Are you looking to switch to Virgin Mobile? Are you a customer looking for an upgrade? Whatever your whereabouts in the world of Android, here's a little something to consider. The LG Optimus Slider is one of the newest additions to Virgin Mobile and could be considered an upgraded Optimus V. But unlike the Optimus V, the Slider comes with a slide out QWERTY keyboard and an 800 mhz CPU (the V has an overclockable 600 mhz CPU). Is it worth $200 to upgrade to the Slider from your perfectly good Optimus V or aging Intercept? Check out this review to find out! DESIGN AND FEATURES The Optimus Slider has four physical buttons on the front (home, menu, back, and search) and has a 3.2-inch screen with a display of 240 x 480 pixels, which is absolutely fine for its size and on par with other mid-range devices. The top is slightly curved with the power button on the left. Sometimes when typing on the Slider I accidentally hit the power button, so I'd say that the power button isn't placed in a great spot. On the left side is a micro USB charging port and a volume rocker and on the left is a camera button. The bottom is absent of any ports. I found the slide out QWERTY to be very nice with its slightly raised plastic buttons. It may take some time to get used to, but when you start to use it more and more you won't even notice it. The keyboard has red accents to match Virgin Mobile's colors and the keys do light up. The Slider has a sub par camera at 3.2 megapixels. It does have auto-focus, but that's all I can say that's the tiniest bit notable about it, so make sure to have your camera with you when you want to capture something to remember. USABILITY AND PERFORMANCE The LG Optimus Slider is a low to mid range device so don't expect much of multitasking. I do, however, think it is fast enough for someone who just uses it on a day-to-day basis with no huge apps or excessive media. The Slider's battery life is terrible. It's one of my biggest regrets in buying this phone and it's inexcusable considering the LG Optimus V's battery life. If you do choose to buy this phone I would recommend turning the brightness down and having a spare battery or charger with you to get through a busy day. The Slider runs on Android 2.3 which could be considered an upgrade in itself from the V. Thankfully it has no manufacturer bloat so you'll be running Vanilla Android. It does have Virgin Mobile and Google bloatware that cannot be removed unless you root it and void your warranty. CONCLUSION The Optimus Slider is a worthy addition to Virgin Mobile, but its battery life is one of the few things holding it down. Overall, I think it's great if you are upgrading from an Intercept or moving to Virgin Mobile all together, but I don't think it's worth it if you already own an Optimus V and do not absolutely need a physical keyboard.