Notion Ink Adam : The first of it’s kind

Notion Ink has been in the news quite a bit, so we decided to actually GET the Adam Tablet and see what it’s all about. Well, we would be Vinu Thomas. I have played with the Adam previously, from the first software build to the current one, and I have to say that while initially I was VERY skeptical about the product, it has improved quite a bit. There are still a few rough edges, but for the most part, those can be ignored. I am waiting for the next variant though, just to see what these guys can come up with. It’s interesting, and definitely stands out from the current crop of tablets. We even mentioned it in our Tablet Roundup.

Here’s some of the Specifications:

  • Android 2.2 with the Eden Interface
  • NVIDIA Tegra 250 Dual Core Cortex A-9
  • ULP GPU
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 1GB SLC
  • 8 GB Flash
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 3-cell 24.6Wh battery
  • 10.1” WSVGA (1024 x 600 pixels) Transmissive, transflective and reflective modes ,Multi-touch
  • 3.2MP auto-focus Swivel Camera
  • WLAN – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • WWAN – 3G UMTS 850 / 1900 MHz & 3G UMTS 900 / 2100 MHz, HSPA
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Built-in microphone
  • USB 2.0 Host x 2
  • MiniUSB
  • HDMI out
  • MicroSD card slot
  • SIM Card slot
  • DC connector
  • 3-Axis accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • True GPS
  • Digital Compass

The model that we have is the Pixel Qi, WiFi only model.

The packaging is quite Minimalistic (which I absolutely loved). It contains the Tablet, and a DC Charger. And that’s where my first issue comes up. Why couldn’t they bundle a Mini-USB Cable (let’s forget about a HDMI cable, earphones, etc)? Micro-USB is the standard now, and I’d understand if the connector were that, but Mini-USB cables are hard to find (how many devices use Mini-USB Nowadays?).

Design:

The Adam’s design is unique. Although it is a little hefty, it has a bulge at the top which you can use as a grab handle for one-handed use. This also houses the 3.2MP Swivel Camera, and the speakers (one on either side). There is a HUGE bezel though, which could be a good thing. Holding the device doesn’t obscure the screen. The left side of the device (as seen with the camera up top), has four capacitive buttons. The top one toggles the Pixel Qi display between Normal and Pixel Qi mode. Read up on Pixel Qi here folks. It is a brilliant idea, where the backlight is turned off to save battery (and your eyes), when you’re in reading mode. Unfortunately, that’s where the good part ends. I’ve heard that the LCD display is good, but the Pixel Qi Display, well, isn’t. Colours are washed out, and in Pixel Qi mode, I really couldn’t read a book outdoors. The second generation displays are usually better, so I’m not saying that’s the end of the road for Pixel Qi.Below that is the Home Button, which brings you back to the home panels. Long pressing the Home button shows the task switcher and task killer. Below that is the Menu Button and the Back Button. Unfortunately, these buttons are not Backlit. I struggled while using the device in the dark.

The Right side has a toggle switch to toggle Silent Mode and to turn off the device or wake up the display. Below that there’s a full HDMI port, a USB 2.0 Host port, a physical Back Button, the headphone jack, two LEDs that show charging status and process usage (whether it’s running or not) and a DC charger port.

The left side houses the volume rocker, a USB 2.0 Host and a Mini USB port (why no Micro-USB folks?).

The bottom of the device houses the Microphone, a Micro-SD card slot and a Hard Reset Button.

All said and done, it’s a well designed device.  A lot of things have been thought through. I wish it was a little lighter though. Prolonged usage is, well, not really comfortable.

Display:

The device has a 10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 600 pixels) display.

You can get the standard LCD Display or the Pixel Qi Model. Read up on Pixel Qi here folks. It is a brilliant idea, where the backlight is turned off to save battery (and your eyes), when you’re in reading mode. Unfortunately, that’s where the good part ends. I’ve heard that the LCD display is good, but the Pixel Qi Display, well, isn’t. Colours are washed out, and in Pixel Qi mode, I really couldn’t read a book outdoors. The second generation displays are usually better, so I’m not saying that’s the end of the road for Pixel Qi.

As we mentioned before, there’s a huge Bezel, but that way, your fingers don’t block the display while you hold the device.

Another thing that I noticed was that while for the most part scrolling was smooth, Pinch to zoom, especially in the browser was quite laggy. Double tap to zoom works perfectly though. I do wish the resolution were a bit higher though. Most 10.1″ tablets have a standard 1280×800 resolution.

UI/APPS:

The Adam has it’s own “skin” atop Android 2.2, which is aptly called Eden.

What you have is a list of panels, that you can side swipe to access, and you can interact with each panel while in the “panel view”or launch those applications by tapping the top of the panel (which shows the Window and the Close Icons). All the bundled NI apps can be set into panels, non NI apps however, cannot. The preloaded apps include Mail’d; an email application with multi-panel view that’s perfect for tablets, Sniffer; a file manager, that’s again Multi Panelled, Chords; the NI Music Player, The Broswer which is also skinned and offers a set of quick toggles that are always available and a Calendar app that is quite brilliant. The tablet came bundled with Adobe Flash, and has its own application stor;App Center as you have no access to Android Market. And of course, the NI Keyboard, which is quite good. The keyboard doesn’t have autocomplete or word prediction though, which I hope they add.

You might have noticed in some of the photos that the persistent status bar hides parts of the display. It’s quite irritating. What I didn’t know (which I came across by chance) was that tapping the battery icon hides/displays the status bar. Well done NI.

Performance/Battery Life:

The Tegra 2 processor handles everything really well.

Scrolling in the browser is smooth (although pinch to zoom isn’t), Flash videos embedded played perfectly as long as they’re below 720p (where it stutters just a little), switching between apps is quick, you can play HD Videos (720p), you can even access an external hard drive and transfer contents to and fro and play media right off it. The video player handled most formats, although it didn’t support mkv (as far as I know, I haven’t tried many formats yet).

Battery life though, is a little on the low side. I haven’t used the tablet long enough to give everyone an accurate rating, but standby battery life is quite low! I left the tablet at 69% at night, and woke up in the morning to find it at 14%. For a tablet, that’s pretty bad. It also drained out quite soon.

A couple of issues though, one minor, one major. The small one is that at times, while in sleep mode, the Adam disconnected wireless connections. So, say I was downloading something, and turned off the screen. I turned it back on, and it started re-connecting to the WiFi network again. This didn’t happen all the time though, so I’m not sure if it’s a bug or a power saving feature.

The major one though is that quite often, sleep mode ended up to be deep sleep. What I mean is, I left the display on, set the screen timer to a predetermined setting (say 1 minute), left it aside, came back to it, and found that it was off. It wasn’t out of charge, it just went off when un-attended. I hope this gets fixed soon.

Set that aside, and I have to say I was quite impressed with the performance of the device. It worked: very well.

Camera:

The 3.2 MP AF camera is set on the top, on a swivel mount. So you use the same camera for self portraits and video calls too. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to use the camera much, but the UI is standard AOSP (Android Open Source Project). If you’ve used a phone running Cyanogenmod, you’ll know what I mean. The quality too, is decent. Nothing Great. Issue though, is that it didn’t mirror the image when faced towards the user, it was inverted. Yeah, upside down.

Pros:

  • Fast Processor and Sufficient RAM to handle almost anything you throw at it
  • Pixel Qi screen; turn off the backlight while reading. Saves Battery, and the lack of glare will definitely prevent a headache
  • EDEN UI is quite easy to use. Pre Bundled apps are very well designed
  • App Center partially mitigates the lack of Android Market
  • Well designed, the bulge up on the top aids Single Handed Use

Cons:

  •  Pixel Qi Screen tends to be washed out, colours are not vivid. I’ve heard that the LCD screen is good
  • Software Glitches that need to be fixed (I’ve had Mail’d FC on me quite often, Camera FC’d and I was unable to access it afterwards until a reboot)
  • Touch – sometimes needs a push to work at times.
  • Battery Life
  • Device is quite heavy

The Adam is a seriously capable device. I do wish that some of the niggles that are present get ironed out in the near future. Your experience with the device might be different though. Love it or hate it? Let us know by commenting below.

Check out the full gallery below for the rest of the images and screenshots from the Adam.

Notion Ink Adam Tablet Rating

The Adam is a good concept but we found it lacking in a lot of areas

Notion Ink’s concept of the Adam Tablet was quite good, but in the end the cons outweighed the pros. The Pixel QI screen, which is good in concepts, gives a washed out display with a small viewing angle. The battery backup lasts just about a day even on standby, and apps kept force closing randomly.

Rating by Vinu Thomas: 3.0 stars
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An Intex Android Phone for India?

The latest player to join the low-end Android market in India is Intex.

Due to launch in the first week of February next year, the phone will be running on Android 2.2 (Froyo), complete with a 3.2MP camera, 2.8 inch resistive full-touch screen, Wi-Fi and GPS.

We haven’t had any Intex phones on test as yet, but lets hope we do get a few soon. The price set for this Android budget phone is Rs 5500 in India! Pretty impressive if that figure is true.

It will be interesting to see how this phone functions with a resistive screen on FroYo. Hope all goes well for this latest release from Intex.

Hat tip to TechKnots for the heads up.

Notion Ink introduces Eden

Good news for all Notion Ink Adam fans, you no longer have to wait till CES 2011. Notion Ink introduces Eden in this video showing the paneling system and super cool multitasking on the Adam

Notion Ink posted earlier today on their blog ” … From now on we will be sharing one video per day per application or principle which comes with Adam. It has been a long wait for all of you, and we really thank all those who are with us

Take a look at the video below for the crazy smooth performance of Eden on the Adam with a bunch of apps already loaded into memory.

You can learn what’s going on with Notion Ink over on their Blog. Do visit their website for more details, it’s www.notionink.com. And in case you were looking to pre-order, here’s the link.  We’re looking forward to the device, which will officially be unveiled at CES 2011.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Follow us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

http://notionink.com/index.php

World’s first Dual-Core Mobile: LG Optimus 2x

LG launched the Optimus 2x yesterday, and it’s a beast! It’s the first phone to use the Nvidia Tegra 2 Processor, making it the first phone to use a Dual-Core Processor.

The phone has a 4″ WVGA (800×480) screen, a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, HDMI out, and 8GB on board storage, expandable through Micro SD.

Here’s the really good stuff (and where the HDMI port will actually be usable), the 8MP camera is capable of shooting videos at full HD (1080p)!

Unfortunately, it’ll launch with Android 2.2 (FroYo), but should get Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) soon.

Here’s the press release :

LG LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST AND FASTEST DUAL-CORE SMARTPHONE

LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 Offers Top Multimedia Features for a Better User Experience

SEOUL, Dec. 16, 2010 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG Optimus 2X, the world’s first smartphone with a dual-core processor. Along with more powerful multimedia features, the LG Optimus 2X’s high-performance Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag.

“Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011.”

Developed by graphics processor powerhouse NVIDIA?, the dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip found in the LG Optimus 2X runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Users will experience faster web browsing and smoother gameplay compared with single-core processors running at the same speed as well as instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications.

The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience taking full advantage of the phone’s HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor. The smartphone also includes both rear- and front-facing cameras, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a hefty 1500mAh battery.

The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea next month with countries in Europe and Asia to follow. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course.

Key specifications:

– 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
– 4-inch WVGA screen
– 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
– 1,500 mAh battery
– 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
– HDMI mirroring
– 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

I can’t wait for more dual-core phones to launch!

Catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld..

Notion Ink’s Adam up for Pre-Order

Well, this might be old news, but the long awaited Notion Ink Adam tablet was up for pre-order on the 9th of December, and it was sold out soon after!

Well, at least the Pixel Qi versions are unavailable at the moment.

The Adam has come a long way, and we wish Notion Ink the best. It would be good to see an Indian company do well in the tablet market.

Here are some specs for you:

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 250,Dual Core Cortex A-9,ULP GPU
  • Display: 10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 600) Optional Pixel Qi display:Transmissive, transflective,
    and reflective modes
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 Host x 2,Mini USB,HDMI, WLAN – 802.11 b/g/n,Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR,WWAN – 3G HSPA
  • Memory: 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1GB SLC,8+ GB Flash,Micro-SD Card support
  • Camera: 3.2 MP Auto Focus Swivel Camera

In case you were wondering what the Pixel Qi displayu was about, you can read about it here. Basically, it’s a standard LCD display, with the ability to switch the backlight off to save energy.

You can learn what’s going on with Notion Ink over on their Blog. Do visit their website for more details, it’s www.notionink.com. And in case you were looking to pre-order, here’s the link.  We’re looking forward to the device, which will officially be unveiled at CES 2011.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Follow us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Viewsonic launches two new tablets in India

Viewsonic has officially launched two new tablets in India, the Viewpad 7 and the Viewpad 10.

The Viewpad 7 is a 7″, Android tablet, with phone functionality similar to the Galaxy Tab, which runs Android 2.2 aka FroYo.

Here are the specs for the Viewpad 7:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM7227, 600 MHz
  • Memory: 512 MB internal, 512 MB storage, expandable to 32 GB
  • Display: 7″ Capacitive Multitouch Display, WVGA (800×480) Resolution
  • Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, AGPS
  • Multimedia: 3MP rear camera, VGA Front Facing Camera
  • Battery: Li-Polymer, 3240mAH

It should cost around INR 32,000.

You can read more about it over at the product page, here.

The next one up is the Viewpad 10, a dual-boot tablet that runs Windows 7 and Android 1.6.

The Viewpad 10 runs an Intel Atom 1.66Ghz processor,1GB internal memory & a 16GB SSD and a MicroSD card slot.

It has a 1024×600 10″ Display and a 1.3MP front facing camera. This is a WiFi only device though, and is going to be priced at around INR 38,000.

You can read more about it over at the product page, here.

Good news for Indian tablet fans. Let us know what you think of it incase you get your hands on one. Comment below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Thanks to TechKnots for the tip!

CORE

CPU Processor TypeARM11
CPU Processor Speed600MHz
ChipsetQualcomm MSM7227

CyanogenMod for the Spica

CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for a number of cell phones based on the open-source Android operating system. It offers features not found in the official Android-based firmwares of vendors of these cell phones, including support for the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC), multi-touch, the ability to store and run downloaded applications from the μSD card, compressed cache (compcache), a large APN list, a reboot menu, support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, as well as other enhancements. The CyanogenMod firmware is currently based on Android 2.2 (Froyo). All Samsung Galaxy Spica users should now be aware that Samsung will not be releasing a Froyo update .. There’s good news for us however. As i mentioned in the earlier Multitouch for Spica post, the good people at Samdroid have been hard at work releasing  stable Froyo mods and we now have a CyanogenMod for the Spica running Android 2.2. This is still in the alpha phase and there a few bugs and issues but 95% of the time, you’ll have a blazing fast Spica running CyanogenMod with some truly amazing features. Follow the steps below to install CyanogenMod 6.1 alpha 7.5 version. WARNING  – THIS METHOD CAN BE DANGEROUS  AND RISKY AND WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU END UP BRICKING YOUR PHONE, VOIDING YOUR WARRANTY etc. Prerequisites

  • You need to have LK2.xx kernel with Recovery. If you don’t, please head to – Multitouch For Spica and follow the instructions after which you can come back to this.

Now follow the instructions below –

  1. Download the CyanogenMod file from here or here and copy the file to the root of your μSDcard once the download is done.
  2. Backup all your data.
  3. Reboot your phone to recovery mode.
  4. Select “Apply any zip from SD card
  5. Select the file “CM-6.1.0-Spica-a7.5_update.zip” you downloaded and copied onto your μSD card.
  6. It will ask you for confirmation to install – Press the Home key.
  7. After it completes select the first option (Reboot) and restart the phone. This could take a while, and the phone might reboot a few times (2-5) so be patient.
  8. You should now see the CyanogenMod logo when your phone reboots and when its done, voila Froyo with the awesomeness of CyanogenMod  on your Spica !!
CyanogenMod startup logo

Please do comment if you have any doubts or queries. Alternatively you can check out the Samdroid forum for more details/feedback. Keep Checking back with us or the Samdroid Forum for more stable/beta versions

HTC Desire HD – Walkthrough Video, New Sense UI

The HTC Desire HD was announced a while back. And it is AWESOME (From what we’ve seen so far at least!).  It’s a phone that I’m really looking forward to using!

Here’s a recap of some of the awesomeness that is the Desire HD:

  • 4.3″ Capacitive Multitouch, WVGA (800×480) screen
  • HTC Sense UI, along with htcsense.com
  • 8MP Camera with Dual LED Flash, AF and 720p HD video recording
  • WiFi b/g/n, HSPA+
  • Dolby Mobile
  • 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor
  • 10 Second Bootup!

Anyways, HTC has now released a video to give you a closer look at the Desire HD. So here you go!

PS: You can visit the Desire HD over at the HTC page. And you can catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld. Or you can visit our Facebook Page. (Or you can just do both! :-D )

HTC launces Desire HD, Desire Z and htcsense.com

HTC just announced two new phones and a new service. Exciting times!  Ladies & Gents, meet the Desire HD & Desire Z.

Oh yeah, and htcsense.com. So lets get to it!

htcsense.com:

What it is, is a service that connects your phone to your computer and the cloud inbetween. So it’s a connected service to backup, restore, control and secure your HTC device. The service allows you to remotely lock &/or wipe your device in case you lose it. You can back up your contacts, messages, data, settings & customizations & soon all your multimedia! They’re also adding on the go effects for your photo capture. Check it out over at htcsense.com, which should go live later this month, or early next month.

Now onto the exciting stuff!!

HTC Desire HD:

What it is, is basically a HTC Evo for the GSM world!

  • 4.3″ Capacitive Multitouch, WVGA (800×480) screen
  • HTC Sense UI, along with htcsense.com
  • 8MP Camera with Dual LED Flash, AF and 720p HD video recording
  • WiFi b/g/n, HSPA+
  • Dolby Mobile
  • 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor

Can’t wait to get my hands on this!!

And now the other one, the HTC Desire Z:

What it is, is basically the T-Mobile G2. This one’s for all you people who CANNOT do without a qwerty keyboard.

  • 3.7″ Capacitive Multitouch Display, WVGA (800×480) resolution.
  • 5MP AF camera, LED Flash, 720p HD video
  • 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor
  • WiFi b/g/n, HSPA+
  • “Pop Out” 4 row qwerty keyboard, with user customizable shortcuts.
  • HTC Sense UI with htcsense.com integration.

Both these phones run Android 2.2 (FroYo) and should be available in Europe in Octover and in Asia soon after…. No word on pricing, yet…

Again, more awesomeness… Which one would you pick? Let us know!

You can comment below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.

Source: BGR, Engadget

LG announces Optimus One and Optimus Chic

LG Announced in a press event today that they would be launching two new phones, the Optimus One and the Optimus Chic.. Both will be running Android 2.2 (FroYo) and the custom LG skin.

They come with all the standard Google Mobile services, like Google Voice Search, Google Voice Actions, Google Goggles, Google Shopper and Google Maps with navigation.

Here are some specs for you guys.

Optimus One:

  • HVGA (320×480) Capacitive screen
  • WiFi b/g, HSDPA
  • 3 MP camera with AF (No flash)
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 170 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot (expandable upto 32 GB)
  • 1500 MAh Battery

It’s obviously not a high-end phone and neither is the Chic!

Optimus Chic Specs: All specs are the same, apart from

  • 5 MP camera with AF (No Flash)
  • 1250 MAh Battery
  • 150 MB internal memory

Apart from that the Chic also has LG Air Sync and DLNA.. LG says “it keeps users up-to-date with its ability to wirelessly sync contacts, photos and other vital information with computer and cloud database. Compatible with DLNA™ (Digital Living Network Alliance), multimedia content can easily be shared with other DLNA certified devices such as TVs, AV systems and laptop computers.”

The Optimus One will be available in Europe in October, following which it will be made available in Asia. The Optimus Chic will be available in November in Europe, which will be followed by the Asia launch. No word on pricing yet.

They also had Award-winning Hollywood motion graphics designer Garson Yu design an opening video for the Launch, check it out below!

Press Release:

LG LAUNCHES NEW OPTIMUS SMARTPHONES WITH LATEST ANDROID PLATFORM FOR UNIVERSAL APPEAL

LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic Deliver Winning Blend of Optimal Performance, Latest in Google Mobile Technology and Stylish Design

SEOUL, Sep. 14, 2010 — LG Electronics (LG) today launched LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic, two smartphones from the company’s Optimus series of smart devices. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and optimized for Google Mobile Services, the handsets will deliver the ultimate smartphone experience while offering easier accessibility for the growing number of consumers looking to purchase their first smartphone.

LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic are among the earliest smartphones to launch with Android 2.2, Froyo, the latest version of the Android platform, which allows for two to three times faster and smoother internet browsing, web-page loading, application pop-ups and multi-tasking.

The devices also enable professionals to easily sync with Outlook Calendar for improved productivity, while offering portable Wi-Fi hotspots to easily share a single 3G connection. The devices are optimized for popular Google Mobile Services including Google Voice Search™, Google Voice Actions™, Google Goggles™, Google Shopper™ and Google Maps™ with Navigation, and also offer access to Android Market with more than 80,000 applications.

LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic are developed based on consumer insight that first-time smartphone users have strong needs for obtaining information and handy application services. As a result, these two devices focused on offering instant information search and versatile application packages including Google Mobile Service and even quality application advising functions.

“LG is offering the gateway into the smartphone world with the LG Optimus One and the LG Optimus Chic that offer the distinctive benefits of smartphones, in intuitive, approachable packages,” said Skott Ahn, CEO and president of LG Mobile Communications Company. “LG has a vision of helping people access information fast and easily, no matter where they are. We believe the Optimus series will play a significant role in accomplishing our vision.”

LG Optimus One: Building a Newer, Better Smartphone Experience

In creating the LG Optimus One “with Google™”, a team of R&D experts at LG incorporated and optimized the device for the Froyo platform and Google Mobile Services. What transpired is a smartphone that blends superb design and with ease of use, making it the perfect entry point for prospective smartphone owners.

Featuring a fun, user-friendly user interface, LG Optimus One also includes the exclusive LG App Advisor, which recommends 10 highly rated applications every two weeks. The uniquely designed LG UI (user interface) and sleek new accessories such as carkit cradle offer users easier and more intuitive ways to enjoy all the benefits of the brand-new Froyo.

The phone also features a camera with face tracking and smile shot, a 3.2” wide HVGA screen and a long-lasting 1500mAh capacity battery.

LG Optimus Chic: Best Smartphone for Style-Conscious Buyers

LG Optimus Chic’s, curved lines provide a solid grip and the two-color variants make the smartphone as stylish as the person carrying it. LG Optimus Chic’s touch-sensitive buttons complete the device’s sleek and minimalist look.

LG Optimus Chic also offers a unique on-screen phone feature which allows users to remotely control the device from their PCs. Plus, via LG Air Sync, it keeps users up-to-date with its ability to wirelessly sync contacts, photos and other vital information with computer and cloud database. Compatible with DLNA™ (Digital Living Network Alliance), multimedia content can easily be shared with other DLNA certified devices such as TVs, AV systems and laptop computers.

To announce the launch of LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic, LG hosted a unique interactive virtual news conference from Seoul. The video of the event can be viewed at both the LG Mobile Global Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/LGMobileHQ) LG Mobile Global YouTube Page (http://www.youtube.com/LGMobileHQ).

LG Optimus One will be available in over 90 countries via 120 partners. It will arrive in most of Europe in October followed by other EMEA and Asia-Pacific countries. LG Optimus Chic will be available in Europe starting in November with other markets in Asia-Pacific to follow soon after.