LG Optimus Zip brings entry-level Android to TracFone

LG Optimus Zip brings entry-level Android to TracFone
Pay as you go carrier TracFone has a new Android model for you, the LG Optimus Zip. Despite the name of the unit, it isn't completely bereft of features although it is an entry-level device. Even without pricing info, we could tell by the specs that you won't have to take out a loan to buy the phone (Hey! That rhymes!). What gives away the low-rent nature of the device? Well, it could be the 3.2 inch display which used to be called generous but is now quite miserly. How about the single-core 800MHz processor or the 3.2MP camera? At least it's not Android 1.5 running the show as Gingerbread is installed.

What the LG Optimus Zip lacks in high-end features, it has in home screens. The device has 7 of those for users to fill up with widgets and shortcuts. The battery gives users 5 hours of talk time and a 4GB microSD card is included with the phone which is packaged in a blister pack and hangs on a hook at your local Walmart. Oh! Pulling a Columbo moment, we almost forgot to tell you that there is a side-sliding QWERTY on the phone.

We can think of the hilarious moments that will ensue with a purchase of this model.  "Hey buddy, watcha got there?", "Zip". Smack. Nonetheless, when the pricing info is revealed, you will probably find this to be a good first smartphone for the line-crossing first time user, a good gift for the back to school kids in your life, or for those who want Android on a budget.

source: Phandroid

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  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.15 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1540 mAh(6.00h talk time)



1. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012


2. yooperboogs

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

We've had these at our Walmart over a month on straight talk. Trust me they been selling like crazy.

3. hotshot187

Posts: 6; Member since: May 25, 2012

The lg zip is the same phone as the lg enlighten on Verizon

4. qwertypoor

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

TracFone lies they disabled my sim card because I uses to much data lol smh unlimited my @¿?

5. kool1ib

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

I just bought a LG Optimus Zip and let me tell you. I make a good salary (mid 60's) and I got sick and tired of paying for hype. All the "superphones" out there are mostly hype. I remember I bought the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint and it was an "OK" phone: bad camera, 1G processor, and so-so interface (Froyo 2.0 or something like that). It was a 2 year contract and I bought the phone for $199. Sprint never came out with 4G in my area (New Orleans) even after waiting for 3 years!!! Then, I bought a Samsung S2 which I love but to be honest, all those "superphone" gadgets that's out there, it's just hype; an expensive hype. I was paying $80 for the features like 1.5 processor and front-facing camera that I never use!!! If you need a phone to talk, text, and occasionally web, go with a not contract phone and while I had to take a step back with the Optimus Zip as far as phone specs go, the phone is still GREAT!! I do everything I do with the high end, superphone, Samsung Galaxy 2. These superphones are great but mostly hype. We basically talk, text, and surf, or at least, that's most of us in the working world. I fell into the marketing hype of the superphone again when I wanted to by the new Razr, again hype: bad camera, and feature that is way overkill. Listen folks, if you find yourself needing a phone to talk, text, and occasional web, you really don't need all that power. I pay $45 for Verizon towers (or you can get AT&T service, too) which they both have great cell phone service and the internet is very fast even on 3G. And 4G is a joke to me because you are so limited on the 2GB contract limitation. Let me tell ya'll, get a no-contract phone for the following reasons: 1. No contact. You don't like the service? Go with another carrier without the grid lock of 2 year contracts!! 2. It's cheap!! $45. 3. All on great cell phone service towers: AT&T and Verizon for $45. And it's fast and clear even on 3G. 4. Unlimited talk, text, and web. No worries, expect I do hear you can get booted off the network for surfing too much. So improvise and WI-FI when possible. Besides, many of us have internet at home, a little at work, and Starbucks/McDonalds WI-FI galore. 5. FREEDOM!! NO CONTRACT!! DID I MENTION NO CONTRACT!! 6. You can add almost any phone at any time so you can actually put a superphone on Straight talk's phone service. 7. Did I mention NO CONTRACT. Anyway, I really like the Optimus Zip. It does a lot!! I do virtually everything I did on my Samsung Galaxy 2. The drawback is that this phone is not HD so the one game I bought, I can't play it on this non-HD screen phone. And no camera flash. But for $45, it's worth it! I like the hard keyboard and it's so much easier to text, the interface is simpler than Ice Cream Sandwich which I actually did not like (I wish I could go back to Gingerbread 3.2) oh, wait, I did. The Gingerbread to me personally is easier to work. ICS 4.0 seems to be an iphone copy cat and I don't like any of the changes.

6. sketchgrrl

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

Will I be able to load apps on to this phone?

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