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LG Optimus L7 II review

 Review: September 2013  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The LG Optimus L7 II is a mid-range Android phone with smart looks, good performance and strong battery life. The small built-in memory is its only weak point.



 

Intro

The LG Optimus L7 2 (P710) is an Android smartphone slapped right in the middle of mid-range. This is a crowded space, littered with the rusting hulks of last year's flagship models (we jest) and lots of fresh, young mid-range phones eager to devour a slice of this active market. We fear that the Optimus L7 II is going to be eaten for lunch here, if that's not pushing our metaphor just a little too far.

Smart looks

The P710 is definitely a big step up from last year's L7 model. Although it's keenly priced, it has a premium look about it, although the plastic feel is a give away.

The display measures 4.3 inches which is absolutely standard for a mid-range smartphone, and LG are making a big deal about it being an IPS display. To be fair, it's a nice, crisp display, although the 480 x 800 pixel resolution is nothing to shout about.

8 megapixel camera

More interesting perhaps is the 8 megapixel camera, which seems to offer more than other camera phones at this price. You also get a front-facing VGA camera for making video calls.

Performance

The phone runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1, and with a 1GHz dual-core processor to power it, the user interface zips along. Demanding games will show up the lack of power in the processor, and if you multitask you'll find that the 768MB of RAM isn't a lot either. Memory is also cramped, with just 4GB of internal memory, although you can add a memory card for up to 32GB extra.

Connectivity

It's a 3G phone with HSPA giving download speeds up to 7.2Mbps, plus Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth, and an NFC chip.

Battery life

If there's one area where the L7 II really stands out it's in battery life. With a whopping 2460mAh battery, LG is making an effort to address users' number-one complaint - low battery life. This is one of the biggest batteries around, and will easily power the phone through a hard day's work - probably lasting for several days if you're a lighter user.

Conclusion

There's nothing wrong with the P710, except perhaps the small amount of built-in memory. It's smart and performs perfectly well as a mid-range smartphone. LG is out of favour at the moment, but if you're willing to give the company a chance, we don't think you'll be disappointed by this phone.

In the same price bracket, you'll also find the Motorola RAZR i and the HTC One SV, which are both also worth a look.


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