I have had both the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim and the LG Optimus Zip, both run on the Verizon network. In the reviews on the LG Optimus Zip, you can read my comparison, titled "LG Zip or Samsung Proclaim?" After spending the extra $50, for the Optimus Showtime, it is worth it. Samsung Galaxy Proclaim was a nice phone, if you don't mind the small screen, I would stand by the 4 stars I gave it. LG Optimus Zip, I would drop it down to 3. It would be a better phone, IF they actually put internal memory in the device. You can install some apps and also move it to the SD card but some apps you can not do that and other don't function well when on external memory.
So what does the $50 pay for with the Optimus Showtime. Actually, A LOT!
- 4.3" Screen with 800x400 resolution, about an inch bigger and double the resolution.
- 5mp & HD720 with auto focus & flash, both Zip and Proclaim had 3mp but neither had a flash and only Zip had auto focus.
- Front facing camera
- 2gb of internal storage vrs 1gb with Proclaim, 150mb with Zip
- Android 4.0 vrs 2.3. Version 4 really takes advantage of the large screen.
The odd part of this phone is the lack of auto brightness sensor, however a small adjustment to the Notification screen, you can add screen settings icon to quickly adjust it. Also one other quarky thing LG is known fpr, no way to change the MicroSD unless you remove the whole back cover. However, the phne can run as a mass storage drive in USB mode and AirDroid with WiFi works well to access the MicroSD card. I really think with everything involved, the LG Optimus Showtime is bang for your buck
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