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LG Optimus L3 Review




In today’s mobile world, the trend is nudging towards high-end smartphones with bigger screens and a high price tag. But for us wanting a not so expensive alternative, what are we gonna do? LG has an answer to that in the form of their entry level handset, the Optimus L3.

It is no secret that the LG Optimus L3 is targeted at the same demographics as the one that’s been dominated by Samsung with their Galaxy Y. The almost identical price positioning and the hardware configuration will attest to that.

Design and Construction

The first thing that you’ll notice with the Optimus L3 is its size. It’s small and will easily snug inside your hands. The edges are rounded while the top and bottom areas are flat. The back cover has a rough texture, giving you more grip so it won’t easily slip off. Located at the left side are the dedicated volume keys while right on top is the sleep/wake button and the 3.5 mm headset jack.

Right at the bottom is the microUSB port and the microphone while on the front is the home button accompanied with illuminated capacitive touch keys on both sides. Appearance wise, the Optimus L3 doesn’t look cheap or like a toy at all. The rectangular frame and the metallic silver grey color give the L3 a professional look.

Optimus UI

Switching on the Optimus L3 from cold boot will take you approximately 30 seconds before you are greeted by a familiar home screen. The L3 is loaded with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with minor customizations from LG. You’ll get five home screens by default, ready to be filled with your shortcuts and widgets.

The Optimus L3 handles Gingerbread very well, swiping is a breeze, transitions and scrolling are smooth, and virtually no delay when opening apps. However, I experienced occasional lags with the dialer but not to the point that I can’t make a quick call. What I love though are the five shortcuts for toggling the sound, WiFi, Bluetooth, Location Services, and Data connection, which you can find by simply dragging down the notifications bar. If I need to turn the Wifi on or off I just simply drag and tap. That’s it.

Display

There’s nothing much to boast about with the L3’s 3.2 inch display. At 240×320 resolution and 256K colors, the pixels are noticeable and the colors appear basic. Viewing angles are not that great. Viewing photos and watching videos on landscape is a little frustrating as it feels like the screen is constantly suffering from glare. But in portrait mode, everything seems normal. If you’re going to use the L3 to check Facebook statuses, update your Twitter feeds, and do some light internet browsing, the display is clear enough and will suffice. But those with fat fingers will find the screen a bit cramped. It took me a while to get used to the small keyboard as I keep hitting the wrong keys but still it gets the job done.

Camera

The camera is 3.15 megapixel fixed-focus shooter (no LED flash) with the ability to record videos at VGA (640×480) resolution. Nothing much to write about it but the camera can take decent photos for quick uploading to your social media networking sites.

Here are some sample shots taken with the Optimus L3:


Click on the thumbnails to see original, raw photos.


 

Multimedia

The L3 came with a YouTube app and was able to play some videos but if you want decent viewing quality, then I suggest watching in HD. Music playback is not a problem. It’ll play your MP3 files easily. The earpiece on the L3 also serves as the phone’s loudspeaker and is quite audible. Plug in a headset and you’ll be able to enjoy your tunes better but don’t expect Beats type quality on this one.

Battery Life

I was quite impressed with the phone’s battery life. I received that unit last Sunday then charged it once to full on Monday. It’s already Friday and I still have 50% juice. This is with regular texting, Wifi internet browsing, and a few calls. I think this is given since the Optimus L3 is an entry level phone and doesn’t have power-hungry specs.

Apps

The Optimus L3 has Google Play Store pre-installed so you can download your favorite Android apps. LG also included its own app store called the SmartWorld which is basically an alternate world of free apps.

No problems with social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter. Temple Run is playable but with very little lags. Some swipes do not register so it’s pretty much difficult to break records here. And guess what, Instagram looks good and works very well.

Summary

The LG Optimus L3 is a very decent phone with a pretty sleek design that almost looks professional. It’s small, lightweight and easy to hold. It’s very responsive, smooth, and quick. The L3 doesn’t come with a microSD card so better get one with a decent amount of memory if you want to go heavy on photos and music. Battery life is good as well.

The only let down though is the display quality. For daily use of texting, calling, social networking and internet browsing, the L3 can pretty much handle all your basic needs. For the price of Php 5,990, what more can you ask for?

LG Optimus L3 specs:
3.2″ LCD @ 240×320 pixels
800MHz processor
1GB internal storage
384MB RAM
up to 32GB via microsSD
HSDPA 3.6Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
3.15MP camera
GPS w/ aGPS
Li-Ion 1500mAh
Android 2.3 Gingerbread

What we liked about the handset:

* fast and responsive
* small and compact build
* long battery life

What we didn’t like:

* poor display
* small screen



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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42 Responses

  1. duke_06 says:

    How did you play Temple Run on this device? It has almost the same specs w/ the Galaxy Y but it is not compatible w/ the latter.

    • marvin says:

      no, the processor is not the same, Optimus L3 is using armv7, S1 processor that has an Adreno 200 GPU. so basically, it has more power than the Galaxy Y that only sports an ArmV6 chip and a lesser Broadcomm GPU.

  2. That’s one of the ugliest looking phones I’ve ever seen.

  3. heaven says:

    Another phone ng masa para sa Android.

    • Jay says:

      San po pedeng makabile nito????
      Dto sa Metro Manila??
      O
      Mga magkano pa ito heaven??

  4. roiji says:

    quite surprised with the battery life…

  5. ji says:

    Yeah Sir Abe, how were you able to play Temple Run here? It’s not compatible with SGY and so is Instagram. Do you think Instagram’ll work on LG Optimus L3? Thanks! :D

    • marvin says:

      same clock speed but different GPU. the Optimus L3 has an Adreno 200, the same GPU the nexus one has.

      I think Instagram is already working on the Galaxy Y. there was an update yesterday that fixes the compatibility issues w/ the Y.

  6. John says:

    Don’t waste your money on this ! Another shitty Android phone.

  7. maico says:

    I believe Its better than SGY because It can play Temple Run and has upgraded camera for almost the same price..

  8. Benchmark says:

    Well I bought Motorola Fire as a gift, it cost around 7K. I just saw it in Megamall Motorola Kiosk. I am about to buy to buy Alcatel Blaze Glory Dual sim, but since Fire has a front facing cam, I bought it instantly.

    Anybody heard of this Motorola Fire? Is it really a good phone?

    I tried a blaze glory in Sun shop display, I think I made a wrong decision in buying the Fire…I hope I am wrong…hope to see a local review of Motorola Fire.

    • Oliver says:

      HI, I just wanna ask where did you buy your Moto Fire XT? and how much did you get it? Thank you so much!

  9. metre9dmt says:

    Note that LG L3 E400 have a microSD slot. FYI

  10. gabriel91 says:

    HI! can the Go Launcher EX change the vertical thingy of this phone? can you rate this phone on a scale of 1-10? im planning to buy this phone. thanks. follow me on twitter @gEzRiEl_91

  11. I bought this phone a few days ago. I’m very happy with the experience compared to Galaxy Y. I find the latter very lacking and I believe I made a good decision to ditch that in exchange for this one.

  12. Siapco Remy says:

    I want this phone. :)

  13. L says:

    for those who comment that this one shitty android phone again, please don’t compare apple to orange. c’mon guys be smart enough to look on the price, the specs, and what market it is presenting. again do not compare APPLE to ORANGE.

  14. Ismael says:

    My mom has Galaxy Y. And yeah, SGY is one of the worst Android phones I’ve ever seen! XD haha. Ampanget talaga. Swear. I think this one’s a lot better than the low-end Android phones in the market. Ang nakikita ko lang na major issue fdito eh hndi siya dual-sim, a feature wherein Pinoys like very much. And this one is not bad though for Android-first timers.

    • Chris P. says:

      Agree.

      May LG L3 na Dual Sim version. Don’t know kung magiging available dito sa Pinas.

  15. ZI says:

    pangit lang sa cam ito, at di ko makita sa application yung sd card, gusto ko kasi malaman kung papanu ko malilipat lahat ng nakalagay sa internal.

  16. ajohn says:

    ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE THIS PHONE!
    “SMALL BUT TERRIBLE !”

    ” MALIIT LANG PERO PALABAN!”

    PANALO SA MALIIT LANG ANG BUDGET!

    MARAMI KANG MAGAGAWA!

    I AGREED THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN SAMSUNG GALAXY Y!
    GREAT JOB LG!

    • mon says:

      sorry, i just cant help it… pero asan yung “ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE THIS PHONE!” ?

      peace!

  17. Ransom10 says:

    i have bought thus phone lately and i can say its much better sa galaxy y… i dont have any probs with this…pwde lgyan ng go launcher,instagram and other hd games and apps… i hve min software updated.. pero nghanap talaga ako kung saan mka update ng pinakabago nila na sw version ung v10d,

    wla padaw kasing version na ito dito sa lg service center davao….

  18. Unlock LG says:

    I didn’t liked the design of this LG phone but i had an opportunity to buy the LG Optimus L3 for a very cheap price from one of my friends so i did it.. I also had to unlock my LG Optimus after i got it because it was branded to another carrier.

  19. denze says:

    pwedi mag tanong kung paano po bah mag transfer nang mga apps sa memory po hindi po lang sa internal nang l3???? pls responce if alam nyu

  20. ap0l says:

    mag IPHONE NA LANG TAYO!!!!
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    mahal nga lang maganda naman at matibay!

  21. Ransom10 says:

    anyone know if may software update na dito sa pilipinas sa lg l3 na version v10d? specially sa davao na lg service center??

  22. Ransom10 says:

    anyone know if may software update na dito sa pilipinas sa lg l3 na version v10d? specially sa davao na lg service center?

    help

  23. Chris P. says:

    Ito sana bibilhin kong phone last June (my first android) pero nadismaya ako sa screen resolution at camera.
    Other than that maganda itong LG L3 compared sa Samsung Galaxy pocket at Young considering na may free jelly case pa.

    Binili ko na lang ay Xperia mini, mas mahal ng bahagya. :)

  24. jessa abergonzado says:

    tanong ko lang po, may instagram po ba ang LG400 kasi hindi ako mka download. tnx :)

  25. Bibili na ako nito sa September 15. Ano po bang pangit sa camera ng L3? Mahilig po kasi ako mag take ng pictures.

  26. Dan says:

    Hi. I have this phone. I have some problems with it like several restarts and hangs. How can i update its firmware? Please help me. Just send it on my email.. thanks

  27. murielle says:

    hi miron po aku nitung unit natuh bakit po hindi aku maka download ng instagram? sayang naman :(

  28. red says:

    Halos 3 months ko na to gamit, mas masaya to kaysa sa ibang android na below 6K. Agree din ako sa ndagsulat ng review.

  29. nikko ladera says:

    Im torn between this phone and Lenovoe A60. San po ba mas maganda?

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