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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

The first thing that will likely strike you when you turn the LG Optimus L3 2 on is just how low resolution it is. The 3.2-inch 240 x 320 screen has just 125 pixels per inch.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

To put that into perspective the comparably priced Huawei Ascend G330 manages 233 pixels per inch.

Of course that's all just numbers but the screen on the LG Optimus L3 II is undeniably very fuzzy, so much so that we almost start to go cross eyed if we look at it for long enough.

It seriously affects everything, from icons and images to text and it's far from a pleasant viewing experience.

If you can get past the terrible screen resolution things start to look up, as actually using the touch screen isn't bad at all.

LG Optimus L3 II review

It scrolls fairly smoothly and almost always registers your taps, though there is sometimes a half second delay between tapping on an app and it opening and it will occasionally lag in other areas such as home screen transitions too.

When you turn the LG Optimus L3 2 on it will drop you on the lock screen, which displays the time and date on it but other than some background wallpaper there's not much else to it.

Swiping in any direction will bring up the home screen, which isn't too far removed from the stock version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

That's not the latest version of Android but we're only on 4.2.2 now so it's not as outdated as it could have been.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

You swipe left or right to move between home screens, of which there are only three, which is a pretty prohibitive amount and limits the amount of widgets you'll be able to use.

There's a static dock at the bottom of the home screens with room for three app shortcuts. These default to the dial pad, contacts and text messages but they can be changed if you want.

There's also a shortcut to your apps drawer on the dock and this can't be removed.

At the top of the screen there's a notifications bar which you can swipe down to view or clear any notifications.

The notifications screen also lets you put your phone on silent or vibrate, turn 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on or off, adjust the brightness, toggle airplane mode and more.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

It also has a shortcut to the main settings screen for any options that aren't covered.

More interestingly you'll also find 'Quick Memo' here, which when tapped lets you use your finger to hand write a quick note.

You can then save it to the phone with a single tap or send it as an email or text message with a couple more taps.

The idea seems to be that it's quicker than opening the main memo app and typing a note out on the keyboard, which it is slightly, though mostly only because there's a shortcut to it on the settings screen so it's not the most useful of features in that sense.

However you can keep notes on the screen while doing other things - for example making a call, or web browsing - which does give it a slight advantage over the memo app.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

Back on the home screen you can long press to change the wallpaper, or long press on an app to move it or put it in a folder.

Tapping the home button from any screen other than a home screen will bring you back to your home screens, while long pressing it will bring up a list of recently used apps, which you can switch between with a tap.

Long pressing the menu button launches Google's visual virtual assistant 'Google Now', which works as well here as it does on any other handset.

Tapping the menu button will bring up a list of sub menus, including the option to go to the main settings screen or to change various aspects of the home screen and lock screen.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

You can change the theme, change the screen transition effect and setup security for the lock screen.

Including themes and transition options at all is more than most Android phones do out of the box and customisation fans are sure to appreciate it.

The app drawer looks much like it normally does on Android. All of your apps live here and you can scroll through them by swiping horizontally.

Apps are listed alphabetically and you can tap one to launch it or long press to add it to the home screen or delete it. You can also create and place widgets from here.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

The settings screen is almost identical to the stock Android one.

Aside from the aforementioned customisation options and the ability to turn the Home button LED alerts on or off it just has standard things like Wi-Fi settings, accessibility options and toggles for Bluetooth and 3G.

If you've used any Android phone before just about everything about the LG Optimus L3 2 will be instantly familiar and easy to use.

Even if you haven't it's still quite intuitive, though does little to stand out. Its real downfall is the terrible screen resolution.

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

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Limited Warranty1 Year