Most would agree, the LG Optimus L7 is a thing of beauty. It belongs to LG’s line of highly stylish and slightly sophisticated handsets that have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed as the operating system. Based on looks alone, it’s bound to get high grades. However, once you pick it up and use it, you’re excitement is bound to fade.
The spec sheet lists the following features: 4.3-inch 480x800 pixel resolution screen, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and microSD card support. Its overall feature-set is not that bad for a mid-range Android device. For some reason, though, things just don’t seem to blend well during actual usage, especially if you’re a power-user who aims to multitask with the phone like there’s no tomorrow.
Fitted with 1GB of RAM and a 1GHz processor, the LG Optimus L7 becomes agonizingly slow to use at times. It struggles with HD video playback and hardly lasts for 4 hours of movie watching on a charge. It seems that the overlying UI used by LG is bogging down the handset so much that it becomes a pain in the rump to use.
Still, at just 8mm thin, the LG Optimus L7 might be good for those who are looking for a smartphone that’s as fashionable as it is pocketable.
Need To Know: LG Optimus L7
1. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the pre-installed operating system. (The Good)
2. An outward appearance that’s sure to get double-takes from those who see it. (The Good)
3. The phone has an apparent inability to deal with HD video playback without experiencing problems. (The Bad)
4. Battery life is best described as simply awful compared with other Android handsets in the same price range. (The Bad)