Review LG Optimus E430 L3 II Smartphone

Sabine Kückemanns (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 06/18/2013

Battery giant or performance dwarf? With the E430 Optimus L3 II, LG is introducing a smartphone to the market that is not only extremely cheap (99 Euros, ~$129) - it also promises to have an extremely long battery life. But what can the little squirt do besides "battery life"? That's a question for our review to answer.

For the original German review, see here.

With a display measuring only 3.2-inches, the LG E430 Optimus L3 II is quite tiny. The size makes the battery life advertised by the Korean manufacturer seem even more amazing. Where does the dwarf keep all its battery reserves? According to the manufacturer, the battery is sufficient for up to 700 hours of standby time, which has the potential to sustain the battery for about a month without the user needing to connect the phone to its charger. The 600 minutes of talk time that LG offers also piques our curiosity. Is the dwarf smartphone really such a battery giant? We'll explore that question in the following review. Of course, we'll also take a look at the device's performance and connectivity - especially in comparison to its recently tested big brothers, the LG P710 Optimus L7 II and LG E460 Optimus L5 II.  Our review candidate, equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225A CPU with a clock rate of 1 GHz, is the cheapest device of the LG trio, though that doesn't necessarily mean anything. So let's go ahead and give the little guy a chance to impress us with his abilities.

Case

The case is made of dark plastic.
The case is made of dark plastic.

The word "simple" best describes our first impression of the 99 Euros (~$129) LG device's 11.9 x 102.6 x 61.1 mm (0.47 x 4.04 x 2.41 inch) case. Simple isn't to be confused with mundane or bad; there are certainly more expensive devices that are less visually appealing than LG's entry-level model. At 107 grams (3.77 oz), the very light device is about the size of a cigarette box, but much thinner. The case is constructed predominantly with dark plastic. The back shell of the case is composed of one piece of black plastic and can be very easily removed with two hands. The back shell weighs practically nothing and is razor-thin, and the feeling of lightweight construction thrusts itself front and center. But that isn't the primary feel of the device. Despite the case's thin construction, it's quite stable and withstands our attempts to twist it relatively well.

Under the back shell of the case you'll find the battery, which you can remove to access the SIM card slot. The slot accepts the standard card size. To the left, next to the battery bay, you'll find the microSD card slot, which can be used to expand the device's memory by up to 32 GB. That of course means you have to remove the back shell every time you want to access the slot.

All in all, the device makes a good impression, both in terms of look and feel.  The dimensions of all the slits work perfectly, the design is simple, the silver accent around the border spruces up the device a little, the glass front is set in the case in a refined fashion - but we still couldn't shake the subliminal "lightweight construction" feeling. However, at a price of under 99 Euros (~$129), we can't really complain. Considering the case's manufacturing, we can confidently say that its price-to-quality ratio is consistent.

Connectivity

Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225A processor with a clock rate of 1 GHz and an Adreno 200 GPU, the LG E430 Optimus L3 II proves to have a solid hardware base for an entry-level smartphone. In terms of connections too, the device offers everything you could expect from a model in its class. Next to a microUSB port, through which the device is charged, you'll find a 3.5 mm audio port for either headsets or headphones. You'll also find a microSD card slot for memory cards up to 32 GB, with which the phone's 4 GB of internal memory (about 1.6 GB of that is available to the user) can be expanded.

3.5 mm audio jack
3.5 mm audio jack
Micro USB port
Micro USB port
Volume rocker
Volume rocker
Power button
Power button

Accessories

In the simple packaging you'll find the device, its battery and power supply, a data cable and a quick start guide.

Warranty

LG affords its device a warranty period of 24 months. However, the warranty for accessories like the battery or charger only lasts 6 months. In the case of a warranty claim, the customer can either turn to LG directly or the store where the device was purchased. The customer has to absorb the cost for shipment to LG themselves. Please be careful: LG only provides the 24 month warranty up to a maximum of 27 months past the manufacturing date. If you purchase a device that has been lying on a store shelf for a long time, you could end up with a shortened warranty period.

The GPS module works.
The GPS module works.

Communication & GPS

Via quad-band, it's possible to make calls to almost any cell phone network worldwide. Additionally, with the standards UMTS and HSDPA at its command, the device is able to reach quicker internet speeds. LTE is not available, but the WLAN transmits according to the current standards. Within the scope of our tests, we didn't find any fault with the phone's reception quality. The device's integrated GPS module executed its initial positioning within seconds, even in enclosed spaces.

 

Software

With Android 4.1 Jelly Beana very current version of Android is installed on the LG E430 Optimus L3 II. The operating system runs stably and fluidly. The OS has been slightly modified by LG, which is apparent, for example, on the visually altered home-screen, now with an emergency call function. Both the look and breakdown of the menus are also unusual. But after a short period of acclimatization, the modified system is easy to navigate.

Telephone Function

The telephone app is a minimally altered version of the Android standard and intuitive to operate.

Cameras & Multimedia

The built-in 3.0 MP camera isn't really a boon. It has a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels, 4x zoom and a voice-activated shutter release. The pictures it takes aren't of an especially high quality, the colors are pale and the images aren't very sharp. It is sufficient for snapshots, however. A front camera - for example for video calls - is not integrated.

Back 3.0 MP camera.
Back 3.0 MP camera.
Reference camera: Nikon D80
Reference camera: Nikon D80

Input Devices & Operation

Due to the small 3.2-inch display, the keys on the virtual keyboard are proportionately tiny. It's not just people with two left hands who'll have trouble with this one. However, the touchscreen's sensitivity is good, and at a price of below 100 Euros (~$131), there's nothing to complain about here.

Display

The resolution of the LG dwarf's 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen is by no means a delight. With just 240x320 pixels, the image looks something like pixels that have been "crocheted" together. With a brightness value of a maximum of 412 cd/m2, however, the display's brightness is very good. Here the little LG lies considerably ahead of its 299 Euros (~$392) big brother, the LG P710 Optimus L7 II. The L7 II only reaches a maximum brightness value of 258 cd/m2.

392
cd/m²
409
cd/m²
398
cd/m²
378
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
384
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
397
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 412 cd/m²
Average: 397.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 412 cd/m²
Black: 0.52 cd/m²
Contrast: 792:1

Our analysis with the colorimeter and CalMAN software shows: Compared to the target color space, our test candidate's reproduction of the grayscale is not spectacular. The average DeltaE of 5.97 is relatively bad. In color reproduction, red and blue deviate most strongly from the target, but overall the results are good. The color saturation measurement is respectable. Here too, the red and blue deviate a little more from the target when the colors are strongly saturated. As regards color accuracy, the result is more or less mediocre. Blue tones deviate most strongly from the blues defined by the sRGB color space. Most of the grayscale doesn't match the ideal values either.

CalMAN - CMS Calibration
CalMAN - CMS Calibration
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Due to its reflective surface, the display is limited in its usefulness outdoors. But it shares this problem with most of the competition. At more than 400 cd/m2, the display's brightness is respectable. For that reason the image content is still visible outside and in the sunshine, albeit not as visible as one might wish. In the shadows or indoors the user shouldn't have any difficulty viewing the screen. We would like to have seen a crisper contrast ratio, which certainly would have enhanced the display.

The viewing angle stability is satisfactory.
The viewing angle stability is satisfactory.

The little LG smartphone's viewing angle stability is also satisfactory. The image does fade a little at very flat angles, especially around the edges. But all in all, the display looks good from almost any direction. The colors never invert, nor is the entire display content ever "lost".

Performance

How does the 99 Euros (~$129) entry-level model's performance look? Can the LG E430 Optimus L3 II's Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225A CPU, with its clock rate of 1 GHz, and Adreno 200 GPU stand up to the competition? A look at the results from our performance benchmarks provides the answers. In the synthetic performance benchmark Androbench our test device comes in clearly ahead of its two LG competitors in the sequential write discipline, with 14.21 MB/s. It beats the Google Nexus 4 and the Chinese Amoi N821 here as well. Turning our attention to the Antutu benchmark V3, here too we see that the device doesn't do half bad in comparison to the rest of the competition. Here the little LG achieves a total score of 5685 points, placing itself safely in between the other devices. Only the Google Nexus 4 shoots far ahead of everyone else, with 17555 points.

AnTuTu Benchmark v3
Total Score
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
5685 Points ∼16%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
6342 Points ∼18% +12%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
4812 Points ∼13% -15%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
17555 Points ∼49% +209%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
6745 Points ∼19% +19%
CPU
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
1135 Points ∼7%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
2291 Points ∼15% +102%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
1220 Points ∼8% +7%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
6528 Points ∼42% +475%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
2621 Points ∼17% +131%
GPU
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
3163 Points ∼33%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
2511 Points ∼26% -21%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
707 Points ∼7% -78%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
7922 Points ∼82% +150%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
2090 Points ∼22% -34%
RAM
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
561 Points ∼8%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
1000 Points ∼15% +78%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
2335 Points ∼34% +316%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
2272 Points ∼33% +305%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
1178 Points ∼17% +110%
I/O
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
826 Points ∼90%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
540 Points ∼59% -35%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
550 Points ∼60% -33%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
833 Points ∼91% +1%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
856 Points ∼93% +4%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
36.29 MB/s ∼22%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
32.51 MB/s ∼19% -10%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
35.69 MB/s ∼21% -2%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
49.7 MB/s ∼30% +37%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
30.46 MB/s ∼18% -16%
Sequential Write 256KB
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
14.21 MB/s ∼25%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
3.98 MB/s ∼7% -72%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
7.63 MB/s ∼13% -46%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
13.97 MB/s ∼24% -2%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
5.69 MB/s ∼10% -60%
Random Read 4KB
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
9.29 MB/s ∼44%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
7.63 MB/s ∼36% -18%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
10.12 MB/s ∼48% +9%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
12.14 MB/s ∼58% +31%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
8.44 MB/s ∼40% -9%
Random Write 4KB
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
0.68 MB/s ∼23%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
0.2 MB/s ∼7% -71%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
0.5 MB/s ∼17% -26%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
1.07 MB/s ∼37% +57%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
0.26 MB/s ∼9% -62%

However, the results from the graphics benchmarks are disillusioning. Here the integrated Adreno 200 GPU is pretty much decimated. In both disciplines of GLBenchmark 2.5 it finds itself on the bottom rung, and things don't look any different in NenaMark2.

NenaMark2
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
16.9 fps ∼25%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
33.6 fps ∼50% +99%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
23.4 fps ∼35% +38%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
59 fps ∼88% +249%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
24.1 fps ∼36% +43%
GLBenchmark 2.5
Egypt HD Fixed Time
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
3.8 fps ∼6%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
7.4 fps ∼12% +95%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
2.9 fps ∼5% -24%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
35 fps ∼58% +821%
1920x1080 Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
1 fps ∼0%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
3.7 fps ∼1% +270%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
1.9 fps ∼0% +90%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
27 fps ∼5% +2600%

In the browser benchmark Google V8, our test device does poorly. With no more than 651 points, the LG 430 Optimus L3 II lies far behind the first-place finisher Google Nexus 4, with 1381 points. The JavaScript benchmark SunSpider 0.9.1 paints a similar picture. Here the LG smartphone comes to a slow 2716 ms, which is a considerably worse result than those achieved by its two LG competitors, the LG P710 Optimus L7 II and LG E460 Optimus L5 II.

Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
651 Points ∼4%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
755 Points ∼4% +16%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
1174 Points ∼6% +80%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
1381 Points ∼8% +112%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
1290 Points ∼7% +98%
Sunspider
LG Optimus E430 L3 II
Adreno 200, S1 MSM7225A, 4 GB Flash
2716 ms * ∼26%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
Adreno 203, S4 Play MSM8225, 4 GB Flash
2486.6 ms * ∼24% +8%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
SGX531, MT6575, 4 GB Flash
1727.3 ms * ∼16% +36%
Google Nexus 4
Adreno 320, S4 Pro APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
1894.7 ms * ∼18% +30%
Amoi N821
SGX531, MT6577, 2 GB NAND Flash
1381.7 ms * ∼13% +49%

* ... smaller is better

Games

Angry Birds works.
Angry Birds works.

Even if you don't consider the Adreno 200 GPU's limited performance capabilities, the tiny 3.2-inch display doesn't exactly provide the prerequisites for an enjoyable gaming experience. In "postage stamp format" the display is too small for anyone to want to play games that demand high graphics performance. Simple games like Angry Birds do work, but because operating the little touchscreen is rather tricky, it's not a whole lot of fun.

Voice Quality

The smartphone's voice quality is good. We don't notice any bothersome background noise, the conversation partner's speech is easy to understand, and the voice we hear sounds natural. Only on speaker phone does the voice sound a little tinny.

Emissions

Unlike its two LG siblings, the LG P710 Optimus L7 II and LG E460 Optimus L5 II, at a maximum of 38.5 °C (101.3 °F) our dwarf test device warms up quite a bit under load. The two LG competitors remain under 37 °C (98.6 °F) here. However, in idle mode, at a maximum of 30.3 °C (86.5 °F), it does better than its two big brothers, which both reach temperatures of over 33 °C (91.4 °F). Overall, the little smartphone's temperatures remain in a good, unproblematic range.

Max. Load
 35.8 °C38.4 °C36.1 °C 
 36.7 °C38.5 °C37.8 °C 
 35.2 °C37.0 °C36.7 °C 
Maximum: 38.5 °C
Average: 36.9 °C
30.9 °C33.1 °C30.7 °C
32.2 °C34.0 °C31.4 °C
32.4 °C34.1 °C30.8 °C
Maximum: 34.1 °C
Average: 32.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  39 °C | Room Temperature 22.3 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speaker

The little mono speaker on the front edge of the device can be turned up quite loud, and though the sound is treble-prone, overall it's satisfactory. Using the 3.5 mm jack you can plug in headphones. Neither in-ear headphones nor a headset are included in the packaging.

Energy Management

In this section we're choosing not to publish the measurements we took, as we doubt their accuracy very much. Despite the use of two different multimeters, our measurements tended towards 0 under all levels of load. At any rate, our findings in the following section on battery life are much more interesting and significant.

Battery Life

The dwarf is a true marathon runner when it comes to its 5.7 Wh lithium-ion battery's stamina. In the non-demanding reading test, at minimum brightness and with activated WLAN, the dwarf smartphone holds out a whole 36 hours and 14 minutes. The Apple iPhone 5 "only" reaches 22 hours here, and the Google Nexus 4, for example, only runs 11 hours and 55 minutes. In the more practically relevant WLAN surf test, with a display brightness of 150 cd/m2, the little LG device's battery keeps chugging along for 16 hours and 12 minutes. A clean performance. The LG Optimus L7 II's stamina is much weaker, as it only holds about 7 hours of battery life for this kind of use. Under full load during the stability test (CPU + GPU), our test device cuts out only after 5 hours and 26 minutes of racing along. Here too the dwarf mercilessly wipes out its competitors and proves its gift for "endurance running", as the competition runs out of steam after 2 to 4 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
36h 14min
WiFi Surfing
16h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 26min

Verdict

The LG E430 Optimus L3 II
The LG E430 Optimus L3 II

As our tests make clear, the cheap 99 Euros (~$129) Optimus 430 L3 II from the Korean manufacturer LG excels more than anything at "long-distance running". With a battery runtime of over 36 hours in the reading test, and still more than 16 hours in the WLAN surf test, the "battery giant" even beats potent devices like the Apple iPhone 5 - at least when it comes to battery life. With 1540 mAh, the dwarf's battery isn't especially large, but it manages to keep the cigarette-box sized smartphone running for hours and days - even weeks. This advantage should be appealing to travelers and outdoor fans especially, particularly as its low cost of under 100 Euros (~$131) makes it affordable as a second cell phone for vacation or outdoor activities, where a scratch here and there isn't a big deal. You don't generally want to expose an expensive cell phone to the elements, which you might otherwise have to do on hiking tours and the like. Here our review device recommends itself with its incredibly long standby times of up to a month between charges. All these characteristics make the phone ideal for long nature trips away from power sources.

When it comes to performance, the LG smartphone offers solid performance for a device in its price class. The performance benchmarks show that the Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU MSM7225A installed in the device isn't a high achiever, but nor does it come out with abominable marks. In the graphics tests things look a little different. Here the integrated Adreno 200 GPU lags considerably far behind the competition. But honestly: Who cares about graphics performance if you only have a 3.2-inch display at your disposal?

The inexpensive device is also recommendable for kids who would like a smartphone. The price and stable manufacturing make the phone interesting for parents looking to fulfill an adolescent's pleas for a smartphone of their own. But will kids actually find the simple, low-budget device cool? Seeing as at that age you rarely have the guts to rock the sophisticated understatement "meh", probably not.

Test device courtesy of ... GetGoods

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Specifications

LG Optimus E430 L3 II

:: Processor
:: Memory
512 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
3.2 inch , 320x240 pixel, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
4 GB Flash, 4 GB
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: microSD, Sensors: Position sensor, GPS,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 3.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11.9 x 102.6 x 61.1
:: Weight
0.0164 kg Power Supply: 0.05 kg
:: Battery
5.7 Wh Lithium-Ion, 1540 mAh
Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 690 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 598 h
:: Price
99 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: 3 MP, Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: Virtual, 24 Months Warranty

 

Small box...
Small box...
...for a small device.
...for a small device.
The display measures 3.2-inches.
The display measures 3.2-inches.
The keyboard is so small that it's a little tricky to use.
The keyboard is so small that it's a little tricky to use.
Petite model.
The display brightness is quite good.
Visible even in bright environments.
Visible even in bright environments.
Light reflections are unavoidable.
Light reflections are unavoidable.
The camera has a resolution of 3.0 MP.
The camera has a resolution of 3.0 MP.
The design is simple.
The design is simple.
The telephone app is functional.
Here LG touched up the typical Android design.
Here LG touched up the typical Android design.
Slight changes here too.
Slight changes here too.
LG changed the homescreen too...
LG changed the homescreen too...
...as well as some icons.
...as well as some icons.

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Pro

+Very long battery life
+Low price
+Handy size
+Solid manufacturing
+Attractive home screen
 

Cons

-Very small display
-Weak resolution
-Weak graphics performance

Shortcut

What we like

The solid, simple manufacturing of the low-cost device. You certainly don't have to feel ashamed of it in public.

What we'd like to see

A few more pixels would have done the display good. A resolution of 240x320 pixels won't make the screen anyone's favorite.

What surprises us

How long the dwarf's battery lasts. Up to 4 weeks without a recharge are stored in that thing.

The competition

In terms of long battery life at a low price, this little smartphone is the only guy out there. The Samsung YoungSamsung Fame and the Huawei Ascend Y300 are somewhat more expensive alternatives.

Rating

LG Optimus E430 L3 II
08/05/2013 v3
Sabine Kückemanns

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
36%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
36%
Weight
100%
Battery
100%
Display
80%
Games Performance
15%
Application Performance
31%
Temperature
86%
Noise
100%
Add Points
75%
Average
69%
84%
Smartphone *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sabine Kückemanns, 2013-06-18 (Update: 2013-06-22)