LG Optimus Sol Preview
LG's Optimus UI installed on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread is what runs on the Optimus Sol, but it has a twist added to it. The Dark UI theme that the interface is tweaked with is designed to use as little white light as possible in order to minimize the power drawn by the phone's display. LG has also incorporated what it calls “an enhanced idle-based power management system”, which should help boost the Sol's battery life by 20 to 30 percent.
You get seven home screens that you can customize to your taste with shortcuts or widgets. Should you like to do so, you can even change which one of them gets brought up when the “home” key is pressed. Last but not least, typing on the phone's on-screen keyboard is a piece of cake as it is well-spaced and sufficiently responsive.
We were quite happy with what the internet browser on the Optimus Sol offers in terms of features. Adobe Flash support comes out of the box for that full-blown web browsing experience, and the text reflow functionality automatically adjusts paragraphs to the width of the screen for easy viewing. Another touch that has been added is the ability to view all open tabs in their own preview windows and switch to the one you like.
The 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on the LG Optimus Sol lacks flash so it would be useless unless you have enough light to work with. Its interface does not come loaded with much, yet still you get a handful of shooting scenes, face detection, and the ability to take panorama photos. In terms of video, the LG Optimus Sol is capable of capturing 720p footage.
LG Optimus Sol Sample Video:
It may be rather basic, but the audio player that the Optimus Sol comes with gets the job done. It can list your tunes by artist, album or by song name, and a set of media controls are always easily accessible through the Android drop-down notification bar. When it comes to playing back flicks, the built-in video player handles MPEG4 and DivX/Xvid videos of resolutions up to 720p HD. Thanks to the Ultra AMOLED display, watching videos on the Optimus Sol is a fun experience.
LG Optimus Sol's key feature is the eye-pleasing WVGA Ultra AMOLED display with its saturated colors and deep blacks. Its slim, lightweight body should also be pointed out, and the addition of a secondary microphone for noise cancellation is not something many mid-range phones can brag with. However, the boring design and the cheap, plasticky feel both spoil the experience a bit, but since the Optimus Sol is meant to be affordable, something has to be sacrificed for the cause.
The most affordable 1GHz Android handset with an AMOLED display is what the Optimus Sol was promised to be when it was announced. Unfortunately, even though this sounds good in theory, a month and a half later the smartphone is still not widely available. Facing heavy competition, LG better price the Optimus Sol accordingly once it is ready to release it in all intended markets. Smartphones that it will be running against include the Samsung Galaxy W, which may not have an AMOLED screen, but is powered by a snappy 1.4GHz processor. The HTC Desire S should also be taken into account with its stylish design and aluminum unibody construction.
Stay tuned for our review of the Optimus Sol, which we will post once we get our hands on a final unit. We will keep our final verdict until then.
LG Optimus Sol Video Preview:
1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Ultra AMOLED sounds heavy. lol
No Camera Flash = deal breaker
4. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
totally agree. flash should be standard on every phone with a camera.
9. Cha7520 (Posts: 176; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
No camera flash= deal breaker? LOL...dude get a life!
2. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I don't get that king of phones.
There is already Galaxy I and his variants so ho is going to buy another "the same looking spec phone"? it will cost more, don't have SA (which is not a deal breaker for me) and looks almost identical.
3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 966; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
This phone is a copy of the original Galaxy S... No denying that.
5. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I would rather go with the Optimus Black, it has a camera flash and a better build quality (I know both are plastic but the Optimus Black doesn't have the same cheap glossy plastic).
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