- Blake Stimac , IntoMobile
It's not the most powerful handset in the world, but what it does do, it does nicely.
- Lynn La , Cnet
The reasonable price tag, dual-core processor, and Android 4.0, make the LG Optimus L9 a reliable midlevel handset for T-Mobile users.
- Excellent viewing angles
- Sturdy build quality
- No lag when performing standard activities
- Battery lasts 7 hours with intensive use
- Only 4GB of onboard storage
- Dimensions difficult for one-handed use
When compared to its predecessor, the Optimus L7, critics are quick to note that the LG Optimus L9 offers a higher quality experience. Phonescoop praises the build and manufacturing of the phone stating, "Nothing about the L9 is creaky or loose." Design-wise reviewers point out the attractive albeit somewhat generic rectangular slab. It measures in at 5.2" x 2.7" x 0.36 inches and weighs 122 grams. While most critics found these dimensions easy to handle for long periods of time without fatigue, PCMag had difficulty using it one-handed.
The viewing experience on the L9 is also a step up from the L7. The 4.5" LCD display offers a qHD resolution of 540 pixels. While the resolution isn't as good as more high-end devices, reviewers agree that it offers crisp, bright images, good viewing angles and excellent bright light legibility. In order to prevent scratches, a layer of Gorilla Glass 2 protects the display.
In terms of specs, the phone offers an adequate 1 GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. GSM Arena benchmark tests put the device solidly in middle. After performing some real world tests, critics did not experience any lag when performing normal activities or when playing less graphics intensive games. Battery life exceeded expectation lasting over 7 hours in Laptop Mag's battery test. Unfortunately, the one drawback of the phone is its 4GB storage. While there is an expandable microSD slot, the space is only usable for images and videos not apps.
For a budget handset, experts were fairly impressed with the overall quality. Although the phone doesn't offer the best hardware or display out there, TMO News states, "if you just want a nice little Android phone, don't care about the most recent updates and just want something that'll power you through the day, the L9 is a great choice."
Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)
Attractive styling and wallet-friendly price
So, it turns out there's quite a lot to like about the LG Optimus L9. Its key selling point is the big screen, which is rather hard to come by in this price range. Retina levels of pixel density were out of the question - should we say, budget - but qHD doesn't look too bad.
The reasonably powerful hardware, nice looks, and excellent custom user interface are some more good reasons to choose the L9 if you are into big-screened smartphones.
The one thing that might turn a few users away is the disappointing camera performance, though imaging isn't necessarily everyone's top p... Full review
Simple and understated design is easy on the eyes but might not pop enough for some
There's a special place for the likes of the LG Optimus 9. It seems too easy to come out with a crappy mid-range handset, which is why it's refreshing to see a phone that does exactly what it promises to do, without an over-bloated UI or poor performance. The L9 is a solid handset for the mid-range market that performs servicably. Of course, if we could, we'd attempt to sway you to a device like the Nexus 4, but the L9 should prove to be a good first-time smartphone, or for someone who wants a smartphone and wants to do some light gaming, without breaking the bank.
At $249 off contr... Full review
The price point is right for new smartphone users and it’s plenty of hardware for the money
If you’re new to smartphones and are considering T-Mobile as your carrier, the Optimus L9 is easy to recommend. At only $80 with a two-year plan, there are far worse things you can do with your money. The 4.5-inch qHD display is one of the better looking screens you can get for that kind of cash and the overall package is quite compelling. The Android 4.0 and dual-core experience is more than just a step up from other budget offerings across other carriers. Yes, there are still Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices readily available and for not much less. Taken as a whole, this is the kind... Full review
For a budget handset, the LG Optimus L9 impresses
In no way is the phone the best, but its sleek design, nice screen, and the fact that it runs so smooth with have you thinking otherwise. Be sure that you consider the options before you pick one up, however, because while the Optimus L9 is good enough to be worthy of a recommendation here in 2012, its aging hardware means that probably won’t be the case when you enter the final part of your two-year contract in 2014.
Still, for $80 on contract, the Optimus L9 certainly isn’t a bad phone. It’s perfect for budget-minded consumers who don’t need the very best,... Full review
An affordable entry-level Android handset for T-Mobile
The Optimus L9 isn't totally without merit. We appreciate its boxy yet dapper design and its sharp, colorful display. And while the performance didn't blow us away, it's more than good enough for everyday tasks like browsing the web, checking email and playing the occasional game. We also enjoyed the addition of T-Mobile's WiFi calling feature. Yet, its mediocre camera reminds us of its mid-level status, the carrier's bloatware is a disappointment and LG's UI 3.0, though inoffensive, belongs in the past. Its short battery life is also a practical issue that buyers should be aware of before... Full review
An extremely light and thin phone that performs extremely well
I won’t beat around the bush: For only $80, this phone performs, and if you’re looking for an extremely-thin handset that has an affordable price tag, the L9 could easily be a good choice. However, there’s still some sacrifices that you’ll have to make if you decide to grab this device. It doesn’t have a HD display, which is particularly disappointing considering that it has a huge 4.5-inch screen. Also, the camera isn’t quite good enough to replace your dedicated point-and-shoot camera. However, if you’re not too concerned about photo or video qual... Full review
Sleek, comfortable design with high quality display and snappy performance
The LG Optimus L9 brings a great budget option to T-Mobile’s lineup. It is of course not as good as the forthcoming Nexus 4, but it absolutely holds its own with similar offerings from HTC and Samsung. The 4.5” IPS display is wonderful, and the dual core TI OMAP processor delivered smooth performance. We would have preferred a better camera, but at $80 on contract we can’t complain too much. Call performance and battery life both exceeded expectations, and we are a fan of the Optimus L9’s sleek design as well. T-Mobile certainly offers better devices, but for the pri... Full review
A compelling mid-level Android smartphone
An affordable Android 4.0, dual-core handset
Considering T-Mobile's offering of midrange 4G handsets, I'd recommend the LG Optimus L9. Its $80 sticker price (after a mail-in rebate and two-year service agreement) is reasonable, especially since T-Mobile's less expensive handsets run on Android 2.3 and start out only $30 cheaper. Plus, the phones that do offer native ICS, like the $150 Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G and HTC One S, take a steep rise in price.
But even putting aside the updated OS and 4G capabilities, users will also get a dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel that can record 1080p HD video. With these decent specs an... Full review
Offers a great balance between cost, features, and performance
Super for the price.
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