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LG Optimus L3 2 review

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

Obviously for under £100 the LG Optimus L3 2 was never likely to challenge big hitters such as the HTC One as a media player, but nor is it a total disaster.

If you plan to use the phone for media then investing in a microSD card is essential, since the 4GB of built-in storage won't go far at all, but if you do then it might just be able to replace your MP3 player.

Music

Music is one of the things that the LG Optimus L3 2 does best. The built-in music player is pretty standard, it supports MP3, WAV, WMA and eAAC+ files and has options to sort your library by artist, album, song or genre.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

You can also create playlists and even delve into your phone's folders to hunt for any missing music files.

The music player adds music controls to your notifications bar, enabling you to easily pause or skip tracks evens if you leave the player.

When in the phone's music player you can choose to set a song as your ringtone or search for it on YouTube.

And if you're playing music through headphones there are a handful of extra audio options available to you, such as bass booster, vocal booster and headset enhancer. You won't be able to create a stellar audio experience, but it provides a solid enough one.

Played through the phone's speakers things aren't quite so impressive.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

There are no audio options to play with, and while the music can reach a moderate volume it sometimes starts to distort, and it almost always sounds a bit tinny and distinctly flat.

Alongside the main music player the LG Optimus L3 2 also has a built-in FM radio, which is something that many phones seem to neglect these days.

You have to plug earphones in to use it but once you do you can auto-tune stations, favourite them and play them through the phone's speakers if you'd prefer. It can't record what you listen to, but it's still a nice addition to the phone.

All in all there are a decent set of musical options, and if you stick to playing things through earphones or headphones then the audio quality isn't too bad either.

Video

LG Optimus L3 2 review

If you've read the rest of this LG Optimus L3 2 review you might have guessed that video wouldn't be up to much on the phone, and you'd be right.

The main problem is the screen, which is so small and so low resolution that videos look really bad. We also found that it struggled with some HD files, refusing to play them smoothly.

Nevertheless, a basic video player has been included, with support for MP4, H.264, H.263 and WMV files.

Videos are shown as thumbnails, which you can sort into a list, grid or folder view and also choose whether to order them by title, date, size or type.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

Once playing a video, all you can do is pause it, jump forwards or backwards, change the volume and fit it to the screen.

There's not much to it and the phone is light and comfortable to hold for movie-length periods, but honestly we can't imagine most people choosing to use it as a video player.

The phone also comes with a YouTube app, which works well, enabling you to easily find and watch videos, and it also puts any channels that you're subscribed to front and centre.

However, as with the main player it's just not a pleasant experience to watch anything on.

Photos

Photos are another thing that aren't handled brilliantly by the LG Optimus L3 2, and once again that's mostly down to the phone's screen.

LG Optimus L3 2 review

The simple fact is that they're just not nice to look at on the 3.2-inch 240 x 320 display. They're too small, they look ugly and all the detail is lost.

If you really want to persevere, the handset does come with a basic gallery app, which sorts your photos into albums and enables you to view thumbnails that you can then tap to bring up a full-screen picture, but none of them look good on the screen.

There are also a few editing options that enable you to crop or rotate images, add effects or remove red eye. These work well enough, but it's so hard to make out the details of pictures that it's not the ideal place to do any editing.

Perhaps more usefully you can also choose to share photos via Bluetooth, email, text message or social network, which at least enables you to get them on to a better screen.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density125 ppi
Height102.6 mm
Width61.1 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time700 Hour
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