LG Optimus L3: This entry-level smartphone is doing well | Review & Specs

Entry-level model, the LG Optimus L3 displays very respectable performance, including autonomy. But the screen is deplorable.

LG Optimus L3

Sold for 129 euros, a price defying any competition, LG Optimus L3 has good assets, despite its poor quality screen.

The promise

With LG Optimus L3, LG betting attempts a complicated offer an Android smartphone to 129 euros. This is an unusual price for a device of this type but bewares; LG has made some serious sacrifices. Starting with the screen which displays a definition of 320 points by 240 pixels. Let’s see if this model is a good to deal.


LG Optimus L3

LG Optimus L3 does not have a more graceful aesthetic: it is quite thick and all plastic. That said, the finish is very correct, the back cover has a nice texture and imitation aluminium frame enhances the standing of the unit. The unit is small, lightweight (108 grams) and fits comfortably in your hand.

Amazingly fluid and responsive

This is obvious when using the smartphone is the amazing fluidity of its interface. Not a single saccade disturbs the navigation menus or playback, except for some web pages loaded animations. Loading menus and applications is relatively fast for a smartphone entry level, some basic games (but in 3D) are likewise useful. Attention, the LG Optimus L3 smartphone features an 800 MHz processor and 384 MB of memory alive! It is therefore easy to find certain limits intensive use. But for a modest platform, the performance is amazing.
A calamitous screen

If the animation of LG Optimus L3 interface is so fluid, it is displayed on a screen whose definition is very low: 320 points per 240. Even on a 3.2-inch diagonal, we obtain a resolution of 125 dpi, insufficient for comfortable viewing. The smallest icon is distorted by the lack of pixels. So the biggest weakness of the smartphone which prevents the use intensively it’s various functions. In addition, this LG Optimus L3 uses a cheap LCD panel, the contrast ratio is very low (441:1). Its brightness is correct (335 cd / m²), but the viewing angles are far too narrow.
Excellent battery life

However, for autonomy, it was measured over 8 hours of talk time, but especially 10 hours streaming video and more than 8 in 30 hours surfing the Internet. The device will therefore easily a long day, or even more, in normal use, which is a good score for a smartphone, especially for an entry-level model.

The verdict

With LG Optimus L3, LG signs entry-level smartphone with surprising performance. Its interface is pleasant to use, despite a deplorable display. Those who wish to equip themselves cheaply and enjoy a smartphone, as a troubleshooting function of the Android system will be delighted. But those who use advanced functions more intensively will turn to a more upscale product. This was all regarding the LG Optimus L3 smartphone.

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