"BEST MetroPCS has to offer, BEST I've owned, BEST value"4.5 starson by dingo2048
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