Even with the LG Optimus One's share of shortcomings like the lack of LED flash, dedicated camera key, and Flash support, we still hold this Android phone in high regard. Here are 5 reasons that should make budget-conscious consumers think of getting LG's best-selling mobile phone to date.
1) Android 2.2 Froyo
Froyo is and will always be the Optimus One's most attractive feature. (That is, until Gingerbread becomes available to phones other than the Google Nexus S.) Considering Froyo brought many interface and performance enhancements and a strong list of added features (e.g. portable Wi-Fi hotspot) to the Android platform, how can we say otherwise?
2) Android 2.3 Gingerbread
In case you haven't heard the good news, LG has confirmed that the Optimus One will be rocking Gingerbread later this year. The promise of Android's latest iteration boosts its value. Even if throngs of affordable Gingerbread devices hit the Philippine shores in the next few months, we are still willing to bet our lunch money that the Optimus One will continue to be relevant in the Android race, especially after 1 or 2 price drops. We predict this Android is future-proof for at least another year.
3) Build quality
It's a solid piece of hardware. Although it sports an entry-level price tag, its body screams otherwise. The Optimus One is pleasantly heavy, with dedicated face buttons, a volume rocker, and a metallic trim embracing its edges to suggest an upmarket feel. Plus its rubbery, soft coat finish delivers extra grip. And damn, we love how it's perfectly shaped and built to facilitate single-handed use.
4) Voice/speaker quality
One thing that stood out and literally got our attention is great audio quality, which we'd attribute to this Android's loudspeaker. Although some things may be left wanting for audiophiles, we "ordinary" folks think it offers much more than its price tag implies. In-call quality is also top-notch. Voices are highly audible to all parties, across a variety of situations and locations. Overall, telephony with the Optimus One is first-rate.
As of this writing, the LG Optimus One is priced just north of P12,000 at several retail outlets. This puts it in between the popular Samsung Galaxy 5 and HTC Wildfire. And while all 3 are great smartphones in our book, we give more pogi points to the LG Optimus One because it comes preloaded with Froyo (see? We went back to this feature again).