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LG Optimus Elite Review

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The LG Optimus Elite is powered by Android 2.3.7. We don’t imagine there will be an upgrade to Android 4.0 which is disappointing. As a SprintID device the Optimus Elite runs a mostly vanilla version of Android with a few Sprint tweaks. This can be customized by downloading SprintID packs if the user wishes. You’ll find the usual collection of Sprint apps, including NASCAR, NBA and TeleNav Navigator, but thankfully nearly all of them are uninstallable. You’ll also find the suite of Google apps, which are not uninstallable.

The LG Optimus Elite is running Android 2.3.7, with a few Sprint tweaks - LG Optimus Elite Review
The LG Optimus Elite is running Android 2.3.7, with a few Sprint tweaks - LG Optimus Elite Review
The LG Optimus Elite is running Android 2.3.7, with a few Sprint tweaks - LG Optimus Elite Review
The LG Optimus Elite is running Android 2.3.7, with a few Sprint tweaks - LG Optimus Elite Review

The LG Optimus Elite is running Android 2.3.7, with a few Sprint tweaks



Processor and Memory:

The LG Optimus Elite runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 clocked at 800 MHz, a modest bump from the Optimus S’s 600MHz. It features a very respectable 4GB of internal memory, 1GB of which is available to the user, as well as 512MB of RAM. While the processor may be downright antiquated by today’s standards (we can’t think of the last time a number was followed by MHz), it actually performs quite well in benchmark testing when compared to models like the ZTE Fury and Samsung Transform Ultra.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Optimus Elite 2126 2915 35
LG Viper 4G LTE 3002 5528 55,9
Motorola Defy Mini 951 2391 15,6
LG Optimus L3 1271 2559 13,2

Overall the user experience was smooth with the LG Optimus Elite. While it won’t blow you away with speed, we didn’t run into any hiccups and the average user will be satisfied with the phone’s performance.


Connectivity:

The Optimus Elite is a 3G phone running on Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network, but also features GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the 2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HFP 1.5, PBAP, HSP, FTP, GOEP, SDAP/SDP, OPP, SPP, A2DP, AVDTP, and OBEX profiles. The Optimus Elite also has an NFC chip, which makes it compatible with Google Wallet among other things. It is nice to see this tech filtering down the pipeline to non-flagship devices.

The stock browser is utilized in the Optimus Elite and ran as we’d expect it to. We were able to load Flash content just fine, and overall performance was smooth.

The stock browser is utilized in the LG Optimus Elite - LG Optimus Elite Review
The stock browser is utilized in the LG Optimus Elite - LG Optimus Elite Review

The stock browser is utilized in the LG Optimus Elite



Camera:

Images taken with the Optimus Elite’s 5MP camera turned out OK. They are not great, but at the same time they are not awful. Indoor images are soft and grain is noticeable, but outdoor images turned out a bit better. Color reproduction is overall pretty good and detail is acceptable, though the camera at times had issues focusing on the proper subject. Videos can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 720x480; not great but passable for a low end device.
Multimedia

Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Elite - LG Optimus Elite Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Elite - LG Optimus Elite Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Elite - LG Optimus Elite Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Elite - LG Optimus Elite Review

Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Elite


Strong - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Elite Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Elite Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Elite Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Elite Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


The LG Optimus Elite was unable to play DivX files out of the box, as well as any file encoded at 720p or higher. There are of course apps in the Google Play Store that will remedy that, and on the whole the media experience is what you would expect from a mostly stock Android device. There is some music player redundancy with the Google Play Music app, the stock Music Player app and the Sprint Music Plus virtual app, but choice is a good thing!

Video and audio players - LG Optimus Elite Review
Video and audio players - LG Optimus Elite Review
Video and audio players - LG Optimus Elite Review

Video and audio players



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posted on 10 May 2012, 06:20 2

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


This is quite possibly the lowest low end phone you can buy at the moment. Sprint should have priced it at free instead $30 on contract.

posted on 12 May 2012, 01:59 2

6. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I like both Samsung & LG...
and HTC, Sony, Moto, Blackberry, & Nokia.

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:44

8. JoeVale (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 May 2012)


I just got one. 129.99 at Best Buy. Work phone HTC Vivid. The elite is good entry phone, quick, lots of mem for apps and such, good signal and clarity. no quirky stuff yet. Very happy with it. Oh, and I got it on Virgin Mobile. 45 a month unlimited with 3G web.

posted on 09 Sep 2012, 02:42

12. cody_w (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


I've dealt with many low end androids and the elite is by far the sleekest and smoothest operating android under 250 bucks Also it seems more powerful than it actually is as it runs n64 and psx emulators better than my moto razr.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:20

13. Unha-p2 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)


Wow I have this phone about 6months now and I hate the battery life. Everytime i use it for regular texting or picture texts, it eats up all my battery life & I have to keep charging it. With such a smart phone, I believe Virgin Mobile should re-design its battery to last longer for general usage. I only use it for messaging back & forth to my friends & send picture texts & also receive picture texts & my battery does not even last the whole day. I always have to charge it before I go to sleep. Menu apps is great, looks is good, not fancy or luxury looking like u spent lots of money on it. I like the speech to text feature. But I would not recommend this cell to anyone because it's too much money for a failed battery.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 05:34

14. vanessaelizebeth (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


It doesnt have front facing camera or big screen but it does take beautiful pictures,very user friendly.

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LG Optimus Elite

LG Optimus Elite

OS: Android 2.3.7
view full specs
Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 800 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.60 x 2.47 x 0.39 inches
(117 x 63 x 10 mm)
4.25 oz  (120 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 7.3 hours talk time

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