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LG Optimus Me P350 Review

LG Optimus Me P350

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Interface and Functionality:

The LG Optimus Me P350 carries LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, which has been tweaked a bit, with some refreshed icon here and there. Other than that it offers the standard fare ā€“ a number of homescreens, where you can place the usual Android and LG widgets, and a dock at the bottom of them, from where to choose the Messaging and Phone apps, or enter the main menu.

There is notable lag throughout the interface - when scrolling, when registering a touch, and when starting an application. We've seen much sprightlier performance with the same Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz chipset, so maybe it has to do with the paltry 140MB of RAM inside the LG Optimus Me P350. Also, when two or more apps are being downloaded and installed at once, the handset slowed down to a stop on us a few times.

The LG Optimus Me P350 carries LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
The LG Optimus Me P350 carries LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
The LG Optimus Me P350 carries LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
The LG Optimus Me P350 carries LG's Optimus UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - LG Optimus Me P350 Review


Browser, Connectivity and Software:

Browsing on the LG Optimus Me P350 is not for the faint of heart at this screen size and resolution, since the text is unreadable when zoomed out, and barely readable when zoomed in. The Froyo browser here doesn't support Adobe Flash, due to the weak chipset, and the Flash websites warn you of missing plugin. The display does support multitouch, though, for pinch-to-zoom. Double-tap to zoom works, too, but all actions in the browser, including scrolling, felt quite sluggish for us impatient reviewers.

Browsing on the LG Optimus Me P350 - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
Browsing on the LG Optimus Me P350 - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
Browsing on the LG Optimus Me P350 - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
Browsing on the LG Optimus Me P350 - LG Optimus Me P350 Review

As for connectivity, the LG Optimus Me P350 actually has the full set ā€“ 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, plus an FM radio with RDS when the supplied headset is connected to serve as antenna. We managed to lock GPS signal sufficiently quick, but following your route on such a small screen should be left for only the direst of situations.

Keyboard - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
Keyboard - LG Optimus Me P350 Review

The phone comes with the ThinkFree Office document viewer and file manager, as all of LG's Android handsets lately, which is very helpful out of the box. All other apps are the standard Android fare, LG hasn't even tried to skin them differently, like it did with the music player in the LG Optimus 2X, but we are talking an entirely different class struggle here.

LG Optimus Me P350 Review
LG Optimus Me P350 Review


Camera and Multimedia:

The camera interface for the 3MP shooter on the back of the LG Optimus Me P350 is slightly rearranged from what we've seen so far on LG's Android handsets, in order to fit the smaller screen. The color effects access icon is on the initial screen, for instance. The interface also offers white balance, ISO and the said color effects, like Mono, Negative, Solarize, Sepia and Aqua. No other fancies, not even face-tracking or recognition.

The photos themselves are of below average quality, even for a basic 3MP phone camera. Granted, we shot on a cloudy day, but nevertheless the photos look dull, with large unfocused spots, and low on detail.

Outdoor shots made with the LG Optimus Me P350 - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
Outdoor shots made with the LG Optimus Me P350 - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
Outdoor shots made with the LG Optimus Me P350 - LG Optimus Me P350 Review

Strong - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Me P350 Review

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The LG Optimus Me P350 shoots a fairly fluid VGA video with 24fps, but that's all there is to it ā€“ the same blurry, lacking detail picture is present in the video, as in the stills.

LG Optimus Me P350 Sample Video:




Both the music player and the gallery are the standard Android applications with no skinning on top. The handset supports MPEG-4 video playback up to 480x800 resolution, but also played DivX/Xvid out of the box, up to VGA res.

Both the music player and the galleryare the standard Android applications - LG Optimus Me P350 Review
Both the music player and the galleryare the standard Android applications - LG Optimus Me P350 Review


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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
Size4.47 x 2.32 x 0.52 inches
(113.5 x 59 x 13.3 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1280 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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