One of the mid-budget phones in the Optimus series, the Optimus Hub fits in comfortably between the Optimus Net and the Optimus Sol, in terms of pricing. And guess what, it’s grabbing a lot of attention, too. You ask why? For starters, it’s got the perfect price tag, suiting most of us looking for a phone, which is neither too cheap, nor too expensive; and next, its other siblings haven’t really made too much of an impact. Does the Optimus Hub (E510) do enough to modify our top smartphones under 15K list? Read on to find out.
Design and Build Quality
The Optimus Hub comes in a glossy black outfit with a grey strip running along the sides. This candybar phone has a nice look and feel to it, despite all the plastics that have been used for its construction. The Optimus Hub has a nice 3.5-inch scratch resistant screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels and three capacitive buttons at the bottom. Above the screen, we’ve got a proximity sensor, but an ambient light sensor has been omitted. There’s quite a bit of bezel under the screen, but thankfully, it wasn’t as much as we saw on the Sol.
Front and back
The lock button and the 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the top, while the charging port is located at the bottom. Moving on, the volume rocker is located at the sides, while the 5 megapixel shooter is located at the back along with an LED flash. Sadly, LG found it best to leave out the flash. The memory card is located under the back cover, so it’s hot swappable.
The Hub doesn’t disappoint in the looks department, but a slightly better build would have been more than welcome.
Features and Performance
The Optimus Hub runs on an 800 MHz ARM v6 processor with LG’s Optimus 2.0 user interface running atop Gingerbread 2.3.4. There’s 150 MB of internal memory and 512 MB of RAM on board as well. We’re not too sure about its plans for ICS, but considering LG's recent history about upgrades, we’re not pinning too much hopes on the Hub. Not much has changed in Optimus 2.0, in terms of looks, but it definitely looks quicker and more fluid. However, we had a problem with the Optimus Net UI – it didn’t look too polished, with poor colour schemes and we’ll have to sadly say that for the Optimus Hub as well. Multitasking has been handled pretty well, but there’s always this erratic time when your phone just slows down and you’ll have to be patient with it to be up and running. We’ve seen that on a lot of Androids now, so there’s nothing new, out there.
The phone gets an AnTuTu score of 1,435 points, which is a full 400 points, lower than the score the Mi-350n got. In our Linpack test, the E510 got a single thread score of 9.343 points and a multi thread score of 8.074 points, which again is in the same range as the Spice Mi-350n. The benchmarks clearly expose the processor’s frailties.
The interface is pretty plain with no major shift from what a stock Android looks like. There are no added equalizer presets, either, so what-you-hear-is-what-you-get. The E510 comes with in-ear headphones and the music quality is fairly nice. It’s not as good as the Walkman experience, though. Audio format support is limited to MP3, WAV, AAC and WMA, but you’ve got a ton of third party apps to sort that out.
The screen, though not as bright as the ultra AMOLED on the Sol, is pretty comfortable and bright enough for watching videos. You’ll have to look to other apps in the Android market, if you want playback support for files besides MP4 and H.264, though. HD videos didn’t playback via the stock player and stuttered greatly via third party apps, so it’s best you stick to standard definition. A so-so performance in the media section for the Hub.
The Optimus Hub is a quad-band GSM phone with 3.6 HSDPA 3G support, Wi-Fi with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 3.0. There’s GPS as well, with A-GPS and Google Maps; and the standard Android web-kit browser, completing your connectivity options. The in-call quality on the E510 is loud and clear. The speaker is pretty ‘loud’ as well. As far as browsing is concerned, the stock browser doesn’t have support for flash videos.
The Wi-Fi signal receptor was somehow stronger than a lot of other phones, which we’ve seen in the recent past. The phone would lock onto our signal pretty well at places, other phones and tablets would find it extremely difficult to secure a connection. Plus, it’s a welcome relief from the Wi-Fi problems that we have been having with the Sony Tablet P, which we’re in the process of reviewing. One problem we noticed quite a number of times was with data connectivity. The phone wouldn’t switch from Wi-Fi to mobile data and would require a restart before mobile data would start working.
A few bundled apps
LG have bundled a couple of apps on the phone, including eBuddy XMS (with an LG rebranding), Polaris Viewer and Remote Call. The last app helps you troubleshoot your phone remotely, in case something goes wrong. Besides that, you’ve got the ever-present Android market to download your other stuff.
Stock Android interface
The phone is strapped with a 5 megapixel autofocus shooter but as mentioned earlier there’s no LED flash. In outdoor shots, the snaps appear quite nice, but there’s no touch focus, so it’s difficult to get the camera to focus on something in particular. Also, low light flash are an absolute no go. It’s an average camera and offers nothing different from the Spice Mi-350n, we saw in the sub-10k category.
Video shooting is limited to 480p, and we’ll have to mention that with the similar priced Live with Walkman does 720p, so that’s another important consideration.
The E510 comes with a 1500 mAh battery and under normal usage, the phone will survive for about a day. In our video loop test, the Hub played back videos for seven hours and ten minutes non-stop, whereas it lasted for a full nine hours and twenty minutes in our standard loop test. For a 3.5 incher and with this processor, you're getting a pretty decent battery life.
Worth a buy?
The LG Optimus Hub is priced at Rs.13,775 (MOP). It’s an average performer, but with these specs, the price is a bit much. For a few hundreds more, you get the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. For a few thousands less, you’ll get the Spice Mi-350n, which has similar specs. The Optimus Hub would have made for a great phone, if it were priced closed to 10K. For 13K, we’d suggest you’d look at other options.
Wi-Fi Direct: You can now share the multimedia files to other Wi-Fi Direct or DLNA supported device without worries about the wire. Optimus HUB can connect to more than one devices via Wi-Fi Direct with incomparable speed. Long Battery: Optimus HUB has 1500mAH battery which allows you to have fun anytime. Local Apps: Optimus HUB has preloaded two popular apps, AASTOCKS and OpenRice which enables you to update stock news and dining trend separately. Hi-speed File Transfer: The LG exclusive Wi-Fi Cast App can detect and connect the nearby Wi-Fi Cast supported devices automatically to transfer images, videos and music in hi-speed. Seamless Performance: With 512MB RAM, Optimus HUB can run seamlessly and smoothly even when your phone is full of apps.
|Screen Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen|
|Screen Size||3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density)|
|Screen Resolution||320 x 480|
|Number of Colours||256k|
|Internal Memory||512MB ROM, 512MB RAM|
|Extendable Memory||microSD, up to 32GB|
|Sensor Resolution||5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels|
|Features||Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night, Sunset, Geo-Tagging|
|Video resolution / frame rate||640 x 480 / 24fps|
|Bluetooth Features||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Available Colours||Black, white|
|2G||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|EGPRS or EDGE||Yes|
|WiFi||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Dimensions||113.4 x 60.8 x 11.9 mm|
|Media Player||Music formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR|#|Video formats: DivX, Xvid, MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV|
|Alert Tone||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|Talk Time with Standard Battery||Up to 540 (2G) / Up to 420 (3G)|
|Standby Time with Standard Battery||Up to 550 (2G) / Up to 600 (3G)|
|Built in Applications||Google Search|#|Maps|#|Gmail|#|YouTube|#|Google Talk|#|Facebook|#|Twitter|
After Sales Service
|Warranty Period||1 Year|
|Warranty Period||1 Year|
Published Date: Feb 27, 2012 04:48 pm | Updated Date: Feb 27, 2012 04:48 pm