LG Optimus T Titanium Review
By Ruben Corbo on November 1st, 2011The LG Optimus is a basic starter phone for someone considering their first smart phone. It is basic in both size and design, but does come with the usual smartphone trinkets (not least a touch-screen design). The Optimus T is certainly one of the more affordable options on the market, putting it in the bracket of a capable budget phone. However, as with all phones of such a variety, it comes with a few negatives which detract from the experience as a whole.
Despite the low cost of the phone, it certainly doesn’t short fall when it comes to its stylish design. The phone is 4.47 inches tall, 2.32 inches in width and 0.52 inch in girth. Its profile is simple but eloquent. It has rounded corners and a curved coating on the back, accompanied by a nicely textured material. Overall the phone is reminiscent of LG’s feature phones, both in regards to the style of the phone and its size. It has a comfortable fit in the palm of your hand which is helped by its lightweight structure (weighing it at a total of 4.55 ounces). Whilst it doesn’t have the industrial design of other phones on the market, its construction is sturdy and durable.
The screen is 3.2 inches in size with a rich 16.7-million color LCD display. Its resolution is 320x480 and is sharp, vibrant and colorful. The icons on the screen are definitive, with the crisp overlay enhancing the graphical interface. As with all Android smart phones, located below the screen are four shortcut buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search.
The phone features the Android 2.2 interface which is a surprising addition for a phone in this price bracket. The SWYPE and virtual keyboard are improved and spaciously laid out. Other advantages of the operating system include the ability to store apps on a memory card, voice dialling over Bluetooth and Facebook integration. Connection options including all the core technologies currently on the market, namely Wi-Fi, 3G and Wi-Fi hotspot.
It has all the other standard hardware and software capabilities pertaining to a phone of this range, such as quad-band world roaming, voice dialling, conference calling etc. The multimedia options on the phone are pretty standard but the speaker quality could do be improved.
As for the other hardware, the phone houses a 600 MHz processor. This is probably the main part of the phone which falls short against smartphone competition. The processor isn’t drastically slow, but isn’t fast enough to ensure a lag-free experience. It is an issue that becomes increasingly more apparent under high demanding applications. The internal memory of the phone, at a positively low 170MB, is another significant let down. The memory can be subsidised by a 32GB SD card but of course this comes at additional cost. There is, however, a 2GB SD card included with the phone.