First Impression: LG Optimus S

The Optimus S by LG, an affordable Android handset for Sprint.

Yesterday the Optimus S arrived at my doorstep.  I’ve been looking forward to this phone.  It’s weird to say, because it is a midrange phone, but the price point is what gets me:  $49.99 with a new two-year contract.

I was surprised when I opened the box and found one of the nicest feeling phones yet.  The outer casing is nothing like the slippery plastic of other smartphones that I have been using recently.  It has a very Nexus-like feel to it.  It has a small screen with low resolution, but it works.  My biggest issue so far is the touch interface seems to not quite register my finger swipes occasionally.  The battery life has been absolutely amazing, most likely due to the small screen and low speed processor.

I haven’t used this phone much but I am actually very happy with it.  With its inclusion of Android 2.2 and a mostly stock experience it is a great little device.  My mom will be using it for a few days (no Android experience, or smartphone for that matter) to see if the Optimus S could work as a great introductory phone.  I will be reporting back as soon as she shares her experience with me.


  • Carrier: Sprint
  • Camera: 3.2 Megapixel Autofocus Camera & Camcorder with Flash
  • Smartphone: Androidâ„¢-Powered
  • Music Player: Music Player for MP3, WMA, AAC, & AAC+
  • Qwerty: Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
  • Touch Screen: Large 3.2″ External Touch Screen with Tactile Feedback
  • Speaker Phone: One-Touch Speakerphone
  • Bluetooth: Version: 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • Web: Full HTML Web Browser with Google Search
  • HAC: Hearing Aid Compatible (M4/T4-Rating)
  • Technology: CDMA
  • Frequency: 1.9 GHz CMDA PCS, 800 MHz CDMA (Digital Dual-Band)
  • DataTransmission: EVDO Rev-A
  • Processor: MSM7627 dual core processor: 600 MHz applications processor, 400 MHz modem processor
  • Dimensions: 4.23″ (H) x 2.28″ (W) x 0.47″ (D)
  • Weight: 4.06 oz.
  • Display: 16M Color CGS, 480 x 320 Pixels, 3.2”
  • Battery: 1,500 mAh
  • Usage Time: Up to 5 Hours
  • Anonymous

    This is dual core? Pretty good for your 49 bucks!

  • Crankstercat

    If you can’t download the sprint I’d pack you can’t activate the phone