LG L96G (Optimus Ultimate) Review

The LG L96g (Optimus Ultimate) from Straight Talk is a mid to high end option that runs the latest Android software ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) and has tons of features including a front facing camera and a neat flash for the rear camera for added brightness.  The first thing to note is the sharp rectangular shape which gives it an elongated look and while the screen does not cover the entire surface, it is an impressive 4.3 inches diagonally.

Specifications:

Straight Talk LG L96g

Dimensions Height 4.94 xWidth 2.64″ x Thick 0.34
Weight 4.3 Ounces
Form Factor Candybar
Network & Technology GSM 3G (AT&T)
Calling Plan $45 Unlimited
Processor 1.0 Ghz Processor (single core)
SD Card/Internal Memory 4gb comes with purchase
Android OS 4.0 ICS
Digital Camera/Video Rec 5.0 MP rear camera low resolution front camear
Screen 4.3″ Diagonal
Battery 15 days stand by/ up to 6hrs talk
Button Types Physical Push Button and Capacitive touch buttons
USB microUSB v2.0
Audio Jack & Charging Standard 3.5mm
Price TBD

Look and feel:

The sharp rectangular body is accented with a smoke silver finish which gives it an elegant feel without overpowering the basic single button design.  The back cover features a textured finish for added grip (to prevent accidental drops).  The screen is huge and since it is plastic, you don’t have to worry about shattering.  The LG L96g Optimus Ultimate is a nice option for those that know about Android and are power users.

Honorable Mentions:

It is worth mentioning that the LG L96g Optimus Ultimate has built in corporate email that lets you stay in touch with the office as well as receiving emails real time as they are delivered. One of the main improvements for Android ICS version 4.0 is added security mainly the facial recognition as your unlock challenge BUT this option is not standard and you will likely need to download an application to use the security option. Cool options include added drop down options, press and hold center button to show a list of running apps, Polaris view which allows you to scan your files, Folder creations on the main screens just to name a few.

Summary:

The LG L96g is by far the most complete phone offered by Straight Talk that even the advanced Android phone user will be happy with it.  Since the phone has not been released yet, we don’t have the retail price but since Straight Talk is known for affordability, we suspect it should fall between the high $200 to low $300 range which is not bad at all for what this phone brings to the table.

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