LG phones in Kenya: LG A180
Bharti Airtel Kenya has introduced one of LG’s affordable low end LG A180 cell phone to its retail outlets. The new offer from Airtel Kenya presents one of LG’s latest handset featuring a candy-bar design colored in black with a clear attractive keypad. It has distinct beautiful oval shaped keys and on the sides housing a charger port while keeping a head phone port on the upper part of its body. The new LG A180 offer from Airtel is technically free considering the amount of Airtime subscribers will get after purchasing the device.
Today in the era of smart phones and tablets running Android operating system, iOS operating system and Windows phone operating system, most consumers are looking for these advanced devices with countless applications available from an extensive market as opposed to low end Symbian powered cell phones with limited capabilities. Let me give an example; innovations in technology has brought forth various methods of sharing content on your device such as Bluetooth, WiFi Allshare and DLNA, it would therefore be more convenient to record HD quality video clips on your smart phone and watch via a DLNA enabled HD TV rather than having a separate handset and a digital camera.
What I’m actually trying to put across is the fact that buying a cell phone and a digital camera is more expensive and inconvenience as compared to having a single cell phone with all these capabilities; however, lets not forget you may prefer having separate phones for different purposes hence importance of low end cell phones such as LG A180.
There is a couple of features that would be of interest on LG A180 such an FM radio to listen to your favorite stations and a flash light just incase you need it in the dark. Personally, I find sound from LG A180 clear and strong to receive wireless FM radio. LG A180 cell phone offer from Airtel is one of the cheapest (technically) free deals coming from service providers in Kenya.
LG phones in Kenya: LG A180 Features/Specifications
- TFT LCD display screen supporting resolution of 128x128pixels and up to 65k colors.
- Wireless FM radio. You don’t need an external antennae like head phone to receive Fm radio stations on LG A180 cell phone.
- USB port
- Audio jack port
- Mobile tracker
- LG A180 comes with a Long battery life
- It has a Torch
- Speaker phone
LG phones in Kenya: LG P970 Optimus Black
The long awaited LG P970 Optimus Black Android smart phone has now been officially unveiled in Kenya a day after Nokia introduced its Nokia 100 and 101 range of entry level cell phones in Nairobi Kenya. It is yet unknown whether LG intentionally planned for this to happen considering criticisms directed to Nokia for taking the African market lightly; at the same time Nokia was having this event in Kenya, elsewhere in Hong Kong the same company was unveiling its latest Nokia 600, 701 and 700 smart phones featuring the latest Symbian Belle operating system. After the official entrance of LG P970 Optimus Black in Kenya, Nokia should trade carefully especially after Huawei Samsung and Sony Ericsson started an aggressive campaign for their smart devices in the region.
Although LG P970 Optimus Black has taken awhile since its initial announcement way back in January to arrive in Kenya, most analysts appear to concur with its timing especially when Kenyan consumers are increasingly demanding for data services and major service providers have started offering 3G Services. LG P970 Optimus Black has enjoyed a reasonable market share since it was announced with its unique distinctive stylish slim design measuring only 9.2mm thick. According to LG’s Regional Marketing Manager East and Central Africa, the P970 Optimus Black Android device is already available in major electronic stores in Kenya retailing at only Kshs.40,000. It has a Nova display panel reduces the total amount of power consumed up to 50 percent compared to other conventional smart phones.
Unlike the Amoled display screen commonly used by Samsung on its devices, Nova consumes twice less power making it the most energy efficient technology in the industry. As the world is ushering in the new Android era, LG P970 Optimus Black is anticipated to attract more fans considering an extensive market of Android applications; it comes with Android v2.2 Froyo which can be upgraded to v2.3 Gingerbread. What I love most about this device is its 5.0-megapixel rear camera and additional 2.0-megapixel front facing camera essentially for making video calls; on top of that, LG P970 Optimus Black boasts of an enhanced 1GHz Cortex processor and an impressive 2GB internal storage capacity which can also be expanded by an external MicroSD card of up to 32GB.
LG phones in Kenya: LG P970 Optimus Black Features/Specifications;
- 1GHz Cortex processor
- Android v2.2 Froyo operating system upgradeable to v2.3 Gingerbread
- 5.0-megapixel rear camera and an additional 2.0-megapixel front facing camera
- 2GB internal storage capacity
- Support external MicroSD card up to 32GB
- 4.0 inch IPSLCD capacitive touch screen
- 3G enabled, 7.2Mbps on HSDPA and 5.76Mbps on HSUPA
WiFi and Bluetooth
- Fm radio
LG P970 Optimus Black Price in Kenya: Kshs.40,000
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus Sol E730 Android Smart
Over the past few days, the smart phone market segment has been embracing to receive yet another Android powered LG Optimus Sol E730 to the already competitive sector. As of now, there are countless Android smart phones on the market to choose from depending on your budget, needs and expectations; this revolution in Android devices has forced manufacturers to be more innovative and creative if they intend to stay competitive for a longer period. The new LG Optimus Sol E730 is equipped with a 3.8 inch ultra Amoled display panel capable of 800×480 pixel resolution and is considered by the manufacturer to have an advanced two fold reflection rate compared to standard Amoled display panels.
In what looks like LG to have invested sufficiently in performance, the new LG Optimus Sol E730 is run by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, just enough to multitask and load 3D applications without any difficulty. In addition, the handset will utilize built in 512MB RAM and 2GB ROM to offer impressive performance compared to other devices in its caliber. Just to smoothen things a little more, LG Optimus Sol E730 is shipped with a 2GB MicroSD card included; however, you can purchase a separate MicroSD card of up to 32GB and use it on LG Optimus Sol E730 without any hindrance. After highlighting the above features, I must reckon a 5.0-megapixel camera on LG Optimus Sol E730 coupled with autofocus capability to lighten up your photography needs.
If you are a little attached to making video calls, the new LG Optimus Sol E730 seems to have put your needs under consideration; it has a front facing VGA camera. 3G is sort of a necessity on modern handsets rather than a luxury and LG Optimus Sol E730 promises same capability to offer fast internet connection speed compared to 2G networks. Android operating system on LG Optimus Sol E730 assures compatibility of many Android Apps available on an extensive market of online stores just incase you don’t need to get bored.
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus Sol E730 Android Smart Phone Features/Specifications;
- 3.8 inch Ultra Amoled display screen
- Android v2.3 Gingerbread operating system
- LG Optimus Sol E730 runs on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 5.0-megapixel digital camera with autofocus
- LG Optimus Sol E730 has a 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM and is shipped with 2GB MicroSD card.
- Support MicroSD card up to 32GB LG Optimus Sol E730 has a front facing VGA camera for making video calls
- WiFi 802.11/b/g/n enabled
LG Optimus Sol E730 Price in Kenya:
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus L9 P760/P768
LG isn’t particularly the popular brand you’ll find among Kenyans compared to Samsung and Nokia, but its relentless effort is as interesting as any other phone maker out there; with the entry of Optimus L9 P760/P768, joining the fast growing L-Series line-up, it’s not so obvious who calls shots in this segment. Optimus L9 isn’t coming to topple the likes of Galaxy S3, but that doesn’t mean it won’t call shots in areas that matter; it’s a mid-range droid with minimal compromises to keep it competitive. The phone packs a 1GHz Dual-core processor, which’s below benchmarks set by high-end devices but enough to tackle most android apps comfortably. It’s almost standard for new high-end devices to come with a Quad-core chipset, at the same time you’ll have to save more to get one, it’s a two way thing and preference is solely upon the consumer. Unlike the L7 which’s not so impressive on speed, you’ll hardly get any crashes or glitches on L9 due to the processor.
The whopping 4.7inch IPS LCD screen is definitely no less than that found on pricier handsets; it has a decent 540 x 960 pixels resolution that will render crispier images and smoother text compared to close rivals, colors aren’t as washed out as they would be on ordinary LCDs. The capacitive touch panel is hyper responsive to detect light finger tapping and the swipe to unlock feature is equally fast. LG Optimus L9 P760/P768 packs android v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which’s disappointingly not the latest from Google as most devices coming out now have a Jelly Bean version instead, though an upgrade is anticipated. Except for the secondary VGA camera, one physical button and two soft keys on the sides, the front panel is almost entirely occupied by a 4.7inch IPS LCD screen. A 5.0Megapixel snapper sits behind the phone with an LED flash resting below it and a loud speaker at the very bottom of the phone’s back-side.
With a 5.0Megapixel sensor coupled with an LED flash, expect decent shots with fairly detailed images. Snapping a photo shouldn’t take more time unless there’re a dozen apps running in the background, video quality isn’t that bad compared to other devices within its category. The Optimus L9’s internal storage is capped at 4GB, though there’s a MicroSD card slot on the side capable of recognizing up to 32GB cards. The phone is estimated to cost around Ksh.32700 or $380 which’s fairly a bargain considering the specs and the price tags of close rivals. It doesn’t support an LTE radio, though you’ll need a Micro-SIM to access 3G networks. There are loads of mid-range phones out there, but since most of them are getting more powerful, you needn’t more on high-end devices.
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus L9 P760/768 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Android v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Processor: 1.0GHz Dual-Core Cortex-A9 Processor
- Display: 4.7inch (540 x 960 pixels) (234ppi) IPS LCD. 16m colors
- Camera: Pri:5.0MP(2592 x 1944p), Sec:VGA Auto-focus, LED, Video:1080p
- Storage: 4GB Internal, Up to 32GB MicroSD card
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
- Internet: HSDPA 21Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Hotspot
- Other ft: Touch-focus, Geo-Tagging, face detection, Sensors: Accl, Comp, gyro
- Battery: Standard Lithium Ion 2150mAh
LG Optimus L9 P760/768Price in Kenya: from Kshs.32700
LG phones in Kenya: LG C333 Triple-SIM
Triple-SIM handsets may not be as popular as Dual-SIM or even Single-SIM handsets but that doesn’t warrant ignorance considering the success of available few. Since the word went round about LG’s intention of unveiling C333 in the country, we were more excited considering the power and convenience associated with Triple-Chip devices; literally, I could use a Safaricom, Orange and Airtel simcard on a single handset, if that’s not cool, then that word is probably not used appropriately. LG C333 Triple-Chip phone will not elicit additional excitement beyond the ‘tri’ feature, especially on those folks who have already tested an Android, Blackberry or an iOS device; it has basic features for basic telephony services. It’s a feature handset, this would probably turn off most techies out there, but a lower price tag effectively waters down that element, especially for budget shoppers looking for basic telephony functionality.
LG C333 Triple-SIM handset may not be as bad as we may think after all; in fact, it tops many devices within its price range. Besides a 2.3 inch display screen, there’s a QWERTY keypad on the front panel that’ll let you key in text messages at a super-fast speed. In between the screen and QWERTY keypad is a large navigation button that’s surrounded by call button, end call button and two selection keys. Its housing is majorly plasticky though not as weird as most Samsung phones tent to be. The phone doesn’t have the best camera we’ve seen; however, a 3.2MP camera located at its back panel is capable of snapping decent photos of your mates in broad daylight, images captured in darker conditions may not be worth keeping. LG C333 Triple-SIM phone operates only on 2G networks, so expect a throttled internet speed which’s not a surprise when everything is fairly scrutinized. This phone is a Triple SIM device, that’s its major selling point, its best suited for persons who would rather benefit from services offered by different service providers without necessarily having a phone for each SIM card.
There’s 78.4 MB internal storage which can be extended with an external MicroSD card of up to 8GB. LG C333 has a LED blinker which alerts the user with a different light ranging from Red, Green or Blue matching the respective SIM card. You wouldn’t miss on social networks as LG integrated facebook, twitter and gmail on this device.
LG phones in Kenya: LG C333 Triple-SIM Features/Specifications;
- Triple-SIM support
- QWERTY keypad
- 2.3 inches (240 x 320 pixels, 174 ppi pixel density)
- 3.15 Mega Pixel Camera (2048×1536 pixels)
- Up to 8GB MicroSD card support (2GB SD card included)
- 2G, EDGE, GPRS
- FM radio, FM recording
- 1100mAh battery
LG C333 Triple-SIM Price in Kenya: Kshs.6000
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus 4X HD P880
LG Optimus 4X HD P880 rated fairly on our benchmarks with some serious specs that range from a high resolution display screen to a snappier Quad-core processor and a more recent version of Android operating system. It’s clearly set to become the best handset in its category, however, with such top-class hardware and a more recent OS, a pricy tag is inevitable. It’s very unlikely to find consumers who still treasure phone apps such as games and the likes at the expense of hardware and operating system versions; tastes have evolved to only include screen sizes, processor clock speed and the type of operating system. LG Optimus 4X HD P880 may not be the best device we’ve seen so far, but, it has enough guts to shutdown most of its peers, its shipped with the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich right from the box, eliminating un-guaranteed schedules of an upgrade. It’s therefore very considerate for LG to launch with (ICS) onboard.
The front panel is considerably occupied by a 4.7inch screen just a few points below the markets favorite Samsung Galaxy Note(5.3inches), LG is following suit in stretching its device’s screen sizes by a few points to almost a tablet’s arena. There are several benefits attached to a bigger screen size as there are cons associated with same big screens, pixel density on such screens is hugely affected and text as well as images may not be as sharp as smaller screen sizes; however, LG Optimus 4X HD P880 offers an excellent resolution of 1280×720 pixels. There are no physical buttons on the front panel, so you’ll rely entirely on capacitive ones to move around the different home screens. Around the back is an 8.0Megapixel main snapper, which’s at par with most devices in this category though falls short of Nokia 808 PureView’s41Megapixel sensor. There’s also a front facing 1.3Megapixel camera essentially for video calling on services like skype. LG Optimus 4X HD P880 will most probably appeal to gadget fanatics with serious tastes in heavy multimedia apps and games considering the hardware underneath.
Behind the scenes is a snappier Nvidia’s latest Quad-core processor, there are countable handsets running on a similar chip at this point in time and we expect no lags even on demanding apps such as 3D games. The phone comes with the latest version of Android OS (ICS) and we expect an immediate upgrade once the rumored Jelly Bean becomes official. You can expand the 16GB internal storage available on LG Optimus 4X HD P880 using a MicroSD card of up to 32GB. At 312ppi pixels density, pictures and text look sharp and minimal scrolling is needed while browsing web pages. Although it’s considerably wider to accommodate a 4.7inch screen, Optimus 4X P880 is 8.9mm thick.
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus 4X HD P880 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Processor: Quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A9
- Display : 4.7inch (720x1280p) (312ppi) HD-IPS LCD, Capacitive, 16m colors
- Camera: Pri: 8.0Megapixel (3264x2448p), Sec: 1.3MP, LED flash, Touch-focus
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 16GB Internal storage, 1GB RAM
- Connectivity: USB, MicroUSB (MHL) v2.0, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
- Internet: 21Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, 802.11b/g/nWiFi/hotspot, DLNA
- Other ft: GPS, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 2140mAh
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus L7 P700
LG Optimus L7 P700 houses serious specs and hardware compared to the rest of L-series siblings such as Optimus L3 and Optimus L5; besides its decent screen, it comes loaded with the latest Android OS right
from the box. The phone is likeable considering everything and its sleek design is forth-coming. For a device in its category, a 4.3inch screen is more than enough; most phones have less than 3.5inch screens with close to bad pixel resolutions. LG Optimus L7 P700 is undoubtedly made for Android lovers unable to afford a high-end device with enough horse-power to plough just any application from the Android galore; however, a 1.0 GHz processor housed underneath can handle most essential apps without compromising performance. Swiping through operations should be seamless for a 1.0GHz processor, though handling 3D games may not be as smooth.
There’s not much to talk about LG Optimus L7 P700 if you’ve had a mid-range handset before, and we expect this to be reflected on pricing. At this point-in-time, we can only give an estimate of the price tag, however, LG promises an affordable pricing, whichever that means. Optimus L7 P700 may not be the prettiest device we’ve seen, but by all means it’s not close to ugly either. The front panel is largely occupied by a 4.3inch display screen except for a physical home button sitting at its bottom while edges are covered in a decent amount of chrome. The phone in itself is rather too thin not to fit in the smallest pockets we’ve had, at 8.7mm thick, LG Optimus L7 P700 is by far well placed to get more awards than any other device in the same category for a slim stylish body. Around the back panel is a white sheet of plastic featuring a lined texture that looks and feels nice, you’ll also find a 5.0Megapixel camera resting around the same area including a LED flash, so you can shoot those photos even in darker conditions.
LG Optimus L7 P700 comes with 1GB internal storage though you’re at liberty to expand using a MicroSD card of up to 32GB. It packs Android Ice Cream Sandwich right from the box; therefore, no update is currently needed as is the case with the rest of L siblings. Underneath the hood is a 1.0GHz processor which is snappier as expected on normal operations such as swiping through home screens except for rendering more demanding 3D games. For a chipset of this caliber, Adobe flash support isn’t an issue, but still, you are free to use the Youtube app to play video files rather than directly via the browser. A 5.0Megapixel camera sitting around the phone’s back-side won’t disappoint and additional functionality such as auto-focus and LED flash makes it even better.
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus L7 P700 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Processor: 1.0GHz TI OMAP 4430
- Display : 4.3 inch TFT, Capacitive, 16m colors
- Primary Camera: 5.0Megapixel (2592x1944p)
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 1GB Internal storage
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
Internet: 21Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n WiFi hotspot
- Other ft: Geo-Tagging, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion mAh
LG Optimus P700 L7 Price in Kenya:
LG phones in Kenya: LG A290 Triple-SIM
LG’s latest feature handset A290 won’t get any awards on hardware or software; however, it offers something you won’t get on just any other device out there, Triple-SIM capability. As if two SIM cards weren’t enough, LG A290 is venturing in a virgin territory that’s been way out of our expectation, we’ve heard of a Dual-SIM, a Quad-SIM but not a Tri-SIM. Confused? Well, consider clock speeds of processors found on high-end smart phones; Single core, Dual-core and now Quad-core, Tri-core is out of question and we expected this to replicate on SIM support. Whether a Tri-SIM phone especially from a top-dog will fancy impressive numbers, is a question of time will tell. LG A290 is expected to first land in Russia before propagating into other markets at a price tag of $117. At this price, we’re forced to forgive a lot, but at the same time, highlight unreasonable compromises enforced to achieve the same.
Samsung has been keen to maintain its Dual-SIM portfolio with devices such as Chat322/C3222 Duosand S5222 Star3 Duos, LG A290 comes as a direct threat and it will be interesting to see the reaction from such major industry players. Besides the Triple-SIM feature, there’s hardly anything to talk about this phone, most of its specs are standard with respect to its genre. The front panel is shared between a 2.2inch display-screen and a numeric keypad, the LG logo is squeezed in between while a navigation button is engulfed within the numeric keypad between the upper keys. In between the navigation button is a menu key. The phone’s back is deserted with exception to a 1.3Megapixel camera without LED flash; you can take basic images in bright conditions, but don’t expect a miracle on their quality. There’s a flash-light around LG A290’s top area, so you’ll still find it useful at night. There’s a USB port on the top right-side of the handset. Generally, the phone is sturdy enough to escape damages caused by minor accidents such as accidental falls from reasonable heights.
We found 1500mAh battery capacity impressive, as there’s not much onboard that could drain power reserves that quickly except for Triple SIM cards, you’re likely to charge it once a week. LG A290 measures 113.5mm wide, 51mm long and 12.95mm thick, so it’ll still fit in the smallest pockets. Lack of GPRS and EDGE is the most disappointing aspect on this phone; unfortunately, web access is out of question. You’ll be better-off with a Dual-SIM at the same price where you can access internet via 2G unless you really need a Tri-SIM that bad.
LG phones in Kenya: LG A290 Features/Specifications;
- Display: 2.2inch (176×220 pixels), 128ppi, TFT 256k colors
- Primary Camera: 1.3Megapixel (1280×960 pixels)
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with ADP, EDR
- Storage: Up to 4GB MicroSD card, 9MB internal
- Other Ft: Triple SIM, Mp3/Mp4 player, 3.5mm jack
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1500mAh
LG A290 Price in Kenya: Kshs
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus 2X/P990
Call it the fastest, smoothest or finest android device you’ve seen, LG Optimus 2X/P990 might not be the perfect device in the industry as shown in our unbiased hands-on review. The phone evidently houses impressive hardware such as a snappier dual-core processor and top-class display panel though misses out on build body big-time. LG Optimus 2X/P990 poses both amazing capabilities as well as significant flaws in its design that failed to impress us, the chrome trimmed tad feels 80s’ and the user interface looks ugly just like the rest of LG’s devices; in fact, some widgets are flaky and you’ll be disappointed once you see UI from mid-range phones like Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advanceand Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini. Aside from its unimpressive design involving chrome racing stripe that failed to fancy our reviewers and the user interface we felt could be slicker, the Optimus 2X/P990 processor is stunningly fast to compensate for such disappointments.
The phone’s processor rates impressively on our benchmarks, enough to beat its single-core peers and to show off it’s incredibly whiizy menus. On top of that, the processor makes LG Optimus 2X/P990’s interface look smooth big-time and changing from portrait to landscape is bread and butter. Using multi-touch functionality such as pinch to zoom is a nice experience and swapping through long menus especially on web pages feels like running your fingers through a bowl of custard. The front panel is dominated by a 4inch display screen except for the LG logo, earpiece, 1.3Megapixel secondary camera, proximity and accelerometer sensors at its top while the back, home, menu and search touch-sensitive buttons sits at the screen’s bottom. There’s an 8.0Megapixel camera and Led flash at LG Optimus 2X/P990’s back, so you can capture those memorable moments even in darker places though you’ll still get decent photos without using Led flash in brighter or partially dark places.
At 400×800 screen resolution, LG Optimus 2X/P990 might not have the best screen resolution we’ve come across, still text and images appear sharp and crisp so it won’t be an issue when viewing small text. You’ll however do a little scrolling here and there to view web pages in entirety. The phone runs on Android v2.2 Froyo OS (upgradeable to v2.3 Gingerbread). At 512MB RAM, LG Optimus 2X/P990 is below par compared to most devices we’ve seen in this category; however, 8GB internal storage rates average on our benchmarks. The phone lacks 4G radio though 3G is standard considering everything.
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus 2X/P990 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Android v2.2 Froyo (upgradeable to v2.3 Gingerbread)
- Processor: Dual-Core 1GHz Cortex-A9
- Display : 4.0inch (480x800p) (233ppi) IPS LCD Capacitive, 16m colors
- Camera: Primary-8.0 MP (3264x2448p), Secondary-1.3MP, Led Flash
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 8GB internal storage, 512MB RAM
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v3.0, DLNA
- Internet: 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA 802.11b/g/n WiFi, WiFi hotspot
- Other ft: FM with RDS, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1500mAh
LG Optimus 2X/P990 Price in Kenya: Kshs.30k to 50k
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus E400 L3
Sudden entrance of LG E400 Optimus L3 smart phone among the phone maker’s budget portfolio, continue to elicit mixed sentiments, most indicating the move was long over due. While other industry players like Samsung capitalized on the entry-level genre early enough with countless devices such as Galaxy Y S5360 and Galaxy Mini S5570, last time we checked, LG had less devices featuring in the same genre; therefore, the Optimus L3 E400 is anticipated to bring the electronics giant good tidings with its un-ignorable specs. The handset is specially designed for Android first-timers considering the price tag and available specs, painful compromises were enforced to maintain its competitiveness in an already saturated segment. LG Optimus L3 E400 comes with a surprisingly 3.2inches larger display screen, though this significantly affects the pixel density (pixels per inch) resulting in an over-pixilated user interface (UI).
At 125ppi pixel density, viewing web-pages on LG Optimus L3 E400 can be a pain in the **s as text and images are not crisp enough compared to devices in the similar category. 240x320p resolution also limits the number of Android applications that users can run on this device; you’ll need to do a lot of scrolling while browsing the web-pages as well. LG designers did a commendable job on this device as it brings the much needed unique and good looks in the entry-level category, a concept that Samsung is unable to achieve at least from the available devices. The 3.2inch screen takes a considerable share of the LG Optimus L3 E400’s front panel giving room for the LG’s logo at the top and a menu button at the bottom. There’s a 3.0Megapixel camera at the back of the phone which is inline with the rest of entry-level peers, you can capture amazing photos using this device on a fine day. Below the camera is another LG logo, the metallic finish on LG Optimus L3 E400 gave us a nice impression and the phones felt sturdy enough on our account.
Since LG Optimus E400 L3 utilizes capacitive technology rather than resistive, the screen is responsive and multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom are possible. It comes with recent Android v2.3 Gingerbread OS onboard though Ice Cream could’ve been better. The phone supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n and 3G networks to offer efficient internet connections; you can expand the available internal storage space using a MicroSD card of up to 32GB. Bottom-line; LG Optimus E400 L3 comes with a superb metal design, considered dearer to its respective genre though cuts short in other areas such as screen resolution to maintain a low price tag portfolio. It’s suitable for Android first-timers limited by budget, you can order it in two colors; black and white.
LG phones in Kenya: LG E400 Optimus L3 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Android v2.3 Gingerbread
- Display : 3.0inch (240x320p) (125ppi) TFT Capacitive touch-screen, 256k colors
- Primary Camera: 3.15Megapixel (2048x1536p) auto-focus
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
- Internet: 3.6Mbps HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, WiFi hotspot
- Other features: FM with RDS, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion —-mAh
LG Optimus E400 L3 Price in Kenya: Kshs.16000
LG phones in Kenya: LG X350 Dual SIM TV/Neo Smart, Ft. Digital Mobile TV (ISDB-T)
LG X350 comes with Dual SIM capability, QWERTY keyboard and a digital TV receiver, a combination hardly available in the industry even on high-end devices. There is a reasonable similarity between LG X350 and its peer Samsung Chat322/GT-C3222 Duosthough it adds ISDB-T digital TV receiver flavor on top; they both brag of a QWERTY keyboard and Dual SIM capability for GSM networks. It’s presumed LG’s main motivation to unveil X350/Neo Smart phone featuring some of the most flourished features yet at an unbeatable price is the continued emergence of cheap Chinese made handsets that house serious specifications only witnessed on high-end devices. As of now, there are hardly any mobile handsets with a combination of the aforementioned features especially in the budget genre, LG X350 Dual SIM TV is unique in that respect.
Apparently, LG’s own initiative to introduce a new market segment entailing handsets with ISDB-T Digital TV capability was fuelled by the expected embrace of digital TV transmission across the globe. Unlike DVB-H mobile TV platform which is available in Kenya (Mombasa and Nairobi) courtesy of Dstv Mobile and the common analog platform, LG X350 utilizes Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) platform to receive digital TV signals. Apart from the TV feature and Dual SIM capability, the handset maker was keen to include major social networking applications such as Facebook and Twitter within its operating system, so you can stay abreast with your friends and family. The entertainment part of LG X350 is well covered considering available applications to play music, FM radio and video clips, not forgetting the mobile TV feature. It has a 2.0 Megapixel camera though runs short of flash and auto-focus capability, users can still achieve reasonable image quality during daytime.
The handset features a 2.3inch (320x240pixels) TFT screen with 174ppi pixel density that’s enough to display crisp and vivid text and images especially for the TV feature. LG X350 Dual SIM TV supports up to 8GB MicroSD card and comes with a 2GB memory card onboard, you’ll also be able to access internet on your device via GPRS; some features such as 3G had to be compromised to ascertain its affordability. On the top left-side of the phone is an antenna which can be pulled outside for clear TV reception and pushed inside when not in use. On the left-side of the phone is a microUSB port with a protective cover.
LG phones in Kenya: LG X350 Dual SIM TV Features/Specifications;
- 2.3inch (320x240pixels) TFT screen (174ppi pixel density)
- Dual SIM capability, QWERTY keyboard
- Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) Receiver
- MicroSD Card up to 8GB, 2GB included, 43MB internal storage
- 2.0 Megapixel (1600×1200 pixels) primary camera
- Fm radio, v2.0 microUSB Port, GPRS
LG X350 Dual SIM TV Price in Kenya:
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus 3D P920
LG has officially moved a step forward seeking to establish a reasonable ground in Kenya’s smart phone market segment, targeting the fast growing middleclass, especially before iPhone 4S enters the region. The introduction of LG Optimus 3D P920 in Kenya comes a midst an impressive growth in the use of smart phones in the country, Apple’s products such as iPhones and Blackberry devices from Research In Motion have dominated Kenya’s high-end smart phone genre which has experienced a tremendous growth for the past few years. Apparently, LG Optimus 3D P920 is the first high-end device of its kind (capable of capturing and viewing 3D images) to be introduced in Kenya and the entire East African region. LG’s bold move has also been linked to an overwhelming growth in mobile data consumption in Kenya, which has witnessed various service providers struck deals with phone makers.
Traditionally, LG has been associated with production of home appliances and electronics such as fridges, TV’s and washing machines. LG Optimus 3D P920’s introduction in Kenya is aimed at not only diversifying the electronics giant’s products in the region, but also updating the Kenyan high-end smart phone market segment, inline with its global release of better devices. Although the firm had initially settled on unveiling cheaper phones in Kenya ranging between Kshs.20000 and 40,000, Mr. Kamau Ngure, LG’s section sales manager indicated, they are targeting users looking for functionality as opposed to affordability. As of now, high-end smart phone oriented users in Kenya are currently served by the likes of SamsungGalaxy S2, iPad 2, Sony Ericsson Xperia and Blackberry Storm 2 costing Kshs.61000, Kshs.75000, Kshs.56000 and Kshs.57000 respectively and now LG Optimus 3D P920 at Ksh.65000. Various mobile service providers in Kenya such as Bharti Airtel Kenya and Orange Telkom have struck a deal with Samsung and Apple respectively giving them exclusive rights to distribute their smart phones in the region.
LG Optimus 3D P920 houses a 4.3inch WVGA display panel capable of 2D (up to 1080p) and 3D (up to 720p) multimedia viewing. The display screen is protected by a tough scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. It has dual 5.0MP digital cameras and runs on Android v2.2 froyo operating system (upgradeable to v2.3). Topping up LG Optimus 3D P920’s serious specs, is a 1.0GHz dual core processor coupled by 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage capacity. The phone supports 3G networks at 14.4Mbps HSDPA (21Mbps with update) and 5.76Mbps HSUPA. It can handle up to 32GB MicroSD card.
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus 3D P920 Features/Specifications;
- Android v2.2 froyo operating system (upgradeable to v2.3)
- 1GHz Cortex-A9 Dual core processor
- 4.3inch (480×800 pixels) WVGA Screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
- 5.0MP dual digital cameras (2592×1944 pixels)
- Supports up to 32GB MicroSD card, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage
- Supports 2D (up to 1080p) and 3D (up to 720p Multimedia viewing
- 3G, 14.4Mbps HSDPA (21Mbps with update) and 5.76Mbps HSUPA
- WiFi 802.11b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
LG Optimus 3D P920 Price in Kenya: Kshs.65000
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus L5 E612/E610
LG E512 is not the type of phone you’d give up everything for, but of course not everything on it is crap; it has a whooping 4inch display screen which’s bigger than close rivals, most of which are 0.5inches lesser. The phone definitely has some class, but painful compromises were made on areas that count, I assume to keep prices under; it has the worst resolution (320x480p to be precise) you’d get on a phone with a display panel that large, so don’t expect a pleasant experience scrolling through your photo gallery or reading small text. Photos won’t look as brilliant as they would on pricier devices and blurry small text will occasionally piss you off. I remember back in time when the first droids ideos and galaxy mini were unveiled in Kenya, everything looked awesome until we had a closer look and did a one on one comparison with then killer device galaxy s, the differences were clear as dark and night; the screen sizes were not a factor, but the technology underneath and their resolution is what defined a cool smart phone.
It’s rare to get a budget handset with a 4.0inch screen, but that’s quantity and I would rather go for quality in this case a decent resolution. LG Optimus L5 E612’s display unfortunately doesn’t score well on quality, but it’s cheap and that’s a reasonable consolation. A glimpse at the mid-range genre quickly reveals close rivals such as Galaxy Ace, it has the same screen resolution you’d say, but a 0.5inch lesser screen works on its advantage. Pixel density is higher on Galaxy Ace 165ppi compared to L5’s 144ppi; which essentially means, Ace renders sharper text than L5 and you don’t have to scroll longer while accessing web pages. On the other hand, LG Optimus L5 E612’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS is pretty impressive considering it’s only a few months old even though Jelly Bean is here already. The front panel is almost entirely taken by the 4inch panel except for the physical button below and LG’s logo at its top, the design isn’t sophisticated, it looks very cheap with square corners that are typical to L series. The back cover is slightly curved on edges, effectively eliminating the square design notion.
There’s a 5.0Megapixel camera around the back panel, it’s not the best we’ve seen but I’ll give it here, especially for a phone in its category. Sitting below is an LED flash, the kind you’ll find on handful devices in the same category, and far below is a loud speaker which’s not unusual. It’s a decent camera, better than those found on cheaper devices; you can actually get great shots with it, in fact, there are a couple of features such as Panorama, Landscape, Geo-Tagging, Portrait, Sports, Night, Sunset that go with it.
LG phones in Kenya: LG Optimus L5 E612/E610 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Processor: 800 MHz Cortex-A5 Processor
- Display : 4.0inch (320 x 480p) (144ppi) Capacitive touch screen, 16m colors
- Camera: Pri: 5.0Megapixel (2560 x 1920p), Auto-focus, LED flash
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 4GB ROM / 512MB RAM
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
Internet: 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n WiFi/WiFi hotspot
- Other ft: FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1500mAh
LG Optimus L5 E612/E610Price in Kenya: Kshs.14999 at Safaricom