LG returns to the center stage with a new Android smartphone entry level,
LG GW span class 620 after his full physical keyboard sliding stuck on Android 1.5 (Good news, the update is expected later this year), and LG Optimus GT540 being updated to Android 2.1, the LG Otimus One is directly marketed as Android 2.2, the latest version of Android is called also "FroYo".
The LG Optimus One has a position quite similar to older models of LG,
LG wants "offers the best smartphone available to many.." Have they met the challenge?
Small, the box of the LG Optimus One contains a complete set of connectors, the following contents:
• The LG Optimus One
• A battery of 1500 mAh
• microUSB Cable / Charger with USB 2.0
• 2 GB microSD Card
• CD-ROM (various) + operating instructions
Four hardware buttons, no fuss: just the necessities (back, research, home and menu)
"The Optimus One is the result of our efforts to present a phone is selling millions of copies, and for that, no fewer than 500 engineers from LG and Google have worked together since last year," announces the manufacturer Korean.
The Optimus One will feature 170 MB of internal memory and a battery of 1500 mAh. As for the camera, it will be powered by a 3-megapixel sensor without LED flash, it is surely only one of these weaknesses.
It has a TFT-LCD 3.2 inch (8.5 cm) with a multipoint capacitive touch technology. The screen resolution is 320 x 480 pixels.
Its dimensions are quite small, 11.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 cm, and weighs 127 grams. It supports GSM / UMTS (GPRS / EDGE / HSDPA).
The processor is a Qualcomm Cortex-A8 running at 600 Mhz and 512 MB of RAM.
The Optimus One (P500) did not finish exemplary plastic that does not appear very strong but a good overall finish. The Optimus One is well in hand, he does not crack. The size is good, although a bit bulky. It looks (by far) the famous Nexus but finished far behind.
The colors chosen are also subject to criticism: the copy of the loan was gray and blue (Orange version), but a very blue "blue". I saw the Optimus One is available in black, but it would depend on the operator or the manufacturer.
Above, the 3.5 mm jack (headphones) and a physical lock button (in blue on right in photo). About this button, I must admit find it too small for a button that must be asked very often, it is not easy to put your finger directly on it, it is too late.
I wonder if studies have been conducted in the choice of colors.
Otherwise, on appearance, physical and the buttons are responsive. Luckily, LG did not touch the buttons, most of the time they are disappointing.
Blue itchy eyes
Integration of Android
With seven offices, one choice. Note finishes disastrous widgets, with a really bad location cashed. However, some widgets are successful like the weather, which reminds me of the Beautiful widget Widget.
The LG Optimus One, there is Android 2.2. This is one of the first androphones equipped with the latest version of Android, called "FroYo". This is a landmark, especially after the failures of LG Electronics, they have not updated the LG GW620 remains locked in Android 1.5, despite the words of one responsalbe few months before announcing the availability of Android 1.6. As for the LG Optimus GT540, the Android 2.1 update is being rolled out, good news for owners of this model.
LG Electronics has maintained the same policy with respect to the Android system changes are minor:
• The interface "Optimus" LG, change the rendering of menus by adding an extra dimension of personalization.You can customize the shortcuts available.
• The notification bar includes shortcuts particularly effective: quick access to the management of WiFi, Bluetooth ...
• There are, as the GW620 and GT540, a software part that completes the basic package: a synchronization application Access, an application to read Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
The LG Optimus One integrates the functionality of 3G modem and WiFi Hot-Spot (share your 3G connection over WiFi - Internet to enjoy on your netbook / tablet), integrated basic Android version 2.2. However, these options will surely be turned off by some operators, as is the case on the model prepared in the colors of Orange.
A default keyboard not very powerful, I advise you to install Swype
LG wanted to highlight some of Google applications including Google Goggles (motor identification photos / buildings / phrases to search the Google search engine), the navigation service Google Maps Navigation and all the dedicated application services Google (Gmail, Google Calendar ...).
Finally, LG introduced the LG App Advisor tool which is an application that analyzes your profile and will offer to install applications from the Android Market. I could not test this application, because Orange has had the good sense to withdraw this application. Damage to a feature that LG highlights its communication media.
Personally, I think the interface Optimus does not have sufficient added value. I suggest you replace it with one of these interfaces:
• Pro ADW
• Pro Launcher
You will gain in functionality as well as efficiency.
With a Qualcomm MSM7227 600 Mhz processor, the Optimus One behaves really well. Android 2.2, its performance is not similar to androphones upscale but still higher than the telephone entry and mid-range.
LG has sealed a partnership with DivX, thus: we find the support of many formats on many devices of the brand. Like GW20 and GT540 Optimus, Optimus One can play DivX with no problems.
There are also other multimedia applications: radio, music ... LG offers nothing spectacular but Android already has very good assets.
Big negative for the Optimus One, its 3 megapixel sensor without Flash LED is bad. I'll let you judge for yourself.
No complaints, a GPS fix in less than 10 seconds. The A-GPS performs well, but it will not be worth a real "GPS." Google Maps with navigation, the Optimus One will be perfect in all situations: in the city, on the motorway ...
According to the tone of our voice, there is an echo effect experienced by the speaker, I also noted that static noises were present, particularly "visible" where the silence.
But overall, this Optimus One (P500) is doing well. The network grip is good, and even on public transport I have not experienced any problems.
With its plastic shell, I did not notice any abnormal loss of network when in hand.
With a 1500 mAh battery, the Optimus One is a good day for severe, and certainly in two "normal" use. A good side there.
The LG Optimus One (P500) has a very good position in entry-level phones with Android software offer an integrated Android and convincing. A 249 euros without subsidy operator, Optimus One (P500) 2.2 is an Android phone that I recommend for the "first purchase" of smartphone. While its finish is not exemplary, it will democratize Android with decent performance. Unfortunately, the user experience could be biased by a poor camera without flash and color choices questionable.
Opposite, you can compare it to the Motorola Flipout (although its shape is unusual, its price is very close), the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini and Mini Pro (smaller screen) or the Samsung Galaxy Spica (the price is very interesting and it runs on Android 2.1).
• The price
• Its performance
• Integration Android 2.2 (latest release Android-present)
• General stability
• Camera without flash LED
• Optimus interface that does not dream as much as those of competitors (hint: take a different interface)
• plastic finish and colors that I was not convinced
The "with Google" reassurance from LG that has dragged (with the GW620) before. Regarding the latter, LG seems to have the will to improve its image: updates Android 2.1 for GW620 and the GT540 will be available before the end of the year.
LG will have to send out a high-end Android, because other manufacturers sell stocks impressive, the end of the year looks very hot.