LG Optimus L7 Review – L-Style Range SmartphoneCell Phone Reviews — By Naveen Vaidhya on July 3, 2012 at 11:59 am
LG wishes to carry design to the commonalities with its L-style range, and so it has released 3 handsets targeted at the fashion conscious customer, Optimus L5, Optimus L3, and Optimus L7. The LG Optimus L7 might be on the top of the pile in L-style range, however do not allow that trick you in thinking its highly smart phone prepared to handle the likes of HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3.
It not even rival at the below level, with the Optimus L7 priced at about £240, free on contract, SIM free on contract from as less as £13.50, the device is ready to rub shoulders with Nokia Lumia 710, Orange San Diego and HTC One V.
- Android 4.0.3 w/light custom LG skin
- 1Ghz Snapdragon MSM7227A processor w/Adreno 200GPU
- 4.3inch 800 x 480 LCD screen w/Gorilla Glass
- VGA video recording
- VGA front-facing, 5-MP camera with w/flash
- 4GB internal storage/ 512MB RAM
- 2G: 850/900/1800/1900Mhz, 3G: 900/1900/2100
- Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, WI-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi (b/g/n)
It is a painful fate to relegate an appealing device such as the L7 to a bargain-basement chipset in Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A. Gradual even than Snapdragon S1 chip inside actual Nexus One, 1 GHz processor is grounded off ARM’s aging Cortex-A5 design. When this confirms highly battery-efficient usage the Optimus L7, also functioning Ice Cream Sandwich, it possibly the most choppy Android device I have ever utilized. When we do complete review on Motorola’s Motoluxe, that uses the similar processor I was horrified at some of slowdown I practiced when scrolling by the operating system and home screens, however I chalked it up to Gingerbread only being Gingerbread. The Optimus L7 functions 4.0.3 and at its best, it is just little bit slow. Majorly, but, there are 1 to 2 second waits among the most primary functions. It also does not have foresight. –Game performs in this handset and smooth at time, however every little seconds the frame rate would drop to below 10fps, impacting in jagged discord. LG looks to have enhanced its keyboard performance, as I did not experience any of maddening lag on the Optimus L7 as I did with Motoluxe.
Design & Display –
Utilizing the Optimus L7 for little period of time makes me highly excited for LG’s lineup of flagship of smartphones, Optimus LTE 2 and Optimus 4x HD. There is something simple and clean regarding the inclined edge and boxy finish. The device is light without feeling extremely comfortable and insubstantial to hold. The power home button contains right amount of travel. It prompted me of Galaxy SII home button – actually, a lot of Optimus L7 did.
From bottom centre it has microUSB port to 4.3-inch WVGA display, LG Optimus L7 seems a heck of lot like Galaxy S II. The dimensions are almost equal, and hence the Optimus is bit much curved over the edges, to most of the users they are dead ringers – till, surely you turn on screen. Screen has a very pleasant look, and enough sharp, it suffers from terrible seeing angles and bad colour saturation. That the processor is very slow to react to numbers of screen presses on time does not support either; however we will get to that. LG Optimus L7 really looks amazing. It might have utilized an existing template in the Samsung Galaxy SII however, which maker does not copy a little from time to time? Much essentially, the device feels brilliant in the hand. It just does not work that good once turned on.
The 5MP camera of Optimus L7 takes clicks relevantly quick with decent amount of detail in right lighting conditions. The interface is clean and usable and offers all the requisite options you would come to estimate from a smartphone camera, containing ISO, exposure, and white balance, and contains numbers of Scene Modes that look to do bit more than rise sharpness and contrast in lieu of photo quality. The major problem with Optimus L7’s photo experience is that, like rest of operating system, it is at time insensitive. Loading the application generally takes some seconds, and hence the shutter button will infrequently respond quickly. Other details are unremarkable. Less light performance, as estimated, was bad. The len’s macro capabilities were almost non-existent. It is not difficult to get nice shot on LG Optimus L7; however you surely need to work on it. It also has video capture feature that is relegated to VGA resolution. In 2012 smartphone is restricted to shooting at 640 x 480, which is just not OK.
The best thing that I can tell about LG Optimus L7 is it ships with Ice Cream Sandwich and that its lineage bodes well for rest of LG’s 2012 line-up. The rest of the story is bit ugly – bad performance, inappropriate network speeds, and usually underwhelming screen lack a convincing narrative at this price point.