LG K3 review
Affordable phone for first timers
The LG K3 isn’t going to satisfy your typical adult smartphone user, but with a ‘from £4.50 per month’ price tag, it is an excellent choice for first timers.
Design - The denim look
The LG K3 (also known as the LG K100) is a compact smartphone and although it isn’t marketed as such, the textured back has an attractive denim-like fabric look. Due to its compact form (9.4mm thick / 128g), the LG K3 has a comfortable grip.
On the back we find the speaker chamber, while the volume and power buttons sit on opposing sides of the phone. The microUSB port and the 3.5mm headset jack are conveniently located together on the bottom edge.
Display - Vibrant and colourful
A surprisingly bright and vibrant output is produced by the 4.5” display, which has a resolution of 854 x 480 (FWVGA) pixels and 16.7m colours.
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The experience is powered along by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor with 1GB RAM. While this is far from the processing power that we see in LG’s flagship devices, like the LG G5, it is more than adequate for the market that it is intended for.
Phone Set Up
Security - Knock Code
The LG K3 is pretty handy when it comes to security. The phone can be secured with either a LG Knock Code, Pattern, PIN or Password. With KnockON, it is also super-easy to wake or put the phone to sleep, simply with the double tap of a finger on the screen.
Getting started - Personalisation
The LG K3 has an 8GB internal memory with 3.1GB put aside for storing your content. This may include your music, photos, videos and apps. Granted this isn’t a lot of memory, but it can be expanded by inserting a 32GB microSD card.
You may at this point like to customise the Home touch buttons. These virtual buttons, which typically include the Home, Back and Recent buttons, can be added to with up to five more buttons. These can be used to give very quick access to features and actions, like the Notifications panel or Capture+.
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Also on the getting started checklist is the option to adjust the keyboard height and layout, use Ringtone ID to assign individual ringtones to important contacts and the setting up of your preferred Do not disturb hours.
For complete smartphone novices like grandma and granddad, there is also the option to switch to the EasyHome interface, which offers a simplified layout and large font size.
Software - Android and LG apps
The LG K3 runs Google’s Android Marshmallow operating system and this includes pre-loaded apps such as Google Maps, YouTube and the Chrome web browser, which connects over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G.
LG has added a few of its own apps and these include Quick Memo+, where you can create notes with screenshots, photo memos and on-screen handwriting. Content Lock can be used here to ensure that your Quick Memos are kept private.
Further pre-loaded apps includes a weather app, Tasks, Evernote and a music player with shuffle, repeat, playlists and favourites. News apps and themes can be download from the Play Store or from LG SmartWorld.
Camera & Video
Photography - Simplified
Photography on the LG K3 has been simplified with an easy to use camera app and LG features. The 5MP main camera has 4x digital zoom and the Quick Share icon appears after taking a photo or video, so that it can be easily shared across a range of apps and social platforms.
The photo resolution exceeds that of the phone’s screen, at 2560 x 1920 pixels. This means that if you view your photos on a computer monitor or TV screen, then even finer details can be seen. The same applies with video, which can be recorded at a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The main camera will also allow you take still shots while recording video, which is pretty handy.
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The 0.3MP selfie camera does not have an amazing resolution but it is at least supported by a few LG features, that really make it easy to work with. This includes Gesture Shot, where you make a fist to initiate a three to ten second timer and voice selfies, where the shutter is activated by saying Cheese or Smile.
You can also use a hand gesture to take a burst of four selfies or activate the Auto-selfie feature. With Auto-selfie, when you look at the screen, the camera recognises your face, and when you stop and pose for a photo, the camera automatically takes the shot.
Under low light conditions, selfie are aided by Flash for Selfie, where the screen lights up around the image preview in order to illuminates your face.
Power - Screen-matched capacity
The 1,940mAh battery is removable, so it is possible to buy a second battery and swap it out. While the battery has a pretty low capacity, it is however reflective of the small screen size and thus, still gives a very respectable up to 14 hours of talk time.
When extended standby or usage times are needed, it is possible to switch the LG K3 into battery saver mode. The battery status can be seen at a glance with the option to have the battery percentage shown in the status bar.
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Written by: Michael Brown