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LG Optimus One Review

on January 14, 2011 – 9:15 am59 Comments

Presenting the FoneArena LG Optimus One Review. The P500 is LG’s attempt to conquer the affordable smartphone segment. At one point of time ,  the Korean handset maker was pumping out too many handsets into the market that we could barely keep track of. But over the last 1 year , the company has decided to launch fewer phones aimed at specific sections of the market. The Optimus One is one such attempt to fight back into the smartphone market. The specs of the phone look quite interesting considering the price point of the phone. In this review lets take a in-depth look at how LG has succeeded in delivering a great android phone.

Box Contents

  • LG Optimus One P500
  • 1500 mAh Battery
  • 2 GB microSD Card
  • USB cable
  • AC Plug
  • Stereo headphones
  • Manual

You can check out our unboxing here

Hardware

The first thing one would notice about the phone is the metal bezel around the phone which is mostly made of plastic. On the front you would find the 3.2 inch capacitive display sporting a resolution of 320×480 pixels.The display is not super responsive but it does the job . Seems like it’s made of plastic and not glass but we are fine with it. Below the display you have backlit keys for menu , home , back and search. The home and back button are slightly raised. LG thinks that these are the most used buttons and gave it special treatment – great move. Above the display you have the LG branding and the earpiece.

On the top you would find the 3.5 mm audio jack on the left and the power/lock key on the right.

LG OPTIMUS 1

You also have the small ridge for opening the back cover.

On the bottom you have the microUSB port which is used for charging and syncing and a microphone.

LG OPTIMUS 1

The volume rocker keys are present on the right side and the left side is free.

LG OPTIMUS 1

The 3 MP Camera is present on the back with some Google branding below it.

OS  / UI

LG has made minor changes to the stock Android UI. Most of the changes are related to the themes. LG offers it’s own keyboard while we preferred the default android keyboard.

As you can see in the screenshot above , this is main home screen. LG had created a custom area for commonly used shortcuts such as phone , contacts, messaging and browser.

You have a notification bar which has icons on the top with toggles for wifi, bluetooth, GPS , data and sound.

You can also set the number of home screens as 5 or 7

Phone Calls and Messaging

We had no trouble with phone calls on this device. It managed to pick up 3G signals even in areas of poor reception.

It supports SMS , MMS and Email. For Email you can choose to use the inbuilt Email app or the Gmail app.The Email app supports Microsoft Exchange mail. You can add multiple accounts.

Connectivity /  Browser

The Optimus One offers plenty of connectivity options.It supports Bluetooth 2.1 , WiFi b/g , 3G/EDGE, GPS. You can also turn your phone into a WiFi Hotspot. The phone charges via microUSB and connects to the PC the sameway. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack for connecting the ear phones.

The browser if pretty fast as the phone runs on Android 2.2. Sadly it does not support Flash player. But it does play Youtube videos .

Google Maps works pretty well including Navigation and StreetView.

Camera

LG OPTIMUS 1

You get only a 3 MP Camera without flash or a camera key. You would have to use the onscreen controls to capture pics. While the Camera does manage to take some good pics in well-lit conditions it fails in low light areas.

There are plenty of options in the camera app.

Check out some camera samples below.

We tackled the low-light by increasing the exposure.

Multimedia

The loud speaker is pretty loud on this phone.

The music player is almost the same stock android player. Same goes for the video player too.

The video player does support a wide variety of file formats including DivX and Xvid.

The FM Radio has a nice little tuner UI.

Youtube videos play pretty well and supports even High Quality.


Although we would have appreciated a slightly larger display. But we are more than satisfied with the entertainment experience considering the price point.

Apps / Android Market

The phone comes with some apps pre-installed depending on the country. Our phone came with Twiter , Facebook , Thinkfree Office. Anything you download from the Android Market gets stored under the Downloads section. The UI lets you create new categories and you can customize what apps go where.

Conclusion

The Optimus One is not the fastest Android phone in the market currently but it does offer a lot of features at an affordable price point. It does not feel cheap despite being made of plastic.

If you are looking for a reasonably spec-ed , reliable Android phone , the Optimus One is for you. We are sure you wont be disappointed. The battery life is one of the best we have seen on any Android phone. It kept running for nearly 2 days before it went dead.

It is powered by a 600 MHz processor and has 512MB of RAM.  There were lags during operation at times but not a deal breaker for sure. The phone never crashed or stalled during our review.

Pros

  • Simple yet attractive design
  • Android 2.2
  • Fast Browser
  • Above average battery life
  • Value for money
  • Loudspeaker

Cons

  • Mediocre Camera and no front facing camera
  • No Flash support in Browser

The handset is currently available for Rs.12000 approx in India and is sold through various carriers in USA and Europe. It has managed to sell more than 2 million units worldwide since launch.

LG has also promised an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread for this phone.

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Varun Krish is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast and has been blogging about mobile phones since 2005. His current phones include the Nokia Lumia 1020 , Apple iPhone 5S & Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition. You can follow him on Twitter @varunkrish and on Google+ You can also mail Varun Krish

  • Hiten

    LG has mentioned on it’s site about Android OS upgrade.

    LG will upgrade all Optimus One smartphones currently using the Froyo OS to the next version of the Android OS, Gingerbread. Details of the upgrade schedule will be announced locally in due course. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding that was caused regarding this issue.

    http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/publicnotices/optimus-one-os-upgrade.jsp

  • Neel

    hi,
    I am planning to buy an android phone by this week, i have done few research and narrowed it down to two lg optimus one and samsung galaxy fit,now i have to make a choice between the two,the main concerns for me include
    1)what will be the sound quality,which one would be better.
    2)and i heard samsung android UI is slightly better than lg one is that true
    3)what abt screen resolution while browsing,without zooming can i read in lg,because gal fit u have to zoom i think so
    4)i will be using the phone for some text editing,so which one would will be better.

  • balakrishna

    this is very nice mobile in medium budget phone

  • Srinath Pandit

    Hi

    Am planing to buy a android mobile.

    And I decided to take LG Optimus, but confused which is the best one. LG optimus 1 or LG optimus 2x.

    Please suggest

  • Srinath Pandit

    Hi

    Am planing to buy a android mobile.

    And I decided to take LG Optimus, but confused which is the best one. LG optimus 1 or LG optimus 2x.

    Please suggest

  • Srinath Pandit

    Hi

    Am planing to buy a android mobile.

    And I decided to take LG Optimus, but confused which is the best one. LG optimus 1 or LG optimus 2x.

    Please suggest

  • Srinath Pandit

    Hi

    Am planing to buy a android mobile.

    And I decided to take LG Optimus, but confused which is the best one. LG optimus 1 or LG optimus 2x.

    Please suggest

  • santoshvarma

    i need small information  i need download to movies in mobile lg p500 optimus  downloaded the movies but its playing   wat is the problem  which software z  support this mobile …………..plz tell me

  • santoshvarma

    i need small information  i need download to movies in mobile lg p500 optimus  downloaded the movies but its playing   wat is the problem  which software z  support this mobile …………..plz tell me

  • santoshvarma

    i need small information  i need download to movies in mobile lg p500 optimus  downloaded the movies but its playing   wat is the problem  which software z  support this mobile …………..plz tell me

  • santoshvarma

    i need small information  i need download to movies in mobile lg p500 optimus  downloaded the movies but its playing   wat is the problem  which software z  support this mobile …………..plz tell me

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Atul-Kumar/100000135319922 Atul Kumar

    It’s a nice phone but having a few problem which I am unable to sort out. On connecting the mobile with PC using the USB cable I, SD card is not getting recognized although I have enabled USB debugging and mass storage only. Also, contacts and all are not getting syc with the PC. If anybody have any idea please give me solution.

    • Mukesh

      please tell me does p500 sport android market theme, user can change theme

  • RJ

    Atul, you have to have the phone NOT in mass storage mode if you want to use the PC sync software.  After much agony and many failures, I finally figured that out! :)

  • Vinchna66

    i have bought this phone & its excellent in its range, LG optimus is surely better than galaxy fit in terms of screen resolution and battery backup.

  • Jojinjoseph

    i have this phone………………….its supper…………………..

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  • Revanth P

    P500, never go for fit