LG Optimus One Review

Interface, Messaging and Functionality:

The nicest part of the LG Optimus One’s software is, of course, that it is running Android 2.2 from the very beginning. LG hasn’t skinned it too much. The dock at the bottom of the homescreens has grown to accommodate two more shortcuts than standard, for a total of five – Dialer, Contacts, Main Menu, Messages and Browser. Nothing extraordinary in the widgets section – the default homescreen comes with Weather prepopulated, and the rest of them host Calendar, Messaging, Music and Bookmarks from the onset. As usual, you can link your Facebook, Twitter, Exchange and Gmail accounts to your phonebook, and follow what’s happening on the social networking front with your contacts from there.

Most everything else, though – the lock screen, main menu, mail, messaging, gallery, even the calendar, is stock. In order to view the calendar for the first time, you have to log in with your Gmail or Exchange account, which is a strange enough requirement, if you ask us, given that you already provided that info in the initial setup. The same thing happens with Android Market, and the other places requiring the Google login.

Nothing out of the ordinary in the messaging and email department, as we mentioned – both allow you to search the ins and outs of your communication, attach various items, and the email app lets you easily set your Exchange, Hotmail or Yahoo account, if you have strayed away from El Goog for some reason. Typing those messages on the 3.2” screen is easy with the stock Android keyboard, although LG provides its own setup as default, which we quickly switched over to the regular stuff. Not that the LG keyboard arrangement was bad, but we are more used to QWERTY in portrait mode, even on a small screen, rather than the numpad provided by default. Overall, the interface won’t “wow” you, but it is very close to a stock Froyo experience, which already means decent.

Browser, Connectivity and Software:

Surfing the net with the Froyo browser is usually a gratifying experience, due to the full Adobe Flash support, and simple interface. However, the LG Optimus One, as most other handsets with relatively slow chipsets, lacks Adobe Flash 10.1 support, which kind of misses the point of having Froyo to an extent. Scrolling gets choppy when there are some Flash elements on the page, but other than that, multitouch and double-tap work alright. Overall, we can easily say that we've tested better preforming Froyo browsers on the same 600MHz chipsets.

The LG Optimus One arrives with a decent set of connectivity features – 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS (which takes about four minutes for a cold start, but locked position for thirty seconds afterwards), as well as Bluetooth and FM Radio. Besides the stock Android apps and Google services, LG has added just Facebook and Twitter apps, as well as ThinkFree Office for easy document editing, which shoots two birds with one stone, as it also acts as a decent file browser.

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