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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.
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.
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
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
A very good entry-level device
The phone can be quite tedious to use, as it suffers from lots of random slow downs and pauses
A fairly decent phone which, if it’s available cheap enough
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
A beautiful, entry-level Android 4.0 smartphone with LG's new UI 3.0
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
Looks and feels great, but struggles to keep up with most basic tasks
Solid, attractive design and superb call quality
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. Save yourself.Less
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! :-((Less
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.Less
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 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.Less
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 bought this phone less then a month ago.Less
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.Less
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 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 thoughLess
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 sandwitchLess
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