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Mar 24, 2011
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It's every gadget lover's dream to own an iPhone. Ok, so maybe not everyone. But the point is, there's a general fondness for these touchscreen phones nowadays, and the iPhone just so happened to be one of the better ones. It's also quite the investment. [firstpara]

So for all the rest of us who earn a modest living, we suggest you turn off your Apple-vision, and survey the landscape.

For starters, here's a good choice: the LG Optimus Me P350. It's capable, feature-packed, sleek and definitely easier on the budget.

Let's get this out of the way now: the LG Optimus Me P350 isn't flashy nor extravagant to look at. If you're the type who tries to impress the women with expensive gadgets, maybe this isn't for you. Maybe too, you really shouldn't be doing that.

The Optimus, as Techie.com.ph states is "mostly plastic too." Not exactly a vote of confidence for this phone, but trust us, just because it's built that way, it doesn't mean that it isn't elegant.

It's simple, slim, sleek, and surprisingly classy. The layout is very similar to phones in this range. It has a 2.8-inch 320 X 480 screen, and the call buttons are placed below along with the shortcut buttons.

One complaint: the 2.8 inch screen, although responsive, is too small when using the QWERTY onscreen keyboard. This is one of the things that you should definitely try out first if you're planning to get this phone.  

The LG Optimus Me P350 runs on Android 2.2.1. Despite being a budget phone, it has no problem running the operating system smoothly. It's very responsive. And the Android apps market continues to grow, so the opportunity to experience some great apps is indeed there.

However, and listen closely on this one, Techie.com.ph experienced a little hitch that might turn off some of you: the phone "crashed on us a couple of times, went autonomous mode when it was bored (a.k.a. standby mode), and gave us the black screen even if the RAM wasn’t in overdrive." We hope it could be fixed with an update or something, but this is a real downer for a phone that looks to be competitive in the budget arena. 

Other than those, the LG Optimus Me has a lot of features you'd expect from a phone like this. It has a 3MP camera, which, sad to say, is quite underwhelming. If picture quality isn't your biggest issue, and you just take pictures purely as remembrance, then the camera shouldn't be the biggest factor. It also has 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It has 140 MB of internal memory, and is compatible with micros/micro SDHC cards up to 32GB. Talk time is up to 5 hours.

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All in all, the LG Optimus Me is a, well, it's a nice phone. We know it's a sin to describe something with the word 'nice,' but that's exactly how we feel with it. We want to love it. We do. It's sleek and elegant. We like its comprehensive set of features. We like that it's an Android phone. But its little shortcomings here and there prevent us from totally loving it. Don't get us wrong, it's still a very solid choice for a budget touchscreen phone. But as we said above: "survey the landscape." There could be other similar phones out there that you'd really learn to love.


WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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