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I bought this phone after my old phone got water damaged. I paid £45 for the LG Optimus One which is quite reasonable to be honest . This phone is perfect if you don't have much cash and need a mobile in a hurry, if you do have the time and cash though the wise choice would be "don't pick this phone". I believe it was released in 2010 so its got an old look to the menus and home screen. I tried to download one of the most popular apps at the moment (Temple run 2) but it did not work, so I think there will be difficulty's with many more modern apps from the Google play store. The biggest fault with this phone is the battery life, it is soo soo poor. I listen to music on it when I'm traveling home from work, my journey takes around 35 to 40 minutes. I leave work with 100% battery and the time I get home I have around 60% battery power left. As I said this phone is good for emergencies or a back up phone but not great for much more than that.
I purchased this smartphone because I was looking for something that was basic, lightweight, and pretty small, and this met all of the requirements.
This phone was released in 2010, so it's on the old side especially in technology, but for someone looking to do basic smartphone features, this will work fine. The speed of the processor is good for surfing the web and running apps. The storage is acceptable for holding several apps, but if you're looking to install 50+ apps, you might be uninstalling some before installing others. There is an microSD card slot for additional storage to use for pictures and music
The screen display is 320 x 480 pixels with a 3.2 inch screen. While this isn't all that great, it's better than most basic smart phones and still clear enough to see everything that you need to see. The screen itself is very responsive to the touch, but I do suggest putting a screen protector on to keep it clean and scratch free.
The camera comes with a 3.1 megapixel camera. Again, good for basic phones, but doesn't compare at all to the 8 or 10 megapixel cameras that are being installed in phones today. I've taken pictures with it in a pinch, but I wouldn't replace my digital camera with it.
The sound quality on this phone is pretty good. I use the media player when I ride my bike, and I can easily hear my music through the speaker outdooors.
Voice and sound quality are also good. I've never had a problem with people hearing me clearly or me hearing them clearly.
Overall, this is a really great phone for the basic smartphone user. I would suggest this to anyone looking for a phone to check e-mail, surf the webs, and run basic apps.
After much consideration i finally chose the LG Optimus 500 in 2012
What drew me to it initially was the fact it was neither an apple or blackberry product.
The second big bonus is the free satnav that comes built into the phone. This meant that the package i got came with a mount for the car and an in car charger as standard.
I have downloaded many apps throught the google store without incident and have 3 hours of music stored on my phone.
I have never had a connection problem and the GPS is highly accurate.
My phone is due to be upgraded December 2012 and I am not looking forward to this. From some cursory searches i have so far found nothing that i would be happy to replace my LG with :-(
Minor flaws are that as the LG optimus nears the end of its life expectancy (in the last 4 months before it is due to be upgraded) it can be prone to 'tantrums' when it freezes and the battery need to be removed.
I have had to factory reset my phone once due to dropping it but was able to salvage most of my pictures/music and contacts by copying them to the SD card or sim.
I have had to buy 4 replacement chargers for my LG Optimus but this was more to do with me not looking after them. As it is a small contact point the smallest squish of the charger can render it useless.
Being a bit of a clutz I ordered a silicone skin for my LG and it has survived being dropped, thrown and stood on literally hundreds of times to very little detriment. Even the screen has survived and has no scratches despite the protective sticker being removed.
I love my LG Optimus 500 and will be very sad at upgrade time. However instead of recycling or selling my phone i will be keeping it as my spare.