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LG Optimus L7 review

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

Battery life

The LG Optimus L7 boasts a decently sized 1,700mAh battery, which puts it on top of the Nokia Lumia 710 (1,300mAh), Orange San Diego (1,460) and HTC One V (1,500).

That additional power, coupled with the less than fantastic processor, means the Optimus L7 is capable of easily lasting a whole day on a single charge, even with heavy use.

LG Optimus L7 review

We found if we were a little more conservative with our usage, but still using social media, emails and music etc, we could get three days out of the L7.

Another plus point for the L7 is that it comes with a removable battery, something the San Diego and One V don't offer – allowing you to perform hard resets if, heaven forbid, the handset was to freeze – although we didn't experience this during our tests.

LG Optimus L7 review

Oddly, the battery manager option in the settings menu seems to be missing on the Optimus L7, so we can't see what apps and functions are guzzling the juice – something which pretty much every Android handset offers.

With the battery of the Optimus L7 seemingly far superior to its rivals, it's surprising LG hasn't given us the option to show off its capabilities with the lovely usage graph we've seen on other Android handsets.

Connectivity

As you'd expect from a mid-range smartphone these days the LG Optimus L7 comes with a whole host of connectivity options, kicking off with the 3G and Wi-Fi b/g/n capabilities, keeping you online at all times.

Bluetooth 3.0 and A-GPS are also on board, along with a Wi-Fi hotspot function allowing you to share the Optimus L7's mobile internet connection with other devices.

LG Optimus L7 review

As we've mentioned before there's a microSD card slot under the plastic back plate and a microUSB socket at the base of the handset for charging and connecting to your computer.

Another nice feature is the inclusion of NFC in the Optimus L7, and LG has also been kind enough to chuck in one of its Tag+ NFC tags into the box with the handset.

LG Optimus L7 review

There's a corresponding app to go with the NFC functionality, so check our Maps and apps section for the full run down on that.

There's also DLNA streaming supported via LG's SmartShare app, allowing you to ping content from the handset to your computer or TV, plus a wireless syncing option with the PC software for back ups and content transfers.

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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