LG Optimus L3 review

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

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Once again failing to hit the seamless integration standards of its smartphone predecessors and a number of its closest rivals, the LG Optimus L3's messaging abilities prove clunky, cramped and unnecessarily sluggish.

LG Optimus L3 review

Easy enough to access and open thanks in large to the overlaid Android OS, the handset's messaging services are yet another prime example of the device's back-to-basics price cutting that has been introduced to get the phone's price point as low as possible with little regard to eventual overall usability.

Keeping the handset further behind the times and away from fully appeasing its demanding teen, entry-level market, the LG handset fails to provide social integration through its messaging services with you unable to create contacts groups and receive all forms of messaging formats through in a single swipe from the standard text and MMS messages to direct tweets, Facebook updates and instant messages.

LG Optimus L3 review

Yet another downfall of the handset's minimalist display, messaging is further complicated by the handset's poor digital QWERTY keyboard offering little room for precise key strokes and proving prone to unwanted presses and fiddly, time consuming alterations. While these issues are somewhat appeased by switching the handset to a landscape stance, the keyboard remains far from ideal.

Adding a small amount of glitz to the largely gloomy horizon, the LG Optimus L3's MMS features are simple and intuitive to use, with the Android OS once again coming to the handset's rescue with the easy attachment system available to all composing text messages.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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