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LG Optimus L7 review

 Review: May 2012  
 

Last updated April 2013

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The LG Optimus L7 is a high-spec smartphone at a mid-range price! With a superslim design, a 4.3 inch screen, the Android operating system, plenty of memory and exceptional battery life, you'll struggle to find a mid-priced phone that matches it.

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Review

LG have been losing out to Samsung and HTC in the Android wars, but they keep on trying hard, and the LG Optimus L7 is a phone that over-delivers on expectations. It sits at the top of the Optimus L series, and yet it's a surprisingly affordable handset.

LG have always fashioned good-looking phones and the L7 is no exception. The most common colour seems to be the white version, which looks delicious, with smart chrome edging and sleek styling, and it's a shame that the official photos don't do its looks any justice. Despite its affordable price tag, the L7 has a generous 4.3 inch screen. Although it's only a TFT screen, it still manages to be bright and colourful, and the high 480 x 800 pixel resolution gives it a definite advantage when compared with other phones in this price range. And yet the handset is an ultraslim 8.7mm wafer. Cool.

Running Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0, with some modifications by LG, the user interface is easy to use and highly customisable, and benefits from the huge wealth of third-party apps now available from Google Play (formerly Android Market).

The user interface breezes along fine, even though the processor is a middling 1GHz. This seems to be underpowered compared with the dual-core processors that are beginning to edge into this price bracket, and it's one area where the L7 may struggle, especially a year or so into a two-year contract. There's adequate memory - 4GB onboard, of which 2.7GB is available to the user, plus a microSD card slot so you can add a further 32GB of storage.

The 5 megapixel camera is good, although in no way exceptional. With fast autofocus and an LED flash, it makes a handy snapper, and it can record video too, but sadly not in HD.

The music player works well, with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an FM radio too. Assisted GPS with Google Maps looks good on the big screen, and connectivity is excellent, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 and fast 3G HSPA data access.

One thing that LG do well - and that other manufacturers would do well to emulate - is to provide plenty of battery power in their smartphones. The L7 comes with a National Grid-draining 1700 mAh battery, which should be enough to power the phone for days.

Despite LG's low profile in the Android world, the L-series of Optimus handsets is shaping up nicely. The L7 is a very polished phone that delivers a lot for your money. Key features are the 4.3 inch screen, Ice Cream Sandwich and the exceptional battery. It's starting to show its age a bit now, but for the modest price, this is a phone that takes a lot to beat.


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Reviewed by Tris from UK on 4th Jan 2013
I bought the l7 as a work mobile. There are good and bad things about this mobile. On the good side it has a nice screen that's plenty good enough for the job. NFC is a bonus. Its very slim and stylish in a Samsung s2/ prada 3.0 sort of way. Its nice and light with pretty good build quality for a lower end phone. LG have added some good apps for free. Now the bad points. The 1ghz processor just isn't enough to power it. Its fine on the home screen scrolling until you open an app. It really struggles. Things like play store and YouTube can grind to a near holt at times. The camera is below standard even at this level. Very grainy indeed. If lg could have stretched to a 800mhz duel core like Samsung on the ace2 most of the battle would be won. The camera I can forgive as you can still produce ok shots with some basic know how. This is a cheap phone but truth is, there is much better for the same money.
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Reply by Adrian from Singapore on 2nd Mar 2013
Thanks. I won't buy this Hp.


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