So here’s a look at LG’s new Android phone and slightly tweaked Android 2.2 user interface, along with screenshots of anything else we stumbled across that looks of interest. This is a bit like a proper review. Are one million people currently very happy? Let’s find out.
The Optimus One features Android 2.2 and LG has only done a little bit of design work on it. The dock’s been altered to feature four icons and the app drawer launcher, freeing up a bit more Home screen space for everything else.
LG’s other significant tweak is the chance to organise your phone’s apps into “Categories” – which separates the app drawer into user-definable groups of icons. It’s nice to be able to put stuff you like at the top, at least.
Three UK has installed a few little apps, but nothing too intrusive. Wi-fi hotspot mode is IN, and the only Three-branded things we can find are a few web bookmarks and Three’s own Bookmarks app. Nothing too oppressive.
The Optimus One’s screen resolution is 320×480 – very much the norm at the cheaper/mid end of the Android phone range. The screen is capacitive, nice and sensitive and seems accurate enough.
That’s the default Android 2.2 keyboard on the left and LG’s slightly customised “LG Keyboard” to the right. There’s not much difference between the two. Both still insist on busting out the numbers to a separate screen. Which is madness. But you can have a numeric keypad, if you prefer.
Web browsing is the stock Android 2.2 experience with zero modifications. You do get multitouch support in the LG Optimus, so pinch-to-zoom scrolling is possible. Zooming isn’t buttery smooth, with the odd crunch when getting around – as you’d expect from a phone a 600MHz processor.
Text also looks a bit rough until you zoom in on it, although everything’s perfectly readable. We’re probably just a bit spoilt from spending too much time using our higher-res HTC Desire screen. Oh, and there’s NO FLASH PLAYER, due to processor limitations.
Same old rather clunky Android default text highlighting options. Not ideal for people who make a living from copying & pasting things off the internet.
But we’ve been enjoying using it so far, nonetheless. Tomorrow we’ll fire up the camera and take some picture samples for you. If you’ve got any burning questions about the LG Optimus One, pop up a comment or social network it to us somehow and we’ll attempt an answer.