LG Optimus One P503 Mobile Phone Review

By on December 28, 2010
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Possibly the best medium-end Android handset.

Good: Awesome size, excellent battery life, Arabic support and comes equipped with Android 2.2
Bad: No notification LED, underwhelming performance with certain applications.
Price: AED 1399
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

LG does a bit of customization to the Android interface as well. Starting off, you can select between five or seven home screens and the fixed bar at the bottom offers five shortcuts instead of three found on stock Android. You also get a nice weather and calender widgets however, the coolest thing for me is the wall paper of Sheikh Zayed Road. It shows you that LG has actually put some work towards customizing their phone for the region. The Dialer is also slightly modified- you can search for contacts using your keypad instead of the keyboard which helps find someone quickly.

On the usability sides of things, the Optimus proves to be reasonably zippy with its interface, even though it is powered by a 600MHz CPU. I’m sure some of that has to do with the fact that it is running on Android 2.2 though there are times when you can see the phone struggling. The smaller screen has a lower 480×320 resolution but that really did not turn out to be an issue.

What can be a minor annoyance is the smaller 3.2” screen size of the LG Optimus One. While the smaller screen helps making the unit more portable, it also makes the onscreen keyboard cramped which slowed down my typing speed. Thus, you need to rotate the device in landscape mode whenever you want to use the keyboard at a comfortable pace.

I was quite impressed by the battery life on the LG Optimus One. It’s one of the fewer Android handsets that can last almost two days on a single charge and this is due to the high capacity 1500mAh 5.6Wh battery that LG equips the handset with. The 3MP camera on the other hand, is pretty average and the absence of flash only makes it usable under decently lighted conditions. While the camera itself is not that great, the bundled application with the camera is pretty slick.

Overall, the LG Optimus One is an excellent offering from LG for someone looking to venture into Android territory. It’s equipped with Froyo 2.2 and has a pretty impressive battery life along with a reasonably zippy interface and lots of localization including Arabic support. Priced at AED 1399 (US$380), I’ll say that the LG Optimus One is the best mid-priced Android Mobile Phone available today.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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  • R4 DS

    Well, I m looking to buy an Android based phone in February, so I take suggestions from you all LG phones that Optimus has read the details here – LG Optimus An Android SmartPhone 2.2 Review and immediately I came here for advice on this model.

  • Moh’d Babtin

    تقرير رائع اخوي عباس

    كيف التعريب
    ومحاذاة الكتابة
    وهل الماركت يظهر عندك
    لاني قرات بعض المواضيع ان الماركت لا يعمل

  • Hash

    Android without Market is only half Android. Just buy it overseas!

  • خالد ضيف الله

    أعجبني جدا هذا الهاتف و أرغب في شراؤه، لكني عرفت أنه لا يدعم الفلاش..فهل إذا قمت بتحديث النظام للنسخة 2.3 يستطيع دعم الفلاش؟؟؟
    و لكم جزيل الشكر..

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