It doesn't look like the one at Amazon comes with free first month service ($25 value), or does it? If not, then the one at HSN turns to bit cheaper ($150 - $25 = $125 at HSN vs. $130 at Amazon) if you care for Virgin Mobile's service.
I'm waiting for the Motorola
I doubt the Motorola can have good battery life (fast processor, huge high res screen)
but i'm planning to get it anyway
I'm on an old Nokia phone on virgin mobile now (i guess from the days when Nokia was king)
Pay about $15 a month and the phone last 3 weeks before it needs to be recharged (no web, no angry birds, no backlight or color on the screen)
For people use internet over the phone (google map with navigation, book reading, voice search, gas price check etc.), LG Optimus V is a slick deal without a doubt. It is not only because of the low price of the phone itself (about $130), more importantly Virgin Mobile has the very low monthly internet+voice+text plan. The 300 minute voice time plan is only $25, with unlimited internet access and text. They don't have free off-peak minutes, though.
The phone is excellent for the price and serves most tasks well. It is very nicely shaped and has a relative small size with very decent resolution. It even has a good graphics processor so display is relatively quick. Giving that, some people may find the screen is on the small side (3.5"), the processor is not fast enough (600 MHz, runs Angry birds but not smoothly), lack of full flash support, no front camera, no flash as so on. The battery life is pretty good, but daily charge is necessary for most smart phones. For heavy users, it may only last half of a day, but that's the state of the smart phone technology.
It is a really good phone, same model as what Sprint offers. Got two (Virgin Mobile), one for my daughters first phone and replacement for my Wife's AT&T. Good battery life, call quality, no issues with coverage so far and stable... runs apps like angry birds without issue. Can't beat Virgin's $25 mo plan either. I'm waiting for the Motorola Triumph to be released and will be getting that with the help of SlickDeals.
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This phone has been good so far, just had to increase the size of the card. Be sure you get a card fast enough for video and the faster cards also allow quicker writes for photos. It is a great starter smartphone and the Virgin service has been good. Data rates are fine too. Can't be the service price and the price for the phone is good with the month of service. I've seen the phone a little lower ($10-20) but it didn't include the month of service ($25). Battery life on this phone is low. Look at getting a spare battery or two. I found a couple batteries and charger for $15 on fleabay.
Love my Optimus V! Running GrooVeIP so I can talk using Google Voice over my data connection. Essentially unlimited everything for $25 a month.
As for battery life, there is a known glitch where the phone will continue to search for a 3G connection after a reboot. The simple solution is to toggle it into airplane mode for a few seconds, then back to 3G and it stops searching. By turning off GPS and wifi when not is use (there's a super easy widget to do so) I easily get 2 days on my battery.
I have this phone, too. Ended up rooting it to gain more storage space for apps. Now I link apps to the SD card and I have TONS of them. Still running the stock OS, though.
Overall, it's nice. I can run Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle and a few other games very well. Angry birds has some lag, though. And the apps generally lack the polish of their iOS cousins (I'm looking at you, Facebook).
I really love the widgets. I use them constantly. MLB, Power Settings, News, Clock, weather, Bible Verse, Calendar, Coupons - I've got widgets for all of these! I even have a widget to Toggle Airplane mode on and off (Widgroid or something like that)
I am thinking about upgrading from the LG Rumor Touch to the Optimus V. It would mainly be for the use of the Pandora App (and occasionally the Wifi Hotspot feature) as I don't have a MP3 player and refuse to illegally download or purchase any mp3s. I see that some of the LG Rumor Touch listings on ebay say "Good ESN, The ESN is cleared for activation on Virgin Mobile.". How do I know if my phone will have a good ESN after I upgrade? Is the capacitive touchscreen keyboard on the Optimus V tolerable for moderate texting? Will I miss the hardware keyboard on the LG Rumor Touch much? The resistive touchscreen keyboard (in Opera Mini) was barely tolerable for light text entry. I'd usually make a mistake about every 15-20 letters entered. I much prefered using the hardware keyboard.
Also, what key features will I miss out on between the Optimus V and the upcoming Motorola Triumph?
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