LG Optimus M (MetroPCS)
Manufacturer: LG Part number: MS690
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CNET editors' review
price range: $69.99 - $249.99
- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 12/16/2010
The good: The LG Optimus M has a bright, colorful, and intuitive display. It ships with Android 2.2 and has Wi-Fi, EV-DO Rev. 0, GPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and Bluetooth.
The bad: The LG Optimus M can't play Flash video in the browser, and it lacks tethering and Wi-Fi hot-spot capabilities.
The bottom line: While not as advanced as the Optimus handsets on other carriers, the Optimus M is still a great entry-level Android phone for MetroPCS customers.
BEST MetroPCS has to offer, BEST I've owned, BEST value
by dingo2048 on December 16, 2010
Pros: Android OS, Android Market, Smooth & Responsive touch screen, Exceptional message and text functionality on virtual qwerty (Android) keyboard, Decent web speeds considering it is CDMA 1X, Good battery life once you make a few adjustments
Cons: Too many (perhaps unnecessary) applications are installed out of the box by MetroPCS, CPU is slower than other Android phones & screen resolution is lower than other Android phones. THAT SAID, none of these CONS are major deal breaking factors for me
Summary: I felt compelled to write a review on this phone because I simply think it is an exceptional value... both in a quality feature rich device and in level of ...
Summary: I felt compelled to write a review on this phone because I simply think it is an exceptional value... both in a quality feature rich device and in level of functionality it delivers on a CDMA network for the bargain price of $50 per month. I will quickly tell you that I have been a Metro customer for over 3 years and AT&T/Cingular prior to that. I am no stranger to smart phones as I have logged time on the IPhone 3G and three different Windows Mobile devices. This is my first Android phone and somewhere between this solid LG device, what the Android Market has to offer, and the value of an all inclusive prepaid MetroPCS plan, I AM SOLD! As a user, I consider myself a HEAVY MESSAGER meaning I sync email from Exchange and Yahoo all day long, respond to messages using the virtual qwerty, browse the internet sporadically throughout the day, and use it for approx 1.5 - 3 hours per day in calls. Now, here is my opinion on specific areas of the LG Optimus M: Call Quality is "very good", as in better than the Samsung Code (which I thought was the best to that point). I haven't had anybody complain that they could not hear me and there is usually enough flexibility in the volume control to hear them clearly. The speaker phone is "fair", as in it works but perhaps not loud enough to be heard over people in a car or loud road noise. I honestly think the Samsung code was louder and even more clear. Also, the speaker seems to crackle a bit on higher volumes on this LG. Texting and responding to email is "something better than good" and perhaps even similar in terms of feel and layout to that of an IPhone. The majority of my past phones have had slide or fold out qwerty keyboards so this was of concern to me. Though, like on the IPhone, it won't be long before you can really move on the Android keyboard. Be sure to switch from the (default) Swype keyboard if you don't intend to use that functionality or it will be sure to irritate you, as it did me initially. My only keyboard gripe here is that since it is a virtual keyboard (I prefer landscape mode), you don't really have a feeling sense of your home keys. So, that could affect your accuracy if you aren't paying attention. That said, it will keep up with your key strokes, accurate or not. The way that this phone receives and deals with various email accounts, SMS, and MMS messages is "perfect" for me. If you have seen how email looks on the IPhone, then this interface will look familiar to you. Internet speed and the default Metro browser is "good" as is definitely NOT as slow as people think it is. Add Opera Mini for free from the Android market and I think you'll be impressed. Between both those browsers, I would upgrade the Internet experience to "something better than good" and it definitely is the best out of any of the phones I have had on Metro (Kyocera Switchback, flashed HTC Touch Pro, Samsung Code). GPS and Metro Navigator is "Very Good". I don't use it that often but when I do, I typically elect to use Metro Navigator which I happen to believe is a solid added value Metro GPS application with spoken street names. Battery life was "OK" and I can officially upgrade that to "GOOD" since I made a few adjustments (turn off GPS when not being used, turn off WiFi when not being used, lower display brightness, use a kill application utility, etc...). Now, it is not as good as the Samsung Code (assuming you were diligent about using your task manager) but it is very acceptable considering how power hungry Androids are. After sporadic use and email synchronization all day (about 16 hours), it will usually have one yellow tick of battery life left. The screen is bright, clear, and very responsive to the touch. I would say it is "Good", as perfectly acceptable and presentable for my type of use. I have not played any movies on it yet, but plan to see what a clean video rip looks like on it this weekend. As a MP3 player (using the player that came bundled with the device), it is functional, intuitive, basic as in "It does the job" but I have to assume there is something with a lot more appeal out there on the Android market ready for you to download. In general, I can't get over the value and (software expandable) functionality of this device! If you travel at all, you may consider leveraging Wi Fi and using free applications that integrate perfectly with the Android OS like Skype or Google Voice. Maybe add Pandora to further enhance your Optiimus experience? For me personally, the phone has exceeded expectations. ...my .02 cents, my opinion... I hope it is helpful to you.I forgot to add how useful the VOICE TO TEXT recognition is for Google searching and responding to messages when you don't have a free hand or if you are simply feeling lazy. It is surprisingly accurate. As others have said, the phone is worth the money and it does look better than the other LG Optimus carried by the other providers, and given that it is the same base model phone, I am hoping that it is "tried and true" in terms of design and dependability. I had seriously considered the other Android phone that Metro offers, but I am glad that I selected the LG Optimus M.
Updated on Dec 17, 2010
9 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Shimzykitteh on November 29, 2010
Pros: Everything about this phone ROCKS. If you are kinda thinking about getting this phone.....or even if you are not thinking about it.....DO NOT HESSITATE! This is the best $220 dollars i have EVER spent. I cannot think of ONE thing wrong.
Cons: THERE ISNT ONE! this phone is PERFECT to the T! You can do ANYTHING you want on this phone! Best phone ive EVER had!
Summary: Okay in conclusion, this is the best phone i have ever come into contact with. I think it even beats the Iphone. This phone has soooo many apps, and it ...
Summary: Okay in conclusion, this is the best phone i have ever come into contact with. I think it even beats the Iphone. This phone has soooo many apps, and it is completely customizable. You can customize about anything on it. Also, when they say smart phone....It truly is! I think its smarter than i am sometimes, This has the be the BEST thing ive spent alot of money on. Yeah $200 is alot of money, but EVER PENNY IS WORTH IT. I am totally obessed with phones. I am not going to lie, i am also VERY PICKY about my phones. I can usually find atleast ONE thing wrong with it....but this phone is so completely EPIC....i cant think of one...No wait...i do know one. They're arent any hard cases out for it just yet, but it is brand spankin new so i dontt blame anyone for that.
Only thing is I would make sure to give this phone to someone who will take care of it, Yes the phone DOES come with a screen protector....but that doesnt mean you can just throw it around. Be careful with this phone because touch screens are very sensitive, you can mess it up quick if your not careful.' No they dont have hard cases out just yet....but in the mean time, buy a leather case for it, like body glove or something. That will help protect the phone whenever you go places. Yeah its alittle bulcky but it will work for now until the hard cases come out.
Seriously this phone is realllly high tech....so dont get it for someone who will have noooo idea how to use it, Example someone reaaaalllly old or someone reaaaalllly young,
Bottom line, amazing, simply amazing phone, I'd give it endless amount of stars if i could.
8 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!!!!!
by deewtdf on January 26, 2011
Pros: vibrating touch, app features
Cons: THIS PHONE HAS A MANUTACTURE GLITCH!!!!
Summary: I am so pissed I bought this phone. 1 month and 3 days later it just freezes up. I have spent entire day watching dummy after dummy take the battery ...
Summary: I am so pissed I bought this phone. 1 month and 3 days later it just freezes up. I have spent entire day watching dummy after dummy take the battery out and say "wow , it is not the battery". I just called LG customer service and before i could finish explaining my problem. Customer care guy says" I sorry that is a manufacturing problem we are gonna have to replace phone. Heknew what the problem was before I could tell him. This phones should not have been put out for sale . They cant retrieve any data and the sd card goes crazy on computer . All of my work info is gone.
7 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good value, but serious drawbacks for some users
by fdanna on December 13, 2010
Pros: 1. Great Price
2. Contract free
3. Pretty responsive for older specs
4. Good build quality
5. Decent battery life for a smartphone
Cons: 1. This phone will not work on MetroPCS's 4g network (their 3g is very slow)
2. Dialer cannot handle +1 in front of phone numbers (inserts 011 even though we're in the US).
3. Internal memory of the phone is tight, fills FAST.
Summary: Ultimately I had to return the device because I would have had to go through all my Google contacts (250 of them) to re-format the phone numbers without +1 in ...
Summary: Ultimately I had to return the device because I would have had to go through all my Google contacts (250 of them) to re-format the phone numbers without +1 in front of them. I called LG support and posted my question on multiple boards but was finally told the LG Dialer was working as designed. This is lazy programming. Furthermore, if I changed all my numbers then when I'm overseas my other devices would then incorrectly dial the numbers.
If network speed is a high priority for you, then you will be disappointed. Even casual surfing on metropcs can be painful. The network can barely keep up with email requests, but I was willing to overlook the slow speed for the flat $50 a month that no other carrier in my area can match.
Down the road, upgrade-ability of the phone remains a question mark. It's unclear if or when future version of Android would ever be made available. Given the speed of the network and Over-the-Air update seems highly improbably and most likely would bring the carrier to its knees. This requires users purchasing this phone be comfortable with connecting to a PC to install future updates that will most likely be provided by LG.
Free internal memory can be filled easily and if you search on message boards, you will see this question pop up frequently. Casual users will not want to "root" their phone and may be frustrated.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Starter Android Phone with the latest OS 2.2
by AndroidDiva724 on December 7, 2010
Pros: Android OS 2.2
Better looking than the rest of the LG Optimus
Way better than the Blackberry Curve-- IMO
Summary: The LG Optimus M is a great starter Android phone, just like the Blackberry Curve 8330 was a good starter blackberry phone. As starters there are going to be some ...
Summary: The LG Optimus M is a great starter Android phone, just like the Blackberry Curve 8330 was a good starter blackberry phone. As starters there are going to be some limitations, but as a former user of the BB Curve 8330 and a current user of the LG Optimus M I have to say that my LG Android surpasses my ex BB Curve.
I give everything on this phone a 9 or 10 with the exception of the camera and the battery. Flash should've been added to the camera and like every other android (and even Blackberry) phones out there, the battery is nothing to write home to mother about.
With the LG Optimus M, I am able utilize all the android apps, use my google apps, listen to my vmail, write an email or two, stream pandora, download music onto my 2GB SD (with an upgradeable 32 GB) surf the web, watch youtube videos, Facebook, tweet, post to my business website, my personal tumblr, and look at Adobe Flash websites. Need I go on? For $249 I got a fabulous phone with the Android 2.2 (froyo) OS.
I am able to write emails and text fast and w/o misspelled words! Visually speaking this is by far the BEST LOOKING LG Optimus out there. Very refined, durable, and easy on the hands.
NO there is no 3G, but I am still able to surf the Internet and download android apps w/o Wifi FAST. With Wifi, the internet is SUPER FAST. Also the calls are clear and loud, and the reception is up to par. Go Metro! (n I am based in NYC). As a bootstrapping entrepreneur this phone works wonderful for me, and it is easy on the pocket which allows me to spend money on other important things like rent or on other business matters.
If you are expecting a Droid X, EVO, or Incredible then you need to either go to Sprint or Verizon. A fair comparison would be Droid (Droid 2 or X) vs. HTC ( EVO or Incredible) and Samsung vs. LG
5 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
its amazing phone, great android os.
by misael666 on December 16, 2010
Pros: its my first android phone, many free app to download using your gmail account without enter a credit card like others companies, wi-fi, street view, and many other cool stuff, 3.5mm for headset,
Cons: the internet its super slow, it has a sticker saying that is a 3G phone but is using CDMA 1XRTT TECHNOLOGY and only support less than 100kb/s (2.5G) the battery dead even if you don use the phone, poor speaker, no flash an camera,
Summary: no flash adobe player support,
Summary: no flash adobe player support,
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
good phone for it's price
by vanbrown90 on April 24, 2011
Pros: i just became a new metropcs customer i have a ascend tapout exchanged it for the optimus m i feel in love with this phone @ my metropcs store get it you're be saving money this is much better than sprint optimus s go metropcs sprint is too hign.
Cons: none at all
Summary: i like the optimus m from metropcs it's so much better than sprint go metropcs you're saving much more money than be on a 2yrs conract get this ...
Summary: i like the optimus m from metropcs it's so much better than sprint go metropcs you're saving much more money than be on a 2yrs conract get this phone
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
I hate this phone!!!!!!
by melanielane0131 on April 21, 2011
has alot of room
texting is slow sometimes
shuts offs constantly
easy to get a virus
Summary: POINT BLANK I HATE THIS PHONE, I HAD IT FOR 2 WEEKS NEVER DROPPED IT OR NONETHING AND THE PHONE WILL FREEZE AND SHUT OFF ALL THE TIME.... ALOT OF ...
Summary: POINT BLANK I HATE THIS PHONE, I HAD IT FOR 2 WEEKS NEVER DROPPED IT OR NONETHING AND THE PHONE WILL FREEZE AND SHUT OFF ALL THE TIME.... ALOT OF MY FREINDS HAVE TOLD ME THIS IS PHONE SHOULD BE RECALLED AND I AGREE I LOVE IT BECAUSE OF THE MEMORY THE ANDRIOD AND THE MP3 BUT OVER ALL I DONT LIKE THAT I CANT TEXT OR RECIEVE TEXTES FOR HOURS BECAUSE OF A INNER PROBLEM WITH THIS PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HOPE METRO [CS RECALLS THIS PHONE THE WORST MOENY I SPENT AND IT HAS SUCH SHORT BATTERY LIFE
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Worst phone ever. Don't waste your money!
by Tquin on November 27, 2011
Pros: Screen resolution isn't bad, rich colors and fairly light.
Cons: Overloaded with preloaded software that drastically reduces performance. Constantly freezes, force closes and resets itself, even during calls. Battery life doesn't last near long enough, even when the phone is barely used throughout the day.
Summary: Don't waste your money on this phone. With it constantly resetting itself, even when it isn't being used, it makes it hard to even complete a single text ...
Summary: Don't waste your money on this phone. With it constantly resetting itself, even when it isn't being used, it makes it hard to even complete a single text message, let alone play a game or make a phone call. Have had close to a dozen apps deleted by the phone without it even being touched. Resets during calls, which is unacceptable. The preloaded apps automatically update no matter what you change the settings to, and they can't be removed so they wind up taking up valuable storage space.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
A really nice phone for $100
by Xandr0s-117 on August 2, 2011
Pros: Looks Great, Speedy processor, Bright and good (enough) looking screen, Affordable phone plan
Cons: Plastic-y feel to the phone, Not the fastest web speed (but not bad), Screen isn't high-resolution
Summary: Well, this is a great phone. Let me just say it. The processor is really nice because it has one "core" to run Android OS on, and another to run ...
Summary: Well, this is a great phone. Let me just say it. The processor is really nice because it has one "core" to run Android OS on, and another to run the GUI. It also has a dedicated GPU, which is nice. For $100 it's an awesome deal. The phone feels pretty cheap (although I might just be spoiled because I just came from a Motorola Droid, which felt metal-y and heavy), but that can be gotten used to. I am used to the Metro web speeds, and they aren't all that bad on this phone compared to my flashed Droid, which had the plan without HTTP browsing. Oh, and by the way, keep in mind that Metro's 3G is only in Dallas, TX and I believe Detroit, MI. Everywhere else, you will be on 1x RTT, which is what I'm on. There is no 4G for anyone who wants to know. But otherwise, this phone is an excellent device and was worth every penny of the $106.49 I paid (With Tax)
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: LG
- Part number: MS690
- Description: First time smartphone users don't want a complicated phone experience. Instead, they seek quick access to things that make their lives easier. The LG Optimus M, powered by Android 2.2 is the cure for the fear of jumping into the smartphone market. With Google Voice the Optimus M makes tasks like online search, shopping and music simple and easy.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Width 4.57 in
- Depth 0.6 in
- Height 4.57 in
- Weight 5.39 oz
- Body Color Silver
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800 / AWS 1700/2100
- Service Provider MetroPCS
- Operating System Android 2.2 OS
- Software Platforms Supported Java
- Application Software ThinkFree Mobile,
Adobe Flash Player 10.1
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen , Capacitive
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Google Talk
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs MySpace,
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
- Mobile Services Gmail,
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g,
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Bluetooth Profiles Object Push Profile (OPP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
File Transfer Profile (FTP),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Ring Tones 43
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Sensors Proximity sensor
- Additional Features Text-to-Speech (text recognition),
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards AAC +,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- User Memory 150 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 3.2 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 320 x 240,
640 x 480,
2048 x 1536,
1280 x 960,
1600 x 1200
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Digital Zoom 4
- Self Timer Delay Yes
- White Balance Custom,
- Video Recorder Resolutions 176 x 144 (QCIF),
640 x 480 (VGA),
320 x 240 (QVGA)
- Features Video recording,
- GPS Navigation - Simultaneous GPS (S-GPS)
- Navigation Software & Services MetroNavigator,
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 3.2 in
- Display Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
- Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
- Connector Type Micro-USB
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1500 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk ( CDMA ) - up to 450 min,
Standby ( CDMA ) - up to 337 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter
- Also Included microSD - 2 GB