Full QWERTY LG Optimus Q Straight Talk and Net10 Full Review

The LG Optimus Q is an excellent entry level touchscreen/full QWERTY device offered by both Straight Talk and Net10. The phone comes with the latest Android OS (2.3.4). While the phone is offered by both Net10 and Straight Talk, you will save $5 a month by going with Straight Talk. Both offer the same exact CDMA coverage on this device so you loose nothing by going with Straight Talk. Be aware that this phone is CDMA and as such will probably run off the Sprint network. Straight Talk will let you know if it will work in your area by entering the zip on the link below.
Carrier Straight Talk, Net10

Release Date Late Oct. 2011

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LG Optimus Q Specifications

Brand
LG Android Operating System
Gingerbread Android version 2.3.4

Phone Processor Speed
800mhz

Phone Dimensions
4.5"x 2.3" x .6"

Phone Weight
5.5 OZ

Form Factor
Slider with Full QWERTY and Touchscreen

Screen Size and Resolution:
3.2" Diagonal, 320 x 480 pixels 256K color

Carrier Technology:
CDMA via Sprint

Battery Life:
Up to 7hrs talk time, Up to 10 days stand by

Signal:
Excellent Camera resolution:
3.2 MP

Bluetooth
v 2.0

Charge and data cable port
Standard Micro USB

Headphone Jack
Standard iPod type size - 3.5mm

Maximum Micro SD card Support
Supports up to 32Gb support. Comes with 4gb sd card.

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LG Optimus Q Features

Google Play app market access,Touchscreen and Full QWERTY capabilities, Full HTML browser with Javascript support, Video Recording, Camera, Free GPS navigation via Google Maps, access to movies via Netflix, HBO Go, etc and lots more

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What's Included


What's included
  • LG Optimus Q
  • 4gb micro sd
  • Charger Plug
  • Charge/Data cable
  • Battery
  • Battery Cover

Comments

The Optimus Q is a mid to entry level full QWERTY device that with a quality look and feel to it. One of the first things we noticed was the added weight compared to other Straight Talk devices. This of course is to be expected due to the sliding QWERTY. Also expected is the increase in thickness and physical size compared to other devices. Now don't get us wrong because this is still a relatively demure phone compared to some of the new Android monsters out there.



A tour around the phone reveals a relatively simple yet attractive design. On the left we find the micro USB charge port and volume rocker. On the right hand side, we find the ubiquitous camera quick launch button. The standard 4 Android button layout rounds out the phone in their usual resting place just below the screen. The 4 Android buttons are of the physical push variety and are surrounded with a nice silver trim.

Finally, a look at the keyboard presents an excellent 4 row keyboard with acceptably laid out keys that aren't prone to fat fingering. Now if you have sausage fingers, then that's a different story, but then again what QWERTY phone isn't? Interestingly enough and much to our relieve, full phone navigation can be accomplished without ever having to visit the touchscreen. This makes for quick navigation as even the 4 Android buttons are represented on the QWERTY keyboard. The sliding mechanism is smooth and snaps open/shut as most other sliders do.

On the whole, enjoyed our time with the LG Optimus Q. We found it to be very easy and intuitive to navigate and use. Nothing stood out that we can say is a dealbreaker. Despite being full QWERTYed, the manufacturer did an outstanding job of still keeping the phone on the lean side. Yes, it's heavier and slightly thicker than non QWERTY phones of the same relative size, but it's not what you would call a porker either.

Features

What can we say about features that hasn't been covered like to death? Well, for starters keep in mind that Prepaid phones have traditionally been thin on the features so it's quite refreshing to be in the era where prepaid phones function just like their Contract counterparts. With that in mind, the Optimus Q offers us pretty much everything Android has to offer including Google Play and the myriad of apps. It also has built in GPS that can be used with the included Google maps. Of course you can purchase a better GPS app for improved navigation. We don't like to spout out Android OS versions like everybody else because at the end of the day, who really cares? The variations have become so minor, they aren't even worth mentioning. All you need to really know is that the Optimus Q comes with a newer Android Version 2.3 (Gingerbread) which is hands down one of the most popular in use.

If you're looking at this phone, then you're probably interested in the keyboard. We are happy to report that keyboard usage was excellent. As we mentioned above, we really like the full navigation feature which allows us to go back and forth between screens without having to touch the touchscreen. This isn't the case with some phones.

In general, were were very happy with the features offered by the LG Optimus Q. We didn't find it lacking in any aspect particularly since this phone is of the entry level variety. About the only item of concern is the 800mhz processor which can be limiting if you are the type that has to be running lots of apps simultaneously. We tested various popular apps and games and didn't find any it wouldn't run correctly other than Netflix and that is because the Netflix app for Android just doesn't work quite right on the lower end devices. We tested the HBO Go and YouTube apps and both performed flawlessly while the Netflix app played slow and had audio sync issues. So if Netflix is super important to you, you might want to thing about either a more powerful Android, or going with the Straight Talk sim card and using an iPhone or Windows device.

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Wrapping it Up



The Optimus Q performed flawlessly in our review. There was nothing we can honestly say we didn't like about it other than the Netflix app not working properly, but then again that really is not the phones fault. Again, keep in mind that this is an entry level device so one shouldn't expect miracles. That said, this is a very satisfying phone and is perfect for high volume texters. The relatively low cost makes this an excellent starter device for anybody looking to get in on the Android fun.