LG Optimus T Review

by Magellan Reads (33,043)
Editor's Rating
8.20

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 9
    • Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Value
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.20
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Good design, feels light but not cheap
    • Capable processor
    • Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) with Swype pre-installed
  • Cons

    • No Adobe Flash Support
    • Small screen for games and movies
    • No Camera flash

Quick Take

You get a lot of bang for your buck in this entry-level smartphone.


The LG Optimus T is an entry-level Android phone now available from T-Mobile. It has a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, 2 GB of storage, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 3 megapixel camera.

Sprint offers the LG Optimus S, a very similar smartphone with only a few differences.

The Optimus T is $30 for a new two-year service contract or full upgrade, and this requires a $50 mail in rebate. It is $240 without the contract or upgrade subsidy.

 

BUILD & DESIGN

The Optimus T is a well constructed, comfortable phone. I say that because it just feels good in the hand. It is plastic throughout, and feels light, but not cheap. The plastic has a texture to it that adds to the quality feel.

LG Optimus T from T-MobileDimensions are 4.5 x 2.3 x 0.5, and it weighs in at around 4.5 ounces.

Screen
The display is a 3.2-inch HVGA (480 x 320) TFT LCD touchscreen. It is bright, and has great colors.

Although the screen is a bit on the small side compared to other devices, I think it is just right for an entry-level phone. My wife uses this device, and she is quite happy with the screen. She says “I like that I can keep all of my apps/icons in the home listing page, but really like that I can bring them onto my opening pages (background pages?) so I can get the frequently used ones quickly. I like the ability to have different screensaver pages where I can either just look at my background picture or to place apps that I use a lot and quickly swipe between the pages. Also, the ability to turn the sounds on and off with just a quick swipe and not to actually unlock the phone is really nice!”

The touchscreen seems a little less sensitive compared to my G2, but it has not been a problem.

There is no light sensor like some high end-phones have now, so you’ll need to manually adjust the screen brightness, particularly if you use the Optimus T in the dark or in bright sunlight.

Other Buttons & Controls
There are four physical buttons for Menu, Home, Return, and Search below the screen. These are easy to use, as they are slightly raised.  The two center buttons (Home and Return) are actually a rocker surrounded by a chrome accent. This layout makes it easy to use them in the dark.

The volume rocker on the right is pretty straightforward and easy to use.

Interestingly there is no dedicated camera button like its Sprint counterpart has. Still, the Camera app came as a preloaded icon on one of the home screen pages, so it has been easy to find and use.

The microSD card is stored under the battery door above the battery itself, and a 2 GB card is included.


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