LG Optimus V – Virgin Mobile entry-level Android smartphone
Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V is no-contract entry-level Android smartphone. With this phone you will stay connected and productive on the go at the affordable price of $145 for the handset and Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk plan for $35/month for surfing the internet and texting.
The LG Optimus V is almost identical to the Optimus S and the Optimus U. It is quite thin like other phones, pocket-friendly, 4.47 inches long, 2.32 inches wide and 0.52 inch thick with a smooth soft-touch finish, but it’s color is pure black unlike slate gray color of other phones. Its intuitive 3.2-inch touch-screen interface has a great touch response. It is colorful since it supports 16.7 million colors and 320×480-pixel resolution. Swipe is an additional option for the LG Optimus V users. Swype text input helps in providing much faster texting. Home screen design looks as expected, in a gradient of red to black colors which are Virgin Mobile colors with a few built-in Virgin Mobile apps.
The LG Optimus V is an Android™ 2.2 smartphone. It operates on CDMA 1900MHz networks, which provides users with reliable wireless communication. It has 3G in the form of EV-DO Rev. A and Wi-Fi Internet capabilities for better speed and performance. Even though it does not play Flash video in the browser due to the hardware lacking, you will still be able to play Flash videos with YouTube and third party apps.
Use separate app for setting up your own POP3/IMAP e-mail account and for corporate e-mail use Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Many Google apps and features as a Google search bar (with voice search), Google Talk, Gmail and Google Calendar sync are available as well as a few third-party apps like Where, Scvngr, Twidroyd, Poynt, AirG Chat and Virgin Mobile Live for streaming music from Virgin Mobile Festival artists(free), with the LG Optimus V. Also, you will have access to social sites like Facebook and Twitter as well as to My Accounts app for keeping track of your minutes.
The phone has internal memory of 170MB with a MicroSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of memory. In that extra memory you will be able to store pretty good quality pictures and videos taken by a 3.2-megapixel camera and built-in camcorder as well as music that unfortunately, will not come from the Amazon MP3 Store app (since the LG Optimus V doesn’t come with it) , but from the Android Marketplace.
Also this phone has Bluetooth and GPS that can be used from Google Maps, Latitude, Places, and Scvngr but what it doesn’t have is mobile hot-spot capabilities. Even though the phone has only a 600MHz processor, only minor delays when navigating the phone are reported. The phone also comes with rechargeable lithium-ion battery, combo charger, USB cable and 2GB microSD memory card.
Seems like the LG Optimus V has everything that an entry-level Android smartphone suppose to have.