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Review: LG Optimus S

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There are a lot of things to like about the LG Optimus S. It's one of the cheapest Android 2.2 phones on the market, and the newer version of Android definitely makes a significant difference, as this phone easily outpaced the faster Samsung Transform, which uses the Sprint ID interface on top of Android 2.1, instead. This boost makes the entire experience better, especially downloading and switching between Sprint ID packs. I also really like the hardware design. The soft touch paint is classy, even in the regal purple hue, and I liked the phone's pocketable small size and real hardware buttons beneath the screen, instead of wonky touch controls.

Call quality and network speeds were about average, though the phone did have some battery trouble, but hopefully this will be fixed in the future. In terms of features, the LG Optimus S can go toe-to-toe with some of the baddest phones around. It can handle Live Wallpaper on the homescreen. It can generate a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, for a huge monthly fee, of course. It's got all the great Android features you want, except for Adobe Flash support in the Web browser. It even takes some great pictures, with dazzling close-ups, under the right circumstances.

The LG Optimus S impressed me even before I turned it on, and it held my spirits high through my entire test period. It isn't a perfect phone, and it won't replace the best Android superphones on the market, but for folks without a huge pile of cash to throw down up front, looking for a cute Android device that doesn't skimp on features, the LG Optimus S is a winner.

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