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LG Optimus L3 review

An entry-level handset that has a less than groundbreaking array of specs

Far from the most beautiful handset on the market, the LG Optimus L3 is a squat, stubby, square device that fails to inspire on an aesthetical front.

While the manufacturer might have wanted to give the handset an air of grandeur and the appearance of a high-end metal construct, in reality the device is a widely plastic affair that despite a strong construction does creak in the hand and offers little reassurance against the inevitable, knocks, bumps and scratches picked up during the course of a handset's lifecycle.

LG Optimus L3

With a somewhat questionable design the handset's fit in the hand is also less than ideal with the abruptly angled corners combining with poorly placed volume controls to create a device that feels aggressive against the palm and which causes awkward, far from ideal holding positions.

With the volume controls running along the upper left section of the device, thumb and forefinger placement when holding the handset in left and right handed manners respectively spells an accidental pressing risks, forcing you to feel on edge and constantly conscious of inevitable unwanted alterations.

LG Optimus L3

With the handset being a likely first buy for a teen or younger user, the L3, in all reality, would be best served by touting a selection of life-proof, knock, drop and splash proof features that will keep the budget device chugging along well after it has been put through the mill.

Despite these desires, the pocketable handset falls somewhat below expectation, and the levels of its marginally more expensive Motorola Defy rival, with the plastic coating proving prone to scratches and less than reassuring in a low level drop test.

LG Optimus L3

Lining up at just 11.7mm thick and a comfortable and reassuring 109 grams in weight, the LG Optimus L3 is a compact and manageable device with few connection ports detracting from what is a largely smooth finish.

Although the top mounted 3.5mm audio jack connection and centralised micro USB changing dock on the base are well positioned, the dock connector is a shoddy affair making swift charging or transfer connections an errant option instead replaced by a clunky, slow, fiddly affair that will infuriate from the first use to the last.

Despite having just three physical buttons, power, volume and home, the L3 once again falls short of the mark with the narrow, elongated home button less than pleasant to use on a frequent basis, sitting flush with the handset's fore and failing to offer any purchase during use.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory1 GB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus L3
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time12.50 Hour
Product ModelE400
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density125 ppi
Country of OriginChina
Height102.6 mm
Width61.6 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time600 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus L3 E400 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineOptimus L3
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberLGE400
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Leading Edge Square Shape & Sensuously Slim

Find satisfaction in a design that has both an exquisite style and a comfortable grip. Be confident with a slim and sleek style that demands attention.

HARMONISED DESIGN CONTRAST

Discover the perfect coexistence of cool metallic accents and a soft casing with a human touch to complete your style.

Compact for Perfect Palm Fit

Get up and go with greater comfort and style as the compact design fits perfectly in your palm and its fashion-forward look is sure to match any outfit you choose.

Limited Warranty1 Year