LG Lotus Elite Review

Introduction and Design
LG Lotus Elite Release Date - January 11, 2010

It’s happening.  Just a few years ago only the most high-end of devices featured a touchscreen of any sort.  Today it has worked its way into low-end devices like the LG Lotus Elite.  Don’t get us wrong, this isn’t a knock on LG, but the trend has not only made its way to the masses but has made its way to non-traditional devices.  The Lotus was as non-traditional as it got, at least when it came to design.  It was short and fat and awkward to hold when on the phone, but made up for it with a pretty good QWERTY keypad and decent specs.  This time around the specs remain nearly identical- it has the same 2 megapixel camera, 3G, microSD and 2.4” QVGA main display- but the front LCD has been overhauled with touch functionality.  So is it really worth the upgrade?  Read on to find out.

Included in the box you’ll find:

•    AC adapter
•    1GB microSD card
•    Fashion hand strap


The Lotus Elite retains basically the same footprint as the original, but feels much different in the hand.  It’s beefier, but not necessarily in a bad way; the Lotus never felt cheap, but the Elite feels very well constructed.  LG is again targeting the fashionistas with a fancy flowery pattern adorning the housing, but like the original we don’t see anyone serious about fashion giving the Lotus Elite a second look.  It’s just quirky enough to appeal to the masses though, which is the ultimate end game.

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The outer screen is 2.4”, has a resolution of 320x240 pixels, features 262K colors and utilizes resistive touch technology.  The quality is good, though it looks a bit washed out at times.  It is responsive to touch, though the unlock slider wasn’t always accurate.  It does offer a calibration tool but we still found it to be just slightly off at times.  Below the display are stereo speakers.  Flipping open the Lotus Elite reveals another 2.4” QVGA panel with 262K colors, albeit not touch.  Though these are the same specs as the original Lotus, this new display is noticeably crisper and colors look more intense.  It could just be the black bezel around it, but the colors seemed more vibrant compared to the outside panel.

We liked the keyboard enough the first time around, but LG has reworked it on the Lotus Elite with good results.  The design is more visually pleasing, but functionality has also been added with dedicated keys for social networking, email and text.  The keys still retain enough relief and clickiness that typing isn’t an issue.  The 5-way directional pad is flanked by a Speakerphone and Back key, to go along with the traditional Send/End and soft keys.

Along the left side of the phone is sadly only a 2.5mm headset jack, the volume rocker and the microUSB charging/data port.  The right side houses the Camera and Lock buttons, and at the bottom you’ll find the microSD slot.  The camera has moved from the flip to the hinge.  When the phone is closed the camera faces backwards and the touchscreen can be used as a viewfinder.  When opened it rotates to face the user, allowing for easy self-shots.

Despite being over an ounce heavier than the Lotus, we prefer the feel of the Lotus Elite.  It is still an awkward and uncomfortable device to hold one-handed for extended periods of time, but the added width makes two-handed texting better.  Overall LG has taken a quirky design and made it better.

LG Lotus Elite 360 Degrees View:

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