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Published on February 16th, 2013 | by Guest Writer


Two Very Popular Basic Smartphones – HTC Hero V LG Optimus L3

HTC and LG are both well-known manufacturers of smartphones and the HTC Hero and the LG Optimus 7 have both sold very well. They both have good and bad points and are not the high-spec handsets that some users might be looking for, but those who just want an introductory smartphone might find either of these fits their needs.

Operating Systems

The HTC Hero has been given an Android operating system but so has the LG Optimus L3 so in this respect they are fairly evenly matched. Android has many benefits for the user including the vast number of apps that can be added to the phone as well as the ability to customise homepages as needed.


Battery life on the HTC Hero gives up to 440 hours of standby and nearly 8 hours of talk time. This is defeated easily by the LG Optimus LG which has standby time of up to 600 hours and talk time of up to 10 hours. This is much better for those who are light users and who do not want to be recharging their handsets every couple of days. Those who will use the phone a lot may find that they need to do this on a daily basis, no matter which of these handsets that they choose.


Memory on the HTC handset is just 512 MB, but this is helped along by the inclusion of a microSD slot. Internal memory on the LG handset is 1 GB, which is double that of the HTC and this also has the microSD slot. Storage is important for anyone who wants to store photos, music or apps on their phone.


The camera feature on the HTC Hero is fairly basic despite the 5 megapixels. There is no in-built flash on the camera which is very limited in terms of when a photo can and cannot be taken. The LG Optimus L3 is also not the greatest camera included on a smartphone. It has just 3 megapixels and no flash. On both phones there is the ability to record video. The HTC Hero is also missing a radio function which may be disappointing for some users but this is included on the LG handset.

Internet Use

The connectivity options on the HTC handset include Bluetooth, 3G and Wi-Fi and this is matched by the LG handset. As both phones have good sized screens it is fairly easy to browse the internet and catch up with things like email and social networking. As there are apps available shortcuts can be added to email accounts and sites such as Facebook and Twitter for instant access.

Whichever of these phones is chosen the user will not be disappointed unless they are hoping to take a lot of photos. The camera function will be fine for the occasional snap but that is all. The phones are quite evenly matched on all the main points and as they are both easy to use there is no reason not to consider either of these handsets.

Phil Turner has always been pleased with the smartphones he has had over the past eight years. He sees no reason to buy a so-called smart phone at all.

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