Practical Test: LG Optimus Chic

LG Optimus chic offers a compact Android Smartphone with decent facilities.

The tested pre-production model makes glory his name. The housing in piano lacquer finish and rounded on the sides is well-finished, through the extensive waiver on mechanical keys – about using touch sensor buttons on the front – the chic monolithic.

Where chic here but is not a synonym for precious: the housing is made of plastic, strong pressure on the display show shadow on display – for the price of less than 300 euros, there’s just no luxury metal housing. For this purpose, the Optimus chic has the latest version of Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board, who must be with a touch-sensitive display with 320 x 480 pixels; Top models long higher resolutions are common, also the display with a diagonal of 3.2 inches is not particularly large.

But she impresses with good contrast, i.e.: black appears black, the colours vigorously. In terms of operating new Android version has not changed much in which: the Optimus chic offers five self customizable home screens, which are no longer automatically incorporated purchased applications in the Android market in the menu but appear under the heading downloads.

LG has pre-installed a lot of software so programs for the use of Facebook, MySpace, VZ networks, Twitter and XING itself can be found. Think free a tool exists also, can be used to create text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The hardware equipment includes also Wi-Fi in addition to HSPA, 140 MB of memory can be upgraded with a MicroSD card. There is also an FM radio. Here, the LG holds with with more expensive models.

That absence of lightning or a photo light, compensates for the camera in low light conditions by a powerful whitening, also offers numerous setting options and can automatically provided the recordings using the GPS receiver with location information. The auto focus can be controlled due to lack of a mechanical two-stage camera button but not controlled. The Optimus chic turns videos in VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels). During a telephone conversation, convinced the Smartphone with a powerful speaker and is available also in noisy environments.

The dimensions of the Optimus chic: 113 x 58 x 13 mm, 131 grams. The recommended price is around 300 euros.