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Samsung Intercept vs. The LG Optimus V from Virgin Mobile

Quick Visual Tour of Virgin Mobile's Battle of the Androids

Until Feb. 1st, Virgin Mobile only had one Android phone for sale (unless you count the few weeks of "leaked" LG Optimus Vs).

And then there were two.....

The Samsung Intercept and the LG Optimus V now battle it out for Virgin Mobile Android supremacy. It will be interesting to see how the whole thing plays out.

The purpose of this hub is a quick run down and visual comparison of the two phones, Samsung Intercept vs. The LG Optimus V.

The main differences and notable similarities are as follows:

  • The LG Optimus V ships with Android 2.2, whereas the Samsung Intercept still has Android 2.1. The benefits of Android 2.2 are increased speed/performance (in theory) and the ability to install apps to the SD card instead of internal memory (totally kick'n feature). The Samsung Intercept is scheduled to get an update from Virgin Mobile this Spring (the Sprint version has already started receiving these updates).
  • The LG Optimus V does not use a hardware based keyboard. Instead it comes with the SWYPE Keyboard, which uses your finger to slide from letter to letter in one motion instead of picking your finger up every time. It is like the cursive of digital keyboards. The Samsung Intercpet comes with a pull out keyboard and a built in "soft" keyboard.
  • The Samsung Intercept and the LG Optimus V have the exact same screen size, 3.2 inches (diagonal measurement).
  • The Samsung Intercept has an 800MHz processor while the LG Optimus V only has a 600MHz processor.
  • The Samsung Intercept has slightly longer battery life than the LG Optimus V.
  • Both have 3.2 Mega-pixel cameras.
  • Both phones have Bluetooth, both has WiFi, and both come with a variety of pre-installed apps.

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 Last updated on December 16, 2012

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danatheteacher 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest Hub Author

You are one in a million here - I've owned three intercepts and four LG Optimus Vs for various reasons. No contest in most cases - you obviously have luck on your side.

Dawn 2 years ago

I owned an LG Optimus V for quite awhile previously and I currently own the Samsung Intercept. As far as freezing up and force closes goes I see no difference in either phone. I'm quite pleased either way. I favor the Intercept for the physical keyboard as I have wide thumbs and I hate texting mistakes. As for the diffference between Android 2.1/2.2 there is only a slight variation from what I have seen

tahylor 2 years ago

the intercept is amazing

alex 2 years ago

Don't get the intercept I've owned one after a month it constantly freezes will automatically shut off its a complete waste of ur money pay more money and get a better cell from virgin mobile trust me!!!

Anonymous 365 2 years ago

Samsung Intercept is the best. Had the V, returned it (after 2 replacements) because of connection and freezing problems. I then got a Intercept, and it works like a charm. All of those people who worship the V, I bet you never have ever touched a Intercept.

casey 3 years ago

do not buy the samsung intercept, it is the worst cell phone ive ever bought. it keeps freezing, and freezing, and freezing. the only way you will enjoy this phone is if you never download any apps. do a quick google search for what other people have to say about it. or look at the reviews on the virgim mobile website, people hate it for a reason.

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danatheteacher 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest Hub Author

@Bruce, yah, you knows how they come up with that number....... I'm sure there is some sort of special secret math involved. I've solved the problem for both of them just by buying extra batteries. There is this awesome Ebay seller who is based out of Hong Kong - It takes like three weeks to get them, but the batteries are sold in 2-3 packs and they work great. I've ordered from the same person for both the Optimus V and the Samsung Intercept.

Bruce 3 years ago

10 DAY STANDBY????? Can barely get 1 to 1½ days out of mine before it shuts itself off.

Sarah 3 years ago

Hi, I just got the LG Optimus V, like 3 weeks ago. And overall I have to say it is a really good Android phone. The only complaint I have, is the battery life. It really only last 4 to 5 hours for me, even when it is fully charged.

I was actually looking at the Samsung Intercept, but I'm totally glad I got the Optimus V!! it is really good, except for the battery life. But I would deffinetly recommend this phone to anybody.

Wadya 3 years ago

What makes Samsung Intercept or LG Optimus great on Virgin Mobile USA is the unlimited SMS/MMS/Data plan starting USD 25. I guess except front facing camera and flash everything else can be incorporated in OS Software/Apps.

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charis007 3 years ago

Great hub with good info and presentation.

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