LG Optimus One P500 Review
Weighing 129g with dimensions of 113.5 x 59 x 13.3mm, the Optimus One P500 feels solid for a budget smartphone. We like its simple black design and rubbery back cover that gives users a good grip on the phone. The phone’s edge is surrounded by a thin metallic strip, giving the P500 a relatively polished look. In the foreground, you will see the phone’s 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen and physical buttons. Its 320 x 480-pixel screen is acceptable as it displays bright and vivid colors. Though the screen doesn’t feel as glassy as those of other Android phones, it still responds to touch quite well unlike the previous LG touchscreen phones – an example of which is the Optimus GT540. The downside, however, for a relatively lower screen resolution is that texts and images in web pages are not as sharp as we want them to be. The P500’s Os is the Android 2.2, which is also called FroYo, so expect a good user interface. We like that the P500 allows its users to configure the number of home screens they want to have (they can choose to have five or seven). It is also interesting to note that this device lets users to categorize the different apps in their phone – keep all the social networking apps in one group and keep all the games apps in another. It is a nice way of keeping your screen free of clutter, not to mention that it makes it easier for you to look for your apps, especially if you have tons of them. Of course, since the device is powered by FroYo, you get full access to the Android Market. Aside from the accustomed and useful Google apps, the Android 2.2 has one interesting feature that we love: the Car Home – a very useful app for people who really needs to use a phone while on the road. When in car mode, the P500 displays huge buttons for the most important widgets – Map Navigation, Contacts, Music, Voice Search, and Phone. The Optimus One P500 carries the new LG Keyboard – a QWERTY keyboard that is too narrow for the phone’s small screen. Good thing that the phone gives its users the option to use the traditional numeric keypad. It is a bit ironic and a little old-school, but better use the numeric keypad than type using the tiny QWERTY keys. This device comes with the standard smartphone features – 3G, Wi-Fi, among others. It has a small internal memory (170MB), but good thing its storage can be expanded up to 32GB thanks to its microSD slot. What we probably love the most in the P500 is its long battery life – the phone is powered by a 1,500Ah battery – something that is hard to get in other Android phones. The biggest disappoint in the P500 is its processor – 600MHz with 512MB RAM. While the device is powered by the Android 2.2, having a meager processor greatly affects the handset’s performance. Overall, the LG Optimus One P500 is a decent budget smartphone to have – thanks to its OS.
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