme is going around, no hard keyboard and this phone continues that running theme. The soft keyboard is very nice to use and works great, as I mentioned before the button presses are natural and feel nice.

Web Browsing,  Camera and Video

Browse the web with ease on this device, nothing to new or fancy by way of internet which is probably for the best, android’s browser is solid. I like the VGA video, it offers a 640×480 resolution.

Call Quality

Sprint is great on this. The phone is clear and there isn’t anything negative to speak of. This isn’t a 4g phone, it is indeed 3g and is a good 3g connection.

Pros:

  • It is light and thin
  • The headphone jack is also flush
  • Good Camera 3.2mp
  • Android 2.2 is awesome
  • The LG software is sort of refreshing

Cons:

  • Wishing it had a hard keyboard

Conclusions & Final Thoughts

I like this LG phone, the Optimus S is fast and I like that 2.2 is included, it shows that phone companies care. The works are on this phone, it may not be an EVO 4g but if this is out of reach for you than the LG Optimus S is for you and it really is a good phone.