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LG Optimus L7 review

Can LG's top L-style handset produce substance and style?

Our Verdict

If you want a decent, single core phone with all the main features you're better off looking elsewhere as the Optimus L7 sadly misses the mark.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Good screen
  • NFC tags
  • decent battery life
  • video player app

Against

  • Slow and sluggish
  • poor browsing
  • angular shape not great
  • VGA recording

LG wants to bring design to the masses with its L-style range and has launched three handsets aimed at the fashion conscious consumer, the Optimus L3, Optimus L5 and Optimus L7.

The LG Optimus L7 may be top of the pile in the L-style range, but don't let that trick you into thinking it's a high-end device ready to tackle the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.

It's not even competing at the level below, with the Optimus L7 priced at around £240 (around $375) SIM-free and free on contract from as little as £13.50, the handset is set to rub shoulders with the HTC One V, Nokia Lumia 710 and Orange San Diego.

LG Optimus L7 review

Like its L-style siblings, the LG Optimus L7 is an angular handset sporting a metallic boarder around the edge which LG claims has "exquisite style" – we're not sure if we'd go that far, and although the L7 is far from ugly, it's hardly the prom queen of the mobile world.

LG boasts that the Optimus L7 uses its new "floating mass technology" – which to you and me means that the handsets curves in from front to back, giving the appearance that the handset is thinner that it actually is, as well as making it look like its floating above the surface it's on.

LG Optimus L7

It's hardly groundbreaking, with plenty of phones employing this styling method to give the illusion of a sleeker device – take a gander at the Panasonic Eluga or Galaxy S2 for example.

That said, it's not like the Optimus L7 is a chubby handset, measuring just 8.7mm in depth, it easily slips into your pocket – and tipping the scales at 121g give it a reassuring weight.

LG Optimus L7 review

The Optimus L7 does feel well made, and the sturdy chassis refused to flex when we exerted pressure on it.

On the front you get a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display, with a physical home key below it, flanked by back and menu touch buttons.

LG Optimus L7 review

Above the screen is a front-facing VGA camera and light sensor – competing a fresh, minimalist look.

Move to the top of the Optimus L7 and there's a power/lock key opposite a 3.5mm headphone jack.

LG Optimus L7 review

The power/lock key can be a little troublesome to reach at times, with the angular shape of the Optimus L7 proving difficult to manipulate in your palm – which is better suited to more rounded edges.

The volume rocker on the left hand side is easier to hit, which wraps up all the physical buttons on the handset.

LG Optimus L7 review

At the base of the Optimus L7 you'll find a microUSB port and a small hole for the microphone, with nothing to report on the right hand side.

Flip the LG Optimus L7 over and the textured plastic back carries on the simple and clean layout, with just a 5MP camera next to a single LED flash and small speaker grill in the bottom left to note.

LG Optimus L7 review

Picking off the plastic back plate requires a finger nail to be slid between case and frame, so could prove a problematic experience for those who like biting theirs.

The black plate is made of relatively thin plastic which can be easily bent in the hand, so make sure you treat it with care, especially as it houses the Optimus L7's NFC antenna.

LG Optimus L7 review

You can stick your full size SIM-card into the Optimus L7, with LG not choosing to go down the microSIM route, plus there's a handy slot for a microSD card if you need to expand on the 4GB of internal storage.

Thankfully both SIM and microSD card can be inserted and removed without having to disturb the 1,700mAh battery – which itself can also be taken out, useful if you need to do a hard reset or like to use multiple power packs.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus L7 L
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelP700
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)121 g
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height127.5 mm
Width69 mm
Depth8.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesL
Battery Standby Time550 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus L7 P700 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOptimus L7
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number556361901
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

L-STYLE, BRING STYLE TO YOUR LIFE

L-Style's genuine beauty lies far deeper than just love at first sight. With each use you'll notice another fine detail you missed the time before. L-Style isn't just another new design, it's a lifestyle statement. A statement crafted to seamlessly blend high-tech and high-fashion for greater pride and prestige.

GREATER READABILITY, PERFECTLY SIZED

The largest-in-class 4.3" wide display allows you to see text in full-size for readability that's always comfortable and efficient. Optimally surf the web and update your favourite SNS sites with the perfect screen size for comfort, readability and usability.