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 >>