LG Optimus One P500 review: LG Optimus One P500

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Typical Price: $349.00
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars 7 user reviews

The Good Decent touchscreen. Responsive. Android 2.2 on-board. Bundled turn-by-turn GPS. Mechanical menu buttons. Cheap.

The Bad Lacks the "wow" factor. VGA video capture. Gaming is hit and miss. Earpiece is noisy.

The Bottom Line The LG Optimus One is a sturdy if not entirely thrilling budget Android handset that includes some useful features and a pleasant user experience.

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8.2 Overall

Android's "Froyo" update is making its slow, inexorable march across the handsets of the globe, and it's now appearing on new devices as the default operating system. After the hash that was the manual Telstra update this is definitely a plus.

One handset that comes with the Android 2.2 update pre-installed is the LG Optimus One. It forms the "budget" end of LG's planned ten-strong Optimus line.


LG describes the Optimus One as a "bar" phone and it's a compact device that fits easily in the palm. It doesn't have the luxury feel of the HTC phones yet feels sturdy with its soft-touch back cover.

LG provided four "hard" shortcut buttons on the front of the device — Menu, Home, Back and Search — with a power button on the top and a volume rocker on the right-hand side.


The Optimus One features a 3.2-inch, capacitive LCD touchscreen which features a resolution of 320x480 pixels. This is a higher resolution than the competitive HTC Wildfire.

Connectivity on the Optimus One include HSDPA for high-speed mobile data, Wi-Fi for use both at hotspots and as its own hotspot, and Bluetooth. The device also comes with GPS and free use of the Ndrive navigation system for turn-by-turn directions.

For the happy snappers among you there is a 3-megapixel camera which also is capable of recording video at 640x480.

The phone comes with a standard micro-USB port on its base for charging and syncing, and a 3.5mm audio jack/microphone on top. The device has 150MB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB with the use of a microSDHC card (a 2GB card is bundled with the phone).

The Optimus comes with three different keyboard choices — Android, LG, or Swype — even if the method for toggling them between them by accessing "Swype Tips" is a little obscure.

LG claims the battery is good for up to 450 hours of standby and six hours of talk time.

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