Designed to be a budget Android smartphone, the LG Optimus One P500 is an attractive handset that has a solid build and a set of some nice features plus Android 2.2 (Froyo). The phone’s dimensions are 113.5 x 59 x 13.3 mm and it tips the scale at 129 grams which is just above average. As you can see, it has rounded corners while the LCD screen is not only bright but offers some vivid colors while the viewing angles are very good.
One of the downsides that we have to mention is the lack of an ambient light sensor which means that the brightness will not be automatically adjusted. The screen’s sunlight legibility is quite good but the display is somewhat reflective. Although we are talking about a capacitive touchscreen, this is not one of those units that require only a soft press so you will have to apply more force in comparison to other handsets that come with a display like this one.
On the left side of the “LG” logo you will notice the proximity sensor and above the logo sits the earpiece which also works as a loudspeaker. Looking below the screen we find the traditional Android buttons. On the right side is the volume rocker while the left side is entirely bare. At the top you’ll have access to the 3.5 mm jack as well as the Power/Lock key. The phone’s bottom holds the mouthpiece and the microUSB port while at the back is a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus. Removing the soft matte plastic battery cover reveals the huge lithium-ion battery that has a capacity of 1500 mAh and it has been rated for a standby time of 700 hours in 2G and 550 hours in 3G while the talk time is 8 hours in 2G and 7 hours and 30 minutes in 3G mode. To the left of the camera lens you will notice the microSD card slot which is quite easy to swap.
The software of the handset is acceptably responsive but you will do notice some lag from time to time, but this is understandable taking into consideration that it has a processor clocked at only 600 MHz. As a phone, the in-call quality is very good but the sound could have been a little bit louder. As far as signal reception is concerned, it should be strong even in those areas where the coverage is poor.
The aforementioned 3 mpx autofocus camera has a lot of features that you can use: scenes, exposure compensation, zoom, face detection, geo-tagging, color effects, face effects and others as well. For a three megapixel unit, the camera is not that bad, but you do get a noticeable amount of noise while the automatic white balance will make some of your photos a little bit bluish thus you will get pictures that look colder. The interface of the camcorder is just about the same as the one available for the still camera. You can record VGA @ 18 FPS and the files will be saved in 3GP format. The colors are quite pleasant but the low frame rate is for most of us a significant deal-braker.
The LG Optimus One P500 is very good in the connectivity department, as you get Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g, 3.5mm jack, quad-band (with dual-band 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSPDA). In addition, you also get a built-in GPS that packs a digital compass so it pretty much covers everything you’ll ever need.
All in all, if you are looking for an affordable Android smartphone that packs a lot of features in a handset that has a good build quality, the Optimus One P500 can be exactly what you need.
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