Interface and Functionality:

Well, there’s nothing terribly new with the experience here, since it’s the same LG Optimus UI skin running on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Yeah, we’ll lament that it’s an older build, but it’s nice to see that the experience features some of LG’s latest enhancements – like the QSlide function that allows for better multi-tasking with some of its apps. Besides that, we’re presented with all the personalization and functionality of the Android experience that we all know and love.

In contrast to some of the handsets out there with ginormous displays on them, there’s a lot of adjustment needed to get used to the on-screen keyboard of the Optimus F3. Unfortunately, it’s intermittent unresponsiveness and cramped layout makes it tough at first, but after a while, we’re better able to cope up.

Processor and Memory:

Hardly imposing in this day and age, the dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM in the Optimus F3 is ample for all basic tasks, but it struggles with more advanced operations. Needless to say, we wouldn’t associate processing prowess with this entry-level model.

Out of the box, there’s a paltry 1.24GB of free storage with the handset, but at least we have an available microSD card slot to help supplement its internal capacity.

Internet and Connectivity:

With the stock web browser, it struggles to handle rendering on the fly, seeing that delays are prominent when scrolling or pinch zooming very quickly. However, it’s never stalling the performance to the point of making it unusable, but then again, the Google Chrome browser is preloaded too, to provide us with an alternative option.

Who would believe a couple of years ago that a $29.99 priced handset can have nearly all the same connectivity options as some high-end stuff? Well, everything we’d want is found here, as it features 4G LTE connectivity, aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC.


Optimus F3

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  • OS Android 4.1.2
  • Display 4.0 inches 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2460 mAh

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