Optimus V Review: Smooth As Butter.

teki9

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After a few days of using this phone, I feel compelled to type up a review for anyone who wants to read it.



I bought this Android Phone for 2 Reasons:
a. I wanted to get a taste of android development and learn android.
b. They dont bind you to a contract, but we will get into that in a minute.



Looks: All I can say is sleek. This phone drops the standard android "look" in favor for a nicer, cleaner approach. The Grey body of this phone and the steel metal frame compliment each other beautifully. It is much nicer than the Droid X and most of motorola's Phones, due to the fact that they use a cheap plastic.


Speed: Blazing. This phone on and offline is perfect for anyone who is a casual user to a poweruser. I was expecting for $150, a midrange android phone, with decent speed. The Optimus V pushed that speed over the bar and provides the user with a snappy, and responsive operating system. While the CPU speed may not be up to your liking, rest assured that Froyo will bring the phone to speed flawlessly.

Battery: Yes, I have to bring up the short-ish battery life. I am not a fan of the battery, as it is a bit too small. I ran it on 3G speeds for a night around town and it went down 30%, which isnt bad considering that I was using it non-stop.

WiFi/3G: Luckily radioshack was giving out $25 gift cards to whoever bought the phone as a promotion, so I grabbed a top-up for unlimited data. I run an airport extreme base station as the primary WiFi router in my house, and this phone can receive signals from my basement and about 30 feet outside the doorway. 3G speeds are FAST, and I mean that in a good way. My verizon phone, when I use bing on it, runs slow, and thats VERIZON, not Sprint. I am really impressed by the speed of this phone on 3G, keep it up Virgin Mobile!


The contract deal:

You can use this off contract, as an iPod Touch type device, or for just $25 a month whenever you want it, the option is there!




Rating: 9/10





-Copyright Brent Rubell.com 2010/teki9
 

Nimh27

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Thanks for the review! Regarding your night out and the battery, did you shut down BT or anything else, or lower your screen brightness a bit?

Mine comes Wednesday! :cool:
 

teki9

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Thanks for the review! Regarding your night out and the battery, did you shut down BT or anything else, or lower your screen brightness a bit?

Mine comes Wednesday! :cool:


As I always STRESS test my gadgets, I mean it literally. I used EVERY process during that night INCLUDING the WiFi Hotspot functionality during that night and it only drained 30%.

Its an impressive phone, compared to my iPad and my iPod Touch.


Have fun with yours on Wed.



If you have any issues, message me on aim, I will be able to help: i8amuffin2day


-Brent
 

RocketFoot

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I concur! As a casual user and first time Android owner, this phone meets and surpasses my every need! Speed is good, battery life is ok...$25 per month is excellent!
 

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That's cool. Great to hear and thanks for the help offer.

I just checked Fedex tracking and it appears my phone is stuck back East due to poor weather. Keeping my fingers crossed.
 

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Battery: Yes, I have to bring up the short-ish battery life. I am not a fan of the battery, as it is a bit too small. I ran it on 3G speeds for a night around town and it went down 30%, which isnt bad considering that I was using it non-stop.

Make sure to sign out of Google Talk (launch Talk, Menu, Sign Out). Do not overlook this; it's the difference between 6 and 26 hours of battery life.

Apparently you also want to kill the "Where" app:

http://forum.androidcentral.com/optimus-v/57943-excessive-battery-drain-even-standby.html#post581526
 

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