LG Prada 3.0 Review
In contrast to previous Prada handsets, this time the manufacturer has crafted a smartphone, using the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. However, just like with the previous Prada phones, LG has made sure to tweak the interface so that it fits the minimalist design of the exterior. The default theme features very simple white icons, which stand particularly well when placed on top of a dark background. Many of the widgets in use by the LG Prada 3.0 are also drawn in that same style. This overly-simplistic appearance comes to deliver a characteristic Prada look, that will supposedly appeal to the fans of the brand. In addition, there are a few "Scenes" that the user can chose from, which are basically different homescreen setups, designed to suit different activities better like "Travel", "Play" and "Work".
LG has customized the icons of all Android applications, except for those of Google's services, which are the original ones. It's a nice touch that in the main menu, all the Google services are placed in a separate section, which makes the menu appear uniform in its various parts, as well as well-organized. That's very important for a style-conscious device.
Overall, most elements of the UI have been enhanced in order to achieve that specific look and personality of the phone. The font, wallpapers, apps – all of those have been customized in order to utilize that black/grey/white theme.
As we said, almost all the apps have been customized, and that includes the core ones such as the phonebook, calendar and messaging. However, their functionality has not been altered one bit from the typical Android experience that you’ll find on any phone with the OS.
on-screen keyboard is quite big due to the generous 4.3” size of the display, at least in landscape mode. The portrait one is also comfortable enough if you just want to type a quick text with one hand.
Well, the LG Prada 3.0 might be a fashionable phone, but this doesn't mean that it skimps on hardware. The processor inside the LG Prada 3.0 is the dual-core TI OMAP 4430, clocked at 1GHz, and complemented by a gig of RAM. We're delighted to find that the interface moves very fluidly, with almost no stuttering at all.
Internet and Connectivity:
LG's UI customizations often extend to the Android browser, and the one in the Prada 3.0 isn't an exception. Thanks to the strong specs sheet, the browser delivers a very good experience, though it isn't as smooth as what you'll find in iPhone's Safari, or Galaxy Nexus's ICS browser. Of course, Flash Player is supported. Still, if you'd really like to increase that FPS count within the browser, we'd recommend that you install Opera Mobile (free on Android Market), as it manages to deliver a superior browsing performance and a more convenient implementation of tabs.
Since the LG Prada 3.0 is unlikely to end up offered by a U.S. carrier, here's the frequency breakdown. The phone supports the 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz bands for 2G, and 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz for 3G. This means that you should be able to use it on AT&T's HSPA+ network, but 4G and 3G will be out of your reach with T-Mobile. And the handset does support HSPA+ speeds, seeing that its radio can go up to 21.1 Mbit/s on the downlink and 14.4 Mbit/s on the uplink.
The built-in GPS of the LG Prada 3.0 works as advertised – our location was pinpoined in about 3 minutes on a clear day when not using the assistance of Wi-Fi networks.
1. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
love this bit -
Still, its specific looks and overly-simplistic interface won't be for anyone.
14. Birds (Posts: 1023; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
This is why I hate the commenters on this sight becasue they are biased. You can't respect someone's comment? I never thumbed down anyone's comment even if I didn't like it. If I think LG did a good job making this device then I think they did. LG is not the most renowned name in android but this device is still well specked. I wonder how many of you have read the review?
3. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Awesome love the prada series.the first gen prada was my first mobile phone. Maybe that's why lg is my favorite manufacturer.for me it ain't about the processor for me its all about what my heart says and it says prada over any device regardless of the specs.
10. stealthd (Posts: 975; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
I'm not trying to offend here, but I'm a little surprised to see lg prada fanboys exist.
5. Thomas5.3 (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)
seriously an eight? Especially after the low grades you gave away recently.. This phone lacks a decent screen with its ppi of 217, the processor is also kind of slow for 2012 (1ghz).. camera sucks as well..
16. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
it's a PRADA phone. the main thing it needs to do is to look good, not to be the fastest phone in the world. besides, 1gHz Dual Core is sufficient and less taxing on the battery
6. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I think they were being a little hard on the phone because they had high expectations due to the big name PRADA.
7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
As they should. Would you expect a mediocre "Droid" phone? No.
The PRADA phones are meant to be top notch and almost luxury like.
8. trollface (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
LOL on the 3D view "update failed" classic andriod XD
9. nwright94 (unregistered)
Maybe this is because of my love for WP7 and its minimalistic UI but that is my favorite android UI I've seen.
11. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)
Stupid.flop mobile in the hd world.having goodness of ics.n the future will be quadcore.......
13. trumpet116 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Why wouldn't they use AMOLED with all these blacks? It would've been stunning!!
15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5634; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the UI is the star of this show. i just love it. this is just how i like my UIs, nice and simple.
i like the layout of buttons on the top of the device as well. the FFC launcher and the well designed microUSB cover are nice touches.
17. Socalvenom (unregistered)
If Apple ever came out with a limited edition Prada Iphone 4s it would get a perfect 10 from these guys
18. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
IPS-LCD is TFT type, as far as i know there isn't any other way to make good resolution LCD's without TFT...learn your basics and than make a review and say something like "the Prada 3.0 comes with a large 4.3" screen, which, unfortunately, is of the old-school TFT type, and this is visible, as we observe lower contrast compared to AMOLED or IPS-LCD screens" TFT doesn't make contrast better or worst it's thin transistor film below LCD that gives it resolution...IPS gives it contrast and viewing angles...maybe if resolution is higher the contrast is better and viewing angles are wider but it's primarily for resolution...sheesh you do reviews and you don't even know he basics in hardware of screens...btw I heard that screen on Prada phone will be NOVA display with 800 nits of brightness which means it is IPS LCD
19. mrjamesdean5 (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
20. mrjamesdean5 (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
If you want to be in the SPOTLIGHT, this cellphone is 4 u
21. gragonHDfones (unregistered)
I like Lg just because it under bis companies like samsung and apple. Pantech and Lg i will forever support. but they are still not my favorite companies though.
22. gragonHDfones (unregistered)
23. zoxon (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2012)
Can you connect old Prada Link watch to Lg Prada 3.0???
24. technot (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
If only Samsung would release a phone with a Samsung 19010 Galaxy S Giorgio Armani design and the specs of Samung Galaxy S 2......
25. dr.kht (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)
Hope the unit will come out soon with arabic support.
26. JudeSaady (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 May 2012)
Actually, if you go to the phone''s official website, which is a trusted source, it says that it's real Saffiano leather on the back of this phone, which means the person who wrote this review never even touched the phone or saw it. This makes me question this review, the person who wrote it and this website (phonearena). I have no reason to believe any information wrote on this review. Disappointment.
27. SillyMe (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)
I can only say its great and worth this money! I got it, and I'm more then satisfied. x
28. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
any idea if dis prada 3.0 is cming to india?? luv it!! am hving the old one prada 2....... luv its simple interface!! :)
30. Itsmefraaan (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)
I really liked. I found one 50% off here, and I'm going to buy it.
I'm not into the fashion thing, I'll buy because I think is beautiful, has what I need (I use my phone to make calls, use internet, send messages, take photos, nothing bg) and is waaaaaay cheaper than other very good phones.
|Display||4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT|
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.02 x 2.72 x 0.33 inches|
(127.5 x 69 x 8.5 mm)
4.87 oz (138 g)
|Battery||1540 mAh, 4.33 hours talk time|