It’s very rare that I come across a device that makes me so unimpressed that I feel I must have just to see if it’s as bad as it sounds and the LG Optimus L1 II is in that very category.
Announced as an exclusive by Three today, the LG Optimus L1 II is in every way, shape and form, a budget handset. Coming in at £49.99 on PAYG it has a 3 inch screen at 240 x 320 pixels resultion and 133 ppi making it almost as bad as the HTC Wildfire (a 2010 handset).
Inside the phone it packs a 1GHz single core CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A), 512 MB RAM, 1540 mAh battery and a 2MP camera.
If you want my advice (and a lot of people do) simply buy this on PAYG, it really isn’t worth taking out a 24 month contract for.
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LG’s latest affordable smartphone is available exclusively to Three customers. It comes with various convenient features such as QuickMemo to capture and share handwritten ideas using just a fingertip, and Safety Care which can be programmed to contact a loved one in case of an emergency.
Pay As You Go customers can enjoy the handset on Three’s market-leading Pay As You Go rates of 3p a minute, 2p a text and 1p a MB of data, with an upfront cost of £49.99.
Alternatively the phone is free if you sign up for a 24 month contract and it comes with a variety of monthly price plans to suit all budgets. Price plans start at £11 per month for the Essential Internet 100 and go right up to the Ultimate Internet 1000 plan at £23 a month for the more data heavy users. Or you can buy The One Plan that gives you all-you-can-eat data, 2000 minutes and 5000 texts, plus other extras.
Sylvia Chind, head of devices at Three, said: “For those who are thinking about upgrading a basic handset to a smartphone, LG’s Optimus L1 II is a great solution. Its 3-inch touchscreen is easy to use and allows users to interact with apps such as Facebook or their email, with ease.”
The LG Optimus L1 II has a simple design, runs on Google’s Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system, and has a long lasting battery to provide plenty of multitasking power so you can keep up to date at all times.
|Three plan||Monthly cost||Monthly|
|Available on PAYG for an upfront cost of £49.99|
|24 month contract plans – Handset is free||Data||Mins||Texts|
|Essential Internet 100||£11||250MB||100||5000|
|Essential Internet 300||£14||250MB||300||5000|
|Essential Internet 500||£17||250MB||500||5000|
|Ultimate Internet 100||£14||All-You-Can-Eat||100||5000|
|Ultimate Internet 300||£17||All-You-Can-Eat||300||5000|
|Ultimate Internet 500||£20||All-You-Can-Eat||500||5000|
|Ultimate Internet 1000||£23||All-You-Can-Eat||1000||5000|
|The One Plan||£26||AYCE data, 2000 mins, 5000 texts, 5000 Three-to-Three minutes|