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LG Optimus One P500 review

From free depending on contract; £209 inc VAT (SIM free)

Manufacturer: LG Mobile

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

LG's Optimus One P500 is a great example of an affordable yet highly functional Google Android smartphone. Updated 23 March 2011

The Optimus One was a big seller for LG in 2010, and one of the most successful budget Android lines. The LG Optimus One P500 update offers a 3.2in touchscreen display, but sensibly also touts hardware buttons for basic forward, back and zoom in and out functions. 

With a 320x480-pixel resolution, it’s not the crispest smartphone display you’ll find, nor does it support multitouch. The 600MHz CPU does the job, though, and you get both Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3G connectivity. As a Froyo 2.2 device, it also supports Wi-Fi tethering.

We liked the UMA feature that Orange offers on this handset. UMA helps prolong battery life by auto-routing calls over Wi-Fi where available, and switching off the cellular radio. LG has made battery management a priority in any case, putting options to turn off the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on the main screen. 

As is standard with Android, contact management, email and web browsing are solid, and there’s a host of apps accessible directly from the preinstalled Android Market. 
On the down side, the Optimus One doesn’t support Flash and its camera is a rather lowly 3Mp model - 5Mp is now the standard for most smartphones. 

According to LG, the Optimus One’s powerful 1,500mAh battery offers up to 7.5 hours of talk time.

Next page: Our original review of the LG Optimus One P500, from November 2010 >>

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LG Optimus One P500 Scores 8.2 out of 10 based on 470 reviews
Quad-band Android smartphone
600MHz processor
170MB internal memory
3.2in (320x480) TFT capacitive touchscreen with 256,000 colours
3.2Mp camera with geotagging
FM radio
talk time: 8 hours
standby time: 700 hours
1-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

A budget smartphone that offers some great features, the LG Optimus One P500 is well worth a second look. Unlike some other cheap handsets, it runs Android 2.2 Froyo rather than 2.1 Eclair.

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