LG Prada 3.0 review

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

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LG prada 3 0 review

With Wi-Fi and HSDPA (3G+) on board, browsing the internet wherever you happen to be isn't a problem with the LG Prada 3.0.

Indeed, the HSDPA is very impressive, supporting 21Mbps download speeds. We often see handsets supporting just 7.2Mbps. There's some future-proofing here, then.

The screen, too, bodes well for the internet. The 4.3-inch screen delivers 800 x 480 pixels, which is good, but not market leading. The iPhone 4S, don't forget, packs 960 x 640 pixels into a 3.5-inch screen, and as a result delivers great precision and image clarity.

Still, the full version of the TechRadar home page loaded in around 20 seconds over Wi-Fi, and when we switched to HSDPA it took 34 seconds to resolve.

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There's nice smooth pinch to zoom, double-tap zoom, and text reflowing on the double-tap zoom gesture. You really do get a lot of screen space in which to browse and read text.

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The browser can cope with multiple pages, and there's a nice carousel for sweeping between them.

There's no problem with Flash support here, either, and we found watching streamed video in full screen mode was really rewarding. There's no stuttering, and sound quality - while not wonderful - is perfectly passable.

Sound quality improved immensely for us when we attached headphones - although we can't speak for those that come with the LG Prada 3.0 itself, since our review sample was supplied without any.

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LG has added a Read It Later link in the web browser. You might think this works a bit like the popular app, saving web pages for you to read at your leisure when on or offline.

But no. Things you've marked for reading later are actually fetched from the web when you select them.

When we went into airplane mode and tried to read something later, we got the dreaded 'Web page not available' screen.

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Of course, there's a YouTube app too, and we have the same positive comments about the wide screen and capable processor with YouTube as we do with the web browser. It's fast, and a pleasure to use.


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.