LG Optimus L3 II Review
The L3 II runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and this is probably the biggest improvement in comparison to last year’s Optimus L3. The predecessor to this handset only ran on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is terribly dated now.
Good news is that out of the box the interface runs fairly fluidly. Its usability is somewhat hindered by the small screen which makes accurate typing on the on-screen keyboard difficult. This will be something to consider for heavy texters.
LG has thrown in its own software tweaks on top of Jelly Bean, and most of them we like. The notification dropdown contains important shortcuts to oft-used features like Wi-Fi connectivity. LG’s Quick Memo function that allows you to hand-write on top of the screen and save this for later is a neat addition.
Many would be buying such an affordable phone for their elderly relatives, and LG has also thought about this including its Safety Care feature. With it, when the owner of the phone dials an emergency number a text message will automatically be sent with an alert message and the location of the phone.
Processor and Memory:
The LG Optimus L3 II runs smoothly out of the box and that is something we appreciate a lot given the low-specced processor under the hood.
Getting into the technical details, the device runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A chip with a 1GHz single-core Cortex A5-based processor and Adreno 200 graphics. There is 512MB of RAM on board. That is far from what we see as powerful silicon but it is indeed a slight upgrade over the 800MHz processor on last year’s L3.
|LG Optimus L3 II||2063||5800|
|Sony Xperia E||2424|
|Samsung Galaxy Young||2119||4749|
The handset ships with 4GB of internal storage, but only around 1.75GB of those are available for use by the end user. Luckily, storage is expandable via microSD cards of up to 32 gigs and cards are hot swappable.
Internet and Connectivity:
The handset comes with LG’s own browser pre-loaded and we are happy to say everything flowed smoothly as we navigated around our favorite web spots. Scrolling around and zooming in and out happened with almost no delay, and the browser offers to save pages for offline viewing as well as show desktop versions of websites. There is no Adobe Flash support but that is more of a situation with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rather than anything else.
The phone supports 3G connectivity with speeds reaching 7.2Mbps on the downlink, and there is Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS as well, of course.
1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1476; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
I would get the Xperia E or the 520 instead....
4. predator93 (Posts: 117; 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.
2. boosook (Posts: 607; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Such a terrible phone in 2013... LG should be ashamed.
3. justsayit (Posts: 112; Member since: 09 May 2013)
not bad :)
l7 II, L9 II, f5, f7 really good mid-ranger
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.
6. SportDriver (Posts: 21; 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.
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.