LG Optimus F3
Great Phone, Definetly Worth it!
Phone is super fast. It is great, efficient. I love it. Its worth every penny.
October 3, 2013
Poor battery, Finicky bluetooth
It's an inexpensive phone and it shows. The screen does not auto-dim, the battery life is mediocre, the bluetooth sometimes connects to my car and other times does not. Overall I'm not too happy with it.
It does fit very nicely in the hand and is lightweight.
September 23, 2013
Good value budget smartphone, gets the job done.
As someone who upgraded from a blackberry, this is a decent intro smartphone. Android has a mind bogglingly number of possibilities when it comes to customizations, you can spend weeks just customizing it. And you can just drag any file you want to the smartphone.
The things that are annoying are
1. the embarrassingly undependable connection to mac computers. I use mac at work and i've managed to connect to it on the 2nd try, and have never successfully connected it again via Android File Transfer. For windows (7) I just installed the phone-specific LG driver and it connects easily, every time.
2. when jogging and adjusting volume, sometimes I accidentally hit the volume rocker's middle button, which launches LG QuickMemo. This happens about half the time I'm adjusting the volume while running- they need to let users disable this.
3. The inward facing camera's not good. In fact it's pretty bad. I saw how I show up in someone's skype and it's pretty grainy/blurry; this isn't a huge problem for me since I don't video chat/take selfies that much. The outward facing camera is moderately better and good enough for me; I'm not an avid photo snapper.
4. flimsy plastic back cover and frame. I've managed to put marks in the black plastic edges after just a few weeks (now I have a silicone cover I got on ebay).
5. Volume intervals too large. If you're an avid music listener, you like to fine-tune the volume. I can't find any dependable volume tuner app that lets you do this. When something's too loud, I press the down button, then it's too soft, there's no in between. This is an annoying Android limitation, and I can see why some iphone users wouldn't want to switch.
6. Not that many people have this phone, so if you have a technical question that's specific to this F3 phone, and post it on android's message board, you're not going to get many answers, compared to say, an iphone.
7. I also fear when android sends their upgrades, this phone won't get it at all. I know there are too many makes and models for android to update our OSs at the same time, but it's kinda scary knowing that in 2-3-4 years time, you might stop receiving updates and wound up stuck with old software.
Battery usage: pretty decent. While playing Tetris while listening to streaming music, it was draining 1% about every 3 minutes. I don't talk on the phone that much, I mainly use my smartphone during commuting, and occasionally to check mail, so if you only use it 3 hours per day max, you could probably make it 3 days without charging. I typically keep my phone brightness between 15% and 30% indoors. Outdoors, on a really sunny day, it's hard to see even with 100%.
Also, not every app can install directly on the external SD card. I set the default install location to 2 (external SD card) and have encountered several "Insufficient Memory" messages. I had to revert back to location 1 (internal storage), then *manually* move the app to the SD card. This is annoying and I don't know why they bother having an external SD feature when some apps can't be installed on the card.
Ending on some positive notes:
1. Good battery. It also sounds off (when you enable Battery Saver option) when it reaches below 30%, so you get an audible reminder to either watch your usage and switch off 4G or Wifi.
2. Great Google apps (but this is more an Android feature than LG). I use chrome in all my computing environments, and it's really great to have all my bookmarks synced from every device. The Chrome to Mobile add-on is also pretty nifty
3. Input methods: the microphone's really useful when you don't feel like typing, and the shapewriter keyboard (where you type without lifting your finger off the screen, forming paths or "shapes" on the keyboard) works better than my expectations. These are actually more necessary for a phone of this size because the keyboard is small in the vertical orientation, and I find myself unintentionally misspelling words by hitting adjacent letter keys.
4. Lightweight. You'll feel the lightness after
5. Removable battery. Useful for those of us who refuse to junk their phone every year or 2 years.
September 19, 2013
Great Compact 4G LTE Phone
Last year, a 4G LTE phone was heavy, bulky and very expensive. The LG F3 is compact, light, and affordable. The combination of 4G LTE with high speed 4G HSPA+ provides high speed data access in every large city in America.
The wifi calling feature makes it possible to make crystal clear calls from any wifi connection in America and to America from anywhere in the world.
The battery life is impressive. Folks using their F3 for short calls and texts will get two days on a charge and heavy Internet users can get 24 hours on a charge.
The four inch screen is sharp with good contrast and color. The camera and speakers are adequate, but not great.
Be sure to buy a case from T-Mobile as other brands may not fit properly.
This is a terrific phone at a very good price. Your friends will feel silly having paid twice as much for phones that offer less speed and battery life.
September 11, 2013