LG Optimus M+ (MetroPCS)
The LG Optimus M+ ($129 direct) is LG’s follow adult to a renouned Optimus M (4 stars). While we gave that phone an Editors’ Choice endowment when it came out, a smartphone selection on MetroPCS has softened extremely given then. So even nonetheless a updated Optimus M+ is simply eclipsed in terms of speed, power, and design, it stays a good choice for first-time smartphone buyers looking to save income with an affordable devise from MetroPCS.
Design and Call Quality
Whereas some sequels belong closely to a pattern of a original, LG is going for something totally opposite with a Optimus M+. Gone are a soothing edges and earthy buttons in preference of a sleeker, some-more bony look. The M+ is finished wholly of plastic, with a textured behind row and a potion front. The phone measures 4.5 by 2.5 by .4 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.2 ounces. It’s a good distance that will fit simply into your container or bag. The arrangement has been increasing to 3.5-inches, nonetheless retains a same 480-by-320-pixel resolution. It isn’t impressive, nonetheless it’s splendid adequate and gets a pursuit done. The earthy keys underneath a arrangement have been transposed with haptic feedback-enabled hold keys. Typing on a onscreen QWERTY keyboard was fine.
The Optimus M+ is a tri-band 1xRTT (800/1700/1900 MHz) device with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Reception is average, and it connected to my WPA2-encryped network nonetheless issue. Voices sound full and transparent in a phone’s earpiece, with only a small bit of foam in a background. Calls finished with a phone sound transparent and natural, with really good sound cancellation. The speakerphone sounds fine, and goes only about shrill adequate to use outdoors. Calls sounded transparent by a Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset ($129, 4.5 stars) and voice dialing worked excellent over Bluetooth nonetheless training. Battery life was normal during 6 hours, 11 mins of speak time.
Data Plans and Apps
MetroPCS lacks a 3G information network. The Optimus M+ doesn’t support a carrier’s new 4G LTE network, so it’s stranded on 2G, that can be flattering slow. MetroPCS includes a DeviceScape Wi-Fi hotspot customer (which appears in your presentation window as “MetroPCS Easy WiFi”) to couple together a series of giveaway hotspots, nonetheless it doesn’t pledge widespread Wi-Fi coverage.
But even on 2G, a cost is right: The M+ is accessible with total talk, text, and information for $50 per month. An additional $10 per month gets we a same devise with total song from Rhapsody. Just remember we can also get unlimited, talk, text, and information from Virgin Mobile and Boost for about a same price, nonetheless we also get a combined advantage of 3G speeds with those dual carriers. Note that even with a 4G phone, 4G speeds on MetroPCS are a lot opposite than 4G LTE speeds on ATT or Verizon Wireless. As we detected in a Fastest Mobile Networks testing, rather than charity fantastic speeds, MetroPCS is peddling decent speeds during really low prices.
The M+ runs Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread). There’s no word nonetheless on either a Connect will accept an refurbish to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). LG hasn’t finished too most to a UI, so it’s a comparatively true Android build with some good graphical enhancements. There are 7 customizable home screens we can appropriate between, that come preloaded with some customary apps and widgets. There isn’t a ton of bloatware, and thankfully, most of what has been preloaded is deletable.
In further to a underwhelming display, a M+ is powered by a antiquated 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7627A processor. That’s a step adult from a 600MHz chip powering many of a carrier’s other low-cost smartphones, nonetheless it solidifies a phone as a reduce finish device. Thankfully, a Optimus M+ still feels manageable adequate for infrequent use, nonetheless we shouldn’t get it if you’re meddlesome in high-end gaming.
Multimedia, Camera, and Conclusions
There’s an dull microSD label container underneath a battery cover, in further to 1.87GB of inner memory. My 32GB and 64GB microSD cards worked fine. The Optimus M+ functions as a versatile media player, and song sounded good by both connected earbuds as good as Altec Lansing Backbeat Bluetooth headphones ($99, 3.5 stars). The phone played AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, and WMA exam files, nonetheless not FLAC. Video codec support is clever as well. we was means to play all of a exam files during resolutions adult to 800-by-480.
The 5-megapixel auto-focus camera comes with an LED flash. Shutter speeds were a bit slow, during an normal of 1.1 seconds, nonetheless exam photos were flattering decent for a bill device. Photos uncover decent tone and fact with good lighting, nonetheless some of those sum get mislaid in darker environments. It’s not going to reinstate a good digital camera, nonetheless it’s ideally excusable for capturing a discerning shot on a go. The camera also annals 640-by-480-pixel videos that play behind during a well-spoken 30 frames per second both indoors and out.
The LG Optimus M+ isn’t a prosaic out success that a strange was, nonetheless LG has finished adequate improvements to keep this phone in a tip tier of reduce finish devices. The HTC Wildfire ($119, 3 stars), Samsung Admire ($99, 3 stars), and ZTE Score M ($99, 2.5 stars) are all somewhat reduction expensive, nonetheless a Optimus M+ is value a additional $10 to $30. 4G smartphones on MetroPCS cost a lot some-more than a Optimus M+, nonetheless those prices are starting to come down. The dual 4G phones we now suggest are a Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G ($199, 3.5 stars) and a LG Connect 4G ($249, 4 stars), both of that get we some-more energy and most faster information than a Optimus M+. The LG Connect 4G, in particular, is a favorite contract-free smartphone accessible right now, and costs $70 reduction than it did only dual months ago.
Continuous speak time: 6 hours 11 minutes