I've owned this phone since december so this marks half a year spent with this phone. I originally chose this phone for two reasons. 1) I lost my iPhone and needed a new phone on a budget... and 2) to get a relatively cheap taste of what android had to offer.
What I liked about the phone:
Given the price I payed for it, I really got my money's worth.. It lags quite often but I don't mind. Drag and drop is beautifully simple for managing my files (the P500 can play .avi files with no problem). Its great not having to sync with itunes.
App wise, I miss some things.. I used the dictionary.com app a lot with the iPhone. the android dictionary.com app requires a connection unlike the iOS one which prevents me from using it most of the time. Everything else though works like a charm.
I have to add that I'm by no means a heavy user. On the contrary, since I've owned the phone for 6 months now, I believe that I'm at the point where I've filtered out all the "novelty" of most things and use only what I need. DoubleTwist for music, Audible for audiobooks, Messaging, Calls, Maps, Jorte for my calendar, and ClickTheCity (a local app for checking movie scheds and what not). This for me is "smartphone" and the P500 gets the job done in all these cases. I might mention now too that battery life is enough to get me through the day given the way I use my phone.
Highlights of the Android OS:
Widgets, whatever you need, right there.
Notification bar, I can't live without it anymore.
Multitasking, a little slow on the O1 but possible nonetheless and extremely useful.
Customizablility, don't like the launcher? change it. don't like the keyboard? change it. Music player? change it.
it's no iPhone. The screen feels plastic-y and touchscreen on an iPhone was a more enjoyable expreience. The stock keyboard is plain annoying. The small screen size didn't help at all to make typing any easier. (My fix? Smart Keyboard Trial/Pro. I have the keypad set to compact layout and it makes typing so much easier.)
My biggest problem with this phone (and apparently with all other android devices) was the absence of proxy settings. My school network requires proxy. This was a huge bummer for me as I'm in school most of the day. The fix for this? Rooting. Sure there's the fear of bricking your phone but for me, the process went by without a hitch and opens up your phone to a bunch of other things (custom ROMs, wireless tether, etc)
To wrap things up, this is really a great phone. If you just want to get a feel of the OS, I'd highly recommend it. Though I wish it was a little bit more powerful, I got what I payed for. If youre dead set on the OS, I'd recommend getting something more powerful. My next phone will definitely be an Android albeit on the higher end.
The best phone I've ever had. It's fast, opens most of the apps normally and has great network connection everywhere I go and thanks to WiFi hotspot I have wireless network for my laptop and friends everywhere.
I recommend this phone to anyone who wants to have great smartphone with an decent price.
Hello all !!
Im planning to buy this mobile .. can anyone help me in saying its major drawbacks?
ok. but tell me. where is the filemanger in this phone. can any body tell me pleaseeeeeeee??????
Anonymous, 09 May 2011dude i got its senheisser headset !but how much did you get your headset for please specify th... moreI am using CX 180 earphonoes from Schennizer, I found the sound effect better than iphone. sorry if I am wrong but this is what I feel truly. I am just a normal music loving person, who likes clarity and good bass effect. thats it,
Maybe people who understand music more than normal person and too much into technical stuff might not like the music quality of this phone. but for a common people this phone has amazing music quality. I am totally satisfied, just listen to ""Paul Van Dyk - Crush"" on Youtube. this is a recording of Ultra music festival.....AMAZING !!!!
After Long checks and Porting managed to port most of Honeycomb apps and interfaces
ALso ported honeycomb Lock
Rom is Gingerbread based with CM7
Zeka, 11 May 2011Optimus One will not get an update to Android 2.3 . LG said so. Their excuse is that this phon... moreWhich part of world are you in. It's a pretty old news. After that what happened is Lg learned their mistake and Again confirmed that it will get gingerbread.... O man. Get yourself updated....
Anonymous, 11 May 2011But men Im Able to connect to Free WIFI in Area Like Mall / In My Hostel / CCD / n even in som... moreip is obtained...
its shows wifi signal in notificatn area....
i enable the data transfer.....
yet it doesnt opens a page....
praveenk, 11 May 2011Go to Settings > Wireless and Networks > Bluetooth Settings and select Discoverable. But it just discoverable for only 120 seconds hw to change tat?
r.punk, 11 May 2011Hey guys good news. Google just announced with several manufacturers including LG that all dev... moreOptimus One will not get an update to Android 2.3 . LG said so. Their excuse is that this phone does not have 1 Ghz processor, and they say that 1 Ghz processor is a requirement for 2.3 ( which is not ).
Only thing to do is to upload a custom rom, if you are not afraid of bricking your phone.
This phone is very handy,and works well, good BATTERY back up. Browsing was good.
Have been using since long, dint find any wrong. GOod One
Anonymous, 07 May 2011My phone is not being detected by other phones while using Bluetooth someone pls help me pls.... moreGo to Settings > Wireless and Networks > Bluetooth Settings and select Discoverable.
"600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset"
is wrong IS AMR 6 not AMR 11
Reuben, 08 May 2011how do i get internet connection mine just stopped on my LGp500Hey Reuben,
To stop ur internet Connection just follow the below proceudre:
Go to SETTING > WIRELESS & NETWORK SETTING > MOBILE NETWORK > And disbled the DATA ENABLED.
i owned this a week ago,its really exellent fone but i couldnt get it connected with my pc,,
Nick-Athens, 09 May 2011Hey Dev
Please, what do you mean by saying that Wi-Fi connectivity is not too much. I am pl... moreDear,
U can use Wifi on such places wherever u found the Wifi Range n ur phone able to connect with the same.
But not anywhere, i mean to explain that many of places you did not found any wifi support/ network n on that kind of circumstances you have to use your own mobile internet package wich will have definetly slower speed than wifi conn./network.
I m using wifi at office, but at home or many of other place i did not found any connectable wifi connection.
Perhaps u have ur own active wifi then u can enjoy the same.
kaz, 10 May 2011m unable to connect wifi since two months......
when i can use the same wifi on my laptopBut men Im Able to connect to Free WIFI in Area Like Mall / In My Hostel / CCD / n even in some particular IT Location's.....
N Can u Help lik is it Gettin Stuck in Obtaining the IP Add.....?
shree, 10 May 2011can we make video calling on this phone as I cannot see the front camera?Yes u can Download A App called TANGO From Android Market its Allows u Make Video callin From Back Cam but u hav to hold a Mirror or somthin like to make A Complete Videocalling.............