This is a battle between two affordable Android smartphones from well known Korean manufacturers, Samsung and LG. Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 is the successor of Galaxy Mini S5570, bring many improvements in hardware. LG comes with its cheapest smartphone in L-series, LG Optimus L3 E400.
Both of them have a quite small display for an Android smartphone. Optimus L3 has a 3.2-inch display, while Galaxy Mini 2 has a slightly larger display, 3.27-inch. They only support 256K colors. The main different in display is Galaxy Mini 2 comes with better resolution display (240 x 320 pixels – HVGA), while Optimus L3 has the same resolution as first generation Galaxy Mini, only 240 x 320 pixels or QVGA. So, the Samsung smartphone has better pixel density, 176 ppi vs 125 ppi. Galaxy Mini 2 is the winner here.
A single-core 800 MHz processor is installed on each phones alongside with Adreno 220 GPU.
RAM and storage
4 GB of built-in storage is available on S6500, LG E400 only has 1 GB. The Samsung device also has a bigger RAM 512 MB compared to 384 MB, so it will give you a better multitasking power.
The phones come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Most likely they will not get ICS update. As usual, Samsung always customized the appearance of its Android smartphone UI, while LG with its Optimus UI.
They have a 3.2 MP camera on the rear as the main camera, equipped with geo tagging feature and capable to record video at VGA resolution, 25 fps on Galaxy Mini 2 and 24 fps on Optimus L3. None of them has a front-facing camera. They are equal in this category.
GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, and microUSB 2.0 port are available on each devices. But, Galaxy Mini 2 offers faster internet connection with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps, while HSDPA on Optimus L3 only supports 3 6 Mbps. NFC is also an optional feature on Galaxy Mini 2. You should hope that your country will get GM 2 with NFC support.
Although it is cheaper than Mini 2, L3 has a higher capacity battery (1500 mAh vs 1300 mAh) and claimed to give longer battery life.
Dimensions and weight
The dimensions of Galaxy Mini 2 are 109.4 x 58.6 x 11.6 mm, while Optimus L3 dimensions are 102.6 x 61.6 x 11.9 mm. The weight is not too much different 105.3 gram (Mini 2) vs 110 gram (L3).
In general, Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is ahead of Optimus L3. It has a better display, better connectivity features, bigger RAM, and bigger internal storage. But, considering that Optimus L3 is cheaper than GM 2, it can be an alternative if you want to save your budget. L3’s battery is claimed to give better battery life. We can say that L3 is below Mini 2, but it is better than first Galaxy Mini.