LG Optimus S User Reviews
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posted on 10 Aug 2014, 12:32 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Aug 2014)
dc_ae7 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I got the phone on Apri 1, 2011 and had it for over a year. At the time it was the only decent phone for Virgin Mobile, it was my first Android. It was a bad Android.
The phone worked for the first 2 months, after that it would start miss calls, or text messages every other day. Sometimes taking up to a week to recieve/deliver a text message. If I decided to install an app to send text messages, I was probably going to have to uninstall something since it only has 1Gb (.14GB) which is most of the time used by cache, contacts, and useless bloatware. I constantly had to manually delete cache of all the apps I was scavaging limited bytes, it felt like a survival/horror game.
It lasted more than a year by the time I already did 4 factory resets and the last month I had only the default apps, that is when the hardware started failing. It died in May, 2012. RIP is Piece ;<
For the price it sells on eBay now $30 is much better than the $150 I paid for, although if you really need a $30 phone for Virgin, might aswell go for an LG Optimus Elite, which has 1GB of storage, better processor, more RAM, better camera, takes actual videos(less fps /= cinematic), and better battery all for ~$5 more.Build quality 9/10Reception 4/10Call quality 6/10Internet 5/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 4/10UI speed 6/10Everyday usage 5/10Text input 9/10Display 8/10Battery 4/10
- Build Quality
- Low price
- Really bad battery
- Bad reception
- Terrible video quality
- Low storage
posted on 16 Jul 2013, 00:21 (Posts: 0; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)
Makes a decent paperweight
fasteddy95 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I've now put up with this phone for almost 2 years, and it's been a living hell the entire time. The only nice thing I can say about this phone is that it's effectively prevented me from destroying it. When I realized it was a piece of junk, I tried destroying it and getting Sprint to refund, but it appears that nothing short of a bursting shell will break it. The battery life is slim to none, and the battery often overheats and dies while plugged in. I'll randomly stop getting texts and calls all afternoon, and Sprint is definitely not the problem (all my family's phones still work). The typing program is horrific, lagging and not completing words and autocorrecting to random strings of letters frequently.Build quality 10/10Reception 7/10Call quality 4/10Internet 2/10Multimedia 1/10Camera 6/10UI speed 2/10Everyday usage 4/10Text input 1/10Display 3/10Battery 1/10
- Indestructable. You can't kill it.
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posted on 18 Dec 2012, 21:44 (Posts: 0; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
My Optimus V
EpicCalzone has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This phone isn't luxury, it isn't grace. It's like your grandfather's old pickup truck, not the prettiest thing in the world, but it gets the job done. It makes me sad that they trashed this design for something like the Note. EWGOD. It feels like if I drop that thing, it'll shatter. The Optimus is well built and durable. Waterproof it and sell it as a rugged phone. :DbBuild quality 10/10Reception 3/10Call quality 7/10Internet 6/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 6/10UI speed 5/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 7/10Display 7/10Battery 1/10
- Slow UI at times
- Horrible service with Virgin Mobile
posted on 30 Nov 2012, 14:11 (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
This little engine that could, did and did it very well
omega47 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Today October 4 marks one year that I had this phone, the optimus v for virgin mobile, and so far I'm very impressed with it. Now.....lets get this straight. I see the other guys ratings and what lack of bells and whistles the phone had, but lets face it, you don't buy a honda and expect it to have rolls royce luxury, or eat at a cheap Chinese food restaurant and expect a five star dinning experience. I knew this phone had a weak processor, no flash for the mediocre camera, a small bulky build and slow 3G internet, but I lived with it liked it (if you wanted a Lamborghini, but got yourself a buick and complain about its performance, you should have brought the Lamborghini in the first place) Nonetheless ive had only a few gripes, the phone would freeze if it had too many apps running forcing me to remove the battery and turn it back on, but this is far less a problem now, it has no file manager or an equilizer for the music player, limited internal memory due to useless bloatware that I never use, no flash player, the 3G signal from time to time seems to have a mind of its own and pages don't load at all, the phones native google browser is very slow to load and the touchscreen when using it is unresponsive at times though it works on third party browers like opera......and only opera. I suppose I could complain about virgin mobile's customer service, but it is irrelevant since most people forget that this is a PHONE review and not the service.
this phone has done everything I...Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 8/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 3/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 7/10Battery 4/10
- pretty good performance for the price, build quality, easy to use, 600 mhz processor is surprisingly fast thanks to froyo, it's a formidable beast if you have a very strong wifi signal
- weak camera, no flash player, limited music player, low battery life, slow 3G speeds, no wifi hotspot, virgin mobile's live radio has very little to offer and doesn't work half the time.
posted on 06 Mar 2012, 05:34 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2011)
Good entry level phone, stupid carrier.
BiafraRepublic has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Despite all the issues, all would be forgiven if they would invest in their network (specifically it's data capabilities and its lack of 4G) instead of trying to lose money purposely by creating fake celebrities (-6 points from an original average of 7).Build quality 7/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 5/10UI speed 4/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 7/10Display 7/10Battery 2/10
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posted on 08 Jan 2012, 09:25 (Posts: 0; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)
Slow for being a 3G.
jennicampis has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I have to constantly take my battery out and reset this phone. It started about 3 or 4 months after I bought it. I just never had the money to replace the phone so I deal with the problem for now. It's annoying when trying to use the browser or games that have to go on the 3g network because it constantly freezes. I have the case for my phone because I always drop it, I must say it does take a good beating. It fell on the touchscreen one time and only got a little ding on it and it stayed that way instead of getting worse. The speaker phone is nice and the sound will go up high enough to hear without problem. It's very hard to get a signal but that is Virgin Mobile's network not the phone. The camera is a dissappointment. There is no flash and when you want to take a picture when it is darker then the photo comes out blurry. Looking for my next phone now, I would say that this phone is sufficient for short term use.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 2/10Multimedia 3/10Camera 1/10UI speed 1/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 7/10Display 7/10Battery 4/10
- Cheap price
- Call quality
- Data kills battery
posted on 02 Jan 2012, 16:16 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Decent phone for those that want Android Prepaid
etschuetz has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is a decent low end phone that provides users a decent Android experience. It runs great on the Sprint Network through Virgin Mobile. The price range is great at a mere $99.99. That puts it at a price range that is HARD to beat, especially when tied to the $35 a month plan. The small screen does present a challenge to typing for those with big thumbs. The limited memory for installing apps limits users to picking their TOP favorite apps, and not much else.
If you want a good phone perfect for texting, calling and staying social, this is perfect. If you want on the go gaming and more, I would recommend something else.Build quality 7/10Reception 7/10Call quality 8/10Internet 6/10Multimedia 4/10Camera 5/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 5/10Display 4/10Battery 4/10
- Decent low end phone
- So far no 2.3 support
- Small display
- 600mhtz processor
- limited memory for installing apps
posted on 14 Oct 2011, 10:37 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)
A great beginner phone!
leviwarfel has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I had the LG Optimus V, from Virgin Mobile USA, and I loved it! It was my first ever Android phone, which is a good thing because this isn't all that high tech. It would have a much better feel to it if it had a glass screen, but it was still very responsive. The only reason I don't use it anymore is because I got the iPhone 4.Build quality 6/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 4/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 8/10Display 6/10Battery 8/10
- Good Battery Life
- Android OS
- Swype Keyboard
- Plastic Screen
- Plastic Feel
- Scratched Easily
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posted on 26 May 2011, 15:09 (Posts: 0; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Best mid level android phone to date
bittersideofme has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have had this phone for about 6 months now. and while its not perfect. It does outshine a lot of high end android phones. First, people are complaining about the battery. I had other smart phones that were way worse. I got a solid 28 hours from one charge. For having a low processor, it is fast. It feels really good in the hand. Its pretty thin and its not too heavy and not to light. I actually like the sprint ID thing. Its nice to have different custom screens for different situations. It does add a lot of bloat ware. which is easily removed. Biggest complaint is lack of on board memory. Even though you can move some apps to the SD card. A lot won't work properly if they are not on the phone itself. Rooting and a custom rom will fix some of that. Over all, for most of us that can't afford a high end smart phone this one gives you most of the features for an affordable price. I am surprised more people have not discovered this phoneBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 8/10Display 9/10Battery 9/10
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posted on 11 May 2011, 11:48 (Posts: 0; Member since: 11 May 2011)
Friskypett has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
this is my first smartphone. I love it it does all the things I wanted to do on the net.... the graphics are good, although it lacks in the bright sun the quality of calls is great. I hsave not had many probs with that... and ocasionally it will freeze. not often enough to be a negative. So far I am very satisfied with this device and often suggest it to my customers... ( sprint employee).Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 7/10Display 8/10Battery 6/10
- solid phone.
- easy to use.
- love the ID packs from Sprint.
- battery life is annoyingly short
- very touchy virtual keyboard.
posted on 05 May 2011, 21:23
WHAT A TOY!!
bikerrich has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
really enjoying the android experience; phone fits the bill for serious functioning, email, texts, mms, etc. also a great toy. and so many android apps. love being able to use google voice so easily. keeps a record of all my calls. sync with google functions on my pc is outstanding. howooooo.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 9/10Battery 8/10
posted on 07 Apr 2011, 14:25
this phone is great
miketech has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
It is a medium entry level device it has android 2.2.2 latest froyo and has dual core processers main is 600 mhz app prosser and a modem processer it also has.a 3.2 megapixal camera and it has a andreno 200 chip for gaming it has about 16 million colors on its lcd screenBuild quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 9/10Display 9/10Battery 9/10
- its mobile hotspot feature
- it has a lower battery life
posted on 22 Feb 2011, 12:13
LG has terrible customer service
duckin has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I've had this phone for less than 3 months. It was great the first month, easy to use and good features. After month 1 the phone started "ejecting" the SD card and reloading it. Not physically ejecting, but the phone would vibrate and say "SD card removed" then five minutes later vibrate and say "loading SD card". This happens every hour or so. Not a big deal, just slightly annoying. This last week my touch screen started going out. The bottom centimeter of the screen is dead and the calibration of the rest of the screen is way off. If I tap the top left it'll push a button on the far right for example. I called LG and was told too bad buy a new phone. When I asked to talk to a supervisor I was told that it was LG policy to not let me do that. Apparently it was also LG policy to not tell me the name or address of the company's CEO. I said that this is no way to treat a paying customer and was told that I was not a customer, I was Sprint's customer and that none of the money that I spent on this phone went to LG. I didn't know that tLG is a non-profit company! Terrible customer service even though I'm under the manufacturer warranty and have only had the phone for 3 months. If you sold me a lemon fix it! I will never buy a LG again because of this incident.Build quality 2/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 6/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 7/10UI speed 6/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 8/10Display 9/10Battery 9/10
- Customer service is horrible!
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posted on 16 Feb 2011, 21:41 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)
Great phone for a first timer and a non-first timer
Boti95 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This phone is slim and petite. It has a 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and a camcorder. It has SWYPE and the usual Android goodies. Its Android 2.2. It is pretty speedy. The screen is 3.2 in. in length. The battery is probably going to be a concern. It sometimes runs out of juice and it takes to long to charge. This is an excellent smartphone!Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 8/10Display 8/10Battery 6/10
- Android 2.2
- 3.2 in. Screen
- Pretty fast.
- Battery life
- Charching takes a little bit more longer.
posted on 12 Feb 2011, 13:35
Optimus s from Sprint
akrish70 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Though I am still discovering all that this phone it is a Great phone for my first android. I am disappointed that it will not accept flash player. but that aside it is works good with skyfire. The only Con is the battery life.. I get maybe half a day without charging in with average use but in standby it will last all day or more, if the apps are shut down.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 6/10
- Display and Speed are Great! Average built durability. Very responsive!
- Battery Life Sucks bad. Phone is on the charger most of the day.
posted on 09 Feb 2011, 17:17
Best value of any smartphone!!
Optimus29 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I just got this as my first Android phone, and I have been blown away! Although this is just $25 a month, I have had excellent internet speed (at most 1.4 mbps download) and reception, without any dead spots or calls dropped. I rated this phone in comparison with the best smartphones on the market, but in terms of value this wins a 10 hands down. Considering alternatives run about $50 more per month for a comparable plan, this is the phone and service to get at this time. This UI is very responsive, especially compared to the Intercept. Many of the problems with this phone, such as the lack of multimedia features, is a fault of Android and not the phone. The voice recognition works remarkably well (highly recommend this feature), and the GPS is fast and accurate. I highly recommend this phone and service.Build quality 8/10Reception 9/10Call quality 7/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 6/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 7/10Display 7/10Battery 8/10
- UI speed
posted on 07 Feb 2011, 22:02 (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
esploded has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Review for the LG Optimus V.
(Just the S on virgin mobile)
If you need a prepaid android phone, this is the way to go!
It is a quality phone, for a great price and prepaid plans.
There are some quirks about it, but not something major to set you back from getting this phone.
If you are going to be for everyday use, it'll be perfect.Build quality 8/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 7/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 7/10Display 9/10Battery 6/10
- Amazing Value
- Great screen
- Feels great in hand, good quality
- Runs android 2.2 and LG has promised gingerbread
- Four physical keys at the bottom
- Virgin Mobile has great plans! 25 dollars a month, for unlimited text and web + 300 minutes
- 3G speeds are quite fast
- WiFi Enabled
- GPS Included
- Battery life.
- Internal storage -- not enough; some apps still don't support putting them onto the SD card.
- Laggy at times (like startup)
- Camera quality
- Annoying apps that you can't delete (Virgin loads them on)
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posted on 05 Feb 2011, 17:53
Best overall value!! LG Optimus V
Dyogi has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I can't even begin to express how good this phone is. Especially coming from an Intercept. This is absolutely the best prepaid smartphone deal in the US right now. This phone on Virgin mobile for only $25 a month! How can you beat that? I gave it some 9's but that is only because some things had to be sacrificed to sell it for such an amazing price. It's only $150 and that's without a contract! If your wondering if you should get the Optimus V or the Intercept On Virgin mobile. You would be stupid not to get this phone. I've had both and the Optimus V is far superior.
Ok, on to the phone itself. First of all the screen is very bright and the pixel density is even better than the early generation iphones. There is no light sensor so you have to adjust it yourself but this is easy, just use the power control widget. The UI response is incredible. I actually don't have to wait for my phone to catch up with what I'm trying to do. I can't overstate this enough, It's amazing! It probably has to do with the dedicated GPU. Yes, it has a GPU running at 300 Mhz. You might have thought, like me, that a 600Mhz main processor would make it slow but not with 2 other chip helping it out. It has 600 Mhz main processor, a 400 Mhz modem processor and a 300 Mhz graphics processor. Makes for a great user experience.
I have to say that this is the best value I have ever had in a phone and service.
-The phone is great!
-The service is great!
-The price is great!
Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Beautiful screen
- Fast UI
- Fast GPS
- Fast WIFI
- Great pocketability
- Hardware buttons! Thank you!
- No flash
- No keyboard
posted on 19 Jan 2011, 03:55
Pretty darn good, best non-4G phone on Sprint
ModernMan has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I like to try out all the phones and have used the Hero/Moment/Evo/Epic/Transform on Sprint. I like the Evo best, though the Epic has a killer screen. The Transform is a huge disappointment with the lag.
I disregarded the Optimus for a long time because of the 600MHz CPU and the 3.2" screen but make no mistake, this is a great phone! It's 2.2 and I'm assuming you know Android and I'm not here to review that so I'll just point out specifics to this phone. The screen is on par with the Moment (which is good), and has decent viewing outside. I like the easy access to the SD card and love how easy it is to get free hotspotting, no root needed.
The 4Gs are king, but at the price point this is selling for, it's a bargain! Get it activated before the Jan 30th to avoid the Sprint $10 data increase on all 3G phones! And yes, I have a screen detail in both pro and con, but it makes sense.Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 5/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- Bargain priced
- Surprisingly smooth, performs well
- Screen colors are vibrant
- Free hotspotting without root, what?!
- No LED on Camera, VGA Video
- Sprint ID is annoying, install LP or ADW
- 3.2" screen is a big step down from the monsters out there
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posted on 19 Dec 2010, 20:29
This phone sucks don't buy it
demonflash has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I dropped it on the carpet and it broke
I took a picture and it was all fuzzy and pixelated
Internet is so slow...
Hard to text right, touchscreen is hard to manipulate
Don't buy it... A waste of money, Everything sucks a lot
The video capture is suckish- believe me- i know thingsBuild quality 1/10Reception 1/10Call quality 1/10Internet 1/10Multimedia 1/10Camera 1/10UI speed 1/10Everyday usage 1/10Text input 1/10Display 1/10Battery 1/10
- There aren't any
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posted on 16 Dec 2010, 22:31
Awesome, with minor disagreements
froggiemonster has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Good quality display, super-fast internet, fast processor and very good sound quality, but i find it awkward that the speakerphone is on the top. Overall, this phone is a very good one, up to date, and the droid operating system is cool and easy to use. I would reccomend this paone to anyone who likes sleek and performance all in the same phone.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 8/10Display 8/10Battery 10/10
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posted on 22 Nov 2010, 16:01 (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)
My downgrade is an upgrade
belivingtheword has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
If you have an 800 Mhz processor and think the only way to get rid of lag is to upgrade to 1 Ghz, then I recommend that you first try this phone. After installing all my apps, I am very pleased with the Optimus, it’s outperforming my Moment by a long shot. It's not even funny.
I hope I won’t miss the keyboard. For now, Swype is satisfactory for free. I'm gonna miss my LED flashlight. I'm not going to miss waiting 10 minutes for a GPS lock. I couldn't find much on the combination of AGPS and SGPS, but it works fast!
I primarily use the camera for document scanning using DroidScan. I tried it on the kids at McDonald's, and I was impressed with the shutter speed. The 3.2 inch screen with 16M colors is pretty good and fast. Also, it plays WMV files, which is new. Multi-touch is also really nice!
I like that I can uninstall Sprint programs. I was also able to free up more memory by putting low use programs on the SD card. The physical buttons prevent accidentally presses.
I prefer for the speakerphone to be at the bottom of the device, so the sound is amplified by the natural curve of your hand. It's awkward to "cup" the speakerphone when it's at the top. I think I'm the only one who does this, but y'all gotta try it. The battery lasts 9 hours where I would normally get only 4.5 hours out of my Moment.
Overall, I am very happy with the Optimus. It has a good display, good processor, and good camera, great battery, with excellent GPS and excellent performance.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 7/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 8/10Display 8/10Battery 9/10
- Great Performance
- Awesome GPS
- Good Battery Life
- It actually works!
- No LED flash
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posted on 16 Nov 2010, 16:20 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jul 2010)
Love this phone!
jen8112 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I've had a Moment and a Hero and the Optimus S if my favorite Android so far! This phone is awesome! :)
Only problem I have run into is the SD card unmounts and remounts all by itself. You can try reformatting the card but hopefully LG comes out with a fix soon.Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 8/10Battery 6/10
- No Lag!
- Lots of options
- Just works!
- Low battery life
- No camera flash
- SD card problem
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