LG Optimus Sol Preview

LG Optimus Sol Preview
Introduction:

Unveiled back in August, the LG Optimus Sol is tailored for those in search of an eye-pleasing smartphone that does not cost an arm and a leg. And by using the term eye-pleasing, we are not referring to exotic, high-end materials here; it is the phone's display we are talking about. Packing 3.8 inches of “Ultra AMOLED” goodness, the Optimus Sol was announced as the most affordable Android smartphone with an AMOLED display and 1GHz processor.

With its fair hardware specs and slim waistline, the Sol has the potential to be a decent mid-range offering. Well, we have a prototype unit on our hands today so let's fire it up and see how good of a smartphone the device is shaping up to be.


Design:

The LG Optimus Sol looks and feels like a run-of-the-mill piece of plastic, just like the ones the smartphone market has more than enough of already. However, that shouldn't come as much of a surprise as the Sol is meant to be a cheap handset, so we will have to accept the fact that its body is made out of boring, flimsy plastic.

On the good side, the choice of materials makes the smartphone lightweight. Because if its dimensions, the Sol can be easily used with a single hand, and its waistline of 9.8 millimeters or 0.39 inches gives it a slim profile.

Because if its dimensions, the LG Optimus Sol can be easily used with a single hand - LG Optimus Sol Preview
Because if its dimensions, the LG Optimus Sol can be easily used with a single hand - LG Optimus Sol Preview
Because if its dimensions, the LG Optimus Sol can be easily used with a single hand - LG Optimus Sol Preview

Because if its dimensions, the LG Optimus Sol can be easily used with a single hand


LG Optimus Sol Preview

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There are three capacitive buttons underneath the smartphone's display. Accidental presses are absent since there is a good distance between them and the bottom bezel of the device. The top side of the smartphone is populated by a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, a microUSB port protected by a removable cover and a lock button. There is also a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, which you do not get to see too often on handsets of this caliber. However, the volume rocker on the phone's side could have been exposed better.

The 3.8''  “Ultra AMOLED” display - LG Optimus Sol Preview
Capacitive buttons - LG Optimus Sol Preview
Front facing camera - LG Optimus Sol Preview

The LG Optimus Sol is the first in the company's portfolio to boast an AMOLED display. Bearing the “Ultra AMOLED” moniker, LG's panels have yet to make a name for themselves, but we can say that we are pleased with what we see on our unit here. The Sol's display delivers intense, saturated colors and deep blacks, which together bring images to life and make watching videos a pleasant experience. We were also satisfied with the display's outdoor visibility as it glows bright enough to be used easily on a sunny day. Still, there are a couple of things that we need to point out with the first being the display panel's viewing angles. Not too big of a tilt to the side is required for the colors to start looking distorted. Besides, even though the display on the Optimus Sol has a high for its physical size resolution of 480x800 pixels, fine text lacks sharpness and is somewhat difficult to read. Nevertheless, bear in mind that what we have here is just a prototype, so both of these imperfections might get ironed out in the smartphone's finalized version.

Volume rocker on the left - LG Optimus Sol Preview
3.5mm jack, microUSB port and lock button (top) - LG Optimus Sol Preview

Overall, the LG Optimus Sol packs an eye-catching display, its body is slim and lightweight, but that is pretty much all that would really grab anyone's attention. Perhaps, the device can leave a better impression with its functionality? Let's move along and find out.

Back - LG Optimus Sol Preview
Rear camera - LG Optimus Sol Preview
 SIM and microSD card slots - LG Optimus Sol Preview


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10 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Ultra AMOLED sounds heavy. lol No Camera Flash = deal breaker

4. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

totally agree. flash should be standard on every phone with a camera.

9. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

No camera flash= deal breaker? LOL...dude get a life!

2. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I don't get that king of phones. There is already Galaxy I and his variants so ho is going to buy another "the same looking spec phone"? it will cost more, don't have SA (which is not a deal breaker for me) and looks almost identical.

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

This phone is a copy of the original Galaxy S... No denying that.

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I would rather go with the Optimus Black, it has a camera flash and a better build quality (I know both are plastic but the Optimus Black doesn't have the same cheap glossy plastic).

6. gemmabba

Posts: 51; Member since: May 09, 2011

i like your accent

7. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

So. Much. Bezel...

10. persia

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

nice phone

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Optimus Sol
  • Display 3.8" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(5.83h 3G talk time)

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