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LG Optimus One P500

As can be seen from the listed specs, this Android phone could be described as the “lightweight” version of the Android series. However if you’re on a budget, this mobile does all the smartphone basics for a very cheap price.
Written by Alana Faigen
24/02/2011

As can be seen from the listed specs, this Android phone could be described as the “lightweight” version of the Android series. However if you’re on a budget, this mobile does all the smartphone basics for a very cheap price.

The LG Optimus One P500 is small, lightweight and sturdy–therefore it’s a delight to hold in the palm of your hand. The soft rubber backing of the device also makes it easy to grip. The LG Optimus One features four external buttons which sit on the phone’s tummy – menu, home, back and search, which many users may find easier to use than the on-screen menu buttons many manufacturers opt for. There’s a power button at the top of the phone, and volume control on the side. In addition, there’s a micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone’s 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen offers a vivid display to flaunt the 256k colour. The touchscreen is responsive, and users have a choice between three different keyboards – Android, LG or Swype. Unfortunately the choices on offer don’t quite measure up to the other Android keyboards available – keys are fairly small making typing a sometimes frustrating task. There’s also an option to use the traditional grid-like numeric keypad, which is probably the best choice for awkward typers.

The Android operating system (V2.2 Froyo) is surprisingly speedy and responsive. The customisable home screen features a curved docking area, as well as the option to create shortcuts to apps, SMS, contacts and the web. Users can create up to seven home screens, although we’re not entirely sure how many people would need all seven.

While the 3.15-megapixel camera is without a flash, it’s quite functional considering the specs and will satisfy the occasional camera user. Some people may be disappointed to find no front-facing camera.

While the LG Optimus One can hardly be compared to some of the more sophisticated Android phones, the LG Optimus One provides excellent functionality, customisation and usability at a very attractive price.

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