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Review: Virgin Mobile LG Optimus Elite

Okay, okay. Sorry, I know I said I was gonna do this review a lot sooner than now, but here it is!

I have Virgin Mobile and am on the grandfathered $25 beyond talk plan (300 mins, unlimited text/data). I was able to transfer my service over to the Optimus Elite and keep my $25 plan and everything, and I still have it even after switching back to my Optimus Slider.

I recently had the chance to try out Virgin Mobile’s (VM) LG Optimus Elite. I must say that it is a VERY nice phone!

I was originally on VM’s Optimus slider, and the Optimus V before that.

The Elite’s screen is still small at 3.5 inches, but nicer than the Optimus slider/optimus V.

^ Sorry, it’s a little bit blurry.

^ This one is a little bit better. Much nicer than the Optimus Slider/V.

^ The left side of the phone has the volume rocker.

^ The top of the phone has the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the power/lock button.

^ The bottom of the phone has the charging port and the mic. And by the way, the only way to get the back cover off of the phone is by pulling apart the back cover from the phone using the charging port hole. So you pull down on the phone and pull up on the back cover or vice versa. Or you can the back cover far enough up so that you can slide your fingernail in there and slide it toward one of the edges. It sounds really complicated, but there’s just no easy way to get this stupid back cover off. Lol :/

^ The right side doesn’t have any type of buttons or anything on it.

^ A full shot of the whole back side. The back cover is just plastic, but it’s textured so it’s not so slippery or anything.

^ The back also has the camera and the LED flash (I love when phones come with flash because for me, having that option is priceless.)

^ The front of the phone is nice. It doesn’t have physical buttons, just the flat touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom there. It also comes with a plastic covering that covers the screen pretty well. I just cut off the tab at the top so that I could just use it as a screen protector. LOL No front facing camera tho… 😦

^ It DOES have an SD card slot, but you have to take off the back cover to get to it. Like I said before, the back cover is hard to get off, so this might be a little cumbersome.

^ A close up of the micros SD card slot area.

^ Okay, something I REALLY don’t like… They replaced the “web browser” globe option with that “ID” option there (next to the menu in the bottom tray of icons)… For me, it’s pointless and waste of space. Basically, the ID button is just to personalize your phone with VM’s wallpapers and themes. I’d MUCH rather have a web browser icon there!

^ They also inserted an “ID” option in all of your menus. Again, pointless to have there and something I don’t ever use. :/

^ Internal memory is 1.93GB. That’s pretty good.

^ Available space (with nothing on the phone) is about 824MB. Not a whole lot of space, but at least it’s better than the 100MB that you get on the Optimus Slider and Optimus V!

ALSO, I must note that the earpiece on the Elite also serves as the speaker. I really like this because instead of the speaker being on the back of the phone (and it getting muffled when you put it face up on the bed or couch), the speaker is now the earpiece as well. So you can leave your phone face up and it’s very easy and clear to hear it ring, or to hear your alarm going off.

Call quality was pretty good on this phone, and the speakerphone was pretty good too. It doesn’t get SUPER loud, but it’s loud enough for me to hear in a noisy room or outside.

Overall, I REALLY liked this phone. It’s a lot nicer and fancier than the Optimus Slider and Optimus V, with more space, and I felt like it was fast as well.

However, I did end up switching back to my Optimus Slider because I felt I needed a physical keyboard if the screen was still going to be so small. The virtual keyboard takes up much of the screen on the Elite (much like the Optimus V), but on the slider, since you have the option of sliding out the physical keyboard, it leaves more room for you to see everything on the screen. This is just a personal preference though. If I wanted something nicer, with a nicer camera and flash, I’d definitely pick this phone. OH! Netflix also works on this phone. (It doesn’t work on my Optimus Slider, which is a bummer!)

I can’t answer too many questions on it since I returned it, but feel free to ask me whatever you like. Hope this helps all of you! πŸ™‚

  1. Drekner
    June 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Looks good! But I think I’ll stick with the Slider for now, simply for the keyboard, Atleast, until the iPhone comes out, of course.!

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I think I wanna get the Evo! I really like the idea of the iPhone especially because it’d be fully supported by Virgin Mobile, however, I really love android. It’s so customizable, 74% of the apps are free in comparison to apple’s same apps that you have to pay for, and I like having the bigger screen sizes! πŸ™‚ That and the iPhone is gonna have a deadly price tag when it comes out! Choices, choices… lol

  2. Jon Lambert
    June 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    For the future, you can download apps on Google Play that replace your regular home. They would allow you to switch things like that ID icon to the browser icon again. ADW Launcher is most like the default, whereas LauncherPro and GO Launcher are more different. All of them offer more features than the default.

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks for the heads up! I hate that ID button. LOL

  3. Jon
    June 14, 2012 at 6:32 am

    How did you keep your $25 plan?

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I did the phone swap before the May 27th deadline. That made it so I could keep my grandfathered plan. If you switch anytime after that, it’s supposed to make it so you have to switch to the $35 plan.

      I did end up switching back to my Optimus Slider later. So I’m pretty much stuck on this forever, unless I get a new phone on VM.

  4. john lam
    June 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I have this phone too. It is awesome! Great upgrade over the Optimus V I had before.

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I agree! It is better than the optimus V! πŸ™‚ Though, I really did love the Optimus V too.

  5. Jason
    June 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Thank You! This was very helpful and very informative. A lot better than what some store salesman/woman could do.

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you Jason! I really appreciate the compliment! πŸ™‚

  6. kathy
    June 19, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Thanks for the review – very helpful. I just bought this, and am trying to figure out exactly what that Mobile ID is — it keeps asking me to download the Essentials ID. Do you know what that is? I don’t want a lot of crazy stuff downloaded on this phone.

    • June 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      man.. it’s so hard to not download that thing cuz it keeps prompting you to download. if you download it and you’ve already set up your phone just the way you like it, it changes everything and you have to reset it up all over again. it’s basically like a theme that you can apply to your phone.

  7. July 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for the information.. i had my LG optimus unlocked and sold because it didn’t fit to my needs.. but i sold my phone to a friend and he seems to be happy with it.. he is not with Virgin but unlocked LG phone can be used with other sim cards from other carriers also so it’s all OK.

  8. Kaydee
    July 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I am going to get one AUGUST 18. Just hoep its as good as you said.

    THANKS πŸ™‚

    • July 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Kaydee! I hope you like it! I really liked the phone!! Let me know what you think of it when you get it!! πŸ˜€

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