LG Optimus L7 retains the top-notch position in the LG L series of smartphone handsets, which have sleek designs and cheap price tags. Its other siblings are the LG Optimus L5 and Optimus L3. The L7 is undeniably a good-looking "L-Style" range of phone and uses a modern square-style design coupled with a "floating mass" screen, slimmer look and a more intuitive arrangement of menu keys. In addition to this, it comes with pre-installed Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. This is skinned with LG's "3.0 UI" overlay. The LG Optimus L7’s 4.3” screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel camera are its other standard features. There is 4GB of internal memory and the phone also accepts microSD cards for extra memory space.
There's no word on pricing and we expect that LG Optimus L7 lands soon and is affordable as per smartphone standards. It sports sleek looks, has a decent display and if comes out at an affordable price, its inadequate processor could even be ignored. All that has some direct implications and we think that LG Optimus L7 is here to stay for long time.[ + ] Read LG Optimus L7 Review
Surprising but it is true that LG has also decided to create some new Android handsets with an all together “new design language”. As such, LG Optimus L7 handset, which was unleashed ahead of 2012 MWC, is slimmer. It measures 8.7 mm in thickness only and this's pretty cool. Yet, it retains that home button and two soft keys on each side that lights up only when are instructed to do so. The happy news for all the button fans doesn’t end here because the power key and volume rocker slider has also debuted in LG Optimus 7.
But even then if LG Optimus L7 comes out at a relatively affordable price then it will be a hot favorite for all those who can’t afford HTC One X or a Galaxy Note to have fun with Ice Cream Sandwich and the 4.3-inch screen. The 4.3-inch screen of LG Optimus L7 lies on brilliant white colored body and is surrounded by good amount of chrome edging. It is fairly bright and vivid to do justice to colorful app icons and playing back the YouTube video clips. The 4.3 inch "floating mass display" is a key feature and it simply means that the display is positioned closer to the surface of the screen to give a floating impression and it does look pretty impressive.
The style credentials of LG Optimus L7 are not something to boast or flaunt but rather decent. On the whole, we find the so called “new design language” of LG Optimus L7 is not really absolutely new. The handset is square and resembles the old “Prada range” of LG handsets.
The music features of LG Optimus L7 include an in-built music player that can play music in multiple formats viz. MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV. However, a FM radio is missing in this phone. One can get a mind blowing audio quality on it via its 3.5mm audio jack which gives good music output and also via its stereo speakers.
The 5 megapixels camera sensor and flash rests at the back of the handset and gels beautifully well in the textured mesh-like finish of LG Optimus L7.
The camera app took some more time to open and can be rather considered slow but the shutter fired really quickly and clicked some genuinely fine pictures. It is difficult to predict the low light performance without real life testing but it is rather confirmed that video recording is far too low grade. While starting the video recording took long time, the resultant playback was very pixellated, almost blurred.
LG Optimus L7 comes with 4GB of internal memory. The internal memory isn’t really skimpy but a microSD card slot does allow extra storage.
A 1700 mAH battery unit is present in LG Optimus L7 that gives 4 hours of talk time and 4.2 days of standby time.
LG Optimus L7 features a stereo Bluetooth v.3.0 version with A2DP for local data sharing. Similarly data transfers may be carried out via a USB cable through the USB port provided in the handset and that also gets a back-up of all the important data.
There is also Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Wi-Fi hotspot support in this phone. It is 3G-enabled phone which can alternatively use GPRS network connection for taking the full benefit of Internet services. For unhindered Internet browsing on LG Optimus L7, a built-in HTML browser is set inside.
Do not expect much from the touchscreen of LG Optimus L7 especially in its landscape mode. Text input isn't brilliant and one will definitely have to encounter all kinds of troubles while using the keyboard in portrait mode also though it seems quite well spaced. The phone, however, supports all messaging formats viz. SMS, MMS, Push mails, e-mails, etc. and it is also particularly easy to engage in some tweeting and Facebook stalking on this device.
LG Optimus M works on 2G GPRS/EDGE network on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz operating frequencies and also on 3G HSDPA/UMTS network.
It's unlikely that LG Optimus L7 will fare too well in gaming. Its processor is inadequate to support the new range of demanding 3D games (like Blood and Gory) that Android Market offers to its esteemed ICS phone customers. You can, however, engage in other games and apps sourced from there to have fun.
LG Optimus L7 is very sleek and boasts the attractive modern new design with 4.3” floating mass display. The latest version of Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich is also one of its highlights.
An underpowered processor for an advanced OS can really ruin the performance of otherwise a good smartphone. This seems to be the case with this device. Whether its1GHz processor that powers Ice Cream Sandwich software on LG L7 can handle prolonged use is still a mystery but it seems difficult at the first hand. Already, some slight lags have been noticed while using camera and other apps.
The poor video quality shot by its 5 megapixels camera is also a major concern.[ - ] collapse
LG Optimus L7 General
|Global Status||Available. Released 2012, May|
LG Optimus L7 Standard Battery Features
LG Optimus L7 Camera Features
LG Optimus L7 Sound Settings
LG Optimus L7 Connectivity Options
|3G Network||3G, HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
LG Optimus L7 Additional Features
|JAVA Type||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|