- Price, features, solid design
- Limited memory, unnecessary navigational controls
The LG U310 is a good entry-level phone with 3G capability
Price$ 259.00 (AUD)
The LG U310 is nothing special, but its simplicity could very well be the basis of its appeal. Featuring a solid clam-shell design and user-friendly software, the U310 offers an intimidation-free first look into the world of 3G.
A simple, intuitive user interface provides a gentle introduction to the surprisingly application-laden phone. Besides the usual address book, calendar, e-mail and SMS functions, the U310 includes cute -- and potentially useful -- organisational features like a world clock, a "dateulator" that counts down to future events, and "secret memos", which allows the user to lock each note with the phone's four- to eight- digit PIN code.
The U310 is available in black, white, and hot pink. Answering and terminating phone calls is as simple as a fashionable flip of the lid. Call quality is sharp and clear, and the screen performs well even in sunlight. Like its sister the U300, the U310 features a 1.3-megapixel camera that rotates 180 degrees for self portraits and inconspicuous photo-taking, which doesn't always produce the best of photos, but image quality is sufficient for an entry level phone.
Inside the phone, a flurry of navigational buttons awaits. On top of the regular number pad are 14 buttons that provide unnecessarily convenient access to videos and music. In fact, there are so many buttons that the U310 features not one, but two keys to allow users to backtrack to a previous screen. Perhaps it may have been wise for LG to use any one of these controls to allow easy access to silent, vibrate and general profiles; for now, switching between profiles is achieved via a two-step process from the general menu.
When closed, the U310 displays essential information such as the date, time and battery life, on a small, 96 x 96 pixel screen. Underneath this display are three navigational buttons for music playback; however, these controls seem unnecessary considering the lack of inbuilt memory to support the storage of MP3 files.
The U310 features a meagre 11MB of internal memory. This can be expanded via microSD cards; however, these are not included and users hoping to use the phone for MP3 playback should be aware of the added costs of buying one. With such memory limitations and no FM radio, it seems the phone's multimedia functionality is primarily intended for streaming. Music aficionados read: hello, top 20.
Marketed by the 3 mobile network as the "Big Brother" phone, the U310 comes equipped with basic audio and visual capabilities to provide users with a fix of voyeurism on demand. Entertainment value aside, video streaming via the phone's 176 x 220 pixel display and inbuilt speakers is not an entirely pleasant experience. Sound is distorted and jarring when using the speaker at the higher end of the phone's volume setting, but is much improved through the included headset.
Network connectivity could be another annoyance, especially when navigating Planet 3's news, music and video feeds in areas with patchy coverage, such as when on the train. Otherwise, the phone navigates intuitively through 3's offerings, and even first-timers to 3G functionality should have no problems.
PC connectivity allows users to back up address book and calendar details. This is achieved via Bluetooth or a proprietary USB cable. Oddly, the latter is not a standard inclusion of LG's starter package and must be purchased separately.
The U310 is charged via a proprietary wall plug, and, as the LG advertises, it takes about 3.5 hours to charge a completely discharged battery. Moderate users can expect the phone to last about two days in between charges, with about 2 hours of talk time and 160 hours on standby.
Join the newsletter!
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
cloudandco Smart Cane
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Apple iPhone X
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Toys for Boys
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Bose SoundLink Micro
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Xbox One X
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Sony Commences Android 8.0 Oreo Rollout in New Zealand Starting With Flagship Xperia XZ Premium Smartphone Device
- Qualcomm adds security, battery life features to phone chips
- Cygnett’s new wireless charging range has arrived
- Belkin Introduces USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD
- Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 Will Come To Australia
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTFinance Applications SpecialistOther
- TPBusiness AnalystQLD
- FTSenior Engineer (devOps)NSW
- CCHelpdesk Support AnalystNSW
- CCChange specialist OR Junior Change managerNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystQLD
- FTJunior Product/Project Manager - North QueenslandQLD
- CCJava Developers (EOI)QLD
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTAPS6 Data Management OfficerACT
- CCDynamics CRM Functional Consultant - BrisbaneVIC
- FTSAS Solution DesignerOther
- FTDevOps SpecialistACT
- FTProject ManagerACT
- FTEnterprise Solution ArchitectOther
- FTAccount Manager - Enterprise AccountsOther
- CCExstream DeveloperNSW
- TPTest CoordinatorQLD
- TPProject CoordinatorACT
- FTLead Change ManagerOther
- FTIntegeration ArchitectOther
- CCLead Technical Specialist ? SQL Lead -DBAVIC
- FTService Desk Analyst/Telecommunications Service AnalystOther
- TPSenior Project Manager - Office 365QLD
- TPAndroid DeveloperNSW