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LG Optimus F3 Review

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LG Optimus F3 Review

LG is never one to shy away from gaining traction in the entry-level segment of the market, seeing that it’s still highly regarded as the bread and butter of a company’s growth opportunity. Likely one to attract people to its $29.99 on-contract cost, the LG Optimus F3 for Sprint might look like an inferior port of LG’s flagship devices, but don’t be fooled for a moment to think it’s automatically a forgettable thing.

LG Optimus F3 Review
LG Optimus F3 Review
The package contains:
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick User Guide
  • Important Safety and Handling Information


When you’re priced so low, there are only few directions you can go with design – so that’s the case here with the Optimus F3! No doubt, the handset does feel cheap with its construction, due to the handset’s hollowness, lightweight feel, and textured plastic casing. Nevertheless, we do appreciate that it’s compact and comfortable to hold in the hand. Visually speaking, it might have a similarity to some of LG’s more prestigious offerings, but upon closer inspection, it’s obvious that it’s rather boring with its design.

The LG Optimus F3 feels cheap with its construction - LG Optimus F3 Review
The LG Optimus F3 feels cheap with its construction - LG Optimus F3 Review
The LG Optimus F3 feels cheap with its construction - LG Optimus F3 Review

The LG Optimus F3 feels cheap with its construction

LG Optimus F3
4.57 x 2.44 x 0.4 inches
116 x 62 x 10 mm
4 oz (113 g)

LG Optimus F3

Sprint Force
4.88 x 2.54 x 0.47 inches
123.9 x 64.5 x 11.9 mm
5.4 oz (153 g)

Sprint Force

Kyocera Torque
4.44 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches
113 x 60 x 14 mm
5.5 oz (156 g)

Kyocera Torque

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Just like some other recent Optimus devices, the F3 also features an LED-lit home button, which pulsates in various colors depending on the type of notification – something that proves to be useful in keeping us aware. Looking around the sides of the phone, we spot its power button, volume control, noise-cancelling mic, 3.5mm headset jack, standard mic, and microUSB port for charging/data connectivity.

The LED-lit home button - LG Optimus F3 Review
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Bottom side - LG Optimus F3 Review

The LED-lit home button



Bottom side

Armed with a 5-megapixel camera in the rear, with a front-facing 0.3-megapixel VGA one in the front, it’s pretty much within line to what we expect out of an entry-level device. However, it’s comforting to know that it’s also packing along a microSD slot after its rear casing is removed, which also conceals its microSIM slot and beefy 2650 mAh battery.

LG Optimus F3 Review
LG Optimus F3 Review
LG Optimus F3 Review


Once thought as a cutting-edge resolution, the 480 x 800 WVGA resolution of the Optimus F3’s 4-inch IPS-LCD panel easily fits its budget status – albeit, it’s nothing to write home about. For the most part, it’s usable enough to use with most things, but it’s still without its own flaws. Specifically, details can be insignificant at times, which is noticeable when you’re in a zoomed out view in the browser. At the same time, its weak viewing angles can cause things to distort and fade – making it difficult to view under the sun.

The LG Optimus F3’s 4-inch IPS-LCD panel - LG Optimus F3 Review
The LG Optimus F3’s 4-inch IPS-LCD panel - LG Optimus F3 Review
The LG Optimus F3’s 4-inch IPS-LCD panel - LG Optimus F3 Review
The LG Optimus F3’s 4-inch IPS-LCD panel - LG Optimus F3 Review

The LG Optimus F3’s 4-inch IPS-LCD panel

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posted on 28 Jun 2013, 11:42

1. rms.max (Posts: 82; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

so it sucks ...

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 12:38

2. xcuse (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)

where is the benchmark?

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 15:48

3. Landmarkcm (Posts: 459; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

Once again this site rates a phone lower then other sites do. Phonescoop for example said it's a surprisingly good 5mp camera on this. Picking one of these up for metroPCS on Tmobiles network. It just launched there today.

posted on 28 Jul 2013, 15:49

4. Landmarkcm (Posts: 459; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

So got this on metroPCS running on Tmobiles network. Don't go by the review here. Im really noticing that it depends on who reviews the devices here. I like how this site shows how potent the camera flashes are though. Anyway this deserved a higher score at least as high as the optimus L9 if you don't care abt the difference between 4 inch & 4.5 pick this up. Im surprised how fast lte is! Faster then my wifi. Fast shutter better 5mp camera then ones this site has rated higher. Overall great device with nice little extra features for a great price at least again on metro running on Tmobiles network. Sprint Virgin etc are not so good where im at as far as the coverage part. Anyway great mid range device as other sites have said.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 00:37

73. annoy007 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)

Acctually its a pretty great phone. I've had one dropped it from like 7ft and broke so I'm going to get one today. And remember if service is bad in your area just flash it.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 05:39

74. frenchie2000154 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)

rom is so small 1.24 one can"t installed much think twice befor buying this one other wise speed is good

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LG Optimus F3

LG Optimus F3

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8930, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.44 x 0.40 inches
(116 x 62 x 10 mm)
4 oz  (113 g)
Battery2460 mAh, 16 hours talk time

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