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LG Prada 3.0 Review

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There's an 8MP camera coming with the Prada 3.0, and you're probably dying to know how it fares? Hold on, we're almost there. First of all, the camera interface is very intuitive and easy to work with. We're a bit hesitant about the animated transition that's displayed before the Flash settings show up, but overall, we didn't run into any troubles while working with the layout that LG has come up with. In terms of speed, it takes a couple of seconds for the cam to focus, so it's neither the fastest one out there, nor is it the slowest.

Camera interface - LG Prada 3.0 Review
Camera interface - LG Prada 3.0 Review
Camera interface - LG Prada 3.0 Review

Camera interface


Now, it's safe to say that the pics that we took outside turned out fine, with decent details and saturated colors, though a bit on the colder side. Unfortunately, our shots also exhibited a fair amount of noise.

Outdoor images shot with the LG Prada 3.0 - LG Prada 3.0 Review
Outdoor images shot with the LG Prada 3.0 - LG Prada 3.0 Review
Outdoor images shot with the LG Prada 3.0 - LG Prada 3.0 Review
Outdoor images shot with the LG Prada 3.0 - LG Prada 3.0 Review

Outdoor images shot with the LG Prada 3.0


Indoor images are tragic, for the most part, but at least the LED flash is capable of illuminating a scene.

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Darkness - Indoor samples - LG Prada 3.0 Review

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The third installment in the Prada series by LG is equipped with 1080p video recording, and we're happy to report that it's quite smooth, though fast moving objects aren't very clear. Detail level is decent, while color are, similarly to the situation with the stills, on the colder side. As a whole, this is a passable phone for video recording, we've seen much worse, but it doesn't get us excited either.

LG Prada 3.0 Outdoor Sample Video:



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Since LG and Prada have obviously wanted to put some accent on the 1.3MP front-facing cam (judging by the dedicated front-facing cam button), we took a few test pics with it as well. As expected, they are fine for casual self-portraits, but nothing too serious.

Video support is very good. Strangely, you first have to register the handset on the DivX site in order to play DivX files, but once you do that, you won't have any problems with 1080p videos in various codecs, including H.264 and Xvid. If you still run into troubles with a certain file, though, a single download of a new player from the Android Market will most probably fix the issue.

The loudspeaker has decent power, it sounds OK on the highest volume setting, but it's nothing special both in terms of loudness and quality. The tunes coming from it are quite sharp, with almost no depth to them.

Music player - LG Prada 3.0 Review
Music player - LG Prada 3.0 Review

Music player



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posted on 20 Jan 2012, 05:13 2

1. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


love this bit -

Still, its specific looks and overly-simplistic interface won't be for anyone.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 05:35 12

2. Birds (Posts: 961; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Lg did a prety good job.

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 20:27 8

14. Birds (Posts: 961; 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?

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 05:36 12

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.

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 00:58 6

10. stealthd (Posts: 916; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


I'm not trying to offend here, but I'm a little surprised to see lg prada fanboys exist.

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 17:04 1

12. G2Noobin (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Im surprised to see LG fanboys exist!

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 08:03 5

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..

posted on 22 Jan 2012, 02:09 4

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

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 10:03 2

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.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 12:56 7

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1046; 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.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 15:20 3

8. trollface (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


LOL on the 3D view "update failed" classic andriod XD

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 16:54 2

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.

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 08:53

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.......

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 17:23 4

13. trumpet116 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Why wouldn't they use AMOLED with all these blacks? It would've been stunning!!

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 23:13 7

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; 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.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 20:37

17. Socalvenom (unregistered)


If Apple ever came out with a limited edition Prada Iphone 4s it would get a perfect 10 from these guys

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 06:54

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

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:23 4

19. mrjamesdean5 (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


PRADA=Fashion LG=Technology
PRADA+LG=Perfection

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 22:24

20. mrjamesdean5 (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


If you want to be in the SPOTLIGHT, this cellphone is 4 u

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 23:02

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.

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 23:02

22. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


big*.

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 14:59

23. zoxon (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2012)


Can you connect old Prada Link watch to Lg Prada 3.0???

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 06:02

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......

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 10:20

25. dr.kht (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)


Hope the unit will come out soon with arabic support.

posted on 29 May 2012, 01:57 3

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:06 3

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

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 20:00

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!! :)

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 14:00 2

29. rock5 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)


Very good phone !

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 12:18

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.

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LG Prada 3.0

LG Prada 3.0

OS: Android 4.0 2.3.7 2.3
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.02 x 2.72 x 0.33 inches
(127.5 x 69 x 8.5 mm)
4.87 oz  (138 g)
Battery1540 mAh, 4.33 hours talk time

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