LG Optimus L3 Review
*The Conclusion part and Rating of this review were updated on May 21, 2012, because of recent price changes.


Introduction:


LG Optimus L3 Review
LG Optimus L3 Review
While we're all going crazy about the upcoming quad-core beasts this year, but we shouldn't forget about those sweet little entry-level handsets that, believe it or not, are conquering peaks of their own. For example, we've already started seeing budget Android smartphones arrive with competitive price tags, rivaling those of feature phones.

We now have one such handset on our hands – the LG Optimus L3. As you probably know, the new L-line by LG is style-conscious, so the L3 is actually a very interesting product, as it should be both inexpensive and good-looking at the same time. Yeah, we've seen dirt-cheap Android smartphones alright, but what about dirt-cheap AND good-looking Android smartphones? The L3 will now show us if such kind of concoction is possible or not.


Design:

This is where the Optimus L3 has to strike the hardest. The handset has the typical rectangular shape for a device of the L-series, and overall, it looks better than your average entry-level Android. There's a more elegant white version, and has a cool metallic design around the rear camera. As a whole, it shows that LG has paid attention to the design here. However, we do think that the bottom back part should have mirrored the upper back part, similarly to the Prada 3.0, and not be shaped in such a generic way. That would have allowed the device score even higher in the appearance category.

The LG Optimus L3 has the typical rectangular shape for a device of the L-series - LG Optimus L3 Review
The LG Optimus L3 has the typical rectangular shape for a device of the L-series - LG Optimus L3 Review

The LG Optimus L3 has the typical rectangular shape for a device of the L-series


LG Optimus L3 Review

You can compare the LG Optimus L3 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

In terms of materials, the L3 is nothing special. It doesn't feel so cheap, but the simple plastic that's used by LG won't hide the device's low-end nature in any way. Still, we do like the fact that all physical buttons on the device react well when pressed.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 - LG Optimus L3 Review
Right - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 - LG Optimus L3 Review
Power key and 3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 - LG Optimus L3 Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the LG Optimus L3 - LG Optimus L3 Review

The sides of the LG Optimus L3


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Battery compartment - LG Optimus L3 Review
Camera - LG Optimus L3 Review


Display:

LG Optimus L3 Review
The LG Optimus L3 has a decently-sized 3.2” screen with the ridiculous resolution of 240x320 pixels. Apparently, one of the most significant compromises that LG had to make is the screen, because not only does it lack in terms of resolution, resulting in a paltry 125 ppi, but this is actually one of the ugliest TFT displays we've seen. This would have looked good about a decade ago.

Probably because the screen looks so bad when used indoors, we didn't notice so much quality degradation when taking it outdoors. No, seriously, it's usable when you're outside.

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32 Comments

1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Before everybody starts bashing this phone think about this, a lot of people would probably choose this phone because in today's economy nothing is easy to buy because of insane prices. This phone may not be the greatest in the world but it would fit most peoples needs. Certainly not mine though as I am an avid gamer with various emulators installed that i doubt this thing could possibly handle.

2. DrioDRaTeR

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

Unfortuantely teens and cheap adults everywhere will be toting this cheapo droid and going to the store every 3 months to complain about how bad the device lags and freezes, Everyone should do themselves a favor and if they want an LG device buy a washing machine or a tv, leave the mobile phones to a legit manufacturer!

30. JCASCA

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

Interesting comment. I could make the same observation about Nokia and its C1 . . . but isn't Nokia a legit manufacturer?

3. dalodi

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

LG is a legit manufacturer. Droid"hater"...

4. Jericho unregistered

Lg is awesome. ANd hey this phone is better than the crappy samsung galaxy y.

5. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

WHAT THE HECK this phone cost $130 on ebay same as galaxy y which is a smash hit, it has same resolution as galaxy y, it has more ram, better design better camera. experia ray and neo v cost $270.. how can u even compare phone with double the price.. SI THIS REVIEW A JOKE, there are many people who wanta cheap smart phone on which they can surf internet and maps.. which this phone does... and tell what galaxy y does better than this which is a super hit

6. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

the carrier ought to pay the user to get this POS. I mean, this is a "smart phone" right? so that mean you will, say for ex., use at&t and pay at least say, $20 month for a data plan x 24 months= $480 you spent on this trashy poor excuse for an android phone. now if they allow you to get this for free and come up with a new market for data plans, say inbetween feature phones and smart phones with REAL screens and spec's, say smart phone jr. plans, then it would be accetable. but this is nothing more than a glorified feature phone and should have a feature phone priced data plan to accompany it.

9. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

this phone wont come to at&t as contract it will be like go phone no contract or it may not even come to USA where u have to buy a costly data plan wiht a smart phone. it will go to countries where carrier have no contracts

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

It looks like a 2008 iPhone killer. Lame.

21. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

your eyes have a problem. Get a spectacle or.. OMg! you have myopia?!

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I really start having an issue with Ray S. and his biased reviews. Any time he reviews an Android phone the final mak goes 2 points down what it should. But what gets me really angry is his lack of accuracy when doing reviews. This sentence: "it costs just a bit less than majorly-superior phones like the Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V and Xperia ray" it is plainly FALSE. It costs HALF as much as the Ray and ONE THIRD than the Neo. LG L3 should be in leage with the "SG Y", the "SG mini" or the "Huaweis ideos X3"!!! Comparing it with the Sony Xperia Neo is like comparing a VW Mini with a Porsche and saying that you should buy the Porsche... And what´s more: the "Samsung Galaxy Y" got a 7 in phonearena and this one that has a 4! The LG L3 is better in many things, like more RAM, internal memory or the camera. Does Ray S. has his own way to give reviews different from the rest of the reviewers or what??? PS: in fact the LG optimus L7 costs as much as the Neo, not the L3 not even the L5.

10. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

The galaxy mini 2 can do much better than this Lame phone,.

20. ilovelg2012

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Battery of android LG phones are better than Samsung android phones.

11. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

it is very apparent that there is a LG hater disliking every pro-LG comment here. i mean, if u hate LG so much why do u even bother reading this article?! go read OTHER articles which has NOTHING to do with LG. if u want to read an article about LG and comment, DONT put hate comments like ''LG should not make phones'' or ''Samsung and HTC is so much better than this crap'' or ''LG should concentrate on making TVs and home appliances and leave phones to proper manufacturers''. if all you can say is that, i just wanna ask. WHY ARE YOU READING A LG ARTICLE/REVIEW IF U HATE THE BRAND SO DAMN MUCH?!

12. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't hate LG personally. I had a G2x and loved it

13. DrioDRaTeR

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

i'm reading cuz i work in the business and actually have to deal with the idiot that buys this peice of crap and comes in and wonders why it doesnt play videos like a droid razr or a nexus ..... Thanks for your concern

14. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

I don't care if u work in the industry or not, the fact is, u still shouldn't be saying stuff like this. Esp to say LG is not a legit manufacturer is just down right rude. Every company, deserves respect. Just like how every human deserves love

15. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

plus, the fact that u are working in the industry means u should not be biased and put personal prefences aside when recommending phones

16. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I personally think LG is a good manufacturer i just typically don't buy their products because the of UI

18. ajmalvaliyakath

Posts: 2; Member since: May 14, 2012

Am using this handset from last one week as a budget android phone i feel better with it ?? And What the heck is the problem with UI ???

19. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

my point exactly! the UI isn't as bad as what ppl claim it to be!

17. ajmalvaliyakath

Posts: 2; Member since: May 14, 2012

I don't Know why Phone Arena trying to sign LG L3 as a bad Handsets with out any pros ??? am using this from last week, its sure that its Display clarity not so much good.but for the price range is there any phone that you can which comes in Amoled ??? the processor is fab (800 mhz,cortex A5,MSM 7225A) and the touch interface is cool and the design is Sexy its multimedia options works with out memory card which most of the handset doesn't have for 8000 Indian Rupees its a great handset....

29. turk75

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Hey man, Are you running flash on this phone? If so, how can i do this? Thx, Turk

22. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

It's quite obvious that LG copied the sharp-edged/corners design from Sony! LG was in a hurry in releasing its L series (the cheap L3 was released ahead) to overtake Sony's release of new breed of Xperia (although Sony announced their Xperia S earlier than LG's L3) that's why the L series' specs are sooooo crappy! ughh..

23. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

u ought to do ur research! LG dint copy! and jesus, the L series is for the low end and low mid range market! how stunning are e specs going to be?! and the LG newchocolate bl40, which came out in 2009, also had this design! so LG didnt copy!

24. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

but that doesn't change the fact that L3 is an awful low-end smartphone! ;)

25. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

i never said it wasnt -.-

26. ankush_1986

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

It is the worse mobile anybody can purchase, Resolution is very very poor. Only 150 MB space to install applications so no use of 1 Gb internal memory. GPRS/3G speed is very slow. user interface is very Bad, LG has modified many features of Android and made it a dull mobile. Even local companies mobiles are better then this. Waste of money!!!

27. arpix

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Great, what phone you can get it for the same price?

28. turk75

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Hi everyone, I just got this phone. It seems okay, but I want to run flash on it. I can't seem to get it to work. This website said that flash works. Can anyone with this phone tell me how to do that? It seems to be a problem since adobe is no longer on google play. This is my first smartphone. Thx, Turk
Optimus L3
  • Display 3.2" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(10.00h 3G talk time)

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