Straight Talk LG Optimus Extreme Android 4.0 Review

The LG Optimus Extreme is a new phone in the LG Optimus line. While this phone is more of an entry level device, it is notable because it is one of the first Straight Talk phones with the newer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System. The Extreme brings us some nice little upgrades over the previous Optimuses but be aware that it does cost $50 more than the previous phones. By the way, if you are considering this phone, you may also want to take a look at the LG Optimus Showtime which is also an Android 4.0 device. Check Extreme Availability in you Area

Hardware and Features

On the hardware, we find very familiar entry level specs. Primarily, the processor is only 800 mhz the same as the LG Optimus Logic and Dynamic. What differentiates this phone from the other optimuses to date is the 4.0″ screen. As such, this is the larger version of the other mentioned Optimuses. Another notable upgrade on this phone is the much better 5.0 mp camera with an LED flash and the fact that this comes with a built in 1gb of memory.

As mentioned before, the LG Optimus Extreme gives us the newer Android 4.0 operating system which is much improved from the Android 2.3 that is found on just about all other Straight Talk Androids thus far. Performance is considerably improved on 4.0 so the extra money you pay on this phone over the lesser expensive Optimuses is well worth it.  Case in point is the Netflix app that tends to not play so well on entry level Android 2.3 phones but on this phone,  it plays perfectly fine without any issues. About the only thing on the hardware that is a bit disappointing is the speaker which is not very loud even when turned all the way up so you will definitely need some headphones for listening to media.

Aesthetics and Appearance

This is very nice looking phone despite the entry levelness of it. I will go so far as to say that this is the best looking entry level phone offered by Straight Talk to date. In person, it looks a lot more expensive than it really is. The “black chrome” look bezel really makes this phone stand out. I also like how the middle bottom push button is inset into the phone. Construction and build quality is excellent as always with an LG phone. Of course the phone is all plastic body with a plastic screen as are virtually all phones in this category but it does not feel or look cheap in any way shape or form. This phone is a winner in the looks department considering it’s price range.

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Conclusion

Overall, this is an excellent little phone that looks great. The only complaint is the fact that it is much pricier than the other LG Optimuses despite the fact that this phone is essentially a souped up entry level device. For the price, I would expect at least a 1ghz processor versus the 800 that we get. I like the size and quality of the screen which is much improved over the other entry level Optimus devices to date. Another much needed improvement is the camera which is much better on this phone and comes with a led flash. Finally, we do get the latest Android 4.0 OS, at least as of this writing. If  you are looking for something with a larger screen but don’t want to step up into the higher priced $200+ phones, then the Optimus Extreme makes for a fine choice that won’t disappoint.

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Specs

Straight Talk LG Optimus Extreme

Dimensions Height 4.66″ xWidth 2.62″ x Thickness 0.37″
Weight 5.5 Ounces
Technology GSM
Build Quality Excellent. All plastic body construction with black chrome look bezel and textured back.
WiFi Yes
Calling Plan Straight Talk $45 Unlimited
Processor 800 mhz
Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Form Factor Medium Candybar Touchscreen
Digital Camera 5.0 mega pixels with LED flash
Screen 4.0″ Diagonal capacitive touch
Button Types Capacitive touch and middle physical push Buttons
Price $149.99