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LG Debuts Optimus One Smartphone

LG launched the Optimus One, the second member of the Optimus family and one which looks likely to be LG's answer to Samsung's popular Galaxy range of Android-based product.

The phone is being touted as a mainstream model, one that comes with a 600Mhz ARM-based processor, a 3.2-inch 320x480 pixels capacitive toushcreen, a 3-megapixel camera, a microSD card reader, face tracking and smile shot plus a 1500mAh battery.

As expected, it comes with Android OS 2.2, covered with a proprietary LG user interface and therefore offers a number of services including Google Voice Search and Action, Goggles, Shopper, maps and Android marketplace in its entirety.

LG has also thrown in sync with Outlook calendar and Wi-Fi connectivity which can be used to provide Wi-Fi hotspots when connected to a 3G connection and there's also a feature called App advisor that recommends 20 applications every month.

It will be extremely interesting to find out how the Optimus One stacks against the GT540 with the latter running Android OS 1.6 and equipped with a resistive screen. It does however costs a mere £129 and can be had for £16.67 on an 18-month contract at T-Mobile.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.