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LG Optimus S Review

LG Optimus S

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Performance and Conclusion:

LG Optimus S Review
Overall call quality was above average on the LG Optimus S. Callers noted that clarity is very good and there was no echo, hollowness or static but said that we sounded a bit congested. They rated us an 8.25/10. Earpiece volume was excessive, even at lower volumes and at times there was some harshness almost as if the speaker was blown. Still, in normal conversation this wasn’t present (it is most obvious when the phone is ringing) and callers sounded natural. Too much volume is always preferred over not enough, and on the whole we’d give it a 7.5/10 on our end. Battery life was quite surprisingly good. It is rated at 5 hours of talk time, but in standby it went several days of light usage without needing a charge .

LG is serious about their Android push, and the Optimus S is a very nice device. Like the Mazda RX-8’s tiny 1.3L engine, the Optimus S does a lot with a little and delivers smooth, quick performance. At $50 it is easily the best value on Sprint’s lineup right now and, unless you don’t want a data plan, the Optimus S should be chosen over featurephones like the LG Rumor Touch and Sanyo Innuendo every time. We are quite impressed with this little device, and while it won’t steal sales from the EVO 4G and Epic 4G, for now it is the only other Android device we’d consider in Sprint’s lineup until the Transform gets upgraded to 2.2. LG has shown us that you don’t need a high price tag to deliver top-notch performance in a smartphone.

LG Optimus S Video Review:


  • Good size, premium fit and finish
  • Pretty good software performance
  • Responsive display
  • Great battery life for a smartphone


  • Camera is so-so
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posted on 15 Nov 2010, 19:06

1. smpdx (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

People are LOVING this phone! Especially for the price point! It really cant be beat. I would ALMOST dare to say its better than the Hero. It has android 2.2 and is hotspot capable!

posted on 31 Dec 2010, 20:55

5. Fierytaco (unregistered)

It IS better than the Hero. It has twice the RAM (Optimus has 512mb), The Optimus has a faster processor by 82mhz, similar build quality, higher quality screen, AND Android 2.2.

posted on 22 Nov 2010, 16:47

2. sutman12 (unregistered)

Just bought this phone and am totally satisfied!!! Stated in the article that this phone will not "steal sales" from EVO/Epic I beg to differ. Was considering both and decided to go with the lower price point. Wish it had a flash for camera but otherwise no downside. Check it out!!!

posted on 06 Dec 2010, 22:04

3. Racemoney (unregistered)

After 3 phones on my 5 line account died I managed to strong-arm Sprint into giving me 4 new Lg Optimus S's for FREE on my expired contract existing account when I threatened to make a move to Verizon....(I cancelled one line upon renewal of my contract for 2 years) No rebates no activization fees...no BS. They even overnighted them to me!! They arrived as promised the next morning. And they absolutely ROCK...I have been using Windows mobile phones for 6 years or so since my first Sprint PocketPC was ordered way back when. My most recent was an HTC Touch that just refused to die...until it did...with no warning whatsoever. What a difference a fantastic OS can make! Google, LG and Sprint really have a winning combination going here. High Praise goes to everyone that made this little miracle come to market so affordably. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Sorry so long...BUT...for the first time in year I actually excited about a new piece of hardware...and it's cell phone...Who would have thought it??

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 11:59 1

4. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)

I played with my cousins optimus s, for a 600mz processor its really fast(partly due to froyo)! put my samsung vibrant to shame. The screen was crisp and felt nice to text on camera was good as well depending on how much light there is.
Want a cheap but really good smartphone? Get this.

posted on 20 Feb 2011, 21:28

6. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)

Great phone! I have this in Virgin Mobile. Its called the LG Optimus V. Its the same but without Mobile Hotspot and Sprint ID.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:00

8. VirginCOLL (unregistered)

it actually does using the app quicksettings and its free:)

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 02:00

7. ma77h3uw (unregistered)


Download Quick Settings and it'll enable Mobile Hotspot for free.

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LG Optimus S

LG Optimus S

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) LCD
Camera3.2 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
Size4.47 x 2.32 x 0.52 inches
(114 x 59 x 13 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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