This holiday season T-Mobile has the new LG Optimus T available for your “on a budget” Android smartphone. This phone retails for $239.99 for no contract and FREE with a new 2 year agreement. I know everyone is skeptical of LG smartphones from their work in the past, but I’ve always been a fan of LG phones and I was pleasantly surprised by this phone.
I’ve been using this phone for about a month as my primary phone and it has some great features and some not so great features. First of all it comes with 2.2 (FroYo) out of the box, which means Wi-Fi calling, tethering, the ability to allow automatic updates to applications, and the ability to update all apps at once and access to many newer applications. It also comes in 3 different colors; Purple, Grey, and Black.
T-Mobile has also included many demo Games and Applications for you to tryout. There are lots of games and productivity apps included with this phone when you first start it up that make it a great phone to test applications for when you are new to Android. Some of the game demos are Doodle Jump, Diner Dash 2, and PAC-MAN C.E. Demo. The Productivity apps are ThinkFree Office, Barcode Scanner, DriveSmart, The TMO App Pack, and a Video Tour.
One other really cool feature is this phone has a customizable app drawer. What this means is that you can set up sections likeMusic, Work, Social, etc. And then you move those applications to the appropriate section. I found this very useful because I can find things so much easier.
Some of the downfalls of the phone are that it is only a 3.2″ screen and it only has a 600 MHz processor and also a 3 MP camera. So it doesn’t fall under the “superphone” category but it does have 2.2 out of the box and works great. Also it does have a 3.5″ headphone jack and an FM radio so you have access to any kind of music you wish.
It was also announced that the LG Optimus T as well as the other carrier variants in the Optimus line up will be upgraded to Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”
Overall this phone has great call quality, great size to it, and it is a wonderful starter Android phone for anyone looking to make the switch.