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LG Optimus L3 vs. HTC Explorer - Torn between Two Entry-Level Android Phones

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I'm on a canvassing mode right now, looking for an entry-level android phone as a gift for myself for the hard work. It can't afford the mid-range to high-end android phones out there, so i'll just settle for the entry level android phone, which will still give me the android experience for a low price. Upon my canvas, there are  three android phones that caught my attention: Samsung Galaxy Y, LG Optimus L3 E400, and HTC Explorer. For now, Galaxy Y is out my radar due to poor hardware and features in contrast with the latter two. For the sake of my readers and for myself of course, I'll post a comparison between LG Optimus L3 and HTC Explorer


    LG Optimus L3 E400                                                                                          HTC Explorer
GENERAL
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 900 / 2100
2012, January
2011, September
Available. Released 2012, February
Available. Released 2011, October

BODY
102.6 x 61.6 x 11.9 mm
      102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm
110 g
      108 g


      Touch-sensitive controls

DISPLAY
TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
240 x 320 pixels, 3.2 inches (~125 ppi pixel density)
320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches (~180 ppi pixel density)
Yes



- HTC Sense UI 3.5

SOUND
Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

- SRS surround sound enhancement

MEMORY
microSD, up to 32GB
     microSD, up to 32GB
1 GB storage, 384 MB RAM
   90 MB storage, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM

DATA
Yes
      Up to 80 kbps
Yes
      Up to 236.8 kbps
HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
      HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
     Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
     Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
No
     No
Yes, microUSB v2.0
        Yes, microUSB v2.0

CAMERA
3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels
3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels
Geo-tagging
Geo-tagging, face detection
Yes, VGA@24fps
Yes, 480p
No
No

FEATURES
Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread)
Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)

Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
800 MHz
600 MHz Cortex A5
Adreno 200
Adreno 200
Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Accelerometer, proximity
SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
HTML5, Adobe Flash
HTML, Adobe Flash
Stereo FM radio
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Yes, with A-GPS support
Yes, with A-GPS support
Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Black, White
Active Black, Active Navy, Metallic Black, Metallic Navy

- SNS integration
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- Document viewer
- Organizer
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input
- SNS integration
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA player
- XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Organizer
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input

BATTERY

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
       Standard battery, Li-Ion 1230 mAh
Up to 600 h (2G) / Up to 600 h (3G)
      Up to 485 h (2G) / Up to 445 h (3G)
Up to 12 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)
     Up to 7 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 33 min   (3G)


In the head-to-head comparison, LG Optimus L3 has the clear advantage on the processing speed and internal storage. HTC Explorer meanwhile is the runaway winner in terms of RAM and ROM. Another important criteria in choosing the best is the screen display quality. Both have low display quality, but HTC has the better display screen at 320X480 pixels (180ppi). This makes my decision making in vain once again. According to some forums, low internal storage is not a problem for HTC Explorer anymore since you can transfer installed apps to the SD Card. HTC is a  bit expensive than LG Optimus L3. 

So which one shall I choose guys? Please help me on this matter. Thanks. 

1 comments:
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James Brook said...
August 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM  

HTC Explorer is much better then LG Optimus L3

Battery, screen display, music and design is much better than LG Optimus L3

Both are good budget android phone but in performance HTC Explorer is better.

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