V3.co.uk has got its hands on the LG Optimus One, which has seen more than one million units fly off the shelves, just over a month after going on sale.
The Optimus One doesn't demand attention like some of its larger Android relatives. With dimensions of 113.5 mm x 59mm x 13.3 mm and weighing 129g, the device is small and comfortable to hold. The handset is of similar size and weight to the BlackBerry Bold 9700 , which has dimensions of 109 mm x 60 mm x 14 mm and weighs 122g.
Build quality appears solid, with a metal band running around the outside of the device and a good firm back cover. On the back there is a 3-megapixel camera.
The LG comes with Android 2.2, packing all the usual layout and features that are expected from a device running the Google operating system.
There are five homescreens, which are customisable with widgets, application shortcuts and folders. LG hasn't given the device any fancy overlays, choosing to keep the interface simple.
A 600Mhz processor powers the device, together with 512MB RAM, putting this in the midrange in terms of raw speed. However, when swiping between homescreens and opening most applications, no significant lag is apparent.
With a 320 x 480 resolution, the 3.2in HVGA display is unlikely to win any awards, but it is reasonable. The touch screen is responsive the majority of the time, but on occasion some buttons do need to be pushed more than once to be activated.
Internet browsing is surprisingly good, with the screen just about big enough to provide a comfortable viewing experience. It is certainly faster and easier to read web pages on the Optimus than on the Bold 9700.
The device does have pinch-to-zoom, but disappointingly text is not reformatted when using this method.
Text input seems a bit of a mixed bag. The keys appear very narrow in portrait mode and are wider in landscape mode. Further testing is required to see how easy typing is, but it does appear users with larger hands could struggle with input.
LG supplies a handful of applications, including ThinkFree Office, Facebook, Twitter as well as several Google apps. A really useful app is the Update notification, which can be activated when a Wi-Fi connection is established and informs users of the latest upgrades.
With the Android Market stocking over 100,000 apps, there are plenty of apps to choose from.
V3.co.uk will post a full review of the LG Optimus One and a video demo soon.
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