LG Optimus L1 II Dual Review


Introduction


The LG Optimus L1 II Dual E420 is a dirt-cheap Android phone that is as basic as it gets. No large screen, no fancy features, no frills. It’s a super compact device that not just fits, but almost gets lost in a hand. The L1 II Dual features a 3-inch display, a barebones 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera, dual SIM connectivity and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Clearly, rather than trot out silicon power, the L1 II shows how low the price of a smartphone from a well-established company can go. The answer? Pretty low. But is ‘pretty low’ low enough in a dog eat dog world of smartphone competition? Let’s find out.

In the box:

  • In-ear Headphones
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • User Manual

Design

Despite the cheap feeling plastic, the L1 II Dual is well put together.

The L1 II Dual is a chubby little thing. It’s super compact, fitting nicely in the hand and perfectly suitable for single-handed operation as you can reach its every corner with a thumb. Its chubbiness (it measures 0.48”) gives it character rather than being a disadvantage, but it’s there and it does get noticed, especially when you keep the phone in your pocket.

This 3 incher is all made of plastic that looks and feels cheap. It’s well put together, though, and won’t screek under pressure. The back is also textured in a way that would make the phone just a bit harder to slip out of the hand, which is nice.

Up front, there are four capacitive keys right below the display - the standard three Android navigation buttons plus one more for switching between SIM cards. These buttons are uncomfortably small, though, so small that we actually have trouble hitting the right one as they are all so close to each other. There is a volume rocker on the left and a lock key up top, but both are a bit too recessed.


LG Optimus L1 II

LG Optimus L1 II

Dimensions

4.05 x 2.33 x 0.48 inches

102.9 x 59.2 x 12.2 mm

Weight

3.70 oz (105 g)

Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite

Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.48 x 0.43 inches

121.5 x 63.1 x 10.85 mm

Weight

4.44 oz (126 g)

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

Dimensions

4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

LG Optimus L1 II

LG Optimus L1 II

Dimensions

4.05 x 2.33 x 0.48 inches

102.9 x 59.2 x 12.2 mm

Weight

3.70 oz (105 g)

Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite

Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.48 x 0.43 inches

121.5 x 63.1 x 10.85 mm

Weight

4.44 oz (126 g)

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

Dimensions

4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

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9 Comments

1. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Who buy this?

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7382; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If its priced at around $30 or less. Then it will sell well because of the dual Sim.

2. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Holy pixels!

4. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

So you are telling me that This device got a higher score than Jolla

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Oh, come on PA... how can this thing get a 6? Specs are worse than the ones of my xperia mini, a phone from 2011. Any smartphone with 320x240 in 2014 does not deserve more than 3, maybe 4 if I'm in a good mood.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Oops 320x240 its the same as my nokia x2 02

7. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

6/10? That's a bit generous. And btw, US$100 isn't dirt cheap price for a phone of this caliber. My 2011 Xperia has better spec than this. Consumers will be better off buying Lenovo phones, for e.g Lenovo A390 as mentioned, which retails for, hold your breath, US$60!

8. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Those specs are almost worse than my old Droid Eris, bought in late 2009.

9. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Why small screen and lock button on top are not cons on iphone??!?!?!
Optimus L1 II Dual
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB
  • Battery 1540 mAh(7.8h talk time)

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