LG Optimus Elite hands-on

LG Optimus Elite hands-on
Chiming in at the same time as Sprint’s other upcoming eco-friendly Android smartphone, the LG Optimus Elite is set to bring happiness to budget conscious individuals starting this coming Earth Day, April 22nd. At Pepcom’s EcoFocus event held in the Big Apple yesterday night, we managed to get a quick sneak peek at this $29.99 on-contract device headed for Sprint, which will also be made available as a prepaid option courtesy of Virgin Mobile.

Taking into consideration the eco-friendly initiatives of the LG Optimus Elite, like how it’s constructed out of some recycled plastics, it’s hardly the most chic looking thing our eyes have feasted upon. Aside from the pristine white paint job it’s donning, there’s nothing particularly alluring about this entry-level smartphone. Sure, it’s light weight and hardly noticeable in the hand, but the plastics tend to come off as cheap feeling – albeit, at least there’s the satisfaction of knowing you’ll be saving the planet with it.

LG Optimus Elite hands-on
LG Optimus Elite hands-on
LG Optimus Elite hands-on
LG Optimus Elite hands-on

LG Optimus Elite hands-on
LG Optimus Elite hands-on
LG Optimus Elite hands-on
LG Optimus Elite hands-on


Up front and center, the Optimus Elite’s 3.5” HVGA (320 x 480) touchscreen is passable for most things, like making out small text, but it’s quite obvious that individual pixels stand out. Additionally, its color reproduction is rather tepid in tone, and more importantly, fails to capture the glint in our eyes – even more when it doesn’t sport the best viewing angles too. Meanwhile, its 800MHz single-core processor hums decently with most basic tasks, but we can’t even fathom how it’ll perform under pressure with processor intensive stuff. Nevertheless, it’s running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sprint’s ID pack on top of it – so yeah, it’s anyone’s guess when it’ll be upgraded.

LG Optimus Elite hands-on
LG Optimus Elite hands-on
LG Optimus Elite hands-on
LG Optimus Elite hands-on


As for the rest, it features a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, microSD card slot, 1,520 mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, aGPS, and 512MB of RAM. Indeed, this isn’t the handset that’ll cause people to be filled with eagerness, but for those who want to live up to their beliefs about saving the planet, this is undoubtedly the thing you ought to pick up – especially when it’s priced easy on the pockets for $30 on-contract.

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Optimus Elite
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1520 mAh(7.30h talk time)

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9 Comments

1. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

another boring looking handset from lg...

2. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Did you miss the keywords in this article? "Entry-level" "Budget" "$29.99 on contract" IMO I think it looks great for something worth $30. Probably a decent starter smartphone for a teenager.

4. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

$30 on contract isnt budget when you need a data plan so are shelling out $90/mo with taxes, surcharges, franchise fees, service fees, etc. this is a prepaid device, it doesnt belong on sprint. there are better phones that are free on contract. nexus s 4g anyone?

6. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I fully agree. I think the idea of "budget smartphones" is ridiculous but for some reason manufacturers still continue making them. I have a slight theory in the somewhat distant future all phones will have an OS running and feature/basic phones won't exist. Just a theory.

7. threeline

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

The Nexus S 4G is free on contract, even with out 4G it out classes this thing every way and its has ICS or very soon to be for sure.

9. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Well there are people out there who know nothing about phones and will take this over the Nexus because it's white and pretty. Then they'll hate it because it'll suck of course and probably get an iPhone next. These phones practically sell iPhones. Nothing's worse that a low end android.

3. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

wtf sprint? really? $30 on contract? that is an $100 off contract phone. throw it on boost, virgin and cricket. this is not a contract worthy phone. why would i want to be stuck with a two year old phone for another two years? that would be like owning an iphone. ugh.

5. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Well it will probably be 150$ on Virgin

8. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

In the era of Android phones that are about to have quadcore processors, which seems to be a big deal with the Android community, low-end Android phones should at least have a single core 1 GHz processor. Why are their still Android phones being released with 600 and 800 MHz processors.? Makes no sense.

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