The LG Optimus is an attractive phone with a touch screen, vibrant 256 colors and a 3 inch TFT display. The phone’s exterior comes in a variety of colors including white, gray and pink, so you can feel free to personalize your phone with any color that suits your fancy. In addition to attractive styling, the phone is highly responsive and also incredible accurate with a good sized 600 MHz processor that allows you to swiftly navigate Optimus menus and programs without suffering a noticeable lag apparent on some devices.
The Android 1.6 operating system powers the LP Optimus, along with an S-class interface that has seen some improvements. With this phone, you can even get either the Android home screen or LG’s unique variant, as well as customizing your widgets and apps in order to get the interface you are most comfortable with – no longer will you have to search around constantly for your favorite widgets.
With the powerful battery featured in the LG Optimus, you can easily talk for more than 400 minutes before it goes dead, or even 500 hours if you want to keep it on standby. This is great news for you people who are in constant contact with the people on your contacts list – this way, you do not have to scramble for the charger so often. You will also find it easy to navigate the keyboard you can find on the screen, not to mention surfing the Internet.
In addition to a host of other great operating features, the LG Optimus also offers a built-in camera feature like most of today’s cell phones. The 3 mega pixel camera is perfectly suited for taking quick pictures on the go. With the LG Optimus, you will never be without a camera, and you can easily load candid shots on Facebook or Myspace with the LG Optimus phone.
Apple’s iPhone will certainly not be threatened by the LG Optimus, but it was not designed to compete in such a high end market. LG is offering a superb entry-level smartphone for those just venturing into the market. Users will find it easy to use and well designed for aesthetics and functionality. The average price is around $300, though that price will fluctuate depending on the service provider, the region purchased, and the promotional opportunities/ discounts available when purchased. Regardless, consumers will not be disappointed with the options they will receive for such a relatively modest price.
This past Summer, Verizon Wireless introduced the latest in its LG line of smartphones, the LG Dare. This is a touchscreen smartphone with a virtual, software QWERTY keypad that emulates the iPhone in many ways, though in most ways with slightly less punch.
Much like the iPhone it (Read this complete iPhone vs. LG Dare Review to compare these smartphones) is so frequently compared against, the LG Dare has a large display screen occupying most of the face of the phone with 3 utilitarian buttons beneath it for:
• Voice Command
• End Call
The Home Screen and Menu Screens support drag-and-drop for easy customization.
One of the LG Dare’s flagship features is its digital video recording capabilities, far superior to anything currently available on the market (though undoubtedly not for long). The LG Dare can record up to 120 frames-per-second in VGA mode with 640 x 480 resolution
Even the digital camera for still shots is superior to most others (including the Sprint Samsung Instinct) at 3.2 megapixels and equipped with:
• auto focus
• a Schneider-Kreuznach lens
• manual ISO adjustment
• face detection
• panorama capabilities
• SmartPic technology
• In-camera image editing
• One-click uploads to social networking websites
This poises the LG Dare to be, if not the iPhone killer it may have been intended to be then at least one of the greatest camera smartphones currently available.
Other prominent features of the LG Dare include:
• auto-rotate between portrait and landscape views
• a built-in GPS (using VZ Navigator)
• TTY support
• Bluetooth 2.0
• Built in IM clients (Yahoo, MSN, AOL)
• 128 MB of memory out of the box with a microSD card slot capable of up to 8 GB of expandable memory
• full HTML web browser
• multi-format digital music and video players (with Real – maker of RealPlayer – RealRhapsody music store support)
• USB port
• 3.5 mm headphone jack
And of course, like all modern LG’s, the Dare includes Verizon’s renowned and revered V-Cast music and video technology.
The basic stats on the LG Dare are as follows:
• 4.1 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches
• 3.76 ounces
• 3.0 inch screen with 240 x 400 pixel resolution capable of 262,000 colors
• Verizon’s proprietary OS
• Runs on the CDMA 800/1900 MHz network
• Capable of data speeds of up to 3.1 EV-DO
• 4 hours of talk time
The LG Dare has already been made available for purchase on the Verizon Wireless, at $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a 2-year contract. You can, however, opt for only a 1-year contract and pay $249 for the device instead. You can even choose not to commit to any contract or data plan at all, and pay $406 for the LG Dare. It’s your choice.