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LG Optimus Me review: LG Optimus Me

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The Good Slick user experience. Enough grunt for games. Good battery life.

The Bad Small screen makes browsing tricky, amongst other tasks. Refused to play many of our video files.

The Bottom Line The Optimus Me delivers a fast, slick user experience, but we really feel that you need more than 2.8 inches of screen to use Android comfortably.

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7.0 Overall

Design

The sub-AU$200 smartphone range is a pretty drab-looking mob, a collection of small, plastic boxes with a fairly common, uninspiring aesthetic. LG is often the exception to this rule, offering handsets with sharp looks that disguise the lacking hardware beneath the chassis. The Optimus Me is a good example of this; its plastic body is moulded into a nice curved shape, with a steel-grey coloured strip dressing this unit up like a pinstripe along a sharp-looking suit. On the front of the phone, LG adds physical calling buttons in addition to the standard Android navigation keys, and on the back you'll find the handset's 3.2-megapixel camera lens.

Central to your experience with this phone is its 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, and we'll guess that whether you buy this phone or not is a decision based on your impressions of the display. LG opts for HVGA resolution in this already small screen, and the result is small icons, small text onscreen and a tiny QWERTY keyboard to compose messages with. LG does give you the option to convert this small keyboard into a more manageable T9-style keypad, but either way, using this phone for messaging has been a struggle for our stubby sausages.

User experience

If you get past the size and usability of the display, the Optimus Me delivers an impressive user experience and a range of features that you'd probably expect to pay a lot more for. This handset runs on Google's Android operating system (version 2.2) and LG keeps the customisations to a minimum. There are a handful of LG-designed widgets, but this is mostly a stock Google experience.

Most importantly, this is a fast, responsive experience. The touchscreen feels snappy and accurate, so navigating around the five user-customisable homescreens and dipping in and out of applications is fast and gives the appearance of a much more powerful machine than you are actually dealing with.

Camera

Mobile phones under AU$200 don't tend to offer the best in camera technologies, and the Optimus Me is no exception. The 3.2-megapixel camera is minus both a flash and an auto-focus, and the shutter speed is about a second too slow to take a picture with sharp focus. The colours in the images we took were over-saturated, though this is an effect that many people will appreciate rather than reject.

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