LG Optimus E435 Review
First of all, I was confused what to name LG Optimus L3 II E435 as, a feature mobile phone or a smart phone? So, putting no stress on my brain, I decided to call this low priced handset, as mobile phone. But not for long, once I was done testing E435, my perception totally changed and made me realized that `Size Doesn’t Matter`. This made me take my words back and named E435 as a feature smart phone.
Having hands on with this 6999 bucks device made me think; yes, this phone looks as good as any other Android smart phone. So, let us find out what LG E435 has to offer and does it really deserves to be called as a smart phone.
Appearance & Build
A 102.9 x 61.3 x 11.9mm handset weighing just 110 grams, LG E435 is one of the lightest and petite feature smart phones available in the market. Sleek, slim and elegant in appearance, the handset has been architected keeping in mind that it fits snugly in the palm.
LG has made use of grade material to mold E435, making its build structure quite robust. Trust me; you are sure to love the shape and build of LG E435. Its chassis is noticeably plastic and removable, which houses a battery, two SIM slots and a microSD card slot under the hood. Also, you can find camera positioned at the top center of the rear panel.
Further, the power button and audio jack can be located at the top, while volume switch at left spine and speaker grill at the front top. Both power and volume buttons are within the reach of the fingers, making access easy for you. The front part is covered mostly with display and you can locate Touch Capacitive Back, Home, Settings and SIM Swap Buttons at the bottom of the screen. You can locate microUSB port at the bottom.
Please note, these touch capacitive buttons work fine but lacks the responsiveness that you may find in other mid-range smart phones. Overall, this dinky little handset did impress me with its design, cuteness and of course the pint-sized structure.
Software & User Interface
This surprised when I came to know that LG E435 has been included with new Android OS, ditching the ancient version of Gingerbread & ICS unlike other low budget smart phones. With Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean as LG E435’s operating system, you are sure to experience something different in this budget smart phone. Using Jelly Bean OS, LG has included a light overlay on E435. This adds up to some new handy features in the notifications drop down.
Customized with Optimus 3.0 UI, you are sure to have a gala time navigating and swiping through the Menu. Similar to other Android handsets, E435 offers a simple navigation and easily accessible features. Though you will be disappointed that it comes with just three home screens, but still you can customize, add or remove apps and widgets accordingly on the home screens. Also, the device comes with Quick Memo, which allows you to draw or scribble on top of the screen. This will help you in jotting down the contact number instantly without opening a dialer pad.
When it comes to touch responsiveness, it felt quite smooth. But only a thing which will irritate you is the front touch buttons. I had to tap these buttons twice to open settings, close the Menu, swap the SIM and access recent apps. Still, with Android Jelly Bean as OS in the handset, you cannot bargain for everything.
Hardware & Performance
The LG has put 1GHz Processor in its latest budget smart phone along with 512MB RAM. I was expecting that E435 would be launched with low processor and around 256MB RAM, but my doubt was cleared when I actually had it on my hand.
Benefiting from single core processor and 512MB RAM, LG E435 offered a pretty good experience for budget handset. I was able to run casual games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride and Temple Run pretty smoothly on the handset.
But problem occurred, when I installed Temple Run 2 and OZ; at beginning I had a doubt if these HD games can actually be installed in this device? Well, Temple Run 2 and Oz got installed easily. I was able to play the games but the device lack the prowess to run the high definitions games smoothly. Graphically, Oz is a HD game, but in E435 it looked quite snagged out.
Still the inclusion of Jelly Bean OS, 512MB RAM and 1GHz processor made me play few of the games without any lags or glitches. And after putting the device on the test, it summed up to 16.8 FPS NenaMark2 ratings, which I think is low but decent enough for a low end phone.
And based on AnTuTu Benchmark Test, LG E435 scored just 5660 ratings, making it bit slow compared to mid-range smart phones. This was pretty obvious because you cannot expect more than this from a budget smart phone. Still, with such configurations, E435 was able to perform decently with good multitasking.
Camera & Battery
You will get a 3 Mega Pixel Rear Camera at the back of LG Optimus L3 II E435. The camera isn’t great but not bad also; it was able to deliver average image quality at most of the time, if not always.
The device lacks LED flash, so it is of no use snapping in low light surroundings, though pictures taken in day light looked pretty good. And when I clicked the picture with zoom, there was some distortion in the image.
The handset lacks front facing camera, so making video calls with it is out of the question. But what interested me was that LG E435 comes with Cheese Shutter, which allowed me to click pictures uttering words like Smile, Whisky, Cheese, Kimchi and LG. This feature proved quite handy while taking self-shot portraits. Though the shutter speed is sure to disappoint you, it isn’t quick and will take couple of seconds to go through. Overall, its camera is good enough to take some odd pictures here and there.
LG E435 uses Li-Ion 1540mAh battery to power up. On full charge, it was able to offer 11 hours of talk time and when used for gaming, internet surfing, the device burned out within 7 hours of continuous usage. Well, I think for low end device, this is pretty decent.
Display & Storage
This teensy sized smart phone comes with IPS technology integrated its 3.2 inches Capacitive Touch Screen. It boasts a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels along with 125 ppi pixel density. The screen resolution is low but still color reproduction looks quite clear, clean and crisp.
At indoors the display is visibly strong but when the same device is taken under the sun, it takes strain to look on the screen. Well, the use of IPS display allows for perfect viewing angle without any distortion in the screen. Personally, I was impressed with the display, though video playback lacks the charm. Videos looks distorted.
The device comes with 4GB internal space of which 1.6GB is only user accessible. But the addition of 32GB storage option via microSD card is sure to give you a space to save more files.
Calling & Sound
The dialer on the phone looked similar to that of other mid-range smart phones. Voice calling sounded amazingly good. I remember testing Zen Ultrafone HD earlier, its calling feature was pathetic, but unlike Zen, E435 offers a clear voice calling facility for both incoming and outgoing calls.
The audio felt good but when the volume was turned to maximum while on speakers, there was little disturbance. But when I heard the songs through headphone, the music felt crystal clear.
LG Optimus L3 II E435 Features
You will be glad to know that despite being a low end smart phone, it has been included with some good features. The handset supports two GSM SIMs and comes with connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, GPRS, EDGE. Also, it supports USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot. 3G connectivity worked fine, but Google Search felt quite slow most of time. It also supports A-GPS, with Google Maps.
It would have been good if LG could have included BACKLIT in the front touch buttons. This would have made the keys more visible in dark. Further, the keyboard on LG E435 looked decent but the small size of screen is sure to hamper the typing speed, as keys are cramped closely. This made me type incorrectly very often.
Further, the device has been with stock Android browser and comes with pre-installed Chrome, which gave me a pretty good surfing option. But don’t think this will make you browse the speed at the fastest speed.
The latest budget handset from LG is a perfect equipped smart phone. Available with the bargaining price of Rs.6999, E435 can prove to be a good deal for those looking for their first smart phone. Its dual-SIM capability and 3G enabled trait make LG Optimus L3 II good for both working professionals and students. LG Optimus E435 Review makes it clear that though E435 comes with its share of drawbacks, but at this price, when you get to lay your hands on Jelly Bean device out of the box with impressive multitasking, you can’t say no to it.
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