Are you looking for a deal on a smartphone? Are you looking for a REALLY good deal on a smartphone? If so, then Future Shop has, in my opinion, one of the best going. I’ll be the first to admit that the LG Optimus LTE is not thebest smartphone that Future Shop sells. But I am very comfortable saying that it is a good phone and it’s definitely one of the best deals that Future Shop has going. The Telus version of the LG Optimus LTE is $0 on a new three-year term. Basically, you are paying nothing for a new 4.5-inch 720p display, dual-core processor, 8MP camera, LTE, Android 2.3 smartphone.
When the LG Optimus LTE was launched first on Bell late last year, I got to spend a couple of weeks with the phone, and was quite impressed. It was the first phone to be released in Canada with a 1280 x 720 resolution HD screen, and it’s an IPS screen to boot. What does that mean? It means that the screen looks a lot better when looking at it close-up, unlike the PenTile matrix screens found in other HD screen phones, like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy II HD LTE. In fact, LG is so confident in the superiority of its screen, that they renamed the Optimus LTE in some markets to the “Optimus True HD LTE”.
If the screen, then, is the highlight of the Optimus LTE, the operating system that comes on the phone out of the box is its weak spot. It ships with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which, at the time of its launch, was the latest version of Android. However, even then, the latest version of Android had been announced, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and, six months later, the Optimus LTE still runs Gingerbread. Thankfully, Android 2.3 is still very good, and runs all the different apps currently available in the Google Play store, so, for most users, the lack of ICS won’t even be an issue. However, if it is, and you do decide to pick up this phone, LG has committed to providing upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in July, which, to be honest, isn’t that far away.
You can check out some more pictures of the LG Optimus LTE below, and while it doesn’t stray too far from the mould of other Android smartphones, it’s still quite a nice looking phone. With a gorgeous screen, fast processor, expandable MicroSD storage (something lacking on a lot of other newer smartphones), and a solid OS, you can’t go wrong with this phone, especially when it's free (of course, the catch being the 3-year contract).
Network: LTE 700/1700 MHz, Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Speeds: Up to 75 Mbps download speeds (expected average is 12-25 Mbps) and up to 5.76 mbps upload speeds.
Processor: 1.5 GHz Dual Core
Screen: 4.5" HD IPS 720 x 1280 pixel touchscreen
Weight: 135 g
Dimensions: 133.9 x 67.9 x 10.4 mm
Battery: 1830 mAh
Talk time: Up to 3 hours
Standby time: Up to 10.5 days
Internal memory: 2 GB
Expandable memory: Up to 32 GB
Camera: 8 MP with 1080p HD video recording, auto focus, and LED flash.
You can pick up the Telus Optimus LTE for $0 on a new 3 year term now.
The LG Optimus LTE completely changes the way you think about fast. Equipped with a 1.5GHz Dual Core processor and Telus 4G LTE coverage, you'll enjoy head-spinning download speeds of up to 75Mbps. It also features a huge 4.5-inch IPS True HD display, dual cameras with imaging capabilities of up to 8MP and Full HD 1080p video, as well as DLNA media streaming. Entertainment and connectivity will never be the same.
Additional pictures of the Optimus LTE
All pictures © Alex Davies
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