We have featured and reviewed devices from both Huawei and Samsung targeted at the bottom of the smartphone pyramid. Huawei have the U8080 Ideos X1

Clash of the Budget Android Phones: Optimus L3 E400 vs Samsung Galaxy Pocket S5300 vs Huawei U8180 Gaga

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LG Optimus L3 E400

We have featured and reviewed devices from both Huawei and Samsung targeted at the bottom of the smartphone pyramid.


Huawei have the U8080 Ideos X1 “Gaga phone” and Samsung recently threw in the Galaxy Pocket S5300. Well, LG’s response is here – the Optimus L3 E400.


Let me make this clear: the LG Optimus L3 E400 is the most stunning budget Android device out there. Its design and lines spell class, though the materials are just as cheap as what obtains on the others. Cheap or not, of the three contenders, the LG wins the beauty contest hands down.

But it doesn’t end there. There’s 1GB internal memory in the L3, which is less than the Pocket’s 3GB, but still double the Gaga’s meagre 512MB.

For RAM, the L3 has 384MB, which is more than the U8180’s 256MB.

Huawei’s Gaga runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), Samsung’s Pocket runs 2.3 (Gingerbread), while the L3 runs 2.3.6. (The very latest version of Gingerbread).

Then there’s FM Radio thrown in for good measure, something that is missing on the Gaga. The Pocket has FM radio built in too.

The Optimus L3’s 1500mAh battery also trounces the 1200mAh units on both Gaga and Galaxy Pocket.

While Gaga runs on a 528MHz processor, the L3’s 800MHz unit is just specced slightly below the Galaxy Pocket’s 832MHz CPU.

The L3’s display is 3.2 inches, beating back the 2.8 inch displays on both the Galaxy Pocket and the Gaga.

The weakest camera is that on the Pocket at only 2 megapixels, while both the Gaga and L3 sport 3.2 megapixel snappers.

Overall, on paper, the LG Optimus L3 E400 is the little guy to beat. It has the best looks, largest display, and beefiest battery, while keeping up-to-speed with the others in other features, with the exception of built-in memory where the Pocket trounces it.

How it performs in real life is a different matter. But we shall soon find out, as a review is in the works. Stay tuned.


  1. Going by the specs, the LR3 is really the guy to beat. But like you said real life performance is a different matter. Not withstanding i don’t expect it to disappoint. Awaiting review.

  2. I’ve been waiting for the review of LG Optimmus L3 for some time now. Pls Mr. MO. let it be a full detailed review and let it not be too long. I cant wait to get my hands on one.

  3. I think the lg is the best too. however, Samsung has been able to push the pocket into the market aggressively. you didn’t mention the ram space for the galaxy pocket though and their average different prices (which is also a deciding factor here).
    awaiting the full review though.

  4. I’ve also seen the LG L3 phone physically and it is really very attractive. If LG has endowed it with 512MB of RAM, it would have been the outright winner here. Still, at 3.2 inch, it would still be the best in usability though things may look better on the others because of their higher pixel densities.

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