LG Optimus Chic Review

LG has introduced the Optimus line of handsets with famous models such as Optimus T and Optimus S. these handsets were announced to be scheduled to release in the summer with a precondition that there will be at least ten handsets by the end of this year. These handsets will be powered by both Windows Phone 7 as well as by Android operating systems. There is also a rumor about the release of a tablet named Optimus Pad. The Optimus Chic is among the two handsets that were announced in the first press release simultaneously.

Specifications

Dimension 4.43 x 2.28 x 0.51 inches
Weight 132 grams
Operating system Android 2.2 Froyo
Processor 600 MHz Qualcomm processor
Memory 150 MB internal memory, micro SD/SDHC slot of up to 32 GB support
Display 3.2 inches, capacitive touch screen, 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 256 K color support
Camera 5 mega pixel resolution, auto focus, 640 x 480 pixel videos,
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and DLNA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, micro USB port, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Battery 1250 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time, 450 hours stand by time in the 3G network

Design

The Chic has a streamlined design profile. It is completely made of plastic and has a chrome like rim around all the four sides. This makes it have a classy look. The handset has no sharp edges. All the edges are curved and smooth. The plastic enclosure is quite cheap to look and also gives it a glossy finish. This looks like a black colored rectangular slab and it is slightly heavy when it is held in the hand. It measures average in size when comparing it with similar handsets. The handset sports a 3.2 inch LCD touch screen display which is quite modest for the standard of today. It has a native resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. There are the usual four Android buttons under this screen. They are for the Menu, search, Back and Home functions. These buttons are capacitive and finicky. They require hard and significant pressure in order to register the touches. This is the main gripe regarding the hardware of the Optimus Chic handset.  The controls around the handset are not unusual. They are limited in order to maintain the clean and simple look. The right spine of the Optimus Chic has the volume rocker while the left spine has the micro USB port which is protected with a flap. The top edge has the standard 3.5 mm audio jack and the tiny power or lock button. The power button is difficult to press as well as distinguish.  This requires some time to get used to it. The back side has the 5 mega pixel camera lens alone.

Interface

The Optimus Chic uses the Android Froyo operating system. This interface has number of features when compared to the previous version. The interface is simple and snappy. The home screens can have widgets such as social feeds, news, weather, etc. The contacts application has the social networking integration. This application is quite smooth. The default Android virtual QWERTY keyboard can work in portrait as well as landscape modes. It experiences slight lag in registering the touches. There are some productivity applications tha are preinstalled in the handset as it is powered by Android.

Camera

The interface of the camera presenting the Optimus Chic is intuitive and it has number of settings that can be adjusted. It includes white balance, ISO, exposure, shooting modes and color effects. The pictures taken outside have accurate colors and good focus. The camera captures sufficient details. The pictures taken in low light conditions are noisy but this is common to the cameras found on most of the other handsets available in the market. The handset might avail the flash facility soon. The camcorder can record VGA videos at frame rate of 30 fps. The videos are detailed and smooth for its resolution.  

Multimedia

The Optimus Chic has a music player which is well rounded with lot of visualization and track sorting functionalities. The ear piece acts as the loudspeaker and it is decent volume level. The bass sounds are shallow rather than being deep. The handset has rich codec support.  It supports the MPEG 4 format and the DivX/XviD codecs. The videos play smoothly and up to maximum resolution of the screen.

Performance

The Optimus Chic performs above the average level being a phone. The incoming calls were quite clear and loud. There is slight hollow sounding. The callers were able to hear us clearly and loudly. There is not significant distortion in the voice. The includes 1250 mAh battery is estimated to provide a life of about 5.5 hours of talk time when the 3G connectivity is activated. The Optimus Chic has a good and appealing design as it is aimed mainly towards the fashion conscious customers. Pros – good camera, appealing design, ThinkFree Office application to edit the documents. Cons – the handset is slightly heavy, the navigation buttons on the handset are not sensitive and the browser lacks the Flash support.

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