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A good phone for the basic user
on September 10, 2013
When I decided to switch from Virgin Mobile to prepaid T-Mobile, my phone choices were a bit limited, because I didn't want to spend a lot of money for the phone. There were only a few in the $200-250 range. I looked at the LG L9, but it was too big for my front pocket. I also liked that this F3 had a bit of a faster processor, LTE capability, and that big battery, so I decided on this F3 and I am, for the most part, pleased with it for what I paid.
I have had this phone for 3 weeks now and I actually gone 2 days on a battery charge a few times. If I am at 60% or so at bedtime, I will keep the phone off the charger until it gets down to around 30%, and then charge it. Sometimes, if the usage has been light, it can hold out until the 2nd night. The screen is good, the processor, being a dual-core 1.2 GHz, is okay for light gaming, and LG gives you a lot of ways to customize, with different themes, fonts, lock screens, etc. Of course, the phone does have drawbacks, you couldn't get a budget phone that had everything perfect, right? :)
There are a couple of little things...speaker is weak, and I sometimes cannot hear it in the next room. I wish the front camera was a little better. But what really concerns me is that it has a small amount of storage. I am glad that I have a Kindle Fire 2nd gen that I use for most things, and therefore I keep just a few apps and games on this phone. The good thing is, with the Android 4.1.2, I am fine with the stock launcher, messaging app, camera app, etc. So, for me there is no need to use up the small amount of storage I have by installing 3rd party apps, something I had to do in the past if I wanted increased functionality. Still, even with that, right now, I have about 432 Mb available...not very much, I know. It does have a micro SD slot for music, videos, etc., but the changes to Android with the Jellybean version prevent you from storing apps on the SD card...something I could do on my old Gingerbread phone. I have been thinking about rooting the phone to get around this, but I have never done it before and I keep reading about the possibility of bricking the phone. So for now, I am trying to be conservative about what I install on the phone.
The LTE coverage where I am is very fast. I tested that at the T-Mobile store before I bought this phone, and it does not disappoint. I am currently on the $60 plan, where you get 2.5 Gb of high speed 4G (LTE if it is in your area), and then the phone drops down to 2G until the next month starts. (As an aside, the 2G is actually faster than the supposed 3G that I had with Virgin Mobile, so for the most part, I am very much happy with the 2G!) Three weeks into my plan, and I have only used 1.7 Gb of the 2.5 allotted to me.
All in all, this is a good phone with lots of functionality if you are okay with the storage limitation. I would recommend it to a casual user who likes to play a simple game now and then, perhaps would use the camera for the quick shot now and then, but who is more concerned with the actual phone and messaging aspects.