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LG Optimus L1 II Dual Review

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LG Optimus L1 II Dual Review
LG Optimus L1 II Dual Review
LG Optimus L1 II Dual Review
LG Optimus L1 II Dual Review
Introduction


The LG Optimus L1 II Dual E420 is a dirt-cheap Android phone that is as basic as it gets. No large screen, no fancy features, no frills. It’s a super compact device that not just fits, but almost gets lost in a hand. The L1 II Dual features a 3-inch display, a barebones 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera, dual SIM connectivity and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Clearly, rather than trot out silicon power, the L1 II shows how low the price of a smartphone from a well-established company can go. The answer? Pretty low. But is ‘pretty low’ low enough in a dog eat dog world of smartphone competition? Let’s find out.

In the box:

  • In-ear Headphones
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • User Manual

Design

Despite the cheap feeling plastic, the L1 II Dual is well put together.

The L1 II Dual is a chubby little thing. It’s super compact, fitting nicely in the hand and perfectly suitable for single-handed operation as you can reach its every corner with a thumb. Its chubbiness (it measures 0.48”) gives it character rather than being a disadvantage, but it’s there and it does get noticed, especially when you keep the phone in your pocket.

This 3 incher is all made of plastic that looks and feels cheap. It’s well put together, though, and won’t screek under pressure. The back is also textured in a way that would make the phone just a bit harder to slip out of the hand, which is nice.

Up front, there are four capacitive keys right below the display - the standard three Android navigation buttons plus one more for switching between SIM cards. These buttons are uncomfortably small, though, so small that we actually have trouble hitting the right one as they are all so close to each other. There is a volume rocker on the left and a lock key up top, but both are a bit too recessed.


LG Optimus L1 II
4.05 x 2.33 x 0.48 inches
102.9 x 59.2 x 12.2 mm
3.70 oz (105 g)

LG Optimus L1 II

Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
4.78 x 2.48 x 0.43 inches
121.5 x 63.1 x 10.85 mm
4.44 oz (126 g)

Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite

Nokia Lumia 520
4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches
119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

Nokia Lumia 520

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


Display

A 3-inch display that looks okay when you look straight at it, but washes out hugely at a slight angle. It also feels too tiny for comfortable use.

The L1 II Dual features a 3-inch display that quite frankly is too tiny for comfortable use. Reason is you’d often hit the wrong button or icon (assuming you have an average-sized hand, kids might be okay with the size), and just get frustrated with the smartphone experience rather than enjoy it.

Colors on it look vivid and generally nice when you look squarely at the display and that’s very important. The display is far from perfect, though, as viewing angles are horrible and colors wash out hugely when you tilt the device just slightly. The resolution is also poor at 240 x 320 pixels, which works out to very poor pixel density of 133ppi. This means that smaller text is close to impossible to read because of pixelization, and the overall picture does not look sharp at all.

We’re not surprised that there is no ambient light sensor (such affordable devices rarely have one), but it’s nonetheless annoying to manually tweak the brightness. Outdoors, the screen is hard to read because of its low brightness.



Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 520 364
(Average)
67
(Poor)
1:846
(Average)
6282
(Excellent)
2.2
7.22
(Average)
1.95
(Excellent)
LG Optimus L1 II 330
(Average)
9
(Average)
1:420
(Poor)
57121
(Poor)
1.88
9.55
(Poor)
15.47
(Poor)
View all

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posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:12 1

1. Cesar (Posts: 132; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Who buy this?

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:52

3. sgodsell (Posts: 1289; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


If its priced at around $30 or less. Then it will sell well because of the dual Sim.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:17 1

2. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Holy pixels!

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 10:56 1

4. power_x (Posts: 235; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


So you are telling me that
This device got a higher score than Jolla

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 11:29 1

5. boosook (Posts: 1029; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Oh, come on PA... how can this thing get a 6? Specs are worse than the ones of my xperia mini, a phone from 2011. Any smartphone with 320x240 in 2014 does not deserve more than 3, maybe 4 if I'm in a good mood.

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 12:02

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Oops 320x240 its the same as my nokia x2 02

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 20:46

7. najib1312 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 May 2013)


6/10? That's a bit generous. And btw, US$100 isn't dirt cheap price for a phone of this caliber.

My 2011 Xperia has better spec than this. Consumers will be better off buying Lenovo phones, for e.g Lenovo A390 as mentioned, which retails for, hold your breath, US$60!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 09:17

8. highwaysnobbery (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


Those specs are almost worse than my old Droid Eris, bought in late 2009.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 15:28

9. marbovo (Posts: 655; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Why small screen and lock button on top are not cons on iphone??!?!?!

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225AB, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.04 x 2.32 x 0.52 inches
(102.6 x 58.9 x 13.3 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1540 mAh, 7.8 hours talk time

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