Summary: The biggest draw of the Optimus S on Republic Wireless is its dirt-cheap plan. For $655 over the course of two years, you get a phone with decent performance, unlimited text, calls and data. Let's not forget that you aren't even tied to a 2-year plan, so you can opt out anytime you want. But does the service work well enough to jump ship from more established carriers? Right now, the answer is no.
Excerpt: The LG Optimus S is an entry level smartphone from Sprint. Priced at $50 with a two year contract, the LG Optimus is an affordable, not cheap, smartphone addition to the entry level market. Can the LG Optimus S compete in a highly competitive smartphone...
Summary: The LG Optimus S is an affordable yet full-featured Android smartphone for Sprint, but we did wish the call quality were better.
Pros: The LG Optimus S has an attractive, slim profile with features that include GPS, EV-DO Rev. A, and Wi-Fi with tethering capabilities. It also has a 3.2-megapixel camera and it ships with Android 2.2.
Cons: The LG Optimus S' slower processor means it doesn't have Flash video in the browser. The camera doesn't have HD video capture or an LED flash. Call quality was mixed.
Excerpt: LG has released their Optimus Line of Android phones across almost all of the major US carriers, as well as around the world, leading to sales of over 2 million units within the first two months it has been on sale. Here in the US the Optimus series is T-Mobile Optimus T, Verizon Vortex, MetroPCS Optimus M, and finally Sprint’s Optimus S. LG seems to be following in Samsung’s footsteps, although with a low end phone.
Excerpt: Aaron reviews the LG Optimus S , Sprint's version of the LG Optimus series. It offers a 3.2-inch display, 3.2-megapixel camera, and Android 2.2 (Froyo). All in all, it's one of the best mid-range Android smartphones on the market, thanks to 2.2 and the Mobile Hotspot feature.
Excerpt: Aaron takes a look at the LG Optimus S , Sprint's version of LG's successful Optimus series. It offers a 3.2-inch display, 3.2-megapixel camera, and Android 2.2 (Froyo). All in all, it's one of the best mid-range Android smartphones on the market, thanks to 2.2 and the Mobile Hotspot feature.
Excerpt: The Optimus S by LG, an affordable Android handset for Sprint. Yesterday the Optimus S arrived at my doorstep. I’ve been looking forward to this phone. It’s weird to say, because it is a midrange phone, but the price point is what gets me: $49.99 with a new two-year contract. I was surprised when I opened the box and found one of the nicest feeling phones yet. The outer casing is nothing like the slippery plastic of other smartphones that I have been using recently.
Conclusion: If you're on a tight budget and want an Android smartphone, or perhaps simply your first smartphone, the LG Optimus S is a great way to start. It's the least expensive Android phone on Sprint, but that doesn't mean it's lacking. The specs are decidedly mid-range and that's a good thing given the low price. The phone feels good in hand and is solid.
Pros: Extremely affordable Android smartphone with Froyo Android OS 2.2.