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LG Optimus L3 II Review

LG Optimus L3 II

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Interface and Functionality:

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.

The LG Optimus L3 II runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L3 II Review
The LG Optimus L3 II runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L3 II Review
The LG Optimus L3 II runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L3 II Review
The LG Optimus L3 II runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L3 II Review
The LG Optimus L3 II runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L3 II Review
The LG Optimus L3 II runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L3 II Review
The LG Optimus L3 II runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L3 II Review
The LG Optimus L3 II runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L3 II Review

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.


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LG Optimus L3 II 2063 5800
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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.

Web browser - LG Optimus L3 II Review
Web browser - LG Optimus L3 II Review

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.

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LG Optimus L3 II

LG Optimus L3 II

OS: Android 4.1.2
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PhoneArena rating:
5Average
Display3.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (125 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.04 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches
(102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery1540 mAh, 16.5 hours talk time

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