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Hands On: LG Optimus F3 (Telstra Prepaid)

2015-03-27 13.39.17Today, we’re taking a look at the LG Optimus F3 (aka the LG-P655K) – a prepaid 4G handset available from Telstra.

It’s a budget 4G smartphone from a major manufacturer, so we’re keen to take a look at what is included and how the phone performs.

Let’s take a closer look.

What’s In The Box?

Along with the handset and removable 2460 mAH battery, you also get a stereo headset with microphone, charge/sync cable (Micro USB) and a wall charger plus a quick start guide. LG also include a post satchel to recycle your old phone through a private company.

First Impressions

With a 4″ screen, this phone is a lot smaller than a lot of the other 4G smart phones that I’ve reviewed recently, however because it has the same resolution screen as a lot of them, the pixel density is higher (233 pixels per inch) and this makes for a much crisper looking, brighter screen which looks stunning.

LG have done a good job with the design and finishing of this device including a plastic chrome finish bezel around the two sides and bottom of the phone, plus a grippy rear plastic cover that helps the phone feel like it is very well built.

Software

2015-03-27 13.39.07Being an older phone at the lower end of the market, LG haven’t provided a firmware update past Android 4.1.2 that the device shipped with, which is the biggest disappointment of this phone.

LG have added their own software layer on top of Android that changes a lot of the look and feel, and makes even the really old 4.1.2 build of Android look rather attractive compared to stock. Some of the icons look similar to those included in Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

Menus all load quickly and navigation is smooth and fluid when shifting between home screens or pages within the App drawer.

There are also a few popular items included at the bottom of the lock screen as apps to directly open when unlocking, including the phone and messaging apps and camera.

Having a physical home button that you can use to wake up the device and unlock the screen feels a lot nicer and more natural than having to reach for the wake/lock button on the side of the device.

Performance

The LG Optimus F3 includes a Snapdragon 400 processor – dual core, 1.2 GHz, 4 GB of internal storage which means you’ll probably need a MicroSD card to expand the storage if you’re planning on using this phone to take some photos and download a few apps. It comes with 1 GB of RAM which is enough to keep most Android apps running smoothly. Camera wise, it has a 5 megapixel rear camera with flash plus a VGA front facing camera.

It scored 16612 on the AnTuTu Benchmark v5.6.2 – this score certainly doesn’t stack up that well against a high end smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the OnePlus One, however it’s still a solid score for a budget 4G smartphone.

The phone also features a reasonably good 5 megapixel camera with flash on the rear of the phone, and a VGA camera on the front for video calling apps like Skype.

Summary

The LG Optimus F3 is a solid performer that packs a great punch in a small package.

If you don’t like the trend towards larger screen sizes with the current generation of 4G smartphones, then you should take a closer look at this great little phone from LG.

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