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LG Optimus L3 2 review

This entry level handset is small in size, but can it achieve big things?

Our Verdict

The LG Optimus L3 2 is likely to really struggle to compete in the budget phone market. If you just want a feature phone you can get one for less, while if you want a smartphone you can get a substantially better one for not much more.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 11.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 320 x 240

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For

  • Customisation options
  • Good contacts manager
  • Decent battery life
  • Micro SD card slot

Against

  • Low res screen
  • Small built in storage
  • Poor camera
  • Sometimes lags
Buying Guide
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The low-end Android phone market is getting increasingly crowded, which makes it ever harder to stand out, and unfortunately we're not sure that the LG Optimus L3 2 does quite enough to.

It does some things well, such as providing good battery life, but it also does some things very poorly, for example the screen resolution, and as a complete package it's a hard sell.

We liked

Good battery life is a major boon for any smartphone, so it's great to see that the LG Optimus L3 II manages it. Contact management is done well too, pulling information in from social networks and making it as quick as possible to actually call someone.

It's also got a decent music player and some useful extra features, such as the ability to have text messages pop up on the screen, and a bunch of customisation options for your home screen.

Safety Care is a potentially very handy feature too, and along with the low price tag it makes the phone a good bet to get for a child or elderly family member.

We disliked

We really weren't fans of the screen on the LG Optimus L3 2. Sure, it's responsive, which is the first screen test that a low-end handset has to pass, but it failed at the second hurdle by being incredibly low resolution.

If you mostly just want to use it as a phone and plan to spend minimal time actually looking at the screen then it's fine, but presumably many users will want to make use of its smartphone features such as web browsing and apps, none of which is much fun when everything is so pixelated and difficult to see.

The build quality doesn't seem great either, since it has a rather flimsy back cover. Plus there's also not much built-in storage, the camera won't impress anyone and the phone can sometimes lag - even when just moving around home screens.

Verdict

The LG Optimus L3 2 is likely to really struggle to compete in the budget phone market. If you just want a feature phone you can get one for less, while if you want a smartphone you can get a substantially better one for not much more.

For the same sort of money you can get the much better Huawei Ascend G330, or the slightly better HTC Desire C. If you take out a contract you can even find the Nokia Lumia 520 for around the same monthly price - granted that's Windows Phone rather than Android, but it's in a whole other league.

The LG Optimus L3 2 isn't an out and out bad phone, but neither is it really good enough to make a convincing argument for you to part with your hard-earned cash.

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 Memory4 GB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value1 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus L3 II
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time11.50 Hour
Product ModelE430
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)107 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density125 ppi
Height102.6 mm
Width61.1 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus L3 II E430 Smartpone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOptimus L3 II
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberLGE430.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

SEAMLESS LAYOUT

The rounded contours and clean lines are more than just easy on the eyes as they come together to create a form that fits nicely in your palm and is a dream to hold.

RADIANT REAR DESIGN

Get noticed with a rear design that gleams brilliantly as it grabs attention with its shimmering textured finish.

LASER CUT CONTOUR

Discover aesthetics you don't know could exist on a phone with the laser-etched detailing that makes it look even slimmer than it actually is.

Limited Warranty1 Year