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LG Optimus L7 review

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

Maps

The LG Optimus L7 runs Android and therefore comes pre-installed with the excellent Google Maps application.

LG Optimus L7 review

The A-GPS allows for a pretty quick location lock time of around two seconds and saw the Optimus L7 track our movements well, even when we were whizzing along on the train.

The poor processor does struggle at times to render the maps quickly enough though, and any quick panning and zooming will see the Optimus L7 take a few seconds to catch up.

LG Optimus L7 review

Coupled with the maps app, you also get Google's free turn-by-turn navigation program, providing you with a sat nav in your pocket, as well as phone.

Apps

LG Optimus L7 review

LG hasn't gone too overboard on the applications it's pre-installed on the Optimus L7, and we were disappointed not to see the official Facebook and Twitter apps included out of the box.

In terms of what is there, there's a standard news app and weather app, both of which powered by Yahoo and are simple to use.

There's a handy voice recorder app, which allows you to, yup you've guessed it, record audio. It's a basic app which lets you rename your recordings and share them via email, Bluetooth and text.

The Google Play store is a stock feature on the Optimus L7 and any other Android device, offering up access to hundreds of thousands of apps, as well as ebooks and movie rentals.

LG Optimus L7 review

However LG has decided that this isn't good enough and has included its own LG SmartWorld app, which is basically a slimmed down version of Google Play.

Unfortunately for LG, while it may have stopped you trawling through some useless apps, the SmartWorld offering is a slow affair, especially compared to Google Play which loads quicker and offers a wider selection, rendering LG's own brand store a bit useless.

LG Optimus L7 review

For those you who can't deal without a word doc or spreadsheet infront of your eyes every second of the day Polaris office is on the Optimus L7 – allowing you to add and edit word, excel and PowerPoint files, albeit in a more basic format than their PC counterparts.

LG Optimus L7 review

LG Optimus L7 review

While simple to use, the small screen of a mobile phone doesn't lend itself brilliantly to working on a spreadsheet or presentation on the move.

If you fancy a less fancy way of jotting down a few notes then there's also a Memo app loaded onto the Optimus L7.

As well as text, you can also add images, audio and location settings to your notes, giving you all the detail you could ever want from an on-screen sticky note, and more!

More interestingly is the addition of the LG Tag+ application, which is used in conjunction with the NFC tag included in the box with the Optimus L7.

LG Optimus L7 review

From this application you can program the NFC sticker tags to change certain settings on the handset, when you tap the device onto them.

There are three preset programs already set up in the app; car, office and sleep mode, which are easy to program onto a tag – just select the mode you want, make sure NFC is turned on, click "write on tag" and tap the tag with your phone to set it.

Tag settings can be overwritten and you can also adjust the settings on each preset option.

LG Optimus L7 review

There's also a option, User mode, where you get free rein over seven options; sound, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, data network, Bluetooth, GPS and launch app.

We found it very easy to set up and overwrite tags, however we were a little disappointed that we were unable to set up things such as alarms, which would have been useful in sleep mode.

The inclusion of just one NFC tag in the box is also disappointing, as LG clearly wants you to have several around the home and possibly in the car and at work too – so you'll have to splash the cash for some more.

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
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