LG Optimus L3 E400 Review – New Style Smartphone Alternative

LG Optimus L3 E400 Review: Released in 2012, the Optimus L3 was not a step forward. In fact, LG had been vying among other manufacturers to out-do the leading Apple iPhone. Their Optimus series followed a very similar path to Samsung’s Galaxy. First it started out with its own proprietary operating system but then chose to use Android (and Windows). Some of their handsets gained some niche top-end followings. The LG Optimus P920 for instance was the first mobile phone with a 3D display.

So much like the Galaxy, perhaps it was time to break out the Optimus brand name into other market segments. The L3 E400 was definitely one of these. At a time where mobile phone screens for flagships were getting bigger and bigger (the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 of 2012 had 5.5 inches), the E400 packed a small 3.2 inch screen. The phone was most definitely aimed at the female end of the market, underscored by the hot pink colour it came in.

Still, this handset might have been reduced in size, but this would not mean it would have to be reduced in power. The phone came in several different variants denoted by a letter after the name. There was a variant without a front-facing camera, and also a dual SIM version.

Full specifications here.

This niche actually proved to be quite successful. Not everyone was after a massive phone – not this soon anyway. A successor model – the LG Optimus L3 E430 came out in 2013. This kept the same dimensions and screen size to the handset but upgraded the processor.


LG Optimus L3 E400 Review Pros:

The Optimus L3 packs a rather unique look. The aspect of the screen is almost square. This reduced size of handset makes it extremely easy to carry around, particularly if you have small pockets or small bag space.

Usage is fine in practice – 3.2 inches provides still enough space to display essentials. The phone also features two navigation touch buttons either side of the home button for quicker browsing.

The phone features many higher-end specifications such as Bluetooth, A-GPS, and a microSD card slot.

It also ships with a powerful 1,500mAH battery – with less screen to power, this means greater talk and standby times.

LG Optimus L3 E400 Review Cons:

Screen resolution is notably low, even if the actual screen size is smaller. A 240 x 320 resolution is lower than 2008’s Nokia 5800 (360 x 640) and much below the Apple iPhone 5 (640 x 1136).
The reduced resolution makes it slightly harder to use.

The camera on the phone also is not overly ambitious. There is no front-facing camera, flash or much in the way of on-board editing.

Processor-wise the phone can also struggle with some off the higher-end applications – a single core 800Mhz is not particularly future proof.

One of the limitations of the squarer screen is that widescreen angles are distorted.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

The phone was popular and there were many around. The phone is also quite distinctive due to its unusual aspect ratios. Whether this translates into better prices remains to be seen, but they are available fairly cheaply for now.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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