LG Optimus Pad Review: Glasses On: Contacts, Messaging, Emails

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Contacts: phones but no calls

Contact management is fairly straightforward on the LG Optimus Pad. Your contacts acquire automatically synced with your Google account unless you explicitly disable this.

The larger classy screen has allowed some modifications that reduce the needed clicks for some tasks and thus improve usability.

The Optimus Pad contact manager

You now acquire your contacts listed by either first or last name in the left part of the screen, while the details of the currently selected contact appear on the right. There is a handy search field on top as well as a shortslit for adding a recent contact or editing the selected one.

There aren’t too many available settings

Since the Optimus Pad has no telephony, clicking a phone number opens the messaging app and tapping an email address or a website automatically launches the email app or the web browser.

Editing a single contact is not the best-looking part of the contact management on the Optimus pad, but at least it’s easy to use. You acquire the available fields organized in groups, with plus and minus signs on the correct that let you rego or duplicate details.

There’s also an Add another field button at the bottom that lets you insert a filed that hasn’t existed so far for the specific contact.

Custom filed names aren’t available at this stage.

And here come the Optimus Pad results from our traditional loudspeaker test. The device did pretty poor getting a really low below average mark, that may disappoint some users. You can find more about the test itself here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score

LG Optimus Pad64.961.865.7Below Average

Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab66.7 64.668.6Below average

Apple iPad 265.965.675.0Average

HTC Incredible S66.566.176.7Good

Dell Streak70.175.780.8Very Good

Motorola XOOM74.066.678.9Very Good

HTC Desire76.675.784.6Excellent

Simple messaging

We already mentioned the messaging app above. It is pretty simple and lets you sdiscontinue texts to one or more recipients. MMS are not enabled, it's just a simple SMS composer.

The Messaging app

Split-classy screen email clients

The Optimus Pad comes with two optimized email applications out of the box – one for your Gmail and one to utilize with any POP3/IMAP account.

They both have a split-classy screen interface. Initially, your folders are listed on the left and the emails in the currently selected one appear on the right. Upon clicking on a single email the list of emails moves to the left tab while the body of the selected one pops up on the right.

The default email client

Bulk actions are supported too, so you will easily manage mailboxes that acquire tons of messages.

You can set up the automatic email retrieval interval or you can disable that completely and check mail manually.

There’s also a handy setting that makes your client automatically download attachments only when you are connected over Wi-Fi.

The Gmail app

It’s basically the treatment you acquire on Android smartphones with a few optimizations permitted by the large classy screen and higher resolution.

Digging into the settings menu

Writing emails is reasonably comfortable with the virtual QWERTY keyboard occupying about half of the screen. Now this is no match for a hardware keyboard, but you won’t notice any gigantic incompatibility when handling short emails.

There’s auto correction and auto capitalization available and you can enable sounds on key presses. There’s no haptic feedback so it’s not perfect just yet, but the overall experience is pretty decent.



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