Pros Android 2.2; Small and Light Form Factor; Feels well Built; Hard Keys for Main Functions; 32G possible in Memory Slot
Cons Sluggish at spots; Videos in Web Browser; Limited System Memory
Summary I had been holding off on getting my 14 year old the Android phone he has been begging for because of the cost of the phone. Teenagers can kill things quick and I didn't want to be out $200-$500 if that happened.
So, the answer has been "NO" until now. Yesterday, we went to see the new LG Optimus T because it was Android and only $30 on an upgrade. I expected a phone that was very sloooooow and that really wasn't usable as an Android device. I also expected an old version of Android running on it.
To preface my observations - personally, I have a G2 (a great and very fast phone that runs Android 2.2).....
I was pleasantly surprised. Here is what I observed:
-the phone runs the latest version of Android (2.2)
-while the phone is sluggish in spots, it was nowhere near what I thought. Also, the sluggishness that I did notice was very short (time length)
-the screen is vibrant and seems to work very well (very responsive). Also it is capacitive, which I prefer.
-the phone is light but does not feel cheap in the hand
-I love the fact that it has actual keys for the 4 main Android buttons (I wish the G2 had this)
-I wish they had put in more internal memory - but I understand that this is supposed to be a starter phone for Android
Overall, I was impressed enough to get one for my son. He's thrilled as you can imagine. I'll post back here after awhile of him using it. I'm curious how it will stand up to a teenager's use (or abuse).
Pros Capacitive screen, Android 2.2, very sturdy feel, easy to use, ability to create wifi "hotspot".
Cons Slight lag at times (very slight). only 2GB of SD storage, but you can buy MicroSD cards for cheap these days.
Summary LOL, this baby is the "jetBlue" of smartphones! Cost so much less than the big boys while giving you practically the same thing with a moderate scale down. It will make you happy you chose it, because you'll expect less because of the lower price, but you'll wind up getting more than you bargained for. In other words this is a true value added purchase.
The Android 2.2 platform alone is well worth the purchase, but the construction of the phone, the sharp screen, the intuitive home screen, google maps, exception sound quality for entertainment and calls (haven't had a dropped call yet), and you can create a private wifi hotspot to use your laptop. All in all, this is probably the best purchase I've made in 2010. I highly recommend this phone.
Pros Processor works very fast - on par with top of line models. 2.2 froyo is excellent, no freezes or crashes. Battery life better than expected - med/heavy usage holds charge for ~about 2 days. Calls over WiFi is nice in bad reception areas.
Cons Screen could have nicer resolution and be larger in general, flash for camera would be nice as well as a dedicated camera button, but missing probably because of how low priced it is- with that in mind, doesn't bother me that much.
Summary Coming from an iPhone 3g, and earlier, a Blackberry Curve, this phone holds up to my expectations and then some. The phone blew me away with how zippy it is - navigates web pages, data-rich applications and the like with ease, and Froyo is a very intuitive and polished operating system. Its is very customizable, a feature akin to android and definitely aims to please. People, seriously don't pass this up just because its considered "entry level" and cheap - you can make minor tweaks and adjustments to have it set just the way you like it with high performance output. Would definitely recommend it to anyone!In regards to other users comments about memory; the device is expandable up to 32gb. I found a 16gb micro sd card on amazon for $25 and am very satisfied with it, more than enough memory for all my music to be uploaded to it. Recommend others do the same :-)
Updated on Nov 11, 2010
Pros Android 2.2 is a majorly resounding plus. I love the really vanilla build on the LG Optimus T. No bulky user interface to bog down the phone. Swype is amazing. The processor seems fast to me. Very affordable
Cons I have noticed very few cons for this device. My connection speed isn't the most expedient but that very well could be due to my location.
Summary I am a first time smartphone owner, and overall I'm very pleased with my purchase. In fact, I used it to write this entire review. Very quick with swype.
Pros this is my first smart android phone i had bought,i just love it and i had asked other people about their smart phones that cost 200plus dollars and to my understanding they do the same thing.
Cons when i first bought the phone the phone calls would drop and my phone would freeze and now it runs normaly,
Summary i learn if you restart the device once a week it improves the quality and performance