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LG Optimus L7 review

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

The LG Optimus L7 offers up the main messaging options which we've come to expect from Android handsets these days.

LG Optimus L7 review

It terms of emailing capabilities the stock Gmail and Email apps are present on the Optimus L7 with the former looking after your Google account and the latter providing support for a range of different providers.

The Email app doesn't provide a range of email providers for you to choose from and then set up your account, instead leaving you to a more confusing manual style set up which will certainly frustrate some, especially those less technically minded.

The messaging app is your port of call for all your SMS and MMS needs – with a slightly tweaked interface courtesy of LG here to meet you.

LG Optimus L7 review

Unfortunately the laggy nature of the Optimus L7 comes to haunt us here as well. When a new text is received and we select the messages app, there is a couple of seconds delay before it opens.

We found that sometimes there was a further delay when we selected to read the new message, with the Optimus L7 taking two to three seconds to reload the message stream to show the new text.

LG has opted to stick with the standard Android keyboard, which isn't the worst we've used and the 4.3-inch display on the L7 means it's not overly cramped, however we find the layout of Swiftkey 3 far superior, especially for speedy input.

You can turn the Optimus L7 to landscape mode to provide a wider, more spaced keyboard, with gives an improved typing experience, but you lose sight of the message you were replying to.

LG Optimus L7 review

Unlike a lot of Android handsets these days, there's no Swype support on the Optimus L7, however Google voice typing is an option if you prefer dictating your messages.

There's little in the way of social media messaging, with staples such as the official Facebook and Twitter apps not even pre-installed on the Optimus L7.

There's no universal inbox for texts or social media accounts either, but Google+ and its associated messaging app do make an appearance.

Seeing as the Optimus L7 is aimed at the fashion conscious among us we'd of thought LG would have provided better messaging integration to keep them in touch with their fashionista chums.

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

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