LG Optimus Me P350 review: LG Optimus Me P350

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The Good Great design; lightweight and pocket-friendly.

The Bad Small, low-res screen; no Flash support; Android 2.2 Froyo instead of 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Bottom Line The LG Optimus Me P350 offers an attractive design, but cuts corners elsewhere to ensure the price remains low. It's best suited to smart-phone newbies who want to get Android on the cheap.

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6.5 Overall

LG's Optimus One P500 was a decent budget Android phone, despite its shortcomings. The Optimus Me P350 feels like a successor to that handset, offering similar specifications and software for around the same price. But the playing field has changed slightly in the past six months, making it harder for a device like this to impress.

The Me is available on pay as you go for around £90, with SIM-free prices clocking in at about £130. You can also pick it up for free on a £12-per-month contract.

Small and lightweight

One thing is for sure -- the Me isn't likely to weigh you down. At around 130g, this petite phone is sure to slip into practically any pocket.

The Me's curved back makes it comfortable to hold.

The Me boasts a playful design. The front of the device is predominately black, with a silver accent running around the rim. The battery cover is rounded, with a slightly rubberised texture, preventing the phone from slipping from your grasp. The back cover's metallic colouring lends the device a premium feel. The example we tested had a red cover, but other hues are available.

The 2.8-inch, capacitive touchscreen is arguably the Me's weak spot. It's smaller than the display on the Optimus One and has a lower resolution, which can cause issues when reading text or browsing detailed websites. Still, the screen specs are very much in line with those of other budget Android blowers.

Beneath the screen, you'll find the four traditional Android action icons, but they're touch-sensitive, as opposed to physical, keys. Those of you lamenting the passing of the humble button will be pleased to know that the call and call-end functions are operated by a rocker. The single piece of plastic stretches almost the entire width of the device, but it feels too springy for our liking.

Froyo for you

Like the Optimus 3D, the Me runs Android 2.2 Froyo. It's therefore behind the curve when it comes to software updates, as many new Google phones ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In reality, the differences are slight and the average user is hardly likely to notice what's missing. LG is looking to update its Optimus range to Gingerbread in the near future anyway.

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