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LG Optimus L3 review

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

Our Verdict

Although it's hard to overlook the low price tag, there are handsets out there with sub £100 stickers attached that overshadow the L3.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 1 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 12.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 320 x 240

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For

  • 1GB internal storage
  • Compact
  • Intuitive UI
  • Strong battery life

Against

  • Terrible display
  • Clunky charging port
  • Uncomfortable design
  • No future Android updates

Featuring a lesser version of the multi-tabbed, desktop-esque browsers found on the likes of the Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, the LG Optimus L3 boasts a more low-key, reduced feature option with a near WAP offering throwing you back into the mobile browser past and marking just a minimal upheaval on the feature phones that many first time smartphone owners will be accustomed to.

Enabling you to jump online via the standard Wi-Fi and 3G means, the latest Optimus handset does provide the option of truly portable browsing just in a less than groundbreaking, hardly inspiring manner that will no doubt deter many from making the most of their newfound online availabilities.

LG Optimus L3

With just a single pre-installed browser offering, you're forced to either opt for the stilted, and clunky basic Android browser that offers up to four tabbed pages, or turn their attentions to the Google Play store in order to download a replacement online enabling piece of software such as Opera Mini which allows as many as nine web pages to be open simultaneously.

Continuing the theme of moderate abilities let down massively by the hugely disappointing display, web access on the LG Optimus L3 is a troublesome affair with the handset's 3.2-inch TFT screen ensuring text is hard to read and heavily distorted, even when zoomed in. Somewhat unsurprisingly given its price point, text reflow is a no-no with a hearty amount of scrolling required to consume zoomed in content.

While 3G speeds vary widely depending on location and network provider, the handset's Wi-Fi connectivity options, once having progressed through a sluggish and fiddly setup process, are satisfactory although far from the speediest on the market.

Surprising simple and pleasantly functional, the handset's bookmarking features see an easy accessible button line up alongside the browser's URL bar with a simple tap all that is required to create, edit and access bookmarked web pages.

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
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density125 ppi
Country of OriginChina
Height102.6 mm
Width61.6 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
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