LG Optimus One unboxing; Froyo for the masses

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LG wants you to enjoy Android for less, and its newly released LG Optimus One running on Android 2.2 Froyo is a serious contender in the local smartphone arena. Retailing at only Php 12,900, the Optimus One delivers serious value for money, and it was only natural that we’d finally grab one for review. Big thanks go out to LG Philippines for supplying the demo unit, and providing fodder for today’s unboxing.

The Optimus One arrived in an alarmingly unassuming and positively tiny box. Inside held the unit and the accessories that come with it.

The design of the Optimus One is very minimalist, and as such there are only a few buttons littered at the bottom of the unit and to the side.

There’s also a 3.5mm jack to plug your own headphones in if you don’t like the included ones.

The back view of the unit. The camera is a 3.0 megapixel deal.

Here’s a perspective on how the Optimus One looks while being held. I do admit that my hand is a bit on the large side (it’s slightly bigger than the average pinoy) but the Optimus One still feels fantastic to hold.

And the most important bit of course, the Android version. The Optimus One runs on the latest build of Android, namely 2.2, so all the features and goodies that’s associated with it (WiFi tethering and the like) is good to go.

The capacitive screen is easy to use and is very responsive. Texting and composing messages is easy, and the screen automatically switches from a keypad to a full QWERTY keyboard depending on the orientation of the device.

The accessories that come with it.

Alright that’s it for this unboxing. If you want to find out what grade the Optimus One gets, you’ll have to wait for the December issue of our mag as EA Danee Torres takes it for a spin. Or if you don’t want to wait and grab one right away, LG is discounting the price of this beautiful little smartphone during the blast off sale on Nov. 13 at their concept stores all over the country (SM North EDSA Annex, SM Megamall, SM Cebu and Gaisano Davao) at a massively discounted price of Php 6,495. You’ll have to be quick though, because you only have a 1 hour window before the sale ends, and once that hour is up, the price is back up to the regular, Php 12,900 tag. The sale happens on 2-3 PM only, so mark your calendars people.