LG Optimus One in India for Rs. 13500! [Review]

LG Optimus is LG’s third Android phone for India. Priced at Rs. 13500, Optimus One runs Android’s Froyo (2.2) operating system. It is the first phone to be launched in India which runs Android 2.2.

Optimus One enters the crowded price range of 10K-15K (50% of Android phones are in this range). It has to compete with other Android phones like Motorola Charm, Videocon Zeus, Acer beTouch, Motorola Quench and Dell XCD28. LG Optimus One is priced slightly higher than LG’s previous Android phones LG GT540 Optimus and LG GW620. Optimus One is the first capacitive touch screen to be launched by LG. Both GT540 and GW620 have resistive touch screen.

LG Optimus One is LG’s first capacitive touch screen Android phone. Optimus One is probably LG’s serious attempt at the 3G-Android-Touch screen segment.

Processor and Memory

Qualcomm’s MSM7227 600MHz  power Optimus One, which provides a much better and faster user experience. It has a 170 MB internal memory and comes loaded with a 2GB microSD card. The card slot can read up to to 32 GB. 419 MB is allocated to RAM.

Audio and Video

Optimus One is loaded with a 3.2 megapixel camera and video recorder which can capture at 18 fps. It has a FM Radio, music player and video player which plays all popular video formats.

Connectivity and Battery

Optimus One is loaded with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Mini USB and of course, 3G. The real impressive feature of Optimus One is its  seven and half hours of talk time and 23 days of standby time. This is probably the best in class talk time and standby time.

 

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Apps

In addition to the rich Android market place, LG Optimus One comes pre-loaded with many India centric apps like AG Indian Newspaper, Bollywoodji and PNR Status Checker. It has the standard staple of social media apps like facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Pros : Impressive talk time (7.5 hours) for a smartphone, Android Froyo (2.2) and Qualcomm’s 600 MHz processor.

Cons : Nothing much if compared with 15 other Android phones in the 10K-15K range. If I have to pick one, I might pick the 3 megapixel camera. Videocon Zeus and Spice Mi 300 have 5 megapixel camera and cost less than 11K.

Verdict : No spectacular features to entice you but, LG Optimus One looks like a value for money phone. It got the basics right, including the price. Running Android’s latest OS, Froyo should give Optimus One an edge.

  • ajay

    dear writer, please mention that it offers android 2.2 version and others like videocon and spice dont, i like the android 2.2, but why 2.2, u being the columnist need to answer that…

  • Trilok Chander

    Yea.. i second Ajay's comment :)

  • Trilok Chander

    Moreover, it's 12,500 in Pune,India

    And i was totally astonished after i heard the price.

  • shashank

    its available at flipkart for 12999
    :)

  • http://www.thegadgetfan.com Sriram Vadlamani

    Rs. 13,500 is the retail price at which LG has planned to sell. Flipkart and other retailers will get their own discounts (either from the manufacturer or distributor) and could sell it for less. As of writing this, LG Optimus One wasn't available on Flipkart. The prices could vary from city to city too.

    Coming to Android version, none of the Android phones available in India are selling with Android 2.2 out of the box. LG Optimus One is the first phone.

    Why is Android 2.2 better?

    There could be multiple improvements from its previous version of 2.1 as an army of Google developers who are hellbent on improving its mobile operating system are working on it. What does 2.2 have which 2.1 doesn't? May be for another post.

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  • rohit chauahn

    Hi

    i am in the mood to purchase this handset… whether i go for it or look for better options