Thursday, 24 March 2011

LG Optimus One P500 Android smartphone

Let’s face the truth, frankly, the LG Optimus One P500 isn’t as glamourous as many Android counterparts. As a result it is much more affordable, and this is where we think the LG Optimus One P500 may excel – the Android newbie’s market.
As always, in this focused review we’ll be covering the features you’ve been wanting to find out more about.
The LG Optimus One is a small, candybar form factor Android with a 3.2-inch HVGA. It may be small but not as annoyingly tiny as the Sony Ericssion Xperia X10 Mini. When you hold the Optimus One in your hand, the first thing you’ll notice is that it’s rather rubbery, with no obvious metallic accents, its also quite lightweight (129 g) making it not too uncomfortable to hold.
Unlike the newer generation of HTC phones (Desire HD and Desire Z / T-Mobile G2), we liked the fact that the Optimus One boasts hard keys for its menu, home, back and search function rather than touchscreen keys.
Like majority of Androids, the microSD card is not accessible without opening the back cover.
User Interface

Google Android may seem less user friendly and more complicated to many users compared to iOS, but with Android 2.2 (Froyo) equipped on board the Optimus One P500, we felt it was pretty self explanatory and easy to use.
As our handset had been sent to us from Three, there were plenty of goodies already packed within. Some quick shortcuts already on the home screen allowing you to quickly glance at your Three balance, top up and buy add ons. While of course there is a range of apps downloadable from the application Market, for new users to Android, Facebook, Twitter, Google Talk, YouTube, Google Maps with free turn by turn navigation already comes built in, saving you the hassle.
If you need to constantly catch up with your emails, the P500’s built in email support is excellent, it will easily cope with all your accounts, including Outlook using Microsoft Exchange. If you use Gmail, there’s fantastic support for it as well as other Google services across all Android devices such as Google Reader, afterall Android does belong to Google.
LG have added a little something of their own as well, when you drag the notification menu down, they’ve built in a few connectivity controls within the menu to increase accessibility. Though this is already available as a separate widget in Froyo, we didn’t mind. On the other hand, we couldn’t quite work out why LG had opted to take out the recently used applications feature which was meant to be a new functionality for Android’s recent update.
Display and On-screen Typing

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