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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

Contacts

LG Optimus L7 review

The Contacts app is your one stop shop for all of your buddy's info. It's the standard Android offering with a little bit of LG style sprinkled over the top.

There's the well known search bar at the top, with the plus button next to it, allowing you to add new contacts and above these are three tabs; Groups (for keeping work colleagues and mates separate), Contacts and Favourites – just select the star at the top of a contact's profile to add them to this list.

We were able to easily import our Google contacts into the app, but the LG Optimus L7 came unstuck when we tried to join our contacts with the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

First off we had to install the Facebook and Twitter apps for the networks to show up in our accounts as an option - something which we've seen offered by default on many other handsets.

We then told the Optimus L7 to sync our Facebook and Twitter chums to our contacts, however we were left perplexed when we couldn't find a way to link contacts to their social network profiles, and the handset didn't seem to want to do it automatically either.

Calling

LG Optimus L7 review

Yep, the Optimus L7 makes calls too, shocker we know, but there you have it.

You can quickly call a mate from the contacts app by clicking the green phone next to someone's name, or if you prefer, you can head to the Phone app.

Open the Phone app and there's a tab at the top called Contacts which, you've guessed, shows all your contacts.

We are a little perplexed as to why LG hasn't just combined the two applications, in the same way Samsung has on many of its handsets, but it's not the end of the world.

The dialler is a simple affair, with large clear buttons letting you tap out a number with ease, plus there's smart dialling – meaning the L7 will offer up suggestions from your contacts as you start to type.

A little disappointingly there doesn't appear to be a video calling option, which is a shame as the Optimus L7 does have a front facing camera - you'll need to download the Skype app or similar if you want the video option.

Call quality was acceptable, with the earpiece volume going up loud enough to help us out in noisy environments, and the people we spoke to said they were able to hear us clearly.

The Optimus L7 managed to hold signal well and we didn't experience any dropped calls or network problems.

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
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