LG Optimus One P500

The Good Runs the latest version of Android, 2.2; responsive capacitive touchscreen; cheap; packed with smart-phone features.

The Bad Low-resolution screen; ugly LG software icons; looks boring; no Flash support.

The Bottom Line The LG Optimus One P500 smart phone packs plenty of punch, offering all the joys of Android 2.2 at a rock-bottom price. We just wish LG's tweaks to Android didn't look so clumsy.

Editors' Rating
7.5 Overall

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Review

LG Optimus One P500

Budget Android handsets are getting so good that it's making us all tingly. The LG Optimus One P500 is available now for free on the low contract price of £20 per month, which means it will soon become even cheaper. It's also available for £250 SIM-free. For those prices, you'll get nine-tenths of the great features of Android 2.2, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.

Android hit with the ugly stick

The Optimus One isn't the best-looking budget smart phone (check out the HTC Wildfire for a budget Android phone that looks the business). But it's not hideous either. It's just rather plasticky. We like the clicky physical buttons on the front, despite their ugly chrome trim, because they're easier to use than the touch-sensitive kind that are popping up with increasing frequency. 

We could go on and on endlessly about the great features of Android, but we'll limit ourselves to giving just a few examples. Its email support is excellent, offering the ability to add all your accounts, including Outlook email using Microsoft Exchange. There's a separate email client if you use Gmail or Google Apps, and Android supports multiple accounts too. 

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