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A closer look at Sprint's Optimus F3 (pictures)

With its 5-megapixel camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, and dual-core processor, the Optimus F3 packs a good punch for a 4-inch handset.

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The LG Optimus F3 from Sprint

Currently available for free after users sign a two-year agreement with Sprint, the LG Optimus F3 is a compact 4G LTE handset that has NFC, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

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A modestly sized display

The 4-inch IPS touch screen has a 800x480-pixel resolution. Though it's no top-tier 1080p display, it's impressively clear and bright in its own right. Above the display is a VGA front-facing camera.

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Wieldy and comfortable

Measuring just 4.57 inches tall, 2.44 inches wide, and 0.4 inch thick, the device is compact and can easily fit in front jeans pockets. Comfortable to operate with one hand, it's also lightweight at 4 ounces.

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A look above

The top houses a 3.5mm headphone jack and the bottom has a Micro-USB port for charging. On its left and right edges are a volume rocker and sleep/power button, respectively.

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Packing Android Jelly Bean

The handset ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and comes with a number of Google's services, like Chrome, Gmail, Plus, Latitude, Local, and Maps with Navigation. The Google Play stores for Books, Magazines, Movies & TV, and Music are included as well.

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Swift dual-core inside

Powering the device is a zippy 1.2GHz dual core processor, and it has a 2,460mAh battery that gives a reported talk time of up to 16 hours.

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A respectable camera

The 5-megapixel camera offers a variety of options. Some include auto and touch focus; a flash; digital zoom; face tracking; geotagging; a timer; and five shooting modes that include panoramic and HDR.

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1080p full HD video

Video-recording options consist of the same digital zoom, flash, brightness meter, geotagging, color effects, and white balances. In addition, you can choose from six video sizes (ranging from 1080p full HD to MMS), and take still photos while recording.

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