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LG Optimus L3 II E430 review

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LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430
  • LG Optimus L3 II E430

Summary

Our Score:

6

Pros

  • Small size
  • Voice-activated camera shutter
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Low spec processor
  • Lacks a brightness sensor for the screen
  • Low-res display
  • Earpiece distorts at higher volume levels

Key Features

  • Android Jelly Bean OS
  • 3.2inch display
  • Voice activated camera
  • 1,540mAh battery
  • Manufacturer: LG
  • Review Price: £79.99

What is the LG Optimus L3 II E430

Android handsets don't come much smaller than the LG Optimus L3 II. It stands just 102mm tall so it will go hardly noticed in your pocket or bag. It's cheap too, as you can buy it from O2 on Pay As You Go for a shade under £80, but does this mobile's compact size hamper its usability?

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LG Optimus L3 II E430 - Design

High-end mobiles like the Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 may be growing ever larger in size, but LG is going in the other direction with the L3 II. It's one of the smallest Android mobiles we've seen in quite some time. This is mainly due to the fact that it uses a very small 3.2inch display allowing LG to squeeze it's height down to just over 10cm, but it's not much narrower than a lot of it's larger screened rivals as it measures 6cm wide.

From the front at least, the phone doesn’t look much different to the original Optimus L3 that LG introduced last year. It's got the same piano black finish on the bezel around the screen and the elongated home button that sits beneath the display. However, the home button can now light up with different colours to notify you of stuff such as missed calls and new emails or text messages, which is a neat touch.

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The two buttons that lie to either side only light up when you touch them, which is a tad annoying when you're using the phone in the dark, but once touched they do at least stay illuminated for a couple of seconds.

LG has also dumped the corrugated feel of the plastic back on the original L3 and instead replaced it with a brushed metal effect on this update, although it's still made from plastic rather than metal. It looks better than the old finish, but it feels quite slippery to the touch and highlights the overall plastiky feel of the phone.

LG Optimus L3 II E430 - Screen

While the L3 II is likely to win some fans due to its small size, its tiny 3.2inch screen is also likely to put a lot of people off, especially as it has an extremely low resolution of 240x320 pixels.

The low resolution means text looks a bit hazy and indistinct and web browsing is compromised because you often can’t read headlines on new websites when you're in the standard zoomed out, full page view that most sites default to when you first land on them. You also have to do a lot of scrolling and zooming on websites just to be able to read columns of text – something that starts to try your patience after a while.

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The screen's viewing angels aren’t great either as the display darkens a fair bit when you twist the phone left or right in your hand or tilt it up and down. On the plus side it is reasonably bright and doesn't wash out when you’re using it outdoors. However, like the Optimus L5 II it doesn't have a light sensor, so it can't automatically adjust screen brightness. Instead you have to manually adjust it using a slider found in the notifications tab.

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Andy Jane

May 4, 2013, 8:09 am

What do you expect from a cheap phone....s4 quality ???

Sam Flynn

May 7, 2013, 4:41 am

It's a budget phone with a entry level specs. The camera is only 3.15mp with no flash so photos shouldn't be great compared to mid - high range phones. I'm still getting this though.. This is the better of current budget phones with Android 4.1.2 and tbh, with a 1ghz processor and project butter, it should be good enough for low end users. It'll be a nice change from the 5+inch display HD phones. After it's rooted and had it's bloatware removed, it should be fun to carry around. Good price for a phone.

Uffe P

August 28, 2013, 5:40 am

Price, quality and performance... best phone on the market. Have had mine for almost 6 months now and it's just so much better than my previous HTC.

Daniel

October 9, 2013, 5:44 pm

"Call quality suffered when you turn it up and it distorts through the ear piece" okay, you're implying using Earphones, did you not test it through the phones NORMAL speaker? Not a set of earphones, I never use earphones for calls. You've only mentioned ear phones and not the normal speaker which is the most important part of a phone review! Not games or internet browsing, if people want to surf the internet they should get a computer or a tablet. In my opinion.

NotCreativeEnough

October 30, 2013, 10:05 am

How did you go with rooting this phone? Did it improve it? I'm thinking of buying this as mine has just carked it...

dieamond

November 16, 2013, 8:14 pm

hi there thinking of getting this as a first phone for my teen son. all he wants on it is games really and watsapp. is it ok for those apps? tesco have these online for £7.50 a month and gving 500mb data, 250minutes and 500 texts so thinking of taking it up. i dont expect it to be something like samsung s4 at all. for that price i cant really complain but he needs angry bird games or whatever lol thank you

Evan

November 17, 2013, 4:02 pm

Check out the Motorola G - amazing for the price http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

András Pándy

December 22, 2013, 12:28 am

1 word ! BATTERY ! the battery lasts like 24/28hrs MAX :(

Kira Thompson

September 16, 2014, 1:14 am

HI! Just wondered if anybody could please tell me if the LG L3 II gives you the option to use your own personal hotspot??

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