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LG Optimus L3 review

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

Anything but a media-centric device, the LG Optimus L3's digital content playback services are severely limited by its woeful display with the 3.2-inch TFT offering, ensuring that users looking for movie or online video playback on the move carry their laptops or tablets with them at all times.

While the handset's inbuilt memory is a pleasantly surprising 1GB, up on many of its similarly priced competitors and a figure that can be increased up to 32GB via microSD card, this storage is not ideal for hearty amounts of audio and video content with playback options set to offer a disappointing representation of the content transferred to the compact blower.

LG Optimus L3 review

While missing the mark for many counts, the LG Optimus L3 ticks one box of the media requirements shortlist with inbuilt FM radio functionality enabling you to enjoy questionable quality music and discussions on the move in patchy, location-based and intermittent form.

A near non-existent viewing angle with the 3.2-inch TFT display offers you little in terms of leeway, with any transition from a direct, front-on view resulting in silhouetted images, a lack of definition and very quickly nothing more than a monochrome view of obscure, blurred motion.

LG Optimus L3 review

Although the inbuilt speaker is well positioned in terms of ensuring against stray fingers blocking the sound, audio playback through the device is a highly tinny affair with little bass resulting in poor quality, shallow audio that almost rattles through the device's plastic form.

Despite the full array of media forms from the inbuilt music player, image galleries and video feeds including YouTube able to be accessed through the home screen via a selection of shortcuts and widgets, doing so is often followed by disappointing results with a limited selection of features and the continually poor screen deterring from any form of picture editing or video viewing.

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
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Limited Warranty1 Year