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LG Optimus Sol Review

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LG Optimus Sol Review
Introduction:

There was a time when having a 1GHz processor in your smartphone was a pretty big deal, yet chips of such caliber are a pretty common sight even among mid-range handsets nowadays. Such is the case with the LG Optimus Sol, which besides the 1GHz silicon brags with its slim, lightweight construction and 3.8-inch Ultra AMOLED display. What kind of display is that, you ask? It is simply how LG refers to its AMOLED panels, and the Optimus Sol happens to be the first smartphone to boast one at its front.

On paper, the Optimus Sol has the potential to be a pretty decent mid-range offering, but whether it truly is one will become apparent once we take it for a spin. Read along, and we will tell you how the smartphone performs in real life.

LG Optimus Sol Review
LG Optimus Sol Review
The package contains:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Wired headset
  • “Getting started” guide
  • 2GB microSD card

Design:

The LG Optimus Sol looks and feels like a run-of-the-mill piece of plastic, just like the ones the smartphone market has more than enough of already. However, that shouldn't come as much of a surprise as the Sol is meant to be a cheap handset, so we will have to accept the fact that its body is made out of boring, flimsy plastic.

On the good side, the choice of materials makes the smartphone lightweight. Because if its dimensions, the Sol can be easily used with a single hand, and its waistline of 9.8 millimeters or 0.39 inches gives it a slim profile. Besides, its back cover is pretty resistant to fingerprints despite having a glossy finish.

Because of its dimensions, the LG Optimus Sol can be easily used with a single hand - LG Optimus Sol Review
Because of its dimensions, the LG Optimus Sol can be easily used with a single hand - LG Optimus Sol Review
Because of its dimensions, the LG Optimus Sol can be easily used with a single hand - LG Optimus Sol Review

Because of its dimensions, the LG Optimus Sol can be easily used with a single hand


LG Optimus Sol Review

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There are three capacitive buttons underneath the smartphone's display and a front-facing VGA camera right above it. Pressing the buttons by accident is hardly likely to happen since there is a good distance between them and the bottom bezel of the device. The top side of the smartphone is populated by a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, a microUSB port protected by a removable cover and a lock button. There is also a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, which you do not get to see too often on handsets of this class. However, the volume rocker on the phone's side could have been exposed better.

The LG Optimus Sol is the first in the company's portfolio to boast an AMOLED display. Bearing the “Ultra AMOLED” moniker, LG's panels have yet to make a name for themselves, but we can say that we are pleased with what we see on our unit here. The Sol's 3.8-inch WVGA display delivers intense, saturated colors and deep blacks, which together bring images to life and make watching videos a pleasant experience. We were also satisfied with the display's outdoor visibility as it glows bright enough to be used easily on a sunny day.

The 3.8-inch Ultra AMOLED WVGA display of the LG Optimus Sol  delivers intense, saturated colors and deep blacks - LG Optimus Sol Review
The 3.8-inch Ultra AMOLED WVGA display of the LG Optimus Sol  delivers intense, saturated colors and deep blacks - LG Optimus Sol Review
The 3.8-inch Ultra AMOLED WVGA display of the LG Optimus Sol  delivers intense, saturated colors and deep blacks - LG Optimus Sol Review

The 3.8-inch Ultra AMOLED WVGA display of the LG Optimus Sol delivers intense, saturated colors and deep blacks


Volume rocker on the left - LG Optimus Sol Review
microUSB port, power key and 3.5mm jack on top - LG Optimus Sol Review

Volume rocker on the left

microUSB port, power key and 3.5mm jack on top


However, when we put the LG Optimus Sol and the Samsung Galaxy S II side by side, it becomes apparent that the latter has the upper hand. Whites look whiter, blacks are deeper, and colors are noticeably more intense on the latter.  Besides, the Super AMOLED Plus display on the Galaxy S II is superior when it comes to displaying fine details and tiny text. As far as viewing angles go, both displays remain usable even when tilted to the extremes, but at certain angles, a greenish tint becomes visible on the Optimus Sol's Ultra AMOLED panel.

Overall, the LG Optimus Sol packs an eye-catching display, its body is slim and lightweight, but that is pretty much all that would really grab anyone's attention as its design is a bit boring. Now it is time to see what it has to offer in terms of functionality, so read along to find out.

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posted on 23 Nov 2011, 08:42

1. Birds (Posts: 1023; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Review is not as harsh as I was expecting.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 08:46

2. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Ultra AMOLED panel and Super AMOLED Plus display are both made by Samsung?

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 12:20

5. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


No, it's just that Samsung always uses AMOLED displays on their phones, no necessarily their technology. The new LG MyTouch also has an AMOLED display.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 09:05 2

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


The manufacturers are running out of adjectives to differentiate their AMOLED panels lol.

I would call it Super AMOLED Extra

Super AMOLED Acclaim
Super AMOLED Celestial
Super AMOLED Exuberant

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 12:04

4. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


i think for it to be 6.5 it should be called LG Optimus Slow

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LG Optimus Sol

LG Optimus Sol

OS: Android 2.3.4
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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) Ultra AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.46 x 0.38 inches
(122.5 x 62.5 x 9.7 mm)
3.77 oz  (107 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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