LG Optimus Dynamic II on TracFone.com

by pbushx2 on

TracFone has just debuted a fifth Android device on their website. The original LG Optimus Dynamic was one of the first four Android devices offered on TracFone in the final months of 2013, and now its successor, the LG Optimus Dynamic II (also called the LG L39C), joins the lineup as well.

LG Optimus Dynamic II on TracFoneThe Dynamic II offers several noteworthy improvements, starting with a processor upgrade from 800 MHz to 1.0 GHz. The Android operating system is also significantly more advanced on the newer version, with 4.1 “Jelly Bean” as compared to 2.3 “Gingerbread” on the original. The screen size also gets a large bump, from 3.2″ up to 3.8.”

Like the original, it includes GPS. Both models also ship with a 4 GB microSD card included. In either case, users can upgrade the storage with a memory card of up to 32 GB.

One of the less-than inspiring specs on the new model is sub-par 3.0 MP camera. That is just what the original offered, so this is not an upgrade. 3 MP seems almost stone-age these days. It will certainly get the job done in most situations, but in no way is it a suitable replacement for a stand-alone camera. Meanwhile, many of the higher-end phones these days are effectively replacing point-and-shoot cameras with their high-quality optics and high-resolution sensors.

The official TracFone price is $129.99. Compared to the original Dynamic currently at $79.99, I’d say the Dynamic II is a no-brainer if you are looking for a brand new phone. On the other hand, if you already have a functioning Android phone (including the original LG Optimus Dynamic), nothing about the specs on the Dynamic II is really compelling to me, so I’d suggest you look elsewhere for an upgrade.

Here are some of the specs on the LG Optimus Dymamic II:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 3 home screens
  • 3MP camera/video recorder
  • GPS Capability
  • 3G/Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Alarm clock
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Call Waiting
  • Caller ID
  • E-mail
  • Gravity/proximity sensor
  • Hearing-aid compatible M4/T4
  • Multitasking
  • Ships with 4GB microSD card installed; compatible with cards up to 32 GB

I am thinking this is one that I will have to try out for myself, so look for a full review of the LG Optimus Dynamic II coming soon. In the mean time you can check out more about this phone on TracFone’s site by clicking here.

 

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

JD February 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Excellent! I’m looking forward to your review of this new Tracfone Android model. Please do not forget to review how it works as a phone, i.e. battery life, stand by time, how the sound quality is for both sides of the conversation, reception and the like. Thanks.

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pbushx2 February 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Thanks for the reminder JD. It’s easy to forget sometimes that these are still, after all, PHONES. :) I’ll make sure to review those aspects of the Dynamic II.

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Oliver Kassem February 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Also interested in WiFi. It’s kind of hard to justify $129 when Target was just selling the Samsung Galaxy Centura for $79.99.

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pbushx2 February 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I can’t say for sure yet, but soon I’ll have first-hand knowledge of whether it is worth an extra $50 to get the larger screen and a faster processor.

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Judy February 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

I am a long time user of Tracfone. I purchased the android you spoke of in 2013. Thinking it was a true smart phone. The camera is ok, except cannot do the task of taking a photo of a check so I can deposit it into my checking account with my bank. Very annoying, because I assumed my upgrade from my old tracfone would get me to this access. Please let me know if the new phone can do this task.
Thank you.

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pbushx2 February 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Hi Judy,
I’m sorry about your new phone not accomplishing the main task you were hoping it would. I wonder whether the camera resolution of 3.0 MP is the limiting factor on the Centura? If so, you’ll likely find the same shortcoming on the Dynamic II, since that also has a 3.0 MP camera. I also don’t have accounts with any banks that offer that service, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to answer your question.

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Dale LaRoy Splitstone February 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm

The limitation is not the megapixels, but the fixed focus. A different fixed focal length could enable this capability.

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Robert Wind (rw) February 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm

ditto what jd says. also I’d like to know about its phone listing: how many numbers can be stored, and whether or not they can be downloaded to a pc file and restored if need be.

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pbushx2 February 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Hi Robert,
I will do my best to answer JD’s questions. As to the contacts – Android will sync all contacts with your google account, and the contacts are automatically backed up to the cloud. I don’t believe there is a limit on the number of contacts you can add.

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Greg February 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Thanks for the run down on this new phone. I wish that Tracfone would put a little higher end phones into the mix. It’s great that they are expanding their android presence, but a 1 GHz single core processor is almost stone age now a days. But I look forward to your review of this phone.

If you are looking for ideas for the blog, I’d love to see someone really cover the bring your own device program and come up with a list of Android phones that can be added to the Tracfone network.

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pbushx2 February 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Hi Greg,
Thanks for the suggestion. I actually have a draft post about the BYOP program almost ready to publish – I was going to put it out earlier this week, until I saw the Dynamic II on TracFone’s site and posted about that since it was timely.

As far as phones, I think that TracFone could absolutely make a killing if they could sell the Moto G for $180 or $200. That phone is not 4G, and Verizon started selling it about a month ago, but so far I haven’t seen anybody reporting a successful activation on TracFone. I wonder whether Verizon might explicitly prohibit TracFone from activating that model, since it is such a hot phone at the moment?

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RGS February 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Thanks for the review!

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Oda Stout February 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Thanks for the info. Looking forward to your review.

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BJ325 February 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm

I like the idea that this has a bigger screen. I ordered it. I have the original and have a hard time seeing number and letters. I am hoping this makes it easier. They did say it would on HSN. Finger crossed. Glad to see you back! :)

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Linda February 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Thank you. Look forward to seeing your review on this new phone.

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grayfish February 5, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Thank for the heads up on TracFone’s latest Android. One day I will have to change my old ancient cell. Does not do much but be a phone, but hey, that is what is for. Imagine that, a unpretensious cell phone. One day I will see the need to have a small internet/GPS device. It appears that this need will be sooner than later as a new alarm system is in order also. I like the idea of remote control of alarm controls.

Take care and I look forward to your complete review.

The gray one.

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teresa February 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

good details for this phone. The regular LG Dynamic seemed good but when I saw it in person…. it was so small compared to what’s out there now. Nice to know they tried to upgrade it but why would they put a 3.0 camera in it ?

Sometimes I think the prepaid phone makers do 95% right and then leave out some finer details that would sell more phones.

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Regis February 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm
Bigfella February 7, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Hey, thanks for getting back active with your blog !
I’ve been receiving your posts for some years now and have bought my last 2 (or 3?) phones according to your reviews. I just purchased the Dynamic II ahead of your review because of the fabulous deal that Home Shopping Network is offering, including a free 200 minute card and many more bells and whistles for the same $129.99 price from Tracfone without. The deal was still available today Friday Feb 7.
http://www.hsn.com/products/lg-optimus-android-tracfone-w600-minutes-texts-and-data/1089005
I put together a all inclusive PDF of the deal in it’s entirety that I will try to send to your Google account. Feel free to use it however you want as long as it’s for the good. If you don’t get the PDF that way, and you want it, let me know where to send it.

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pbushx2 February 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Thanks, I’ll be taking a look at that today.

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CrunchyCookie February 10, 2014 at 6:34 am

Don’t forget the most crucial improvement: this phone now has enough internal memory to actually be functional.
From what I remember, the old Optimus Dynamic had about 150 MB of ROM memory; install 3 apps and it was filled to the brim. Now it has a far more respectable 2 GB. (Or is it 4? It’s hard to find ROM specs in casual searches.)

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Dale LaRoy Splitstone February 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Optimus Dynamic (L38c), 384MB RAM, 1GB internal flash storage, 4MB flash memory card included, expandible to 32MB.

Optimus Dynamic II (L39c), 512MB RAM, 4GB internal flash storage, 4MB flash memory card included, expandible to 32MB.

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pbushx2 February 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Thanks Dale for digging up that info, and for adding the info about the camera.

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CrunchyCookie March 1, 2014 at 3:22 am

Ah so the internal # was 4 GB after all. Nice.
The old one had 384 MB? Geez, you’d think fewer people would be complaining. That’s almost halfway adequate for a minimalist.

Don’t forget to mention that memory cards are mostly irrelevant for app storage, for some screwy reason.

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