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LG Optimus Elite (Virgin Mobile), Black, VM696 Model

by LG
3.6 out of 5 stars 356 customer reviews
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  • Display: 3.5-inches
  • Camera: 5-MP
  • Processor Speed: 800 MHz
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Size (LWH): 4 inches, 1.9 inches, 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 2.72 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 7.2 hours
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 254 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

Successor to the popular LG Optimus S, the LG Optimus Elite boasts a pocketable form factor and virtual QWERTY keyboard that allows users to update social sites and message friends with ease. The Optimus Elite also features a 5 megapixel camera with video recording, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, microSD memory card slot, multi-format music player, and a few extras like Google Wallet and NFC. This affordable and highly customizable full-featured smartphone is ideal for feature phone users looking to make the move to Android. This device offers access to thousands of apps, games, movies, books, and music available on the Google Play Store.


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The LG Optimus Elite is a great-looking device is loaded with powerful features. Experience Android on a large 3.5" screen, tap to pay with Google Wallet, and choose from hundreds of thousands of apps in Google Play. All that, combined with Unlimited Data & Messaging, puts the Optimus Elite a cut above the common smartphone.

With the 3.5 inch touch screen, you can glide though menus and websites and pinch and zoom while your looking at photos or surfing the web. The 5 MP camera with LED flash allows you to snap and share pictures from your phone. Through Polaris Viewer you can view lots of different file types on your phone such as Microsoft Office and PDFs.

Key Features

  • 3.5” Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 5MP Camera, LED Flash and Video Capture
  • Android Market for all the latest applications
  • Bluetooth Firmware Version 4.69
  • 800 MHz Processor
  • EVDO Rev A and WiFi
  • Google Android browser
  • 3.5 mm Headset Jack
  • NFC Capable (Google Wallet)
  • External Memory: up to 32 GB

Vital Statistics

The LG Optimus Elite weighs 4.25 ounces and measures 4.5 x 2.47 x 0.39 inches. Its 1520 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.2 hours of talk time, and up to 10.5 days of standby time.

What's in the Box

LG Optimus Elite handset, 1520 mAh li-ion battery, USB cable, and cordless AC adapter.

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The LG Optimus Elite runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread)--the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The Optimus Elite also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

Virgin Mobile Prepaid Pricing

With Virgin Mobile, you can pay only for the calling time you use. You can choose a monthly Beyond Talk plan with unlimited data and messaging and just the right amount of talk minutes for your needs.

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Virgin Mobile customers have access to the Sprint Nationwide Network, reaching more than 278 million people across the United States (see a map of Virgin Mobile's coverage area).

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), also known as CMAS, is a part of a national alerting system called IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) that enables emergency management officials to rapidly disseminate the warnings and safety information via text alerts to wireless phones based on the phones’ geographic location. The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is responsible for receiving the alerting information and forwarding the alerts to participating wireless carriers such as Sprint. Such alerts may come from the President of the United States; the National Weather Service, state or county public safety officials. This system is integrated into the same national alerting services that serve television and radio today.

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches ; 2.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0082DP778
  • Item model number: Optimus Elite
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,818 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

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Color: Black

1.Bigger screen-More noticeable than I expected, since it's only .3 inch larger on paper. Typing is slightly better, but still difficult in portrait mode. Feels more colorful and vibrant, but that could be just me(maybe I'm under "my phone's new wohoo" hallucination mode). Resolution is same as V.

2.Better processor/OS-200Mhz higher and gingerbread 2.3(OV is 2.2). Lot less lags in apps. Can handle desktop websites better(with some lags) with flash(Wifi recommended). Autoswitching between landscape and portrait is lot faster than V, so I actually turned it on unlike V. Big improvement in video playback. I didn't need to download additional codecs to play unconverted videos.

3.Flash support-Phone's not powerful enough to handle big sites like dailyshow/colbert/etc in high resolutions(frozen video with audios only), but it managed to handle South Park, videogame sites, etc. Recommended on Wifi connection only.

4.Slimmer design-Expected it to be no big deal for me, but once I held it I can definitely feel the slimness of it compare to V.

5.Better camera-5 megapixel vs 3, with LED flash support. Flash is bright enough to take good pictures in dark settings(in-doors anyway), and camera autofocuses during the camera mode(or you can focus manually by touching the screen). V autofocused after pressing the shutter button, so Elite takes pictures 3~ times faster. It's almost instantaneous. Also has micro mirror for self-portrait.

6.Bigger storage for apps- 900mb~ solely for apps. Even more space if you move your apps(apps that support app2SD).

7.Better/louder sound-Sound is coming out of the speaker where you listen in phone conversation(I don't know what it's called. Earspeaker?).
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
Received product quickly in quality retail packaging. Activation was simple and quick (I did NOT port a number, just got a new one).

Comparing to my previous phone, a Motorola Droid (original) -

The good -

- This phone is MUCH faster, you can tell when it's responding to opening programs, obtaining GPS navigation directions, really in every aspect
- The phone's speaker (speaker phone) offers amazing clarity for what it is.
- Since the speaker/speakerphone is so loud when it's turned all the way up, it makes for a better alarm than the Droid
- The web (at least for me) is really quick to open, load - show search results, overall very pleased with browsing on this
- Voice dictation/recognition works AWESOME - I'd say even a bit better than the Moto Droid, which was really great with this
- The Battery seems to last longer, at least right now. Even after messing with the phone, apps, downloads, etc. for about an hour the battery was still near full.
- The phone's VERY light - would could actually be a bad thing (I could picture myself dropping it a little easier)

Not so good -

- The texting portion is a bit harder on this than on the Moto Droid - there are some minor things, but - it's also noted that most of these inconveniences will be overcome by using the phone more and getting more accustomed to it. (For example on the Droid, exclamation mark, question mark, period, comma, etc - would be offered after every 'space' in case you wanted to end a sentence.. This phone requires me to press and hold on one of the letters to get the same result). Not a huge deal, just slows me down a bit.
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Color: Black
This so far seems to be a very solid phone. It has several advantages over the Optimus V including Android 2.3 rather than 2.2 on the Optimus V, more memory, a slightly larger screen (3.5" vs. 3.2") and a faster processor.

In terms of memory, the phone comes with roughly 900 MB of main memory that is free (compared to about 150 MB on the Optimus V). Additionally, about 2 GB of memory is in a separate "partition" that can be treated as if it is an SD card, including moving apps to it. While the phone does not come with a microSD card, there is a microSD card slot inside the back cover that can be used for even more storage.

While the specs for the phone report it is an 800 MHz processor, reports on the Internet (which I confirmed with my phone using Quadrant) is that currently the phone is shipping with a processor speed of 1 GHz, a nice upgrade.

In terms of connectivity, the phone seems to compare well with the Optimus V, receiving strong cell and data signals, as well as the GPS finding satellites quickly.

For the price, this phone is tough to beat; though those wanting a high end phone from Virgin Mobile will want the Evo 4G.
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Color: Black
I wanna start by saying this is a great phone to have. Its affordable plus Virgin's plans are great. I recently just canceled my contract with sprint to save money. I had the HTC evo 3d, which was a great high-end phone. I was afraid to go to this phone from that one, but I made the switch. It definitely wasn't that much of a downgrade at all. Well the main apparent sacrifice was the screen size. The evo 3d's screen size is 4.3, this one is 3.5. However, this phone has a brighter, more vibrant screen, and the colors are also better. I know this. I had the evo 3d for almost a year. This is lightweight and quite thin. I like it alot and I'm happy I got it. The camera is also pretty good too. It shoots fast! Its very good for people who have shaky hands or are taking pics of moving targets. And the flash is another great plus. Overall, I'm very satisfied with it and I'm not sad about coming from the evo 3d to this.
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