LG Prada 3.0 review

Aka the PRADA Phone by LG 3.0 - a designer handset with NFC

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The LG Prada 3.0 isn't a bad phone at all. Nicely designed on the outside with an attractive black and white skin, it's a good third entrant to the Prada range of mobile phones.

It doesn't quite live up to expectations, though, and while we'd have liked this phone to be right at the leading edge it is, in many respects, rather behind that position.

We liked

The build is lovely. The thin design and stippled backplate are highlights. Still, the small buttons on the top might be tricky for some users.

Near Field Communications isn't a great deal of use at the moment, but we expect big things of it so it's nice to see it here.

There are lots of useful extra apps installed for you already, and with 8GB of built-in storage, there's plenty of scope to add your own.

The price is pretty palatable too for a phone that comes with such a fashion house attached, and as before will likely entice a great number of users to the handset on that price/allure alone.

We disliked

We'd have liked a higher screen resolution. 480 x 800 is respectable, but the 4.3-inch display can handle more pixels.

The black and white skin over Android 2.3 Gingerbread looks great, and there are some superb app icon designs. But it gets diluted quickly as you work through the pre-installed apps, and any you install yourself will of course be as colourful as the developer intended.

The handset feels a bit light in the hand, even for the price, and there's a slight amount of triumph of style over substance here.

Final verdict

Overall, the LG Prada 3.0 is a good handset, but not a great one. Its specs feel a slight beat out of date, so that the fashion brand is a bit behind the times.

But then, if you want the designer name, you might not care too much about that, and you might be prepared to pay the price being asked for.

We do like the large screen and the super-thin design, and the black and white skin is great while it lasts - but inevitably it doesn't last long enough.

Fashionistas might end up loving it, but those who want the best features on offer today ought to look elsewhere.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderT-Mobile
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyParada
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time4.33 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)138 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height127.5 mm
Width69 mm
Depth8.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time330 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NamePRADA Phone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeOMAP
Product LineParada
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberTMBPRADA30BLK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

PRADA Phone By LG 3.0

This highly anticipated handset is the third phone to come from the collaboration between PRADA and LG and represents a key design venture for both companies. The PRADA phone by LG 3.0 combines PRADA's distinctive style with LG's innovative technology, including one of the biggest and brightest screens in the world with 4.3inch and 800-nit screen.