LG Optimus Elite (Sprint)

The Good The LG Optimus Elite succeeds at the basic while throwing in a few extras like Google Wallet and Visual Voicemail. Camera quality is quite good.

The Bad The Optimus Elite has a small, low-resolution display and a plastic build. There was some distortion in call quality.

The Bottom Line The LG Optimus Elite packs a couple of interesting extras, but at its core it's no more than an average Android phone with a less than elite design.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
6.3 Overall

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Review

LG Optimus Elite (Sprint)

Stop me if you've heard this one, but I'm going to tell you about my experiences using an LG Optimus phone. All right, I know that's a bit snarky, but it's difficult not to make a joke when you've seen so many members of the Optimus family (more than a dozen when you factor in the various carrier versions). The new LG Optimus Elite has more in common with its Optimus S granddaddy than it does with the high-end LG Optimus 3D Max that LG unveiled at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. Behind a very simple design and a 3.5-inch display is a midrange feature set that runs on Android Gingerbread and an 800MHz processor. Outside of the Google Wallet support, there's not much to get excited about, but not all phones have to be exciting. Call quality is fine, but it could be better.

The Optimus Elite is available with Sprint in titan silver and white for $29.99 with a two-year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. I reviewed the titan silver version, but the features are the same for both models. You also can buy it with Sprint's prepaid subsidiary, Virgin Mobile. There it will cost you $149.99, but you won't sign a contract.

Design
You have to wonder why LG added "Elite" to the handset's name since there's really not that much elite about it. And that starts with the Optimus Elite's design. Indeed, with its straight lines and utilitarian look, the Optimus Elite puts function over form. At 4.58 inches tall by 2.47 inches wide by 0.39 inch deep, the handset is about the same size as the iPhone 4 and it also sports a 3.5-inch display. Personally, I prefer a display more in the range of 3.75 inches, especially if you're watching movies or playing graphics-rich games. I said the same in my iPhone 4S review, but I won't make as big as a fuss here considering the Optimus Elite's price.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $250
  • Brand LG
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Diagonal Size 3.5 in
  • Weight 4.25 oz
  • Sensors Proximity sensor
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Additional Features E-911 compliant, TTY compatible, Text-to-Speech (text recognition), intelligent typing (SWYPE)
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