There’s one manufacturer I invariably forget when trying to remember the big Android players. We’ve got Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson (hard to ignore simply because of the sheer bloody volume of different handsets), and… what’s the other one? Ah yes, LG.
It hasn’t been the greatest of years for Lucky Goldstar. The LG Optimus 7 is languishing in bargain bins, the LG Optimus 2X has been plagued with problems, the LG Optimus 3D didn’t go down too well with reviewers, and ultimately the South Korean manufacturer has reduced its sales forecasts. Oh dear.
On the plus side, LG did set a number of records, with the world’s first dual-core smartphone, the world’s first autostereoscopic (glasses free 3D) smartphone, and the world’s first 3D tablet. So, er, it’s not all bad.
Is the LG Optimus Me the same as the LG Pecan on Orange? Er, I think so. In any case, the LG Optimus Me is a fairly low-level entry, and while it looks nice enough, it cuts several corners to keep the cost down.
The LG Optimus Me has a 2.8in display (320x480), 600MHz processor, 3MP camera, doesn’t support Flash, and adopts Froyo (Android 2.2) for OS duties.
The LG Optimus Black was somewhat overshadowed by its dual-core, big-screen brothers, but it’s still worth a look.
It has a 4in NOVA display, 5MP/2MP rear/front camera duo, and a single-core 1GHz processor. Oh, and at just 9.2mm thick, the LG Optimus Black is the manufacturer’s thinnest smartphone to date.
Again, it’s Froyo doing the OS honours, though an update to Gingerbread is promised later in the year.
I wasn’t overly impressed when I played with the LG Optimus 3D at Mobile World Congress, and neither were reviewers when it landed a few months later.
We’re still not entirely sure why anyone would want 3D on a phone, and a short blast on Asphalt 6: Adrenaline Rush left me with a sore head. That’s reportedly a common symptom of gamers using the Nintendo 3DS too.
Once again, LG has opted to ship its smartphone with Froyo instead of Gingerbread, explaining that faffing around with Android 2.3 would’ve delayed the launch of the world’s first autostereoscopic smartphone. The Gingerbread update is expected in October.
Hey, it’s two of the most pointeless things ever combined: tablets and 3D. Woohoo! Actually, I’m starting to warm to tablets a little, but I’ll never bow to 3D.
The LG Optimus Pad is the world’s first 3D tablet, but – unlike the LG Optimus 3D – it’s not autosteroscopic, so you’ll have to connect it to your 3D TV. You’ve got one of those, right? Doesn’t everyone?
I if I do cave in and buy an Android-based tablet, I reckon I’d go for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, or maybe an Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
I was quite fond of the LG Optimus 2X when I played with it in Barcelona, as was Dave when he reviewed it in May.
Alas, early adopters of the world’s first dual-core smartphone suffered from reboots and freezing, the latter affectionately dubbed the Black Screen of Death.
Otherwise (ahem), the LG Optimus 2X is pretty sweet, with a 4in display, 1080p video recording, and an 8MP camera.
For a cheeky peek at LG’s plans for the rest of the year, including the LG Prada K2, hit this here link.