Impressive battery life; Comfy to hold.
Small low-res display; Basic snapper; Lacking QuickMemo; Some stuttering.
Verdict : The LG Optimus L3 II is less than £100 but just doesn’t offer enough. The small, low-res display is not user friendly.
LG has brought out its smallest phone so far in the L series of devices, which are designed to offer the user plenty of features and decent performance at a good price. The Optimus L5 II was packed with plenty of features for its £125 price tag but LG has stripped a lot of features from this latest phone.
The L Series phones all look alike - and this is no exception. The front of the handset is black; the back is a cool brushed metal. It’s just a shame that the back panel doesn’t seem to quite fit properly. Though having said that it never came off - even when we had flung the phone in our bag.
The display is rather flexible, which means that there’s a lot of distortion. The chassis is short and stocky - but still neat enough to pop in a pocket. It’s comfy to use one-handed too. The thin home button can be hard to locate sometimes.
While performance is not that impressive, the battery is - you get a good couple of days out of a full charge, and seven solid hours of video streaming.
Under the hood is a single-core 1GHz chip that can’t quite keep up - the same thing marred the user experience with the Galaxy Fame and the Galaxy Young from Samsung. Basic tasks such as typing out a text or shutting down an app can suffer from quite a bit of lag. The good news is that we were able to play games such as Temple Run with no problems aside from an odd stutter.
Low res display
Smartphones this cheap tend to have corners cut when it comes to the screen - and this is no exception. We found videos were pixellated, although we could still watch them, and images were ugly and blocky. Looking at websites is rather hard as you need to zoom right in to read the words. In fact it was so hard to read that we couldn’t even tell how many tabs were open when using Google Chrome. Tapping on links was hard too.
The small display means that the onscreen keyboard is crammed in, and yet in fact it’s not too bad for inputting. The impressive auto correct is a great help here.
Snap it up
The camera is a three-megapixel model that is okay for basic snaps that you want to post on social media, but that’s about it. Manual focus is lacking, so close-ups suffer from blur – and no flash means evening snaps are out of the question. Even shots taken in daylight are somewhat hazy. There’s little in the way of features – just manual settings and scene selection – nor is there a front-facing snapper for making video calls.
Some features have been transferred from the L5 II, including that neat home button that glows when you have a notification waiting, and being able to personalise app icons. It’s a shame that the neat Quick Memo, which lets you take notes when using a different app, has been omitted.
The Optimus L5 II was an impressive phone with lots of features crammed into a neat chassis for only £125. Unfortunately, the Optimus L3 II has had too many features taken away, has a tiny display and suffers from poor performance. We’d suggest spending a tiny bit more and picking up the Huawei Ascend G510 or Optimus L5 II instead.< Back
Talk Time: Up to 9.97 hours
Standby Time: Up to 29.16 days
Dimensions: 101.69mm x 61.19mm x 12.15mm
Screen Size: 3.2" QVGA IPS display
Internal Phone Memory: 4GB
External Memory Card Type: microSD up to 32GB
Email Capability: Yes
Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Camera: 3 Megapixel
Data Connectivity: GSM, EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, UMTS
Band Type: GSM/EDGE/GPRS 850, 900, 1800, 1900 | UMTS 900/2100
Bluetooth: Yes 3.0
Stereo Bluetooth: Yes
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