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

The rest of the features are impressive as well. It has 3G in the form of EV-DO Rev. A, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS. The GPS can be used with a variety of location-based apps, like Google Maps, Latitude, Places, and Scvngr, a scavenger hunt-inspired app. Unlike most of the other Optimus handsets, the Optimus V does not have mobile hot-spot capabilities, which is a disappointment.

Of course, the LG Optimus V also comes equipped with Google apps and features, such as a Google search bar complete with voice search, Google Talk, Gmail and Google Calendar sync, and YouTube. Virgin Mobile included a few third-party apps too, like Where, the aforementioned Scvngr, Twidroyd, Poynt, AirG Chat, and Virgin Mobile Live, an app that lets you stream music from Virgin Mobile Festival artists for free. As this is a Virgin Mobile phone, you'll also have a My Accounts app to keep track of your minutes with.

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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LG Optimus V (Virgin Mobile)

Part Number: OptimusV Released: Feb 1, 2011
MSRP: $149.99 Low Price: $52.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Feb 1, 2011
  • Talk Time Up to 450 min
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider Virgin Mobile
  • Weight 4.7 oz
  • Diagonal Size 3.2 in
  • Sensor Resolution 3.2 pixels