Hands-on: LG Optimus L3 E400

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We were sent LG’s entry level Optimus L3 a few days ago, and now that we’ve had a few days to tinker with it, we’re doing a short hands-on feature of the device. The Optimus L3 is a device aimed at users who are looking for an inexpensive yet stylish Android phone, and has the specs that reflect that particular mindset.

The overall size of the Optimus L3 is a bit small, but since we’ve been used to toting 4.3 and 4.7-inch smartphones in the past, it might just be us. The Optimus L3 uses a 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen running a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The overall design of the Optimus L3 is a departure for the firm, and features a more angular design than their previous devices. Powering everything is an 800 MHz processor, along with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

The Optimus L3 also has a 3-megapixel camera on the back, as well as a textured back cover, which the firm promises to give you a more stable gripping surface.

Like it’s other offerings, the Optimus L3 is skinned in the firm’s proprietary UI overlay which gives you additional homescreens and functionality.

Though the screen isn’t as good as other devices out there, it’s at least responsive – which we can’t say for other budget Android smartphones in the market. Another thing that surprised us is the device’s battery endurance – we only charged this thing up when we got it last Thursday, and it’s still alive – that’s almost 4 days of battery right there. It’s a breath of fresh air, especially since other, higher end devices don’t even last a single day on one charge.

LG did not mention a price when they let us review this unit, but from some estimates online, we gather that they’ll probably price it along the 8-9 thousand peso range. We’ll know more on the 21st, when the device officially launches in the Philippines. Of course we’ll be there to cover it so watch out for it.

That’s it for now. Watch out for our review of this unit when we finish it.