LG Optimus V (Virgin Mobile) – With Android 2.2 OSCell Phones — on November 15, 2011 at 6:05 am | Comment Now
LG Optimus V comes with Google features and apps like Google search bar along with voice search, Gmail, Google Calendar sync, YouTube, and Google Talk. This is a Virgin Mobile handset and hence you get plenty of third party apps from the service provider as well like AirG Chat, Poynt, Twidroydd, Virgin Mobile Live, and Scvngr. Through Virgin Mobile Live you can stream music from the Virgin Mobile Festival artists free of cost. There is also a My Accounts app through which you can keep a track of the minutes that you have used.
LG Optimus V lets you set up the IMAP/POP3 account in separate app and if you wish to use corporate e-mail, this handset has support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync too. Other features worth mentioning here are speaker phone, vibrate mode, conference calling, calculator, voice dialing, calendar, visual voice mail, and multimedia and text messaging. This phone has usual Android video and music players. Amazon MP3 Store app isn’t available but you can get it from Android Marketplace. For storing content, there is 170 MB of internal memory and the external card slot can support up to 32 GB cards.
LG Optimus V has a 3.2 megapixel camera and its quality is quite similar to other Optimus handsets. The photos look quite decent but the colors aren’t as vibrant and sharp as I’d have expect. This camera can also record videos.
For testing, I used the LG Optimus V along with Virgin Mobile in the city of San Francisco. The quality of call was good; there was good clarity and volume for the incoming calls and there was no occasional background hiss that I see on other phones. Voices were natural sounding too.
On the other side, my friends said that they could hear me clearly. They did find my voice digitized and muddly sometimes. There weren’t any difficulties in the volume levels until we didn’t turn the speakerphone on. The speaker phone was sounding faraway and muffled.
The 3G speeds on the LG Optimus V are impressive, I could load a standard Web page in about ten seconds and videos on YouTube didn’t have a lot of buffering time too. This entry level smartphone is equipped with a 600 MHz processor but still I was impressed by the fact that there weren’t a lot of hiccups or delays while using the phone.
The rated talk time of this phone is 11 hours and the standby time is 18.75 days. In my tests, I got talk time of just a little over five hours.