LG Prada 3.0 review: Slim fit

GSMArena team, 23 February 2012.
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Tags: LG, Android, Touch UI

Social integration

There are no dedicated Facebook, Twitter or MySpace apps. Instead you get the Social+ widget, which properly configured handles all your social networks. It displays all the latest news feeds, allows you to update your status (you can add media and links), you can also read your messages and handle friend request - all within this widget. In case you need more, you will be redirected to the mobile web version of the appropriate social service.

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The Social+widget

You can always download the official Facebook and Twitter apps from the Android Market too.

A better Android Market

The LG Prada 3.0 has the latest version of the Android Market. Upon launch of the Market app you're greeted with the tiled interface of the Featured window. A swipe to the right takes you to the Categories view.

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The Android Market

Swiping to the left takes you through Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free and Trending (the ones with growing popularity). New sections are available such as Staff Picks, Editor's Choice and more.

Downloads are easy and won't take more than a couple of seconds. Before you agree to download an app, the Market will show you what features the app requires access to (e.g. Internet connectivity, access to the file system, etc.).

The LG SmartWorld own app store is also on board. It's similar to the SamsungApps - there you can find lots of free content and promotions exclusive for the LG users.

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LG SmartWorld

Google Maps and Navigation (where available)

The LG Prada 3.0 managed to get a GPS lock in about two minutes without A-GPS. A-GPS can speed up the lock (but it involves data traffic). Cell-ID and Wi-Fi positioning are also available if all you need is a rough location, but they need a data connection too.

Google Maps is a standard part of the Android package and we've covered it many times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere. You can plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View.

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Google Maps

The latest version uses vector maps, which are very data efficient and easy to cache. The app will reroute you if you get off course, even without a data connection.

3D buildings are shown for some of the bigger cities and you can use two-finger camera tilt and rotate to get a better view of the area.

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