LG Optimus F3 (Virgin, T-Mobile)
Available across several carriers, the Optimus F3 is a value no matter how you slice it. Users can get it free from Sprint with a carrier agreement, or for about $150 under the network's prepaid arm, Virgin. T-Mobile also sells it off-contract for $240. As for the phone itself, it's equipped with a solid 2,460mAh battery, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and 4G LTE. (Free with Sprint contract; $149.99 with Virgin Mobile off-contract; $240 with T-Mobile off-contract)
The good: The LG Optimus F3 is inexensive with or without a carrier contract, has long-lasting battery life, and comes with Google’s TalkBack feature for the visually impaired.
The bad: The Optimus F3 showed inconsistent 4G data performance and call quality was mediocre.
The bottom line: If you’re looking for a compact Android handset, the LG Optimus F3 will satisfy prepaid customers. As an on-contract phone, however, look to other free smartphones that are better.
October 31, 2013 2:59 PM PDT
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