In cheap Android smartphones, features are not expected to impress, but there is a dim hope that functionality might just shine through. Since that's not the case, as we've just discovered in the user interface section, let's hope this section can give the Optimus Me some performance based redemption.
The phone is a globe-trotting GSM phone, that uses the frequencies of 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 for calls and HSDPA (3G) quad frequencies of 900/2100 and 850/1900 for high speed connectivity. Local connectivity is handled via Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, microUSB 2.0 and Wi-Fi (802.11 B/G). The phone is powered by a 600 Mhz processor by Qualcomm, 140 MB of internal memory and 215 MB RAM.
The 3 MP camera is pretty bad, even by the low-end standards this phone flaunts. Pictures turn out muddy and strong colors look washed out, plus you don't get much in the way of shooting options. You have the basics of a self timer, white color balance, ISO and shooting effects such as Negative, Mono, Aqua, Solarize, Sepia and fun frames. No face or smile recognition, or anything fancy at all -- at least Geo-tagging is available. The camcorder on the other hand, has some pretty good specs considering it's a low budget phone. You can shoot videos at a maximum resolution of 320x480 in VGA at 24 FPS, but despite the rather promising FPS speed, videos turnout grainy and extremely pixilated. So it's a pretty poor showing in the camera department all around.
At least the multimedia fares better; you get the standard Android music player with absolutely no skinning efforts from LG, the sound quality is pretty good on low to medium levels of volume, but turn it to high and things just become a loud screech. Supported musical formats are MP3, WAV, WMA and eAAC+. You also have a pretty bare bones FM radio with RDS, but not the recording option that Samsung makes available for most of its touchscreen phones, you'll need a pair of earphones plugged in as they act as an aerial for the radio.
Watching videos is not a painful experience, as long as you manage to keep your videos at the 480x800 resolution mark or under, plus the phone does something rather rare, it plays XVID/DIVX videos ( in VGA) right out of the box. Video quality ranges from acceptable to okay-ish, but you may occasionally get out of sync audio if the file size is large ( over 800 MB) and quality settings are on high.
As for miscellaneous features, the phone comes bundled with the excellent Thinkfree office document viewer, a stopwatch, GPS, Java, Accelerometer, proximity sensor, calendar, world clock, voice memo, Google maps, a digital compass, a YouTube app and an organizer.