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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

Keeping the in-built camera selection to the skeletal minimum required to simply tick the box on the consumer analysed specs sheet, the LG Optimus L3's 3-megapixel camera is again a disappointment with no flash in tow to help rescue the highly pixelated end products.

While shooting indoors under virtually any circumstances is a sure-fire recipe for low-quality, heavily grained and poorly colour managed images, take the handset outside into natural lighting and the camera is capable of a few small surprises.

LG Optimus L3 review

Although you wouldn't know it viewing captured shots on the handset's display, transferred to a PC and shots in natural lighting conditions are surprisingly good with crisp edges and a well rounded colour pallet a world away from its indoor snapped counterparts.

LG Optimus L3 review

Despite offering a selection of environment-based shooting options, the choice of sports, portrait and landscape capture modes appear to make virtually no difference to the results with only the digital zoom having a noticeable, degrading effect, on shots.

LG Optimus L3 review

Far from the snappiest snapper to feature in an entry-level smartphone, the LG Optimus L3's camera can prove a little slow off the mark at times, with the intermittent shutter speed paired with an extremely slow boot up time to ensure that fleeting moment you want to capture is often missed.

Unlike many of its higher end rivals and a select few of its entry-level compatriots, the L3 is a single camera affair with no forward-facing snapper featuring to provide improved video calling functionality.

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Indoors the L3's camera stuggles to produce a decent image

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There is poor colour balance and results are grainy when inside

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Outside the camera fares better, but the sky is white here

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Proof that when outside, in reasonable natural light pictures can be ok

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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

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HARMONISED DESIGN CONTRAST

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Compact for Perfect Palm Fit

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Limited Warranty1 Year