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LG Optimus Sol Review

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LG Optimus Sol Review
We have to admit that the in-call sound quality of the LG Optimus Sol is pretty good, and that applies to both sides of the line. The earpiece produces rich, distinctive tones with nothing more but an occasional hissing sound when the volume is set to the maximum, while the secondary mic takes care of all background noises making our voice sound clear and distinguishable to the other party with only a slight hint of reverberation. Furthermore, the stock ringtones sound pretty loud through the built-in loudspeaker, located on the handset's back.

The smartphone's battery life, however, is nothing impressive. Its 1540mAh battery is rated for 4 hours of talk time, or 100 hours in stand-by mode, which are both figures below today's average. The smartphone's battery life is pretty standard. The handset is equipped with a 1540mAh battery, which can provide 350 minutes of talk time on a 3G network. In stand-by mode, it will take 375 hours before the battery runs out of juice. 


Conclusion:

Without any doubt, the LG Optimus Sol will have a hard time battling in the Android arena as there are plenty of similarly priced devices that do not skimp on features. Still, we have to admit that its Ultra AMOLED display is pleasing to the eye thanks to the saturated colors and deep blacks that it delivers. Besides, we are quite pleased with the way its slim, lightweight body feels in the hand, and with the above average in-call audio quality.

But despite a number of positives, drawbacks is what the Optimus Sol has as well. For example, the internet browser simply feels unpolished as it struggles with heavy Adobe Flash content, and the camera performance is far from stunning. We find it hard to say that the Optimus Sol would be the best smartphone to invest your money in, especially when there is a plethora of identically priced devices you can choose from.

The list of alternatives that we would recommend checking out includes the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, which, with its curved design and 1.4GHz single-core ship, is both better-looking and more powerful than the Optimus Sol. But if you are looking for a device with a smaller footprint, the Xperia ray would be a great choice – it has both a catchy design and a better camera. Other options worth your attention are the Samsung Galaxy W, which comes with a speedier 1.4GHz processor, and the HTC Desire S, which is pretty identical to the Sol in terms of specs, but is a tad more stylish thanks to its aluminum unibody construction. Additionaly, the LG Optimus 2X would make a great alternative to the Sol as it is equipped with a snappy Tegra 2 dual-core chip, yet can be found at an identical price.


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Pros

  • Eye-catching display
  • Good in-call sound quality
  • Slim and lightweight

Cons

  • Boring design
  • Poor Adobe Flash handling
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6.5
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posted on 23 Nov 2011, 08:42

1. Birds (Posts: 975; 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: 575; 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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