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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

Thanks to the lowly 5MP sensor in the LG Optimus L7, the handset is only capable of capturing VGA (640x480) quality video – which is fine for viewing on phones, but won't look so good on the bigger screens of TVs or computers.

It's a disappointing considering the the HTC One V offers 720p and the San Diego, with its 8MP sensor offers full HD recording.

You can get to the video recorder via the camera app – you just need to press the camera-video icon next to the shutter button.

LG Optimus L7 review

Before you start recording you can decide if you want the LED flash on or off and whether you want to use the rear- or front-facing camera to film – however neither of these settings can be changed once you hit record.

Something you can do while recording though is zooming – with the digital zoom activated by pinching the L7's display.

The same three colours effects from the camera app are on offer here, as well as white balance and exposure controls.

The LG Optimus L7 produces adequate video, if slightly grainy and colours could be more powerful, but you're unlikely to be shooting featuring films with this phone and it suffices for quick clips of friends dancing like fools.

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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