If you were hoping to pick up one of the new LG Optimus One smartphones shortly, we’ve got bad news – Optus says they won’t be available in-store until November 1.
The telco initially announced the Android 2.2 smartphone would be available as a pre-paid on Optus for $349 in October. However, we have received word from Optus PR that the phone will now not be available in retail stores until next month.
The Optimus One with its 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor and 3.2-inch 320×480-pixel LCD panel appears to deliver considerably better value for money than the HTC Wildfire at the same $349 prepaid price tag.
HTC’s Sense user interface is a cracker but the 240×320-pixel screen in the Wildfire isn’t great. The slower 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor also lacks grunt and features found in the 7227.
We also think smartphones using 240×320-pixel screens aren’t all that smart – it doesn’t take too many screen icons on a panel with that resolution to end up with little screen left to do much else.
But if you’re wanting an affordable prepaid smartphone now, it looks as though the HTC Wildfire, which is now available at Big W and Dick Smith stores, is the only option.