Summary: The original Prada Phone, LG would have us believe, was the inspiration for the iPhone. Just four months after LG won the iF Design award for its groundbreaking design, Steve Jobs took to the stage at Macworld and turned the entire industry on its head. There were similarities between the two devices, but while both had touch-based UIs, capacitive displays, and strong black bezels, there was a key difference: software.
Conclusion: We really like the LG Prada 3.0. It's the best mobile phone we've reviewed from LG in a while and manages the rare feat of being fashionable, without compromising on features. It's not perfect - the specs already feel a little outclassed and there are certainly more powerful phones with better cameras out there, but if you want a stylish Android handset for a bit of browsing, gaming, email and posing, the LG Prada 3.0 is for you. Thanks to Clove for the review sample.
Pros: Excellent screen, Attractive design and menu, Fast processor
Cons: Unusual camera launcher placement, Arguably a little plasticky
Summary: It’s a good package and we like some of LG’s user interface tweaks, particularly its stylish widgets, but it feels very, very strange moving from B&W Home screens to colour apps. Get Android 4.0 on here and lose the novelty theme and we’d like it more, although it would lose some of its quirky charm in the process.
Excerpt: The Prada Phone by LG 3.0 , to give it its full and preposterously clunky name, certainly looks the part, but does it have enough tech on board to match up to its designer looks? The large 4.3-inch screen and bespoke UI are certainly compelling, but are they enough to take on the best smartphones around? We took it for a test drive to find out...
Excerpt: The Prada Phone by LG has certainly got a unique look about it with a textured back cover that gives it the feel of fancy notebook or a posh leather-bound cigarette case. Personally we did not like this design and for the money you pay (something like £342), its spec seems under-whelming compared to some of the other handsets we reviewed this month (namely the HTC One S and Sony Xperia S ).
Summary: While LG’s Prada has managed to get a few things right, it feels more like Prada should have put the phone through quality control before it was released with the likeness of such a prestigious design house.
Pros: One of the few phones to be officially licensed by a major fashion brand, Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology included, Covered charge port
Cons: Outdated version of Android (2.3), Only LG's icons match the monochromatic skin, making the Android overlay look unfinished, Could do with more internal storage space, Battery lucky to last a day