LG Optimus Slider Prepaid Android Phone (Virgin Mobile)
This item at this price, sold by Amazon.com, is currently reserved exclusively for Prime members.Prime free trial and invitee customers: We will automatically apply an Amazon.com Gift Card to your Gift Card Balance in the amount equal to the Prime exclusive discount after you become a paid Prime member. If you cancel your paid Prime membership or return the qualifying smartphone within the first 3 months of your paid Prime membership, we may void your Gift Card or charge you in the amount of the Gift Card. Terms and Conditions apply.
- 3G-enabled, Android-powered smartphone with 3.2-inch touchscreen TFT LCD display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and access to wide range of Google mobile services
- No monthly contracts with Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk unlimited data, text and voice plan (or by-the-minute PayLo plans)
- 800 MHz processor; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking; 3.2-MP camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; GPS navigation and location services
- Up to 3.8 hours of talk time, up to 288 hours (12 days) of standby time; released in October, 2011
- What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 2 GB microSD memory card, quick start guide
- 3G-enabled, Android-powered smartphone with 3.2-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and access to wide range of Google mobile services
- No monthly contracts with Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk unlimited data, text and voice plan (or by-the-minute PayLo plans)
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Compare to similar items
This item LG Optimus Slider Prepaid Android Phone (Virgin Mobile)
|Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping|
|Sold By||Amazon.com||Little Piggy Tech||Design Tactics||Z-Financial LLC||DistrictSale|
|Screen Size||3.2 in||4.5 in||3.5 in||3.2 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.9 x 3.5 x 0.9 in||2.56 x 0.43 x 5.11 in||0.46 x 2.41 x 4.53 in||1.9 x 3.5 x 0.9 in||0.64 x 2.13 x 4.24 in|
|Item Weight||2.71 ounces||4.96 ounces||4.1 ounces||2.71 ounces||4.62 ounces|
The distinctive LG Optimus V for Virgin Mobile stands out in a crowd. This highly customized phone comes with Android 2.2 and all of the smartphone features without the smartphone price. The LG Optimus V is a full-featured smartphone with a touchscreen, virtual QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.0 megapixel camera/ camcorder. Your favorite Google Apps come pre-loaded on your Optimus V including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Search, and YouTube. This phone truly delivers the things you want in real time. Highlights 3.2" Full Touch Screen With Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Download Thousands Of Apps and Widgets From Android Market Your Favorite Google Apps Pre-loaded- Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, and More Access To Outlook Email With Microsoft Direct Push Technology and HTML Support Access Your Email From Well-known Providers Like AOL, Windows Live, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and More GPS Supports Location-based Services Enjoy Hands-free Communication By Using Headsets, Car Kits, and Other Bluetooth-enabled Devices Listen To Your Voicemail Messages In Any Order and Easily Manage Your Inbox Without Calling In 3.0MP Digital Camera With Zoom Also Captures Video
The second generation of the popular LG Optimus V, the Android-powered LG Optimus Slider for Virgin Mobile offers excellent on-the-go multimedia features--and with none of the contract obligations. With Virgin Mobile, you can choose a monthly plan with unlimited data, text and voice or just purchase the minutes and text you need (learn more below)
The Optimus Slider delivers the convenience of a full QWERTY keyboard with the sleek lines of the LG Optimus series and a 3.2-inch touchscreen display. It's also packed with an 800 MHz single-core processor, 512 MB internal memory, and expansion capabilities via optional microSD memory cards (a 2 GB card is included).
It's powered by the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, offering deep integration with Google services--from Gmail and Google+ to Google Maps and YouTube--and providing you access to the latest apps and games via the Android Market. You can also make calls, send messages, play music, and more hands-free using Google Voice Actions.
The Optimus Slider comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder that's loaded with features, including auto-focus, multiple scene modes (including sports and night), multiple quality settings, geotagging capabilities, and a wide range of customizable settings.
Other features include ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (for accessing home and on-the-go hotspots), Bluetooth 3.0for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, full HTML web browser with support for Adobe Flash, and access to both personal and corporate e-mail (see full specifications below).
The LG Optimus Slider weighs 5.5 ounces and measures 4.53 x 2.32 x 0.58 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.8 hours of talk time, and up to 288 hours (12 days) of standby time. It runs on the 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies.
What's in the Box
LG Optimus Slider handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 2 GB microSD memory card, quick start guide
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.
|Beyond Talk Unlimited Plans|
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).
Android Gingerbread Operating System
The LG Optimus Slider 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 Slider 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.
Communications & Internet
Top customer reviews
As with the original Optimus, I really like phones with real Android buttons at the bottom vs touch screen buttons that most Androids have. The original Optimus went a step further by putting space in between the buttons and at first I missed that, but now I don't mind.
My biggest complaint about this phone is the location of the SIM card. You have to remove the back cover to get at the SIM card. This is a big pain if you also use a case like from Body Glove.
Another big complaint about the original Optimus and this slider version is the lack of internal memory. I guess for most, this would be the biggest complaint, but for me, I don't load that many that many apps.
It would be nice if either of these phones had a light sensor to allow automatic screen dimming, but I guess you get what you pay for and that's part of the reason I was able to buy this phone for only $65.
The camera isn't that great as well, but I'm just used to phones having poor camera quality. If I ever get an iphone, I'm sure I would quickly change my thoughts on that.
All in all, it's a great phone. If you're set on getting a slider phone for Virgin Mobile, this is the one to get. The Samsung Intercept is the only other one (at this time) and it is worthless. I know, I owned one. See my review on that phone to see why. What's funny is that I upgraded to this phone for the slider keyboard, but I got so used to not having one in the original Optimus, I rarely ever use the keyboard. However, when I do use it, it is really appreciated like with long emails or finding contacts by typing a letter.
As a first experience with Android, I was pretty impressed, particularly with the voice recognition. I rarely use my phone as a phone, but rather as a messaging device. Having a phone that takes surprisingly accurate dictation made it possible for me to reply to texts and home and work emails with ease, which became a real advantage when I started walking for exercise not long after getting this phone--I carry it in an arm strap and track my walks with an app, and voice recognition is good enough to reply to emails even a little out of breath, and sometimes being able to just slow down a little and not stop walking altogether. This was very helpful over the winter when I often had to walk in the middle of a workday.
The onscreen keyboard was slightly better than the one on the Optimus V, but not enough to make the slideout keyboard unnecessary. I wish they had kept the slider kb similar to previous LG phones we've had, like the various Rumors. On the Optiums Slider, the top row of letters is also the numeric row and you have to use a function button to shift or lock/unlock the numbers, which is cumbersome. Given the comparative size of this keyboard to the Rumor Touch, I don't see why they needed to make this compression, but it's not impossible to live with certainly. I'm grateful for the slideout, especially since it looks like nobody's ever going to make another one *sigh*.
Drawbacks--it's a little twitchy. I love being able to use wireless, since VM's voice coverage in our area is very sketchy. But the wireless isn't great about rediscovering known networks and drops connections, and you often need to turn the wireless service on and off to wake it up--easy from the widget, but still. I'd like to be able to come back from a walk and have it rediscover my home network within a couple of minutes on its own, but it rarely does. Power consumption could be better, and I normally have to charge it every night or find it dead on the couch the next morning. I had a problem with random reboots for a while, but unloaded several apps and turned off automatic updating on those I could, and the reboots are now very rare. A very slight drawback is that I like to text to email addresses sometimes (as when trying to get my husband at his non-smartphone and his email addresses) and the text app on this phone will not allow you to choose emails from your contact list, only phone numbers, for SMS. You have to type the email in and there is no autocomplete for that. This has annoyed me on more than one occasion. I used to have a mailing list set up for this purpose on my Rumor and it worked great.
The biggest drawback is the lack of internal memory. It comes with (I think) 152mb of usable internal memory, which isn't much once you realize what apps can do. Max SD storage is 32G, which I have. You can only move some stuff to SD, and I put whatever I can there. Like everyone else I got app happy at first and downloaded lots of goofy fun junk, then jettisoned it too make room for the things I really need, but even keeping it to things I only use regularly, it's not enough and there's stuff out there I could really use but can't wedge onto this thing. I don't understand why so little internal memory, when otherwise it's a pretty nice phone. Virgin is not great about letting you know the reality of the phone specs either. Tiny internal brains is a serious limitation. Since this phone's screen isn't big enough to make it a media center or gaming machine, they should have given it enough brains to make it useful as a workhorse at least.
As a phone, which is my least preferred method of communication (in part due to bad hearing), it is an improvement over the Rumor Touch. I get better reception in more places, and the calls are clearer. When connected to wifi it's almost as good as a landline. I haven't bothered setting up voice dialing but probably will at some point.
The camera is ok. I will never shovel enough money into a phone to have the camera nice enough to replace a proper digital camera, and I don't need to video chat, so I think it's fine for what it is. Nice to be able to scan barcodes.
I don't listen to music enough to warrant getting into specialized apps on the phone or my laptop, so I just manage my music and playlists in WMP and sync or copy it to the phone from there, which is a cumbersome process sometimes and requires deleting playlists and dumping them in fresh every time. I use a bluetooth FM tuner in my ancient car and bluetooth earphones when I'm walking, and it works fine.
Browsing is better than I expected and I've even played back some video on the Netflix app (now jettisoned) and YouTube that surprised me with the quality. I don't think I'll ever want a phone that's so big I could reasonably use this for regular video viewing, but it's nice to be able to entertain myself when I'm stuck somewhere alone.
This phone has put up with a lot of abuse, since I drop it constantly. It has little dings all over but so far everything has just rolled right off its back. I also like that it's NOT huge, and fits into a pocket or sleeve holder pretty easily. Wouldn't want one much bigger than this, because I like a proper screen for the sorts of things people seem to want to do on their phones these days. I would keep it forever if the internal memory could be upgraded somehow, again, since nobody seems interested in making slider phones anymore.
As a first Android phone, I'm very pleased with it. Android does some very handy stuff that makes the phone infinitely more useful, and I could see how someone might be able to get by without home internet or a 'real' computer with a nice Android (or other smartphone) if they had to. Virgin makes it less expensive to move into this territory.
I'll upgrade when this phone dies, or when they come out with a well-rated new slider.
Oct. 1, 2014 -- editing to add that I have stayed with this phone, replacing it with the same model when the first one broke. Nobody is making phones with a decent QWERTY anymore (not interested in a blackberry-style model), and all the new phones are just too damn big to tuck into a pocket. I have enough trouble sometimes finding a place to put this when I'm out for my exercise walks (to track the walk and listen to audiobooks), a huge phone would be impossible to deal with. Eventually it will become too obsolete to support newer apps, but I've gotten along quite well by getting a 32g microSD card, giving it an ext2 partition, rooting the phone and installing Link2SD. This frees up the microscopic internal memory and allows for reasonable installation of apps. I'd rather just get a better, newer version of this phone but this way I can hold out a little longer and hope that somebody will offer a decent slider again.