The LG Ego’s operating system is a little like Google’s Android. You have three home screens that you can populate with widgets and shortcuts, as well as a full icon-based menu that’s home to all of the phone’s functions.
Each home screen is effectively split into the static shortcut dock at the bottom and a grid of nine slots, with most widgets taking up one or two slots. The majority of these widgets are teensy, and although several are quite cute, they’re designed more for function than form. Even with some fiddling, you won’t get your home screens looking like works of art.
The low-res 240×320 pixel display doesn’t help here either. There aren’t enough pixels to make text look super-sharp at the best of times, and trying to cram a clock into an 80×80 pixel space isn’t going to improve matters.
Every pixel is precious in the LG Ego
Beautiful they may not be, but these home screens are efficient. With nine slots to work with, you can add tons of functionality to each one. Here’s a quick run-down of the included widgets –
- Accuweather – a weather report
- Analog Clock
- Yellow stickies – a virtual post-it note
- White stickies – a virtual post-it note
- Pink stickies – you guessed, it, a virtual post-it note
- Event – a four-slot notification bar
- Music player
- Radio player
- Dual clock (digital)
- Power save mode switch
- Message counter
- Date & time
- Wi-Fi switch
- RSS reader
- Silent mode switch
- SNS feeds
- Livesquare – the one “pretty” widget
- Photo memo
- Battery status
This is a better spread than you’ll find pre-installed in most Android phones, but it needs to be because there’s no app store to top-up your library with. LG does offer its own online Mobile Widget Gallery, but at the time of writing it was jam-packed with a whopping three additions.
Apps suffer from the same problem, but a few key picks are included as standard. There are nippy Facebook and Twitter clients installed, plus an email app that’ll pick up your Gmail messages with no problems. The phone continually crashed when we tried to sync our Hotmail account though. If you want to indulge in the gaming and app-related fun you’ve seen your smartphone-wielding friends enjoy, you won’t find much of it here.
Additional apps and games are available for the LG Ego, but they’re java apps you’ll have to find yourself from a web portal. These are almost universally of a lower standard than smartphone apps. There’s no Angry Birds available for the LG Ego. It supplies the basics well enough, but not a great deal more.