Optimus L3 Is Economical Option among Smartphones with Android

With good internal memory, the device from LG competes with Samsung’s Galaxy Y,

Seeing that the smartphone market’s heated inlet, LG went to place a new model in stores. After the success of Optimus Me, P350, Optimus arrives L3 E400, which costs about R $400 and comes to compete directly with the Galaxy Y from Samsung. With hardware very similar, they differ in visual. Let’s see how the handset from LG did the tests.

In favour:

  • 1 GB of internal memory;
    • Battery hold;
    • Good cost benefit.

Against:

  • Lacks front camera;
    • Do not come with memory card;
    • Design a little old.

Design

The design is not a strong point of this device. He has the face of the brand, but it is a little trambolhudo. The appliance is not heavy, it’s only 110 grams. But your design ended up leaving it thicker than the others in the category, so it looks a bit old. The front has a thin silver bezel around the screen and the black plastic, another detail that adds to the feeling that he is greater.

See more reviews of smartphones

The rounded back is textured plastic, which helps to firm hands. In front, beyond the screen, get a sound output, two touch buttons and a central, physical. The left side contains the volume buttons, the bottom houses the microUSB connection and microphone, while the upper section accommodates the headphone connection and the power button. In the back, just the camera.

Screen

The main difference of the input smartphones compared to more expensive is the screen, which is often smaller and lower definition. And that’s exactly what we have here, with the 3.2-inch capacitive TFT screen with 256,000 colors and 240 x 320 pixel definition.

Despite not having the quality of smarts more expensive, is a very good screen. The black isn’t too dark, but she is very bright and has strong colors. It’s not very good for wide angles, but breaks a twig for pictures and movies.

Hardware and processing

In processing found one of the small advantages of L3 in relation to the Galaxy y. While the device from Samsung has 830 MHz processing, the L3 brings 800 MHz. This difference appears in performance measurement tools. In Quadrant benchmark, we had a difference of 300 points between one and the other, with the L3 cache leading to better-this had 1150, while the Y had 850.

In practice, this difference is not very important. In fact, in tests as browser, Y fared better than the L3. During our tests, the L3 accused lack of space, even though almost 1 GB available. In terms of RAM, he brings 384 MB.

Like a good smartphone, it brings the necessary connections for full use, as Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, 3 g and Bluetooth 3.0, one of the most current versions, and that we should look at simpler models going forward. The Wi-Fi hotspot function is also present. Accelerometer, compass and proximity sensors present in L3.

Operating system and usability

The appliance has the Gingerbread 2.3.6. Is an updated version of Android, and probably the last that the L3 should see, if not for the 2.3.7. For your processing, is not a device to hold more than that version. It has support for flash and Java.

Still, it’s the perfect system for him. The Gingerbread is fine on smaller screens, and also does not have all the exaggerations and visual flourishes that we see in newer versions, made for smartphones world-class that hold everything. The trend is that this category of smartphones still input with the 2.3 for a long time. So, we can all relax, since we still have many apps compatible.

As particular touch, LG divides the applications into areas that can be called folders. New can be created and deleted. Very useful for those who have much, much application in the device. There are many settings, but you do not need to move in most of them. With about 15 minutes of patience, everything is configured. And as the screen has less resolution, are 5 Windows at home, ready to take shortcuts and widgets.

Applications

Are 42 applications already embedded in the device, taking some space that would be useful for those who do not need so many apps. In addition to the traditional Google, such as Group Chat, Gmail, Google, GTalk, GPS Navigator, Play Store, maps, Location, Latitude, voice Search and YouTube, the L3 brings the calendar, videos, basic browser, clock, news and weather, music, messages, email, calculator and others.

The games are just Demo: Assassins Creed Revelations, Block Breaker 3 and Tetris. For social networks, I found Twitter, Facebook and Orkut, in addition to the Instant Messenger Windows Live. There is also the Polaris Suite Office, a voice recorder and a sort of portal SmartWorld and LG store.

There is also a mysterious app called RemoteCall, which serves for an LG representative can touch your appliance at a distance, if there is a problem.

Camera

L3 camera is better than Galaxy Y. While this brings 2 megapixels, the L3 has 3.15. Not that it will change much, since neither has optical zoom, flash or autofocus.

It’s a camera for the day-to-day, and features plenty of noise in low light, and even a little with good lighting. The video is VGA, and meets well the function for records, capturing reasonably well the sound. There is no secondary camera for video chats.

Music and media

There is no sound output set at the rear, so the audio comes out everywhere, mostly by phone, where we listen to the conversations. It’s not a great quality, but it’s a reasonable sound, without too much distortion. Use with ordinary headphones sent in box was satisfactory, with good volume and good sound quality.

He accepted without problems large files, video and your screen was good to watch them, mainly animations. Although the black don’t look too dark, the colors are good and there are no crashes or lags. It also comes with FM radio.

Battery and storage

Battery performance was good. Connected, with occasional Wi-Fi connections, it passes comes a couple of days. Ensures intensive 7 hours away from power outlets. For a basic smartphone, it’s a good number.

The internal space is the biggest advantage of LG L3 on the Galaxy y. While the Y’s internal memory is only 180 MB of L3 cache is 1 GB. This may seem useless considering that both accept microSD up to 32 GB, When installed applications on your smartphone, even if on the memory card, a part of the app is always in the internal memory, that is, it’s always good to have a good space on the device.

What’s in the box

The box brings the basics for using a smartphone, what we found in virtually 100% of packaging of products in this category. In addition to the appliance and your battery have manuals, travel charger, headphones and a USB cable. There is the presence of a memory card because the LG must have tried enough the internal 1 GB.

Who it’s for

Those who can’t spend too much, but still want a quality smartphone, like L3. He is the competitor a little late Samsung Galaxy Y, but managed to come up with some significant improvements, such as greater internal space. Your look is not the most beautiful, but it sure will please those eager for technology with a touch Android.

Factsheet

Lg Optimus L3 E400

Price: R $400
Configuration: 3.2 inch screen and resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 system, 800 MHz processor, 3 g, 1 GB of internal storage, 3.15-megapixel camera without flash, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0.
Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 cm
Weight: 110 g
Battery life: Up to 48 hours in stand-by/To 7:00 in conversation
Items included: handset, battery, manual, charger, headphones, USB cable.

* Update: the original version of this story stated that the price of the mobilephone L3 R $349. You can find the L3 for that price on internet sites. However, the average price is higher, around R $400. The article has been updated with the new price.

Make your comments on this matter below.