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The title describes what my friend called my new LG phone from my Orange upgrade when I got it...I was quite heartbroken to be honest!
I had never had a smart phone before- I was happy with a good old Nokia brick- a phone I knew where I stood with and how to use easily, but then I thought I ought to get into the modern world and have a new phone that let me go on the internet on the move and have all these fancy apps.
I didn't want to have to pay for an upgrade- something I would have done if I wanted to have an Iphone- and I didn't want to pay lots and lots for a monthly contract to reduce the upfront cost of a handset. Thus the guy on the phone recommended me an LG for free with a 24 month contract for £15 a month including 300mins, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. As it was the first time I had got a phone that let me go on the web anywhere I wasn't sure if 1GB would be enough. I won't talk too much about the contract but I have found that 1GB is enough for daily use (not hours and hours!) and I have downloaded an app which counts the data that I use- a must!
I was impressed when I received the phone- it has the look of an Iphone but is smaller and a lot lighter and less brick like. I find Iphones quite bulky but as the LG is a bit smaller it is a bit more manageable- this is a plus for me.
The screen is probably smaller than an Iphone but usable. It has some buttons on the plastic part of the phone which when pressed turn the screen on and then from there everything is touchscreen. It is really easy to unlock and you can choose which apps to have on your front screen- this is a positve as I want the apps that I use there rather than having to find them through a menu.
It is really easy to use. I will focus mainly on the texting and messages. Really easy to call people- button menu comes up immediately or you can choose to scroll through your contact list or call logs. Texting is also straightforward- predictive text can be used or you can opt for using a keybpard (like a computer). Personally I prefer the predictive text as my fat fingers always seem to press the wrong buttons!! Text messages are kept in conversations which is so much better than "old style" phones which you had to scroll through all recently received messages from all to find several from one contact.
The internet is easy to use and I am a huge fan of putting favoured websites into my bookmarks rather than having to keep googling or typing in the web address which is far too time consuming for my liking! All the websites I have been on have been easy to use and its easy to zoom in and out and navigate around the website.
It comes with several apps already installed facebook, a few games etc and I have found other apps easy to install.
I haven't used the camera that much, but the photo quality that I have achieved have been of good quality and have been easy to upload (on Ebay only so far!)
Battery life is ok. It dies really quickly if you have data enabled all the time (i.e. access to the internet all the time) but if this is switched off it can last up to two days. To be honest even when the battery is on red it isn't nearly dead- have had a fair few hours after red battery has appeared. Wifi can also be used on the phone and have had no problems with it at all, also internet when data has been enabled has been reliable but that is probably more to do with the network that I am on.
My only downside of this phone is that sometimes it can be a bit slow to do things for example if I press messages it takes a fair few seconds to actually access the messages. This can be frustrating when in a rush. Sometimes it can be rectified by going to the app manager and shutting down some of the open apps but not always.
I got this phone free through signing up for a 24 month contract with 3 about 10 months ago so I was keen to pick a phone which would last that long. I have a 3G internet plan and I am a frequent user of my phone for calling and texting throughout the day. In general, the phone is easy to navigate, fast in processing and stylish.
The LG P500 is a touch screen without the option of a physical QWERTY keyboard so fortunately for me, I was used to typing on a small on screen keyboard. I also have slender fingers so pressing multiple buttons at once is not an issue but would be for anyone with any larger fingers and would take some real practice. However, when you have mastered this, the processing is fast which allows you to quickly see when you've made any spelling mistakes whereas with other on screen keyboards it often lags behind and you may have written half of a sentence before it catches up.
The memory is decent, I don't keep a lot of data on my phone but there is certainly enough room to store music and photographs since it comes with a 4GB memory card.
The camera takes clear and reasonably detailed photos despite only being 3 megapixels.
It is stylishly designed, and fits easily into the smallest of hands though typing with two hands is easier and quicker. The back cover is quite scratch-proof with a very slightly rubber-like texture. The screen itself has never malfunctioned and whilst I don't have a cover and I am rather clumsy it has remained rather scratch free in the 10 months I've had it.
The main menus are easy to navigate with all options clearly indicated, it only took me a few hours to memorise the icons in the menu. Especially since there is a set four icons on the main screen once the phone is unlocked, allowing for quick navigation to emails, messaging, phone calling and contacts.
The battery life, however, is not amazing. I do use my phone a lot so with users who don't need to use their phone so frequently or don't use the internet for example, the battery life is bound to be longer. I find it necessary to charge my phone every night to ensure it lasts the entirety of the the following day.
I am using my phone to write this review , and in the last few months I really have enjoyed using it. I picked the p500 up for £149.99 on pay and go on orange
For starters, the screen is 3.2 inches which obviously is not as much as many HTC phones, however the price is far, far smaller. The screen is bright and colourful with a higher resolution than all the competitors including the HTC Wildfire. Also with a full qwerty keyboard you could be effortlessly typing away all day.
Unfortunately because these budget are android phones, the processors are fairly .small and cannot support flash player. However, the web browser Skyfire will play flash videos so do not worry.
Overall, the android system is great compared to iphone and windows phone allowing you the most freedom to download whatever you want and install 3rd party applications. There are also almost 500, 000 applications on the official market place.
The phone has a very sturdy design and is comfortable to hold, making it a great little gadget to keep in your pocket. With GPS and a separate in car interface, it is a sat-nav in its own right. WIFI and 3G are as fast as you will ever need so this phone is perfect for use on the go. All in all, if you are new to smartphones grab this bargain for under £150 and you will be set up and able to go in minutes.
I haven't reviewed for a while but the service from Orange and a new shiny phone has made me want to share this wonderfully pleasant and hassle free experience with all you dooyooers out there...
-- The Predicament / Orange Experience --
So, I was on a £20/month contract with Orange using a Blackberry 8520 Curve (and had been for 18 months) that gave me 300 minutes a month, unlimited texts and 250MB of data per month. After looking around phone shops and online for a while I was thinking right, I'm up for either a Samsung Galaxy S II or an iPhone 4...BUT nowhere had these phones available for free without signing up for a £35/month deal...not what I wanted to pay at all.
So, I phoned the retention/loyalty department at Orange and explained the above plus the fact I'd been with them for almost 5 years. I got the same response in terms of the Samsung or iPhone 4 - it was only free on a minimum of a £35/month contract and that was for 2 years. So, I took a different tact and said OK, what is the cheapest tarrif you can offer me? They came back with £7.50/month for 100 minutes, unlimited text and 250MB of data, but, the phone they offered was a Samsung Tocco Lite - a 2G stinker of a handset by the looks of the web store. So, I said what could you do for £10/month? Then came the midas touch...an offer of 200 minutes per month, unlimited texts and 500MB of data plus the (previously unheard of to me) LG Optimus One / P500...I used to have the LG Shine many moons ago and remembered being suitably impressed, so took the gamble...
-- The Phone --
Being a first time user of an Android based Operating System I was expecting good apps. And yep, the Android Market is absolutely full of them - free and paid for. And Angry Birds is totally free for the full version - a very nice addition over Apple. I was playing with free Apps for probably the best part of two hours before getting slightly bored and hooking the handset up to the PC to add some media.
This was a bit harder than expected. Normally when attaching a new bit of kit to my Dell desktop the driver (bit of software needed to connect the device) is installed automatically. Not so with this one. After Googling around a bit I ended up at the LG site and downloaded a Mobile Support tool which updated the software on my mobile. After 20 minutes or so I was able to drag and drop films, tunes and pictures into the SD card which is a fairly sturdy 2GB that comes free with the phone. However, this is expandable to 32GB (which I've just ordered online for around £20 from a budget site) which makes the memory of this phone absolutely mega.
Navigation is touch screen and I'd say that in itself is a solid 7/10 - the screen lags a tiny bit on web browsing and sometimes in the menus you need to re-press an icon, but in general the 600Mhz processor does fine.
Further additions include a very intuitive way of getting around the Apps and Widgets that come fully loaded, including a large amount of Google orientated functions (Maps, Search, Voice Search, Gmail, YouTube etc). The MP3 Player is incredibly easy to use - just drag and drop your tunes into the main window that opens up once you've gone through the install process and it recognises MP3s as well as MP4s. And you can set these as ringtones by simply holding down your finger on the file itself and selecting 'Use As Phone Ringtone", MUCH EASIER than on iPhone. Had a small stumble around trying to play a .AVI movie file (which is pretty standard) on the inbuilt video player and am still trying to sort it. May be an issue with registering the device with DivX, which you can do with a code from the Settings Menu.
Other than that the phone looks and feels great with a nice weight to it and a pretty sleek design. The four buttons across the bottom of the phone do stand out a bit and take the edge of the design however they do serve a very decent purpose, allowing you to jump to search, home, extra menu and home pages at the touch of a button.
Email set up was an absolute breeze as I have a Gmail account - you simply punch in your username and password and after about 4 or 5 minutes of 'Syncing' I was into my up-to-date Inbox. Plus, having sent an email from my computer, the Sent Item was in my Sent Items within about 30 seconds. Very nice syncing from Google. Not sure about other accounts, but the POP3 Mail function looked to have all the major email providers set up and ready to go.
Just to cap the icing on the very sweet tasting cake, along with the phone (delivered within 48hrs free from Orange) came an LG Car Cradle with cigarette-lighter-USB charger...massive bonus! Instead of forking out close to £100 for a TomTom, this LG combo does the job incredibly nicely, especially with the voice/text add on available for free from the Android Market place, giving you a fully functioning hands-free phone combined with the preloaded SatNav App - an awesome combination.
Overall, well worth the messing about on the phone to Orange for about half an hour to get the best deal. OK, I'm hooked into a 24 month deal, but it's a tenner a month for all the capacity I need, and a damn fine starter of a smartphone...for free. Tonk.
The LG Optimus One is my first smartphone, and I've had it about three months now. I'd been wary of smartphones before because I'm not a great lover of touch screen and I know there's so much they do that I'm just not interested in (gaming, watching videos etc) - plus I can't (or don't want to) afford the £££ for an iphone! But I decided to give this one a go as it seemed to have pretty good reviews and I was able to get it free with all the internet time in the world for £15.32 a month with T mobile - not a bad deal!
So, the verdict so far:
In terms of basic phone functions like making calls and texting I still find the touchphone a bit annoying: it's much easier to slightly miskey or fail to register than you've pressed the screen at all, making texting a bit slower. I've also sometimes missed calls when the slide-to-answer just hasn't picked up. However, I suspected this would be the case - I can't say if it's anything to do with this particular set as I suspect all touch phones would be exactly the same!
On the plus side, all my contacts names, numbers, emails and facebook details synchronise from my Google account - knowing I only have to update contact details in one place is just excellent!
The predictive text function on my phone was really weird - it only seemed to predict names that were in my contact list rather than normal non-proper noun words. HOwever, this problem was easily fixed by downloading a free keyboard app - of which there are several to choose in the Android market place.
And this is where I find Android pretty cool - there are endless apps for pretty much anything you can download. Unlike with iphone (as I understand) there are many free apps as well.
The extra functionality I use most often compared to my old phone is instant access to Twitter, Facebook and my Google account. It can be very handy to be able to check emails away from a computer, and it's good to check out social networking sites when you're bored on a train! The GPS and Google maps functions are also handy.
I do link through to the internet fairly often, but find the small screen of the phone makes this less than a satisfying or particularly efficient way to go. I know there are smartphones out there with a bigger screen size, and I guess every mm counts, but I can't imagine wanting to do too much of this on my phone.
In terms of this handset, I understand it doesn't have the biggest processing power but I don't care as I don't use it for gaming or other things that require a lot of processing. I've used the camera a bit and it's fine for a camera phone but not particularly exciting. I find it quite bulky compared to my old phone, but that's because it needs the bigger screen for accessing internet etc.
I'm fully aware I probably haven't used 90% of this phone's capabilities, but then I suspect a lot of users like me won't. I don't think it's the best phone out there but I think it's probably a really good value deal for those who are new to the smartphone experience - it lets you get used to it, see what you like and don't like, without spending a fortune. Although I moan about the touchscreen for texting and phoning, I can see myself sticking with a touchscreen handset next time as I suspect I'd miss the other functionality too much now!