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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

LG has equipped the LG Optimus 7 with a 1500mAh battery and that's pretty capacious in smartphone terms. We found we were able to keep going for a day and a half between charges – which is more than we'd usually expect from a smartphone by 50 percent.

LG optimus 7

But as ever what you'll get in the real world is very much contingent on how you use your handset. Go wild with Wi-Fi or get going with GPS and you may find you need to recharge more often.

Connectivity

Like other Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the LG Optimus 7 has a good range of connectivity options. We didn't have any trouble with the Orange SIM we put into our LG Optimus 7 in terms of maintaining a signal, and voice calls weren't a problem at all.

We aren't the greatest fans of having to use the Zune software for PC connectivity and file transfer.

LG optimus 7

What's wrong with a portion of a Windows Phone 7 device's built in memory showing up as a drive for drag and drop? We'd rather not require yet another desktop app install when we really prefer simple drag and drop for file transfer.

LG optimus 7

And while we're complaining, what's with the need to connect to mains power before doing a Wi-Fi sync? That's just a barrier to make something that should be easy and painless slightly less easy and more painful.

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
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