Pros Android OS, Android Market, Smooth & Responsive touch screen, Exceptional message and text functionality on virtual qwerty (Android) keyboard, Decent web speeds considering it is CDMA 1X, Good battery life once you make a few adjustments
Cons Too many (perhaps unnecessary) applications are installed out of the box by MetroPCS, CPU is slower than other Android phones & screen resolution is lower than other Android phones. THAT SAID, none of these CONS are major deal breaking factors for me
Summary I felt compelled to write a review on this phone because I simply think it is an exceptional value... both in a quality feature rich device and in level of functionality it delivers on a CDMA network for the bargain price of $50 per month. I will quickly tell you that I have been a Metro customer for over 3 years and AT&T/Cingular prior to that. I am no stranger to smart phones as I have logged time on the IPhone 3G and three different Windows Mobile devices. This is my first Android phone and somewhere between this solid LG device, what the Android Market has to offer, and the value of an all inclusive prepaid MetroPCS plan, I AM SOLD! As a user, I consider myself a HEAVY MESSAGER meaning I sync email from Exchange and Yahoo all day long, respond to messages using the virtual qwerty, browse the internet sporadically throughout the day, and use it for approx 1.5 - 3 hours per day in calls. Now, here is my opinion on specific areas of the LG Optimus M: Call Quality is "very good", as in better than the Samsung Code (which I thought was the best to that point). I haven't had anybody complain that they could not hear me and there is usually enough flexibility in the volume control to hear them clearly. The speaker phone is "fair", as in it works but perhaps not loud enough to be heard over people in a car or loud road noise. I honestly think the Samsung code was louder and even more clear. Also, the speaker seems to crackle a bit on higher volumes on this LG. Texting and responding to email is "something better than good" and perhaps even similar in terms of feel and layout to that of an IPhone. The majority of my past phones have had slide or fold out qwerty keyboards so this was of concern to me. Though, like on the IPhone, it won't be long before you can really move on the Android keyboard. Be sure to switch from the (default) Swype keyboard if you don't intend to use that functionality or it will be sure to irritate you, as it did me initially. My only keyboard gripe here is that since it is a virtual keyboard (I prefer landscape mode), you don't really have a feeling sense of your home keys. So, that could affect your accuracy if you aren't paying attention. That said, it will keep up with your key strokes, accurate or not. The way that this phone receives and deals with various email accounts, SMS, and MMS messages is "perfect" for me. If you have seen how email looks on the IPhone, then this interface will look familiar to you. Internet speed and the default Metro browser is "good" as is definitely NOT as slow as people think it is. Add Opera Mini for free from the Android market and I think you'll be impressed. Between both those browsers, I would upgrade the Internet experience to "something better than good" and it definitely is the best out of any of the phones I have had on Metro (Kyocera Switchback, flashed HTC Touch Pro, Samsung Code). GPS and Metro Navigator is "Very Good". I don't use it that often but when I do, I typically elect to use Metro Navigator which I happen to believe is a solid added value Metro GPS application with spoken street names. Battery life was "OK" and I can officially upgrade that to "GOOD" since I made a few adjustments (turn off GPS when not being used, turn off WiFi when not being used, lower display brightness, use a kill application utility, etc...). Now, it is not as good as the Samsung Code (assuming you were diligent about using your task manager) but it is very acceptable considering how power hungry Androids are. After sporadic use and email synchronization all day (about 16 hours), it will usually have one yellow tick of battery life left. The screen is bright, clear, and very responsive to the touch. I would say it is "Good", as perfectly acceptable and presentable for my type of use. I have not played any movies on it yet, but plan to see what a clean video rip looks like on it this weekend. As a MP3 player (using the player that came bundled with the device), it is functional, intuitive, basic as in "It does the job" but I have to assume there is something with a lot more appeal out there on the Android market ready for you to download. In general, I can't get over the value and (software expandable) functionality of this device! If you travel at all, you may consider leveraging Wi Fi and using free applications that integrate perfectly with the Android OS like Skype or Google Voice. Maybe add Pandora to further enhance your Optiimus experience? For me personally, the phone has exceeded expectations. ...my .02 cents, my opinion... I hope it is helpful to you.I forgot to add how useful the VOICE TO TEXT recognition is for Google searching and responding to messages when you don't have a free hand or if you are simply feeling lazy. It is surprisingly accurate. As others have said, the phone is worth the money and it does look better than the other LG Optimus carried by the other providers, and given that it is the same base model phone, I am hoping that it is "tried and true" in terms of design and dependability. I had seriously considered the other Android phone that Metro offers, but I am glad that I selected the LG Optimus M.
Updated on Dec 17, 2010
Pros Everything about this phone ROCKS. If you are kinda thinking about getting this phone.....or even if you are not thinking about it.....DO NOT HESSITATE! This is the best $220 dollars i have EVER spent. I cannot think of ONE thing wrong.
Cons THERE ISNT ONE! this phone is PERFECT to the T! You can do ANYTHING you want on this phone! Best phone ive EVER had!
Summary Okay in conclusion, this is the best phone i have ever come into contact with. I think it even beats the Iphone. This phone has soooo many apps, and it is completely customizable. You can customize about anything on it. Also, when they say smart phone....It truly is! I think its smarter than i am sometimes, This has the be the BEST thing ive spent alot of money on. Yeah $200 is alot of money, but EVER PENNY IS WORTH IT. I am totally obessed with phones. I am not going to lie, i am also VERY PICKY about my phones. I can usually find atleast ONE thing wrong with it....but this phone is so completely EPIC....i cant think of one...No wait...i do know one. They're arent any hard cases out for it just yet, but it is brand spankin new so i dontt blame anyone for that.
Only thing is I would make sure to give this phone to someone who will take care of it, Yes the phone DOES come with a screen protector....but that doesnt mean you can just throw it around. Be careful with this phone because touch screens are very sensitive, you can mess it up quick if your not careful.' No they dont have hard cases out just yet....but in the mean time, buy a leather case for it, like body glove or something. That will help protect the phone whenever you go places. Yeah its alittle bulcky but it will work for now until the hard cases come out.
Seriously this phone is realllly high tech....so dont get it for someone who will have noooo idea how to use it, Example someone reaaaalllly old or someone reaaaalllly young,
Bottom line, amazing, simply amazing phone, I'd give it endless amount of stars if i could.
Pros vibrating touch, app features
Cons THIS PHONE HAS A MANUTACTURE GLITCH!!!!
Summary I am so pissed I bought this phone. 1 month and 3 days later it just freezes up. I have spent entire day watching dummy after dummy take the battery out and say "wow , it is not the battery". I just called LG customer service and before i could finish explaining my problem. Customer care guy says" I sorry that is a manufacturing problem we are gonna have to replace phone. Heknew what the problem was before I could tell him. This phones should not have been put out for sale . They cant retrieve any data and the sd card goes crazy on computer . All of my work info is gone.
Pros 1. Great Price
2. Contract free
3. Pretty responsive for older specs
4. Good build quality
5. Decent battery life for a smartphone
Cons 1. This phone will not work on MetroPCS's 4g network (their 3g is very slow)
2. Dialer cannot handle +1 in front of phone numbers (inserts 011 even though we're in the US).
3. Internal memory of the phone is tight, fills FAST.
Summary Ultimately I had to return the device because I would have had to go through all my Google contacts (250 of them) to re-format the phone numbers without +1 in front of them. I called LG support and posted my question on multiple boards but was finally told the LG Dialer was working as designed. This is lazy programming. Furthermore, if I changed all my numbers then when I'm overseas my other devices would then incorrectly dial the numbers.
If network speed is a high priority for you, then you will be disappointed. Even casual surfing on metropcs can be painful. The network can barely keep up with email requests, but I was willing to overlook the slow speed for the flat $50 a month that no other carrier in my area can match.
Down the road, upgrade-ability of the phone remains a question mark. It's unclear if or when future version of Android would ever be made available. Given the speed of the network and Over-the-Air update seems highly improbably and most likely would bring the carrier to its knees. This requires users purchasing this phone be comfortable with connecting to a PC to install future updates that will most likely be provided by LG.
Free internal memory can be filled easily and if you search on message boards, you will see this question pop up frequently. Casual users will not want to "root" their phone and may be frustrated.
Pros Android OS 2.2
Better looking than the rest of the LG Optimus
Way better than the Blackberry Curve-- IMO
Summary The LG Optimus M is a great starter Android phone, just like the Blackberry Curve 8330 was a good starter blackberry phone. As starters there are going to be some limitations, but as a former user of the BB Curve 8330 and a current user of the LG Optimus M I have to say that my LG Android surpasses my ex BB Curve.
I give everything on this phone a 9 or 10 with the exception of the camera and the battery. Flash should've been added to the camera and like every other android (and even Blackberry) phones out there, the battery is nothing to write home to mother about.
With the LG Optimus M, I am able utilize all the android apps, use my google apps, listen to my vmail, write an email or two, stream pandora, download music onto my 2GB SD (with an upgradeable 32 GB) surf the web, watch youtube videos, Facebook, tweet, post to my business website, my personal tumblr, and look at Adobe Flash websites. Need I go on? For $249 I got a fabulous phone with the Android 2.2 (froyo) OS.
I am able to write emails and text fast and w/o misspelled words! Visually speaking this is by far the BEST LOOKING LG Optimus out there. Very refined, durable, and easy on the hands.
NO there is no 3G, but I am still able to surf the Internet and download android apps w/o Wifi FAST. With Wifi, the internet is SUPER FAST. Also the calls are clear and loud, and the reception is up to par. Go Metro! (n I am based in NYC). As a bootstrapping entrepreneur this phone works wonderful for me, and it is easy on the pocket which allows me to spend money on other important things like rent or on other business matters.
If you are expecting a Droid X, EVO, or Incredible then you need to either go to Sprint or Verizon. A fair comparison would be Droid (Droid 2 or X) vs. HTC ( EVO or Incredible) and Samsung vs. LG