LG Optimus Elite Review


The LG Optimus Elite is powered by Android 2.3.7. We don’t imagine there will be an upgrade to Android 4.0 which is disappointing. As a SprintID device the Optimus Elite runs a mostly vanilla version of Android with a few Sprint tweaks. This can be customized by downloading SprintID packs if the user wishes. You’ll find the usual collection of Sprint apps, including NASCAR, NBA and TeleNav Navigator, but thankfully nearly all of them are uninstallable. You’ll also find the suite of Google apps, which are not uninstallable.

Processor and Memory:

The LG Optimus Elite runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 clocked at 800 MHz, a modest bump from the Optimus S’s 600MHz. It features a very respectable 4GB of internal memory, 1GB of which is available to the user, as well as 512MB of RAM. While the processor may be downright antiquated by today’s standards (we can’t think of the last time a number was followed by MHz), it actually performs quite well in benchmark testing when compared to models like the ZTE Fury and Samsung Transform Ultra.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
LG Optimus Elite 2126 2915 35
LG Viper 4G LTE 3002 5528 55,9
Motorola Defy Mini 951 2391 15,6
LG Optimus L3 1271 2559 13,2

Overall the user experience was smooth with the LG Optimus Elite. While it won’t blow you away with speed, we didn’t run into any hiccups and the average user will be satisfied with the phone’s performance.


The Optimus Elite is a 3G phone running on Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network, but also features GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the 2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HFP 1.5, PBAP, HSP, FTP, GOEP, SDAP/SDP, OPP, SPP, A2DP, AVDTP, and OBEX profiles. The Optimus Elite also has an NFC chip, which makes it compatible with Google Wallet among other things. It is nice to see this tech filtering down the pipeline to non-flagship devices.

The stock browser is utilized in the Optimus Elite and ran as we’d expect it to. We were able to load Flash content just fine, and overall performance was smooth.


Images taken with the Optimus Elite’s 5MP camera turned out OK. They are not great, but at the same time they are not awful. Indoor images are soft and grain is noticeable, but outdoor images turned out a bit better. Color reproduction is overall pretty good and detail is acceptable, though the camera at times had issues focusing on the proper subject. Videos can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 720x480; not great but passable for a low end device.

The LG Optimus Elite was unable to play DivX files out of the box, as well as any file encoded at 720p or higher. There are of course apps in the Google Play Store that will remedy that, and on the whole the media experience is what you would expect from a mostly stock Android device. There is some music player redundancy with the Google Play Music app, the stock Music Player app and the Sprint Music Plus virtual app, but choice is a good thing!

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