The LG Optimus Spirit smartphone – Telstra’s new prepaid Android handset – was just launched – and guess what? Telstra was the first carrier in the world to release it.

Exclusive to Telstra, this Blue Tick Android 2.3 dynamo is being billed as the “next generation in social communications”.

A bold claim – but does it deliver?

The Spirit allows you to update Facebook and Twitter simultaneously via the one touch access widget – LG Social +™.  A single click will let you multitask between updating your status on Facebook and Twitter – whilst reading your friends’ latest social media postings – all on one convenient screen. LG Smartshare lets you share your favourite photos, music and videos to a large screen DLNA compatible device.

What is DLNA?

DLNA – Digital Living Network Alliance – was established by Sony in 2003. Its aim was to group consumer electronics and computer companies to ensure the interoperability of home networks. DLNA has over 250 member companies now covering the computer, consumer electronics, mobile phone and service provider community. It uses industry standard technology including IP network protocol, Wi-Fi protocol and UPnP transfer protocol, and has now certified over 9000 different devices. According to Wikipedia, an estimated 440 million plus DLNA certified devices have been installed in users’ homes. (See for some great and easy to understand videos on DLNA)

LG-Optimus-Spirit-blog-contentLG have focused on ease of use and ease of setup with the Optimus Spirit. You can customise the user interface, set up your home screens, organise your apps, and stay online longer thanks to the extended battery life. The Spirit’s 1500mAH battery packs some punch. Depending on your location and other activities happening on your phone, you should be able to get up to 420 mins of talk time and 480 hours of standby.

There are a lot of Android devices on the market, but I must say that setting up the Optimus Spirit was one of the easiest I have used. Powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) software, and sporting an 800MHz processor, I had no trouble downloading games and other files from the Android Market, synchronising my contacts (from Gmail), and getting my Facebook page on screen in minutes. Mobile FOXTEL from Telstra programmes loaded smoothly and there was no delayed buffering on the shows I watched. I also found the onscreen keyboard layout easy to use when sending emails and text messages. The built in FM Radio played well indoors.

Let’s face it – there are larger and faster Android handsets out there, but as an entry level, prepaid smartphone, the LG Optimus Spirit will be a popular choice and certainly can stake the claim as the “next generation in social communications”.


  • Android 2.3
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 3.2” capacitive touch screen – HVGA (320 x 480)
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • HSDPA 3.6Mbps peak downlink rating
  • Telstra Blue Tick Coverage
  • Weight 122g
  • Dimensions 113.5 x 59 x 12.1mm
  • Supports up to 32GB expandable memory MicroSD card
  • Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi hotspot, MP3 player, FM Radio, Speakerphone
  • DLNA
  • Exclusive to Telstra (network locked)

Price: $149 Pre-Paid