LG Optimus U

Digitalnerds blog is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. we never accept free products from manufacturers.Learn more.

Another member of LG’s Optimus lineup is the U which looks a lot like the S model. Both handsets measure 4.47 x 2.32 x 0.52 inches and come with a soft touch finish that makes them more comfortable when holding in the hand. Also the same is the 3.2-inch LCD that has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels and can show up to 16.7M colors.

However, there are a bunch of differences that set these two models apart. While the Optimus S has the Home button first and after that the pop-menu, the Optimus U features the menu key first, followed by the Home key. Another difference is the home screen because the Optimus S comes with the Sprint ID profile pack system, whereas the U features a fairly stock Android UI.

LG Optimus U (Source: androidguys.com)

LG Optimus U (Source: androidguys.com)

The LG Optimus U is running Android 2.2 but it is upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread. It features app sharing, voice dialing over Bluetooth, along with integration with Twitter and Facebook accounts. Even though we are dealing with an entry-level smartphone, this model features Wi-Fi hot-spot capabilities for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices, along with 3G EV-DO Rev. A, GPS and Bluetooth.

As far as the apps are concerned, it comes with Google Maps, Latitude, Navigator Deluxe, a Google search bar, Gmail Google Talk, Google Voice search, YouTube and Google Calendar. U.S. Celluar and LG also offer Twitter, Facebook, City ID, MyContacts Backup and Tone Room Deluxe. You will also find the useful ThinkFree Office productivity suite that allows you to create & edit Office documents.

The LG Optimus U has been equipped with a 3.2 mpx camera that takes decent photos, even though it doesn’t have an LED flash. The images seem to be in focus and quite sharp, but the colors could have been a little bit brighter. You can choose from one of the five available resolutions, along with an adjustable ISO, color effects, white balance, six scene modes, brightness, timer, 2x digital zoom and four focus modes. You can also record videos with the camera in VGA, QVGA or QCIF format.

LG Optimus U (Source: cdn.androidcentral.com)

LG Optimus U (Source: cdn.androidcentral.com)

The smartphone is powered by a 600MHz processor that even though is not impressive at all compared to more expensive high-end devices, it does its job very well as you won’t notice any lag while scrolling or navigating through the phone. The call quality seems to be very good on this device as the voices sound natural and there are no interferences at all during a conversation.

As for the battery, this has a rated talk time of up to 11 hours or 18.75 days in standby. The FCC says that the LG Optimus U has a digital SAR rating of 1.04 W/kg.