LG and HTC have been releasing a number of good phones in the recent days. Adding to the list of LG is the Optimus L3 E400, relelased in January of this year and for HTC, the Explorer, released in September of last year. Both phones are equally capable of supporting a wide range of network formats, have decent cameras, call qualities, etc. In today’s article we will do a comprehensive evaluation of these two phones.
Starting off with ergonomics as usual, we see that the LG Optimus L3 weighs about 110g, which is more or less the same as its competitor, the Explorer. The L3 measures 102.6 mm lengthwise, 61.8 mm breadthwise and is 11.9 mm thick. On the other hand, the Explorer is slightly longer at 102.8 mm, perceptibly narrower at 57.2 mm and thicker by 1 mm, at 12.9mm respectively. The screen on the L3 is a TFT capacitive touchscreen supporting about 256K colors and measures 3.2 inches diagonally; with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Everything is the same in the Explorer except that its resolution is much better at 320 x 480 pixels. Of course, the Explorer packs with the trademark HTC Sense UI.
The memory of the L3 is pretty impressive with an 1GB internal storage, expandable to 32GB through the use of a microSD card; and it is also powered by a 384 MB RAM which we consider pretty good enough for a small phone. The HTC Explorer fails miserably in the grey cell area – 90 MB of internal storage (seriously disappointed), although it is packed with a powerful 512 MB RAM. The Explorer supports microSD expansion up to 32GB, as well.
Both the phones support 2G and 3G networks to the same level. On the 2G spectrum, bandwidths of 850/900/1800/1900 are supported, whereas in 3G HSDPA bandwidths of 900 and 2100 work fine. GPRS and EDGE are enabled on both the phones with an HSDPA speed rating of about 3.6 Mbps. WLAN is also present as can be expected on any smartphone these days, with an IEEE compatible 802.11b/g/n. Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 can be seen in both the phones that enable seamless data transfer over wired and wireless devices.
Both the phones have a solid 3.15 MP camera with a resolving power of 2048 x 1536 pixels, coupled with features such as geo-tagging, face detection, etc. Additionally, video recording is enabled at a frame rate of 24 fps in the L3, and at a 480p quality in the Explorer. Neither of the phones, however, seem to possess a secondary camera.
The phones run on Android OS v2.3 (Gingerbread) supported by sturdy processors. The L3 runs on an 800 MHz processor whereas the Explorer on a 600 MHz one, manufactured by Qualcomm. The phones have accelerometer, proximity sensors, etc. to aid in various aspects of usage of the phone. HTML5 and Flash are also supported.
The battery in the L3 is a solid lithium ion 1500 mAh fuel with a stand by duration of 600 hours and talktime of about 12 hours and 30 minutes. The Explorer, on the other hand, has a slightly less robust battery (expected of HTC) which has a power rating of 1230 mAh and supports stand by for 485 hours and talk time of less than 8 hours.
The prices of both the phones are approximately the same; the L3 with a price tag of USD 135, and Explorer with that of USD 160 .
Although both are pretty good phones, in our opinion, the LG Optimus L3 fares a little better than the HTC Explorer. Good going, LG!