Feature Review: QuickMemo on the LG Optimus G
LG was kind enough to give me the opportunity to use their latest (possibly greatest) flagship device, the Optimus G by LG. I’ve been using it for the last few weeks and I’ve really enjoyed my time with the device so far. I am finishing up my full review of the LG Optimus G right now and there are a lot of great features to cover. So I figured I would save some room in the full review by covering a couple of the software features separately in their own mini-reviews. This is the first of the Optimus G feature reviews, and it will go over LG’s exclusive QuickMemo.
It wasn’t that long ago that capturing a screenshot on an Android device required your device to be rooted. That was one of the reasons it took me so long to finally purchase a Android. I personally use screenshots a lot and consider it to be a must have feature of a smartphone. I know of several people that feel the same way. Screenshots can be used to conveniently share/save information and QuickMemo takes the normal, everyday screenshot capturing function and enhances it with a few great features.
QuickMemo allows you to effortlessly capture a screenshot of whatever you’re doing on the phone. Simply press the volume up and volume down button to capture a QuickMemo screenshot. The captured image will then be displayed in the QuickMemo app, which lets you scribble on the screenshot using various pen styles and colors. The modifications you make are applied on top of the captured image, so you can erase any changes you have made without modifying the original screenshot. Once you have finished editing the picture, you can save it or easily send it out via email, SMS, Picasa, Twitter and so on.
The first time I used LG’s QuickMemo software was on the LG Intuition. I wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of the Intuition, but I loved QuickMemo and I am really pleased to see that it has gotten even better since the last time I used it.
New in this version of QuickMemo is the ability to leave your memo on top of the screen while you continue to use the phone for other things. This feature proved to be rather helpful while I was using my Optimus G review unit. A real life example of this is – I was using the phone while being told the phone number of a person I would need to call later that day. Instead of closing out of what I was doing, I pressed both volume keys and scribbled the name and phone number on the screen. QuickMemo can then be sent to the background without losing my memo. Or I can simply leave the info on top while I continue what I was doing. The screenshots below show just how useful a feature like this can be.
On top of adding all of those nice features, QuickMemo also leaves the standard, screenshot function of Android intact. That means you can actually take screenshots of QuickMemo itself. That’s what allowed me to be able to capture the images I used in this post. The Optimus G, like other Android devices, captures a screenshot when volume down and the power button are pressed at the same time.
The inclusion of QuickMemo makes the Optimus G a great phone for anyone who takes a lot of screenshots, such as myself. It is also very handy for anyone that frequently finds themselves needing to jot down a quick note to themselves.
Keep a look out for more LG Optimus G coverage, including a look at LG’s QSlide and our full Optimus G review. Those that have seen enough can purchase the Optimus G right now from either AT&T or Sprint for $199.99 with a new 2 year agreement.