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LG Optimus L3 review

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The LG Optimus L3 is the LG L-series Android smartphone of choice for those who are on a budget. As the very first model to be outed as part of LG’s stylishly sophisticated L-range, it kicks things off to a great start. It is small and lightweight with an ergonomic design. And best of all, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to acquire.

As you may already know, the Android smartphone market is filled with entry-level handsets that cost less than a hundred bucks a piece. Yes, many of them may be quite easy to purchase, but the thing is that most of them look very much alike. From the aspect ratio to the screen size to the color of the bezel, most entry-level handsets are exact carbon copies of the models that came right before them. Recycling another company’s design for its own budget offering is something that LG tried very hard not to do. And it succeeded. The end result was the LG Optimus L3 and the rest of the models in its L-series range.

The LG Optimus L3 comes pre-fitted with a 3.2-inch QVGA resolution screen, 3-megapixel camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. As you can see, it stands to become pretty useful software-wise, although the hardware features may leave most people very disappointed. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS with A-GPS, as well as microUSB connectivity and support for microSD cards. Overall, it’s really not that impressive in terms of hardware features. In fact, most people may even be annoyed by the fact that it only has 1GB of internal storage.

But the true beauty of the LG Optimus L3, of course, lies in the overall design philosophy that gave way to its existence. The unique outward appearance just screams LG, even without the big logo announcing its company of origin right up front. For those who feel like living the mobile lifestyle as stylishly as possible, the LG Optimus L3 is ready to deliver.

Need To Know: LG Optimus L3

1. Great design and build-quality for something so affordable. (The Good)

2. Pre-installed software in the form of Android 2.3 Gingerbread will allow users to enjoy plenty of official and third-party software support. (The Good)

3. QVGA native resolution for the touchscreen display leads to a less than satisfactory mobile Web browsing experience. (The Bad)

4. Camera performance is terrible. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
3+ MP



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LG released the Optimus L3 on May 3, 2012.


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LG backs up the Optimus L3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.2"

The LG Optimus L3's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
1024 MB

Internal memory is 1024 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 750 minutes.

Optimus L3 Specs

Overview
Release date May 3, 2012
Regions available Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHz
Internal Storage 1024 MB
RAM 384 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.1 W/kg
Body: 0.572 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 750 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 cm (4.1 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 119 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 24 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google+, Android Market, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG E400

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WORST PHONE EVER

CONSTANT problems with texting, screen locking up, battery sux, HATE this phone.. Really like LG but man did they ever f*** this up!!! Do not get this phone

Great phone!

LG Optimus L3 (E400) is a very good smartphone, especially for it's price. Pros: 1. Simple, inexpensive, reliable, and well made, despite the use of cheap materials (plasic). 2. Very good battery life (lasts for over 4 days on one full battery charge, when used mostly for voice calls, SMS, and so...More
LG Optimus L3 (E400) is a very good smartphone, especially for it's price. Pros: 1. Simple, inexpensive, reliable, and well made, despite the use of cheap materials (plasic). 2. Very good battery life (lasts for over 4 days on one full battery charge, when used mostly for voice calls, SMS, and some web browsing through WiFI. I have tested it with 3G/HSPA off, in 2G/GSM/EDGE only mode, though. Testing in 3G/HSPA mode is yet to be done by me.) 3. Good reception. No problems with the signal anywhere I went with it (sometimes even works in underground, if not too deep). But, again, I have only tested the phone in 2G/GSM/EDGE only mode, with 3G turned off to extend battery life. 4. Small, compact design, easy to carry, fits into almost any jeans or shirt pocket. 5. Easy to use controls, well shaped physical keys (Power, Home and volume control). 6.Stylish design, with textured back cover surface, which also prevents the device from sliding out of sweaty hands. 7. Fast and responsive interface, with very little lagging. Cons: 1. The main and probably, the only one, in my opinion, is the low-quality and low-resolution display, with clearly visible pixels, which makes even good quality pictures look ugly! These days, such a display looks cheap and low-grade, even on inexpensive budget devices! On the other hand, though, I think it is due to this small, low-quality and low-res display that this phone has such a good battery life, since it's power consumption is low. 2. Camera. For a 3 megapixel, the quality of pictures it takes, could have been much better! Also, it is lacking flash and night mode, so forget about taking pictures in the dark! 3.Android 2.3 Gingerbread is probably all this phone can handle due to it's hardware limitations (with 800 Mhz single core CPU and only 384 Mb of RAM, i'm not sure if it can be upgraded to even 2.4) Verdict: if crappy quality display and camera with no flash won't stop you, in my opinion, this phone is definitely worth buying, since it's price won't be much higher than $100. Less

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