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LG Optimus S Android Phone, Gray (Sprint)

by LG
3.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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  • 3G-enabled, Android-powered smartphone with 3.2-inch touchscreen display
  • Customizable Sprint ID experience; Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot sharing capabilities; optional Telenav GPS
  • 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD expansion; access to personal and corporate e-mail
  • Up to 5 hours of talk time; released in October, 2010
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, 2 GB microSD memory card, quick start guide

Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.47 inches, 2.32 inches, 0.52 inches
  • Weight: 4.64 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Network Compatibility: AMPS
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 450 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

LG's first Android phone for Sprint. This CDMA smartphone is notable for including a mobile hotspot feature that lets nearby Wi-Fi devices share the phone's Internet connection. Other features are par for Android phones, including EVDO Rev. A 3G data, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, 3-megapixel camera, video capture, 3.5mm audio jack, and memory card slot.

Delivering easy-to-use access to a variety of applications and resources, the LG Optimus S is powered by the Android 2.2 OS (aka, "Froyo") and features Sprint ID--an intuitive way of customizing Android content. Affordable and highly customizable, the Optimus S offers a slim, sleek design that's complemented by a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display with onscreen QWERTY keyboard.

Customize your experience with Sprint ID.

The Android platform 2.2 provides a fast overall Android experience as well as greater multitasking capabilities. You'll be able to receive notifications, listen to music, and even record GPS data without keeping the application open. And it features a plethora of enhancements, including an improved QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web. It also offers enhanced Exchange support, with Calendar syncing, Global Address Lookup, improved security, auto-discovery, and more.

In addition to fast 3G speeds from Sprint's high-speed EV-DO network, you'll enjoy accessing the optional Sprint TV video-on-demand with full-motion video and vivid sound (see more details on optional services below).

The Wi-Fi-enabled Optimus S also offers built-in mobile hotspot functionality (additional monthly charges applicable), allowing up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices--including laptop, camera, music player, video player and any other Wi-Fi-enabled device--to enjoy the benefits of 3G speeds on the go. Other features include Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, memory expansion via optional microSD memory cards (up to 32 GB; 2 GB card included), 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Visual Voicemail capabilities, and up to 5 hours of talk time.

Sprint ID

Sprint ID entertainment pack.

Make your phone a reflection of who you are with Sprint ID, which helps you get the most out of your phone by allowing you to choose a total experience for your device. You'll be able to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience--including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers--all at once. Packs are designed to meet your interests--whether you're a sports fan, fitness fanatic, or auto enthusiast.

And the catalog of Sprint ID experiences will grow and expand--it's a marketplace full of experiences just for you. Choose from a single experience or many--it's about customizing your phone with the information you want in the palm of your hand. Here are a few examples of currently available Sprint ID packs:

  • Entertainment ID: Features a host of fun video, music, photo and news apps including Facebook, Celebrity Tweets, Pandora, Shazam, Rhapsody, E! Online and more.
  • Socially Connected: A customized experience for keeping users connected with friends on-the-go. Pack includes: Facebook, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Mashable, Tweetcaster, YouTube, and more.
  • Health and Fitness: Features all the best wellness related resources for eating right, staying fit and tracking users' progress with the ability to customize to their specific interests and goals. Pack includes: Workout Coach, Fitness Tips, Calorie Counter, BMI Calculator and more.
  • Business Productivity: The perfect solution for busy professionals who want to stay connected, entertained and informed on-the-go. This pack features all the best tools to assist with travel plans, organization, communication and more.

3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen and virtual QWERTY keyboard.

Android Platform

  • Powered by the Android operating system (version 2.2, Froyo) with deep integration of Google services and access to thousands of apps to customize your phone via the Android Market.
  • Advanced multitasking capabilities allow you to receive notifications, listen to music, and even record GPS data without keeping the application open.
  • Full Suite of Google Apps including Google Maps with Street View, transit, and Wikipedia information; GTalk with Presence; Gmail; YouTube; Latitude; and more.
  • Google Calendar app syncs with the Web-based version, so any event that you add to your phone will show up on the Web-based Google Calendar (and vice versa).
  • Google Maps Navigation (Beta) provides free, pre-loaded turn-by-turn voice guidance. Powered by Google and requiring an Internet connection, it enables you to simply say "Navigate to [your destination]" to get on your way. See live traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps without ever needing to update your device.


  • Fast 3G connectivity thanks to Sprint's EV-DO, Rev A network with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Turn-by-turn navigation via TeleNav GPS Navigator (additional charges applicable).

Design and Hardware

  • 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen (320 x 480 pixels, 16.7 million color depth) with multi-touch capabilities and proximity sensor.
  • 600 MHz dual-core processor


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC.
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, WMV.

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging (via popular services).
  • Access to personal and work e-mail (supports Microsoft Exchange corporate e-mail).
  • Full HTML Web browser


  • 2 GB microSD card with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 140 MB internal memory


  • 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera
  • Video capture capabilities

More Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB 2.0 port with charging capabilities.
  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: T4

Vital Statistics

The LG Optimus S weighs 4.6 ounces and measures 4.47 x 2.32 x 0.52 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of talk time. It runs on the 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies.

What's in the Box

LG Optimus S handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, 2 GB microSD memory card, quick start guide

Sprint Services

  • Broadband-like 3G network supports the EV-DO Rev. A high-speed data standard, this phone enables you to download and stream high-quality video, straight onto your phone. Where coverage is available, EV-DO Rev. A connectivity provides average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps, with peak rates up to 2 Mbps.

  • Visual Voicemail gives you quick and easy access to just the messages you want to listen to by letting you go directly to a specific message, without needing to listen to or skip past previous messages.

  • Sprint TV enabled: With Sprint TV, you can make your cell phone your always-on source for news, weather, sports and more. This comprehensive video service combines high-quality streaming audio and video from channels including the NFL Network, ABC, The Weather Channel, Fox Sports, E!, CNN, The Discovery Channel, and more.


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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004AM59NC
  • Item model number: Optimus S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,769 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Customer Reviews

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Update 11/21/11 **DO NOT UPDATE THE ANDROID OS**
Do not update the latest Android OS. It changes some things to "make the phone more battery efficient" but in fact the menus are less attractive, texting is more difficult, auto word fill in and corrections are screwed up and the battery actually drains faster. You can revert back to the older OS just follow your carriers instructions. High marks for Sprint for having them clearly explained on their site. Otherwise, I'm still loving this phone. It's very durable. Feels substantial and comfortable in my hand. The processor and memory work just fine. People complain but there are some things you can do that I suspect they don't do. Save stuff(photos, videos, contacts, apps, etc) to a high capacity micro SD card not internal memory. Also, download an app killer app so that you can check and stop apps that are running and hogging your processor and memory. Apps do not stop after you navigate away from them. Many keep running in the background. Other things that suck your battery and make your processor slower are active wallpaper, GPS satellite & privacy settings, bluetooth and background data & auto syncing. If those and other apps(Facebook for example) are running all the time then your phone may run slower and may lock up sometimes. 3G internet browsing works great on this phone. I have a 4G Motorola Droid RAZR for work and see just a little improvement on browsing. 4G sucks your battery dry by the way. Since this phone is free with a contract I consider it a great deal for casual users. It has wi-fi and can be a hotspot for other devices.

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This has been a very good phone for me. I've had it for several months. Originally I was hesitant and didn't think I needed a smartphone but now I love it.
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Overall snappy, good build quality, and a good version of Android (2.2 now, rumored to jump to 2.3 soon); however, there is one MAJOR flaw to this phone that simply cannot be overlooked and needs to be advertised more.

The processor in this phone is only an ARM v6, and is already obsolete. Adobe Flash requires ARM v7. The brand-spankin' new Firefox 4 Mobile requires ARM v7. These are jsut two examples of crippled functionality resulting from the outdated processor. Now, assuming that you buy this with a renewed contract for 2 years, can you live with this reduced functionality for that time?

I can't. Which is why I am trading in my 3 month old Optimus S for either an Evo or an HTC Arrive.

If you are looking for an entry Android phone, and don't care about flash player, fierfox, etc... then this is a solid workhorse phone.
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I've had this phone for about 6 months, so long enough to have used it under a variety of conditions. I've had smartphones before, for several years, but I do not consider myself a tech geek (no one else does, either).

This phone is very easy to use. I've had 2 Blackberries, the last being the Curve. I also had an HTC smartphone about 4 years ago that was a navigation nightmare. They will have to prove themselves to me before I use one of theirs again.

The phone is sturdy, and its external buttons are in places that are easy to find when you need them. On-screen buttons respond as they should.

Voice recognition has come a long way since I last tried it a few years ago. This one actually works.

Sprint ID is useless, and probably taking up memory I could use somewhere else.

I love that I have access to so many apps. I only wish that I had a personal adviser I could call to guide me on some nitty-gritty questions I have about them. (Like - I have X, do I also need Y? I'ts not always explained too well in the apps descriptions, but that's not the phone's fault). But, really, this has been a much easier experience, with more usable and simple-to-understand rewards than with any of my other smartphones. There are some cool apps that I have access to. My favorite is one that uses the phones GPS and it's internal pedometer (who knew?) to track my walks and put them on an online map, which I can then save, post &/or email. My other favorite, though I only open it to look at how cool it is, is the "level". Just like if I were a builder and had a leveler tool, this thing uses the "bubble" method. Try it - just knowing that the phone can do that is fun.
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Let me first state that I am not a phone person. I actually prefer email or even a text message to gabbing on the phone for hours. But, although I use my cell phone as an alarm clock and planner, I've always insisted that it is first a phone, and should work and sound as good as a land line. I've been a happy Sprint customer for over 5 years and, through personal experience, have settled on LG as my brand of choice.

After almost three years of reliable and hard service, including two aquatic expeditions (i.e. dunkings) my LG flip phone gave out. I was looking to replace it at minimum cost. Sprint was offering this phone for free with a two year plan extension and it was the only LG being offered so I took it.

The salesman at the store gave me a funny look when I told him I preferred LG. I declined a walk through of the phone's features, preferring to learn hands on. After a week of use I can report the following:
- It works fine as a phone.
- The additional functions I was using, i.e. alarm clock and scheduler, are more robust on Android, but require some experience to use. They are not as intuitive as on the flip phone.
- Ditto for phone logs, messaging and contact maintenance. I can work with these but it will take me a while to become proficient.
- I was leery of having a touch screen. I have fat fingers and keep my phone in my pocket, not a case. I'm getting better at typing on the screen and, so far, haven't damaged the phone. I keep keys and other hard objects in another pocket but I have a case and screen protector on order.
- I don't intend to become an app junkie but I've already found a few that are very useful. Downloading and installation has been easy and trouble free.
- I'll leave the 3G/4G arguement to the geeks.
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