Review of the Android LG Optimus Dynamic II by TracfoneThis review by de9w2dsl, will cover the features, specs, buying information and overall opinion for the LG Optimus Dynamic II (LG L39C) from Tracfone.
|Front of the LG Optimus Dynamic II|
The Dynamic II is for use with Tracfone prepaid wireless service, and will not work with other service providers. Tracfone is a low cost, prepaid cell phone company throughout the US and they have several other companies under them, including StraightTalk and Net10. But Phones from one will not work with other companies.
The Dynamic II, along with the other Android Smartphones offered by Tracfone, runs on Verizon's 3G CDMA network. Be sure to check how the coverage in your area is before buying this phone.
Let's get straight to the Features and Specs for the Dynamic II.
LG Optimus Dynamic II Features and Specs:This smartphone comes with several impressive and convenient features.
- 3.8" Touchscreen
- Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean' with access to thousands of apps on Google Play
- Triple Minutes for Life
- Separate talk/text/data
- 3G speeds on Verizon's network
- WiFi Connectivity
- 4GB Micro SD card included
- 3MP camera (fixed focus)
- MP3 Player
- Hearing Aid Compatible
- Gravity/Shake/Tilt sensor
- Mobile Web, Email, Text, Caller ID etc.
- Handsfree speaker
- Voice Dialing
LG L39C Specs and Dimensions:
- Phone Size: 4.43" x 2.55" x 0.47"
- Screen Size: 3.8" (320x480)
- Weight: 4.44 OZ
- 1 Ghz Processor
- 512MB RAM
- Compatible with up to a 32GB Micro SD card
- Battery Life: 8 hours talk, 11 days on Standby
If one compares the Dynamic II to the Dynamic, the Dynamic II is basically an improvement in almost every category. Screen size, battery life, processor and Android OS are all improved over the older version, and even over some of the other Android offerings from Tracfone.
Let's briefly highlight some of the features we like, and don't like on the LG L39C:
LG Optimus Dynamic II - Likes and Dislikes:What We Like About the Phone:
He Dynamic II comes with Android 4.1, which is a newer version of the OS, but not the newest (the newest is currently 4.4). However, this is one of the newest versions that Tracfone is offering.
|Google Maps on the LG L39C|
Screen size: The LG Optimus Dynamic II comes with the largest screen size of any Tracfone yet, at 3.8 inches (measured diagonally). This makes it easier to see things, easier to read things, and provides more area to work on the phone.
To give some perspective, the older, LG Optimus Dynamic had just a 3.2" inch screen and the even older LG 800G had even less at 2.8". The other Android smartphones from Tracfone have 3.5" screens.
Additional points about the LG L39C: The phone comes with a 3MP camera which will take good pictures outdoors, but probably will major problems in low light. WiFi has been reported as quite decent, and is a great way to save your data. Just make sure you turn off data when not using it!
There are many other great features included with this phone which you can see in the feature list above. Now let's take a look at some shortcomings for this phone.
What We Dislike about the LG Optimus Dynamic II
First off, this phone is, at this time, the latest and greatest offering from Tracfone, so there is a lot that it does right. However, we do want to point out a few shortcomings, or things we wish Tracfone would change.
The internal memory and RAM are still somewhat small compared to other modern smartphones. The 512mb of RAM is decent enough, but if you load up a lot of apps, you might push this phone to its limit pretty quickly. The Dynamic II has a little less than 2GB of internal memory for apps and other storage. This is OK, but if you plan to store a lot of movies or pictures, get a large SD card and try to put it on there. (This phone does come with a 4GB SD card which is nice).
The LG Optimus Dynamic II runs on Verizon 3G, along with all of Tracfone's other smartphones, and gets fairly good connectivity and coverage. However, roaming on these phones is not good, so if you travel frequently, you might want to wait to buy a new phone.
Finally, Promo Codes no longer work with Android phones from Tracfone which is a disappointment.
Adding and Tracking Prepaid Minutes on the Dynamic IIThe way your track minutes, and how minutes are split up on the Android phones from Tracfone are a bit different, so we will cover that here.
Data, Talk and Text are now split into three separate 'pools' so that when you call or use data, you will still have the same number of texts as before. (EX: If you add a 200 minute card, it will be automatically tripled, and you will receive 600mb of data, 600 minutes for talk, and 600 texts).
This is a pretty good deal for almost anyone, except those who might do a lot more texting than calling or surfing the web. However, there are free apps that will text others for free when on WiFi or Data.
To check your airtime balance:
The easiest way to check your airtime on the LG Optimus Dynamic II is to download Tracfone's Airtime App. It is pretty simple to set up, and you can add airtime through it as well. You can almost go on the Tracfone website and check your account from there.
Phone Covers and Cases for the LG L39C:The Dynamic II is prone to scratches, especially on the glass touchscreen, so it is a good idea to get a case and screen protector.
The Thousand Eight rubberized L39C cover is a good option, or you can view all the cover choices on Amazon including screen protectors.
Overall Review and Buying Tips for the LG Optimus Dynamic II
|Dynamic II on Amazon|
Users have been reporting a large number of positive reviews, with few problems unlike the ZTE Valet or older Dynamic. (the Valet has had many reports of poor WiFi connection, and the old Dynamic is slower, and smaller).
Retailing for about $110, the LG Optimus Dynamic II is $99 on Amazon at this time, and can also be found at a great deal on sites like eBay, HSN and others.
If you check out the phone on Amazon, it has received an average rating of 4.2 out of 5, and there are a number of questions and answers available for additional information.
We do want to mention that there are some new phones on the horizon coming from Tracfone: The LG Optimus Fuel (LG L34C) is currently available, and the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style and Moto E are coming soon.
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LG Optimus Dynamic II Tutorial - View the full and interactive tutorial to learn more about the Dynamic II
LG Optimus Dynamic II User Guide - This is a complete, 80 page PDF user guide.