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LG Optimus Net Review

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Interface, Functionality and Software:

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI of LG, which is basic, but functional. The best thing going for it are the connectivity switches in the pull-down notification bar, which make turning the GPS or data radio a snap.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI on the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI on the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI on the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI on the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI on the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI on the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI on the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI on the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread is overlayed with the Optimus UI on the LG Optimus Net


A 3.2” screen is usually borderline uncomfortable for typing on a virtual keyboard in landscape mode, and it only gets worse when you turn it in portrait mode. The on-screen keyboard on the Optimus Net, however, is well-spaced and fairly easy to use, considering the screen size.

Virtual keyboard - LG Optimus Net Review
Virtual keyboard - LG Optimus Net Review

Virtual keyboard


The main menu is scrollable downwards with app category separators by default, instead of sideways in pages as usual, but you can quickly change it to the familiar layout via the context menu.

The main menu is scrollable downwards with app category separators by default - LG Optimus Net Review
The main menu is scrollable downwards with app category separators by default - LG Optimus Net Review

The main menu is scrollable downwards with app category separators by default


The 800MHz processor is aided by 512MB of RAM, which is a decent combination for Android Gingerbread, even when many apps are open at once. The interface moves fairly quick, but it’s a far cry from the fluidity supplied by 1GHz processors and above.

LG provides some familiar and useful apps out of the box, such as Polaris Viewer for Office documents and file browsing, SmartShare for the DLNA streaming management and RemoteCall for managing and diagnosing the handset by a service rep from afar.

LG provides some familiar and useful apps out of the box - LG Optimus Net Review
LG provides some familiar and useful apps out of the box - LG Optimus Net Review
LG provides some familiar and useful apps out of the box - LG Optimus Net Review
LG provides some familiar and useful apps out of the box - LG Optimus Net Review

LG provides some familiar and useful apps out of the box



Browser and Connectivity:

The Gingerbread browser on the LG Optimus Net works fast enough and you can pan around while zooming. Text reflow is supported, but Adobe Flash performance is… non-existent, since the Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU is Flash-less.

The Gingerbread browser on the LG Optimus Net works fast enough - LG Optimus Net Review
The Gingerbread browser on the LG Optimus Net works fast enough - LG Optimus Net Review
The Gingerbread browser on the LG Optimus Net works fast enough - LG Optimus Net Review
The Gingerbread browser on the LG Optimus Net works fast enough - LG Optimus Net Review
The Gingerbread browser on the LG Optimus Net works fast enough - LG Optimus Net Review
The Gingerbread browser on the LG Optimus Net works fast enough - LG Optimus Net Review
The Gingerbread browser on the LG Optimus Net works fast enough - LG Optimus Net Review

The Gingerbread browser on the LG Optimus Net works fast enough


The phone sports basic 3.6 Mbps 3G data connectivity radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and FM Radio. The basics are covered, and you also have DLNA thrown in for good measure, managed by the SmartShare app, which allows easy streaming of the multimedia on your phone to compatible TVs or stereos via Wi-Fi.


Camera:

The LG Optimus Net camera interface is with your typical Optimus UI we find in the company’s Android handsets. Here it sports a few effects and preset scene modes like Sport or Night, but there is no macro.

Camera interface - LG Optimus Net Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus Net Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus Net Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus Net Review

Camera interface


The pictures resulting from the 3MP shooter are pretty bad – dark, lacking focus and detail, with botched exposure and color representation.

Outdoor samples taken with the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review
Outdoor samples taken with the LG Optimus Net - LG Optimus Net Review

Outdoor samples taken with the LG Optimus Net


Strong - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Net Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Net Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Net Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


Video capture is done at 640x480 VGA resolution with 24fps, which it had problems to achieve. The clips turn out too soft, dark and lacking detail, which adds to the bad impression from the low resolution.

LG Optimus Net Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The music player is basic, without any bells and whistles like equalizers presets or embedded song recognition. LG Optimus Net’s loudspeaker is of average quality with thin sound, but decent volume.

Music player - LG Optimus Net Review
Music player - LG Optimus Net Review
Music player - LG Optimus Net Review

Music player


Video playback is one of the strong sides of the handset, since the DivX/Xvid codecs are hardwired in the silicon, and it ran our MPEG-4/DivX/Xvid samples up to 720x480 resolutions without a hitch.

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posted on 07 Nov 2011, 01:58 3

1. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


I've started to notice that nothing gets a score of 7.5 or above if its not dual core. This is a budget phone for Christs sake!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 02:11 5

2. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Please see this page - How we rate:http://www.phonearena.com/howdowerate

We don't rate a phone compared to the best one, but in its class. If we give this one 5.5/10, it means we think it is just "Average" performer for its class. It means it is not bad, but there probably are better ones. If you read our review, and not only look at the rating, you may see why we think so.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 06:44 1

4. GEEK01 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)


hello dear i want to know when will the htc explorer review will be done and btw which is better htc explorer or lg optimus net

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 09:22 1

8. amelreji (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


i think optimus net is pretty good phone.. it is having 800 mhz turbo processor... when you do benchmark test in that u will fine it is having1098 . samsung galaxy y os having 832 mhz processor and it is having only 1008 during the bench mark test....

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 04:49

11. punith (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


bro i agree with you this phone is best in budget. Phonearena is best mobile review site but this time they failed to rate phone.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 02:15

3. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


This thing is cheap, small, and is made by LG. Even the HTC Wildfire (Original) is a better buy.

posted on 18 Nov 2011, 11:20 3

5. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


First thing hTc Sucks Second its cheaper than wildfire s you cant actually compare the two. and samsung galaxy y This is much better than that ugly thing.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 06:10 2

6. IgorEfremenko (Posts: 32; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


Things are different when we are talking about the dual sim version of this Optimus Net phone. It is easy to forget about its cheap appearance and lack of cutting edge features as long as it is the only dual sim 3G Android smartphone from one of the major vendors.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 09:23 3

9. amelreji (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


i support you buddy.... 1st android phone with dual sim....

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 09:19

7. amelreji (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


is that phone able to play games...?? is that phone having gpu... or adreno 200 for gaming graphic??? plz reply... anyone

my id is amelreji@yahoo.com


anyone who is having this phone can reply..

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 04:53

12. punith (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


bro this phone is good for med range games like lane splitter angry birds and some racing games you cont play GTA 3. This phone have adreno 200 graphics
as per the user this is mini rocket in budget phone.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 09:31

10. pipiupsang (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


according to if it had higher mp camera instead of dual sim it would much better. still its a realy good...

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 05:00

13. punith (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


this phone is certified by adobe flash player here is the link check it outhttp://www.adobe.com/devnet-apps/flashruntimes/certified-devices.html?manufacturers=LGE#

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 19:01

14. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


ahhh using this phone for more than year now, happy with it. PA rating is too low..:-(

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LG Optimus Net

LG Optimus Net

OS: Android 2.3.4 2.3.3
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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM11 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.47 x 2.32 x 0.48 inches
(113.5 x 59 x 12.1 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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