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LG Optimus 7 review

Is LG's Optimus 7 the prime Windows Phone 7 handset?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.60 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Slick and responsive interface

Against

  • Slow internet browser

Play To is LG's DLNA-based app. You can stream pictures, music or videos from the LG Optimus 7 to any other DLNA supporting device such as a TV or Windows 7 PC. Getting it to work is really easy once you're connected to a Wi-Fi network on each device.

On the LG Optimus 7 you choose Play To from the Home screen, then opt for the media type you want to transfer, wait for the phone to find your playback device – which in our case was a Windows 7 PC, and then choose what you want to stream.

LG optimus 7

LG optimus 7

The process worked really well for us, and it is a great advance on hunting around for cables when you just want to show off a few snapshots or video, or share a tune on an ad hoc basis.

LG optimus 7

ScanSearch

ScanSearch is a little augmented reality application that's rather fun to use and could also proved quite handy at times. It is a bit like the Layar augmented reality application that Samsung puts into some of its handsets and which is a download from the Android market and app store.

The idea is that you point the screen around to get live information about things. So, if you're stuck in a strange town and you need a pizza, a hospital, a train or a hotel, you should be able to find something to meet those requirements simply by choosing that class of info from the menu then waving your handset around so that 'finds' show up on screen.

LG optimus 7

When you see a suggestion you like, tap it and details pop up on screen including full address and phone number. You can then tap again to view the place on a map, do a Google or Bing search if you want to get some more info (such as a restaurant review). You can also share any finds you make via Twitter, Facebook or email.

There's another trick too. Turn the handset towards the sky when it's in ScanSearch view and you get a weather report with a little forecast for the next few days. Now that's neat.

LG optimus 7

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time6.60 Hour
Product ModelE900 Optimus 7
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)157 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height125 mm
Width59.8 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameE900 Optimus 7 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberLGE900 AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Seamlessly Share And Store

'Play To' enables transfer of quality HD content to another DLNA DMR enabled device, wirelessly. Transfer video, photos and music via WiFi 802.11n to another device, such as a TV or laptop. Fast, easyand seamless.

With up to 16 GB of memory store large amounts of HD content, such as that latest game, movie clip or music track.

Content sharing is seamless with super fast 3G upload and download speeds; PLUS the ability to share content wirelessly via WiFi.

Use Microsoft's Skyline 'Skydrive' back-up service to store precious work or personal content on a virtual server.