Specs summary

Screen
4.3"

The LG Optimus L7's screen is 4.3 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Cortex A5 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1700 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 18.5 days standby time, 480 minutes (2G), 360 minutes (3G).



The Optimus L7 really catches the eye. With its large, bright screen, slim 8.7mm waistline, and pleasantly-textured back panel, it is a very comfortable phone to hold in hand.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews summary

5.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 23 reviews

Most would agree, the LG Optimus L7 is a thing of beauty. It belongs to LG’s line of highly stylish and slightly sophisticated handsets that have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed as the operating system. Based on looks alone, it’s bound to get high grades. However, once you pick it up and use it, you’re excitement is bound to fade.

The spec sheet lists the following features: 4.3-inch 480x800 pixel resolution screen, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and microSD card support. Its overall feature-set is not that bad for a mid-range Android device. For some reason, though, things just don’t seem to blend well during actual usage, especially if you’re a power-user who aims to multitask with the phone like there’s no tomorrow.

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Fitted with 1GB of RAM and a 1GHz processor, the LG Optimus L7 becomes agonizingly slow to use at times. It struggles with HD video playback and hardly lasts for 4 hours of movie watching on a charge. It seems that the overlying UI used by LG is bogging down the handset so much that it becomes a pain in the rump to use.

Still, at just 8mm thin, the LG Optimus L7 might be good for those who are looking for a smartphone that’s as fashionable as it is pocketable.

Need To Know: LG Optimus L7

1. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the pre-installed operating system. (The Good)

2. An outward appearance that’s sure to get double-takes from those who see it. (The Good)

3. The phone has an apparent inability to deal with HD video playback without experiencing problems. (The Bad)

4. Battery life is best described as simply awful compared with other Android handsets in the same price range. (The Bad)


Reviews (5.1/10 Avg. rating)


A stylish handset at a reasonable price

from The Mobile Indian

The LG Optimus L7 II P715 is meant for those who are brand conscious and are looking for a stylish handset at a reasonable price. It looks different from the crowd and LG has carefully refined each function that gives the best possible outcome as per the company's claims.

Of course, with its dual core processor, it cannot wage war with quad core processor handsets. However, its 5 inch rivals with quad core processors and 1 GB RAM cannot give you the battery life that LG Optimus L7 II P715 provides. Nor do most of them have the camera ability or the refined performance that it has.Full review

Reflective screen and sluggish performance detract from what is otherwise a good phone

from Expert Reviews
The LG Optimus L7 isn’t technically brilliant, but it has a large touchscreen and smoothly animated menus. It’s great if you just want a large smartphone for web browsing and listening to music, but not if you want to watch videos on your phone... Full review

A very good entry-level device

from Mobile88
The LG Optimus L7 is a pretty good device – for last year. Much of the specifications are last year’s and it made me wonder if LG was simply trying to clear their stock of components.The large screen and HSDPA data support would make this a good browsing device, plus the long battery lifespan would probably outlast whatever your main device was. It would do well as a talk-and-text device, but using a single-core to drive Android 4.0 is rather like driving a sports car in first gear – not exactly how you want t roll... Full review

The phone can be quite tedious to use, as it suffers from lots of random slow downs and pauses

from TrustedReviews
The LG Optimus L7 has a stylish design and some good features including NFC support and a large 4.3inch screen. However, its 1Ghz processor seems to be overwhelmed by what LG is asking it to do on this handset and the result is that the phone can be quite tedious to use, as it suffers from lots of random slow downs and pauses. Our advice is to look elsewhere to satisfy your Android craving... Full review

A fairly decent phone which, if it’s available cheap enough

from Coolsmartphone

This should be a very good phone. I loved the style and the quality of the screen. The camera held up well too, even if it is “just a 5 megapixel”, but the lack of an auto-brightness feature, low-res video recording and a slightly under-powered and slow browsing experience left us wanting somewhat. The addition of the NFC functionality and the DLNA “media beaming” capability was definitely something to be applauded.

Overall, a fairly decent phone which, if it’s available cheap enough, might be suitable for some, but the CPU did struggle at times when looking at hefty website... Full review

LG Optimus L7 is a good-looking design, with decent build quality and the latest Google software

from PC Advisor
The LG Optimus L7 is a good-looking design, with decent build quality and the latest Google software. However, it is severely let down by its poor performance – both in terms of subjective speed and in poor battery life. The price seems attractive when compared to high-end phones but there are much better Android handsets available for less... Full review

A beautiful, entry-level Android 4.0 smartphone with LG's new UI 3.0

from Engadget

As much as we wanted to like the Optimus L7, we must strongly urge those who want an entry-level smartphone to look elsewhere. It's quite a shame, really, because LG's design efforts hinted at something so much greater. We genuinely appreciate the phone's display, handy NFC capabilities, excellent battery life and even its software, which features LG's UI 3.0 layered on top of Android 4.0.

Unfortunately, that's where the party ends. The Optimus L7 is a sluggish performer that is further hindered by unnecessary animations and transition effects in the UI. While that alone wouldn't qual... Full review

A good midlevel Android device that features some of the latest technology in the market

from Cnet
The LG Optimus L7's slow processor is ultimately a real deal killer for me. It's annoyingly slow and doesn't do the sleek device justice. Especially since the smartphone is running the latest Android OS and sports a modern design, having that extra lag time is a drag.However, if you put that issue aside (or you simply don't need a fast CPU), the L7 definitely pushes the definition of "midlevel" up a few notches. Its NFC capabilities and solid Nova display alone already put it ahead of most midrange LG handsets, and the Ice Cream Sandwich OS is the pleasant cherry on top... Full review

Looks and feels great, but struggles to keep up with most basic tasks

from Mobile Syrup
It’s no secret I was not enamoured with the LG Optimus L7. The best thing I can say about it is that it ships with Ice Cream Sandwich, and that its visual lineage bodes well for the rest of LG’s 2012 line-up. The rest of the story is a little grim: poor performance, inadequate network speeds and a generally underwhelming screen lack a compelling narrative at this price point... Full review

Solid, attractive design and superb call quality

from The Verge

LG has succeeded in creating a desirable, well-built device, but has burdened it with an underpowered processor — that’s really all that’s missing here. The L7’s IPS display is very good for a budget device, and Android 4.0 is a huge selling point.

LG’s problem, however, is that it’s not alone in wanting a piece of the budget smartphone market. HTC’s One V is almost exactly the same price as the L7, is very well built, and also offers Android 4.0 alongside better performance and camera quality. Cheaper still is Sony’s Xperia U, which promises to bring a lot of features... Full review


This phone is TERRRIBLE

because it is soo SLOWW. you just want to throw it away. The first couple months are great, but as soon as you start to download apps, it is horrible. IT always shuts off randomly and will close all your applications when using them. Definitley do not reccommend this phone for whatever its worth. Sa... More

because it is soo SLOWW. you just want to throw it away. The first couple months are great, but as soon as you start to download apps, it is horrible. IT always shuts off randomly and will close all your applications when using them. Definitley do not reccommend this phone for whatever its worth. Save yourself.

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"preparing internal memory" - issue

I used this phone 5 months, was satisfied. Last weekend it started to "preparing internal memory". Apps crashed because they couldn't access the memory anymore. Could not take pictures nor play music. Also couldn't copy my files by USB nor backup by Google. Was not able to de/install apps nor to sto... More

I used this phone 5 months, was satisfied. Last weekend it started to "preparing internal memory". Apps crashed because they couldn't access the memory anymore. Could not take pictures nor play music. Also couldn't copy my files by USB nor backup by Google. Was not able to de/install apps nor to stop this memory-procedure. After three days (still on 96% of "preparing") I installed PC Suite, made a backup. The backup file was in the program, then resetting procedure crashed on the PC. Backup file on PC was gone!!! For me it looks like a big bug in Android besides a problem with PC Suite. Very disappointing! :-((

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Suddenly the backup file showed up again and I could restore everything on my cell :-) unfortunately it also restored the running "preparing internal memory" task. :-(( No I'm reseting my phone I'll begin from the scratch. :-/

Sleek with a big screen

I've had this phone for a month and am pleased with it. I'm not a heavy user and didn't want to pay a lot for a new mobile. Wifi works well, internet pages are easy to read because of the bigger screen. In spite of what the reviewer said, the battery lasts for longer than my old mobile - so no compl... More

I've had this phone for a month and am pleased with it. I'm not a heavy user and didn't want to pay a lot for a new mobile. Wifi works well, internet pages are easy to read because of the bigger screen. In spite of what the reviewer said, the battery lasts for longer than my old mobile - so no complaints there either.

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I hate this SLOW phone

I hate this phone. I got it on a 2 year contract, and at first I loved it. Sleek, easy to use, convenient and easy to turn wifi, sound, data, etc on and off.. Nice big screen and super light. BUT shortly after getting this phone it became SOOOO unbearably slow. I'm not a big app person, I probably... More

I hate this phone. I got it on a 2 year contract, and at first I loved it. Sleek, easy to use, convenient and easy to turn wifi, sound, data, etc on and off.. Nice big screen and super light. BUT shortly after getting this phone it became SOOOO unbearably slow. I'm not a big app person, I probably installed under 10 -- These weren't the problem anyways, because I tried deleting them but it reamined just as laggy as ever. Switching to home screen, scrolling home screens, dialing.. Everthing takes soo long to load. Totally unbearable. It's like having an old computer with the slowest possible internet. You have to wait every time you try to do something.. Also, the camera is good in great lighting, but in average lighting in your home or outside it's absolutely pathetic, soo dark and just useless. Had to buy a different phone.

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I hate it

I tried to dial a number and it would not go through I pressed 13 times on one number and still would not go through. I went to my grandson's birthday party he turned 3 and the camera would not work. I was so upset and then I brought it to the store and even the sale's rep. could not fix it. I boug... More

I tried to dial a number and it would not go through I pressed 13 times on one number and still would not go through. I went to my grandson's birthday party he turned 3 and the camera would not work. I was so upset and then I brought it to the store and even the sale's rep. could not fix it. I bought this phone less then a month ago.

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Hate it

The phone LOOKS all sleek and fancy, but what good are looks when it doesn't function the way you want it to? Sometimes when I try to make calls, they won't go through. You press the send button and nothing happens. So... you end up giving up, and using another phone. THEN it ends up dialling 5 m... More

The phone LOOKS all sleek and fancy, but what good are looks when it doesn't function the way you want it to? Sometimes when I try to make calls, they won't go through. You press the send button and nothing happens. So... you end up giving up, and using another phone. THEN it ends up dialling 5 minutes later! Or when you're trying to send a text, sometimes the keyboard doesn't work right away. Or when you're trying to make a phone call when you're lying down, the screen locks so if you're making a call where you have to type in prompt buttons it won't work. This is the worst phone I've ever had in terms of function.

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Barbara_15367
I can relate Mel I had the same issue with my phone as I put in my review. To kick it off I bought the phone on Sept.4 and brought it back on the 6th Rogers phones tech support and they said give her a new phone. Brought the new phone home and a week afterwards the phone is having the same issue. Rogers policy is you can bring back the phone by 15days and they get a new one. I brought the phone back next week and they could not get a hold of tech support so the sales guy could not give me a new phone. So now the 15days is up and I am stuck with this turkey. I phoned Rogers and talked for over 90 minutes only to be told they cannot give me a new phone. While I quit Rogers and am happy I do not have to deal with this rip off business.

Barbara_15367
Sorry for the grammar mistakes. I meant to say I brought back the phone on the 6th and the salesman had to phone technical support to see if I could get a new phone. We got through to tech support and tech support said give her a new phone. So I brought the new phone home and I started to have the same issues next week. This time the salesman cannot get through to tech support and said I cannot have a new phone. You buy the phone only to be ripped off.

Next best thing to an Iphone

The Iphone wasn't an affordable option for me. I couldn't afford it without a plan and the monthly bills with a 3 year agreement were over $50! So I decided to get a smartphone instead. Some of the reasons I chose the LG Optimus L7 are: - It had a large screen so browsing the internet and playing g... More

The Iphone wasn't an affordable option for me. I couldn't afford it without a plan and the monthly bills with a 3 year agreement were over $50! So I decided to get a smartphone instead. Some of the reasons I chose the LG Optimus L7 are: - It had a large screen so browsing the internet and playing games is easy on the eyes. - It's easy to learn how to use, I got used to it in just one day (unless you have never used and ipod touch, it may be a little confusing) - I didn't need to get a data plan (I use wirless internet) - I can download apps - It has a camera on the front and back - There are plenty more reasons but I just can't think of them right now :) Things I don't like: - I find it hard to focus with the camera - I had trouble connecting to the internet in the beginning. I had to turn on the guest access on my wireless to finally get my phone to connect. And everyone time the internet gets reset I have to turn on the guest access again so it's kind of tedious. - Sometimes it freezes. Most of the time it's pretty smooth though

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Its all you need in a phone

this is probably one of the fastest phones that i have used. i also love how acessible this phone is with its ice cream sandwitch

this is probably one of the fastest phones that i have used. i also love how acessible this phone is with its ice cream sandwitch

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