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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

It may have style, but the LG Optimus L7 doesn't quite hit the mark compared to the competition, with to much thought put into the design making the user experience feel forgotten and rushed.

We liked

The Optimus L7 does have a decent screen, with the 4.3-inch display provides strong, vivid colours and smooth video playback.

The inclusion of NFC is a nice feature, along with the programmable Tag+ sticker included in the box, which makes the technology more useful than just having NFC alone on the handset.

We were also impressed with the battery in the Optimus L7, which can easily last a couple of days with moderate use.

We disliked

Unfortunately there are a few things which have frustrated us while using the Optimus L7, the main one being the sluggish processor LG have lumped inside.

While the Orange San Diego also sports a single core chip, the LG has not managed the same integration level as Intel, which has resulted in the Optimus L7 being a pain to use.

Even simple commands such as reading a new text message become a chore as the L7 plods along, as it seems to struggle with even the most basic tasks.

The speed issue hampers the web browsing as well, which led to us giving up on numerous occasions because things were just taking too long.

The VGA videoing capability is also a little bit of a let down, as San Diego can record full HD and the HTC One V offers 720p - which is becoming the norm for mid-range handsets.

Verdict

The LG Optimus L7 had the potential to be a decent phone, its big screen, Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and NFC technology are sadly put on the back burner thanks to the incredibly slow processor and user experience.

If you want a decent, single core phone with all the key features then you're better off looking at the HTC One V or Orange San Diego.

If you fancy something slightly different then check out the Nokia Lumia 710 or BlackBerry Curve 9320, as the LG Optimus L7 comes in behind all of these.

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
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height127.5 mm
Width69 mm
Depth8.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesL
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.

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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.