LG Optimus L3 review
- Great design
- Palm size simplicity
- Easy user interface
- Low storage
- Poor camera
- Low resolution screen
LG Optimus L3: Screen
A 3.2-inch screen is hard to accept in the world of high-end smartphones but if this is your first step into the land of smartphones, you won’t be bothered about size.
The 320 x 240 pixel resolution is harder to accept for constant browsing but a 3.2 inch screen is never expected to deliver Apple’s Retina display levels of resolution.
Clear, well designed apps like Facebook and Twitter run well. Games less so, but, again, the screen has been built with a budget in mind and is low resolution for a reason.
The forthcoming BlackBerry Curve 9320 manages the same 320 x 240 on a smaller screen for £149 SIM free.
The display is bright and viewing angles good, however, so emails and larger chunks of text or photos with a large image in the foreground are easy to view.
LG Optimus L3: Performance
The 800 Mhz processor is low by smartphone standards but it’s never asked to do that much in terms of powering a high resolution screen or a bigger, better camera.
Android Gingerbread works well and though there’s a lack of storage, the LG Optimus L3 manages to punch above its weight in terms of the low spec processor.
Call quality is good, although the size of the phone against your ear may feel small if you’re used to a larger phone, smart or not.
LG Optimus L3: Battery
The 1540 mAh battery is the star specification here, offering well above a day of intense use - we managed 2 full days with push email and 3G and Wi-Fi turned on.
The smaller screen and low power processor help but kudos to LG for bridging the gap between simple and smartphone battery life while keeping the phone lightweight at 110g.
The new, dual-core Galaxy Ace features the same battery so this gives you an idea of how much a bonus the battery actually is.
LG Optimus L3: Verdict
A capable budget phone which wins in the style stakes. If you want music, Facebook and a responsive keyboard and low megapixel camera, this is a great phone that really only misses out on a four-star rating due to the slightly lame screen resolution.
LG Optimus L3 Price: £99
LG Optimus L3 availability: now
Review by Richard Melville