LG Optimus V (Virgin Mobile) review: LG Optimus V (Virgin Mobile)

You can also set up your own POP3/IMAP e-mail account in a separate app, and if you want corporate e-mail, the Optimus V supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync as well. Other basic features include a speakerphone, a vibrate mode, a calculator, conference calling, voice dialing, visual voice mail, a calendar, and text and multimedia messaging. The Optimus V comes standard with the usual Android music and video players. Unfortunately, the phone doesn't come with the Amazon MP3 Store app, but you can always get that from the Android Marketplace. The phone has a built-in memory of 170MB, with a MicroSD card slot that accepts up to 32GB cards.

The LG Optimus V comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera, and the quality is similar to that of the other Optimus phones. Images look decent, though colors are not as sharp and vibrant as we would have liked. There's a built-in camcorder as well.

We tested the LG Optimus V in San Francisco with Virgin Mobile. Call quality was quite good for the most part. Incoming call quality had great volume and clarity, though we could've done without the occasional background hiss. Voice quality sounded natural as well.

Callers said they could hear us clearly. They did say we sounded a little muddy and digitized at times, however. They suffered no difficulties with volume levels, unless we had the speakerphone on, which made us sound rather muffled and faraway.

As for the 3G speeds, we managed to load the CNET mobile page in just 10 seconds, and YouTube videos had very little buffering time. Even though the Optimus V has only a 600MHz processor, we experienced very few delays or hiccups when navigating the phone.

The LG Optimus V has a rated talk time of 11 hours and a standby time of 18.75 days. Our tests showed a talk time of 5 hours and 5 minutes. According to the FCC, it has a digital SAR of 1.04 watts per kilogram.

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