Net10 LG Optimus Net Android CDMA Review

The Optimus Net is the first Android offered by Net10. This is an affordable entry level Android in an attractive little package. One thing to keep in mind is that this Optimus is no different than the Sprint offering, both in hardware and in coverage. An excellent starter android for use with the Net10 $50 unlimited monthly plan.

Carrier NET10
Release Date October 2011

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LG Optimus NET Specifications

Manufacturer
LG

Android OS
2.3.4

Processor
600mhz

Dimensions
4.5"x2.3"x.5"

Weight
4.69 Ounces

Form Factor
Full Touch Screen

Screen Size and Resolution:
3.2", 320 x 480 pixels

Technology:
CDMA

Carrier:
Sprint

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

Signal:
Good

Camera resolution:
3.2 Megapixels

Bluetooth
v 2.0

Charge/data cable
Micro USB

Headphone Jack
3.5mm

Micro SD card
Up to 32mb with 4gb included

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LG Optimus Net

Android Market, GPS, Full capacitive touch screen, WiFi, Full HTML browser, Video, Camera, Bluetooth, Voice commands, Micro SD card (4 Gb card included), GPS navigation, Youtube, mp3 player, Swipe Keyboard, Netflix, Angrybirds, and a whole lot more. Check Availability in Your Area

What's in the box

What's in the box
  • Samsung Optimus Net
  • 4gb micro sd (pre-installed)
  • Charge/Data Cable
  • Charger Plug
  • Battery
  • Battery Cover
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Comments

One of the first things you notice on the Optimus Net is the nice compact size. The phone features an all plastic black body with a metal trim line around the buttons and all along the middle sides of the phone. Despite the plastic body, the phone has a nice weight to it so it's not flimsy or cheap feeling in the least. The battery cover is of the soft rubberized variety which always feels nice and smooth in the hand. Despite the entry level nature of the phone, it has an upscale look feel to it that we really like.

Looking around the phone, we find the volume rockers on the top left and the SD card slot when you remove the battery cover. On the right, we find the camera button and charge/data port. Finally, on the top you have a 3.5mm audio jack and the power/lock button. One of the nice touches is how all of the buttons lie on the metal trim line and are finished with the same material. This makes the buttons blend in seamlessly and give it a quality look to it

Next, is the prominent standard Android four key layout at the bottom of the screen which are surrounded with the same metal trim. As with all other Androids, you have the Option, Home, Back, and Search. The buttons are of the physical push variety so they offer a nice tactile feel unlike the capacitive touch buttons. The buttons are also labeled with white icons that are visible even when the backlight is off. This makes it easy to locate the desired button.

Finally, on the back you will find a 3.2 Megapixel camera. There is no front facing camera or built in flash. Remember, this is an Entry Level Android so there are somethings that need to be left out to keep the price down. Overall, the Optimus Net is an attractive device with excellent build quality.

Phone Features

The Optimus Net ships with Android version 2.3.4 which was quite impressive for an entry level prepaid phone. This is the same Android version used by the latest Androids like the Nexus S by Google. This version features updates and bug fixes such as Google Maps version 5.1, the latest version of Google Books, and improved voice command features. 2.3.4 also offers new Google Talk video features.

At first, we were a bit conflicted by the use of physical hard keys on the Optimus Net but after using it a while, the keys grow on you. Most Android phones have the same keys but in a soft capacitive "touch" version which gives the phone a more advanced look feel to it. With that said, we like the unlock on any key press. Instead of pressing the lock/unlock/power button, you can simply press any one of the 4 physical buttons to "wake up" the phone.

Overall, the LG Optimus Net is quite an easy phone to use. If you are new to Android, there's a bit of a learning curve to take full advantage of all the features but since there is so much Android information out there, you will not have a hard time finding what you need. Check Availability in Your Area

Google Play

Let's talk about the Google Play Market for a moment. If you are new to Android, this is where you can find thousands of free/paid applications and really the heart of an Android phone. There are main categories for you to select apps from including, applications, games, and other tools that will supplement your Android experience. Since the App Market is a Google product, you will need to set up a Google account if you do not already have one. This can be done directly from the phone if so choose though we find it much easier to create one on a computer prior to entering it on the phone.

There are so many worthy apps it's impossible to talk about them all but just so you know, Angry Birds is available and works great on the Optimus Net. We also tested Netflix and that works great on both WiFi and on Network. Again, keep in mind that the Optimus Net is an entry level Android so you may be limited by the 600 mhz processor. That being said, we experienced no issues running the few apps that we've tested and this includes watching a movie or two from Netflix.

You will quickly see that the Optimus Net is not just another phone, it will become part of your daily life. It will remind you of things (set up calendar events or download applications that will keep you organized), it will let you check your GMail or other email accounts including your corporate Exchange account on the go and it will provide countless hours of entertainment.

Wrapping it Up

As with most starter Android phones, we had to remind ourselves that the high expectations should be curbed. With that in mind, the Optimus Net is a powerful little guy that is sure to get the job done. Certainly a quantum leap from your traditional Feature Phone offerings we've come to expect from Net10. In other words, this isn't your granddaddy's Net10!

With all this fun and accessibility, you should pay close attention to your battery usage. Keeping things like GPS (location), bluetooth, and the brightness low or off will dramatically improve your battery life. If you are a heavy user, expect to charge your battery daily, that is normal. Overall, you will not be disappointed with this phone. This is a true smart phone that is priced right and does pretty much everything that the more expensive Androids do. Also remember that the Net10, $50 unlimited plans is one of the best values out there. Unlike other Prepaid providers, you will not be paying extra for an Android plan or anything like that. Check Availability in Your Area