The LG Optimus V is the newest smart phone to come to Virgin Mobile. The only other smart phone available for Virgin Mobile is the Samsung Intercept. The LG Optimus V costs 150 dollars and the Samsung Intercept costs 170 dollars. The LG Optimus V is a great smart phone and it is a better buy than the Intercept for Virgin Mobile.
The LG Optimus V runs on Android Froyo and the Intercept won’t get this version of Android until the Spring. The main drawback of the Optimus V is that is doesn’t have a physical keyboard like the Intercept does. It has the Android keyboard as well as Swype that work just fine. Also, there is the option to use the voice function to write. It doesn’t work very well though. This is an extremely fast phone where the Intercept can be very slow.
The touch screen is very responsive and sometimes it can be a little too responsive. When using the mp3 player if a person decides to put it in their pocket it might accidentally touch something and change the song. It can be annoying, but the settings can be adjusted to try to help minimize the problem. The mp3 on this phone is great and very easy to use. The sound quality is alright, but don’t use the headphones that come with the phone. This phone is great because it has a normal sized headphone jack which means that any headphones can be used. Use a nice pair and the sound quality is very nice.
The only other complaint is that the battery life is awful. It won’t last more than a day. When trying to use the applications on this phone the battery sometimes only lasts a few hours. However, the battery life on the Intercept is worse. Also, this phone can be plugged into a computer which could make it easier to charge on the go.
The screen is very nice and watching videos on this phone is nice. Videos can’t be watched inside the browser but the phone comes preloaded with You Tube. The phone is also very easy to use. The only other drawback is that the wi fi function doesn’t hardly work at all. For those who don’t really need it, it isn’t a big deal but some apps require it. Also, no Virgin Mobile phone can tether, so those who want to use the phone for that should try Sprint.
The set up is also very nice. There is a button on the side of the phone that is specifically for searching. This is a very convenient button for almost every application. There is also a button for the camera, but using that button is almost impossible. The camera doesn’t have flash and it has a 3.2 megapixel camera and camcorder. It doesn’t work very well but camcorder is okay for somethings. The camera doesn’t work very well because it is hard to take a picture with the touch screen and most of the pictures are blurry.
This is a great phone for Virgin Mobile and it is the best phone they currently have. Those who want to pay only twenty five dollars per month should take a look at this phone.