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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

Camera

The LG Optimus L3 2 has a paltry 3.15MP camera on the back and no front facing camera. There's no flash either and you can't tap to focus, so its photo taking capabilities are somewhat limited. It's also worse than the 5MP snappers on the HTC Desire C and the Huawei Ascend G330.

Within the camera app there are a few different settings that are alterable. You can drop the quality down to 1MP - though doing so leads to pretty much unusable photos.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

You can also change the white balance, ISO or scene mode (with choices such as night mode, sports mode and landscape), add a colour effect or a timer or change the shutter sound. It's a decent set of options really for such a basic camera.

The one other feature worth a mention is 'cheese shutter', which if enabled will cause the camera to take a picture whenever someone says 'cheese' (or 'smile', 'whiskey', 'kimchi' or 'LG'). It's a bit gimmicky and in most cases isn't very useful.

The one potential exception to that is if the person operating the camera wants to be in the photo too, in which case you could roughly set up your shot then get into position and say the magic word. But given how poor the lens itself is we can't see many people bothering.

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Sports mode doesn't do much to reduce the blur on fast moving objects

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The LG Optimus L3 2 really struggles with close-ups

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It's possible to get some reasonable shots, but they're always a bit muddy

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Indoor shots are very noisy

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Landscapes lack much detail, particularly in the background

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Night shots are similarly noisy, even with Night mode on

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Sepia is one of a handful of colour effects offered by the camera

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Video

The LG Optimus L3 II can only shoot VGA or lower video, but it at least manages to shoot it at 30fps.

It doesn't have the same wide ranging set of options as the stills camera, instead limiting you to lowering the video quality to MMS size, adding a colour effect, turning the microphone off or changing the white balance, but that's still more options than it might have offered.

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