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.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.