LG Optimus S unboxing
Scored my LG Optimus S today. Heres a quick rundown
Amazing build quality. Very pocket-able. Doesn't feel like it only cost $349.99 when its in your hand.
Whats in the box:
Standard manuals nobody reads
AC wall adapter
USB cable to use with AC adapter or computer
LG microSD to SD card adapter
2 GB micro SD
First thing I noticed is there is no LED indicator. This means no led indication of charging, texts, emails, missed calls. Anything. Kind of a bummer but don't fret, I've already got some ideas.
This is more a personal thought than anything but if you are coming from an HTC device or Motorola device which both have amazing custom keyboards, be prepared to adjust to a vanilla keyboard. Also if you are used to having a big screen such as the EVO get ready for a double learning curve.
I've spent a few hours with this phone, have it rooted, have wireless tether on it, and some more fun stuff I'll be documenting soon. I feel like i made a great decision moving to this device. Going from the Hero, to the EVO, now to this, I feel like I'm home again (OEM aside). With hardly any work at all this device is a force to be reckoned with. Sit back and buckle up because this is gonna be a crazy ride!
[How-to] Root the Optimus S
[Exploit] Free wireless tethering for all. Root not required
- 11-06-2010, 07:57 AM #2
Until LG or sprint will verify this it's not an exact science but I believe this phone has an oleophobic coating on the glass. When I hold it up to the light and look across the glass I see a slight "wave " which is a sign of some sort of liquid coating on the glass.
This has become a standard now for capacitive touch screens so it makes sense.
Pro -Tip: Sprint was kind enough to put their "Sprint Tutorial Widgets" in the data/app directory. If you don't know, these are the little arrows that are all over the screen the first time you boot the phone with hints and tips "drag down notification bar to see system notification" or "long press on the screen to add a new widget or app shortcut". Anyway back on topic, the fact that Sprint put these in the data/app directory means you can easily delete it and reclaim the used space. Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage applications > scroll down to sprint tutorial widgets and click it. Click "uninstall". Enjoy
- 11-06-2010, 12:20 PM #4
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- 11-06-2010, 01:17 PM #6
I guess you have some ideas, maybe same as mine... Maybe we can see if we can use the backlight of the four keys on the bottom to indicate something. Best is if we can control each of them individually!
Good luck and thanks for your work!
Also how's the battery? I read it sucks with SprintId app. Can you confirm it is just those crappy software?
- 11-06-2010, 04:00 PM #7
- 11-06-2010, 05:43 PM #8
Took mine off of charge this morning. I've gone 9h 36 m and 15s. I have 37% battery left. I've used 1h 28m 6 seconds of voice, 9h 36m and 2s bluetooth, 7h 52m 39s phone idle, display is at 5% and has been on for 1h 43m 35s, wifi has been used 1h 36m and 20s, android system totals: CPU: 17m 16s, DAta Sent 780KB, Data received 56.12 MB.
I'm using the Sprint version of the Sprint ID stuff. My wall paper is the moving blades of grass and GPS has been set to on this whole time. I've sent several text messages and one or two picture messages.
Battery seems pretty good compared to my Pre... that battery sucked.
- 11-06-2010, 06:26 PM #9
Just noticed this. Yesterday when I tried doing native wireless tethering I kept getting an error saying service unavailable which is why I was using the Android wireless tether app.
Today native tethering fired right up and connected no problem. Hopefully this isn't a free trial period like they did with the EVO.
- 11-06-2010, 08:54 PM #11
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- 11-07-2010, 05:29 AM #16
Another thing i found with this phone which is kind of an annoyance is the speakerphone is insanely loud. Even at it's lowest level it is still louder than what I'd like.
Hopefully someone else can confirm that It's not my old age (I'm only 28!) and that this thing is really loud.
- 11-07-2010, 02:05 PM #18
Found another thing that was driving me a little batty but has an easy fix. I noticed then when on WiFi my GTalk session kept connecting and disconnecting. After some further inspection i realized it's because if you connect to WiFi, by default when you put the phone to sleep (shut off the screen), WiFi disconnects. Then when you wake up the phone it reconnects. Both of these cause GTalk, or any live service, to disconnect then reconnect each time.
To prevent WiFi from disconnecting when the screen is off:
Menu > Settings > Wireless networks > Wifi Settings > Menu > Advanced > WiFi sleep policy - check mark "never"
Wifi uses less resources (read, battery) than the cellular network so keeping it connected while you're in range is a good idea anyway. Then when you leave make sure you have a toggle on one of your screens to shut off WiFi. Leaving WiFi on while you're not in range can lead to a battery drain.
- 11-07-2010, 06:19 PM #20
I was having the exact same issue. My messages would go through but I'd get the disconnected message each time. The two things that have bugged me so far are: 1: no way to control the lights of the buttons (I'd like these to be on when the screen is on... new to Android!) and 2: If you are within range of a known wireless, the 3G services will no longer work. Ie, if you are at home, you can't get any of the SprintID stuff to work unless you kill the wifi. This only bothers me because I'm playing around with the ID stuff (not very impressed so far... too much trial-ware junk)
Found an app in the market called "FlashNotify" (free). What this app does is turns on your screen LEDs when you have a missed call or missed text. You can control the frequency (5 seconds, 10, 30, 60) at which the screen briefly lights up and the duration (1 minute, 5, 15, 30, never) for how long this will continue until the phone stops flashing.
My thoughts are this is a cool application although common sense would dictate it uses more battery than a standard LED notification because it's powering up x amount of LEDs rather than 1 LED. Also it only supports text and missed calls. Might be worth it for someone to reach out to the developer and see if he could add email, gmail, and gtalk notifications to the paid version.
- 11-08-2010, 11:18 AM #23
This on the other hand is using the true Android hotspot functionality that Google (not sprint or LG) includes in Froyo. Because it uses the default google hotspot functionality, I don't think that it's possible for them have verification through the services.jar file. I believe in order to restrict it they would need to remove the stock functionality and then add their own proprietary apk I mentioned above which would then use the service.jar file for authentication.
I'm not 100% sure on this but i am 100% sure it's working for me right now. Again this could simply be a 30 day trial thing BUT even if it is, just root using my guide and I'll open up my wireless tether guide again (it's not deleted, it's just hidden so only mod's can see it). Hope i didn't get too technical and cause any confusion.
EDIT - Just to confirm my suspicions, I called a friend at Sprint and was told this "I am under the impression this phone comes with wireless hotspot at no additional charge. There has been no mention of a current charge, and no mention of a future charge for this service."
EDIT #2 - Friend at Sprint was wrong but don't worry. [Exploit] Free wireless tethering for all
- 11-08-2010, 12:08 PM #25