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Elite for Every Day

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LG Optimus Elite (VM696)

  • Now available with QuickMemo™
  • 3.5” HVGA Screen
  • 5 MP Autofocus Camera with Flash
  • 800 MHz Processor



Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 13 reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Not worth the hassles This phone started working great when I first got it--about more than a year ago. Internet is nice, and most apps work great. However, what started to annoy me is that the buttons on the screen randomly stopped working and I had to press it repeatedly with the one next to it in order for it to work again. The keyboard had glitches all the time--when I went to write a message, the keyboard would come up but it wouldn't let me type, and I had to exit it out and wait a while for it to let me send a message. I always had to turn it off and then back on because apps decided not to work or the internet was acting funny, but it usually worked after that. I've dropped it many times and it has never once broken and the only damage is a few dents in the side. The storage is awful-- I had to limit the amount of apps I had, music and the amount of pictures. Battery was awful--just by sitting in my pocket all day, it would die even if I didn't use it. If it was connected to the Wi-Fi, the battery would be a little better, but not by much. I would have to charge it twice a day, and even turning it off expelled energy. What else, it doesn't have a front facing camera so it makes wanting to video chat impossible--unless you just hold it up to a mirror. Just last week, however, my phone died in the middle of the day, and when I got back home to plug it in, it wouldn't turn back on, even if I plugged it in, it was stuck in a boot loop, which was quite annoying. I managed to figure out how to reset the phone, and it worked a couple of hours, but making Force Close windows pop up out of no where, so I had to keep turning it off, but eventually it wouldn't turn on and broke indefinitely. This seems to be a common occurrence with this type of phone. I'd say you could get a better phone than this one that will last much longer and won't have these kind of malfunctions. With the amount of hassles this phone has caused me, I do not recommend this phone. *Screen reacts well *Apps work well even without Wi-fi *Sound is bad on calls, otherwise it is good *Had some problems with YouTube, Twitter *Dropped it in water, soaked in rice for couple hours, still worked *Constantly have to force close apps and then restart June 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by first smart phone It is my first smart phone, it is pretty fast, sometimes it freezes and i have to restart it but then it is fine, i have dropped it allot and it hasn't broke, i dropped it in water, put it in a dehydrator for an hour and it stills works great, i have had the phone for over a year and what upset me is that the price drastically dropped after i bought it and the camera lens is not recessed so it got scratched really bad from putting it in and out of my pocket and the lens is now to damaged to take a picture. January 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent I love my cell. It was a gift but i had researched and decided on LG. I love all its features and its High Quality It can survive a lot drops. I heard and seen, many iphones, crack and break instantly. Never ever, do i have that issue with my LG. I feel blessed, not bragging but blessed. I look forward to more accessories and other versions, for cell two. My LG will be a yr old next summer, so in my experience; no issues. PPL differ. January 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Well hard to say..... This is my second smart phone, I was with Metro pcs before and the phone like any other became old. The touching of the screen is what becomes the issue down the road. I don't do business on it, it isn't my only source for a phone, I get decent coverage within my house I say this cause it does switch to roaming quite a bit. I got the phone on clearance at Meijer's and I needed a new phone and couldn't afford Metro anymore so I opted for this. I had Virgin Mobile before no issues so I returned. November 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Best entry phone available on VM Coming from them Optimus one which in itself was a great phone that did exactly what is expected of an entry level phone, the Elite feels more like an Optimus One 2. LG really took the time to look at the shortcomings of the Optimus One and perfected them. The first thing to notice is the 3.5 "display that makes a huge difference even if it's only fractions of an inch bigger than the One specially of you have big fingers like myself. Next is the internal storage which, at a generous 4096 MB, is eons way bigger then the One. Actual app space is divided into two partitions shared between the OS and the actual app space but still you shouldn't have a problem adapting the gapps. And lastly the processor, with official documents clocking it at 800Mhz this is not a huge bump. But according to CPUZ the actual clock speed is read at 1 GHz which it certainly feels like it. Overall this is a nice solid phone a true successor to a great phone. November 19, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by good at the beginning at first it is good then starts to not be able to take pics then u cant use your sd card etc. also it runs on 2.3 so its low so u cant get on as many apps as high end phones. July 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Its great "BUT" I love this phone "BUT" LG please update the software because its really old and not only that the internet connection keep going away and I have to restart it a lot and I only had the phone for 2 weeks!!!! Its so annoying :( May 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by This s great I go this phone and i love it! the only thing is that my gallery wont work! Everything else is GREAT March 12, 2013
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