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LG Optimus L3 II Review

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LG Optimus L3 II Review
Introduction:

The LG Optimus L3 II is an extremely affordable and basic Android smartphone with a tiny 3.2-inch display. It also happens to be the successor to last year’s Optimus L3 and just like it, the new phone is made for budget-conscious buyers.

For them, the Optimus L3 II offers a compact form factor, perfectly usable with a single hand, a contemporary version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean and fairly long battery life. But will those make up for the trade-offs of a small low-res display and does the processor hamper down performance? Ultimately, is it worth buying? Read on to find out the answers to these questions.


Design:

Plastic and compact are two words that best describe the LG Optimus L3 II. It feels decidedly cheap but at the same time it has no moving parts and is put together solidly. L3 II is a chubby little thing with thickness of 0.47 inches (11.9mm). The compact dimensions make this less of a deal than it would have been on a larger device. The phone is very lightweight too at 3.88oz or 110g. It fits nicely in the hand and no effort is required in operating it single handedly.

LG Optimus L3 II fits nicely in the hand and no effort is required in operating it single handedly - LG Optimus L3 II Review
LG Optimus L3 II fits nicely in the hand and no effort is required in operating it single handedly - LG Optimus L3 II Review
LG Optimus L3 II fits nicely in the hand and no effort is required in operating it single handedly - LG Optimus L3 II Review

LG Optimus L3 II fits nicely in the hand and no effort is required in operating it single handedly


LG Optimus L3 II
4.04 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches
102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm
3.88 oz (110 g)

LG Optimus L3 II

Sony Xperia E
4.47 x 2.43 x 0.43 inches
113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm
4.08 oz (116 g)

Sony Xperia E

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

Samsung Galaxy Young
4.31 x 2.31 x 0.49 inches
109.4 x 58.6 x 12.5 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)

Samsung Galaxy Young

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


LG Optimus L3 II Review
LG Optimus L3 II Review
Android keys - LG Optimus L3 II Review
  

Android keys


There is a single physical home key right in the center and it is surrounded with an LED light that shines red when charging, green when the battery is full and in various colors when the alarm sounds off. Around the home key, there is a back and menu key. The lock key is on top and the volume rocker on the left hand side, and both are comfortable to press, with a nice reassuring click.

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 II - LG Optimus L3 II Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 II - LG Optimus L3 II Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 II - LG Optimus L3 II Review

microUSB port (bottom)

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Volume rocker (left)

Right side - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 II - LG Optimus L3 II Review
Back - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 II - LG Optimus L3 II Review
Rear camera - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 II - LG Optimus L3 II Review

Right side

Back

Rear camera

The sides of the LG Optimus L3 II



Display:


LG Optimus L3 II features a 3.2-inch IPS display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. That is a low resolution screen making icons look fuzzy and text hard to read unless you zoom in. In technical terms, the pixel density comes at 125ppi.

On a positive note, colors on the screen definitely look punchy and viewing angles are fairly good.

We wish there was a light sensor that would allow the screen brightness to adjust automatically but alas LG has not included one. Luckily, the brightness slider is integrated in the notification dropdown so it’s fairly easy to manually tune it.


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posted on 07 Jun 2013, 06:39 1

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


I would get the Xperia E or the 520 instead....

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 07:28 1

4. predator93 (Posts: 120; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Xperia E and Nokia 520 costs the same as L5II (L5II is definitely better than xperia E, but 520 is unbeatable for the price) in my country. Better alternatives for L3 II would be galaxy young and star from samsung, better specifications than that can only be found on chinese (Huawei Ascend Y300, Lenovo A390 etc) and local smartphones for that price.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 07:10 1

2. boosook (Posts: 770; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Such a terrible phone in 2013... LG should be ashamed.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 07:25 1

3. justsayit (Posts: 112; Member since: 09 May 2013)


not bad :)
l7 II, L9 II, f5, f7 really good mid-ranger

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 08:24

5. lovefist (unregistered)


man.. LG mid range and low end phones plainly suck. I mean, look at that thing it's horrible. even sony low end looks better than this. it's like they just thought of a square/rectangle and called it a day. it's already 2013 and LG still pumping out this garbage.

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 04:14

6. SportDriver (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


"In our experience the handset easily lasts around two days on a single charge and if you don’t watch many videos we can see it going into three day territory. That’s definitely quite an asset for a smartphone."
My dad has firt generation of this phone and battery on his phone lasts about 7 days :D. Yes he do not use phone much but that is better than his ex Nokia C5. It was cheaper than many dumb Nokias so he bought that and he is very happy with it.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 09:26

7. Fade. (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 May 2013)


This desn't impressme. At about the same price ou can get a Nokia Lumia 520 with much better hardware, but it has Windoesphone 8 instead of Android. On the other hand If you want an Android from the same price you could get a Huawei Ascend y300 with A5 dual-core and much better adreno 203 GPU than the adreno 200 enchanged.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:36

8. Ansoni (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


Tengo un problema con mi LG L3 el problema es que cuando ensiendo el wifi los datos 3g se quitan y cuando apago el wifi se ensienden los 3g otra cosa el google maps no me localiza y mi gmail no me agara y play store tambien dise conexion no fiable algo asi

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LG Optimus L3 II

LG Optimus L3 II

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (125 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.04 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches
(102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery1540 mAh, 16.5 hours talk time

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