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LG Optimus F7 Review

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LG Optimus F7 Review
Introduction:

Frequently becoming a common practice, we’re not seeing as many new mid-rage smartphones being announced, mainly because last year’s flagships tend to occupy the segment when successive devices come out. Regardless of that, there are a few batch that somehow come about through the cracks, which is the case with the LG Optimus F7. In the US, it’s being made available through regional carrier US Cellular for $100 with a 2-year contract – sporting a modest specs that seems fluffy enough to tangle with some high-end gear out there. If that’s the case, let’s dive in to find out for ourselves!

LG Optimus F7 Review
LG Optimus F7 Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

At first glance, some people will recognize the Optimus F7’s design similarities with LG’s former flagship device in the Optimus 4X HD, but as a whole, there isn’t anything too profound here. Actually, it’s rather conventional by LG’s standards, as it’s sporting a plastic body that feels decent with its construction and build quality – albeit, seeing that it’s the glossy variety, it tends to easily show finger prints and smudges. Despite that, the handset has a pleasant design and feels balanced in weight to still make it an attractive looker for a mid-range thing.

The LG Optimus F7 is sporting a plastic body that feels decent with its construction and build quality - LG Optimus F7 Review
The LG Optimus F7 is sporting a plastic body that feels decent with its construction and build quality - LG Optimus F7 Review
The LG Optimus F7 is sporting a plastic body that feels decent with its construction and build quality - LG Optimus F7 Review

The LG Optimus F7 is sporting a plastic body that feels decent with its construction and build quality


LG Optimus F7
5.19 x 2.69 x 0.38 inches
131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6 mm
4.7 oz (133 g)

LG Optimus F7

Samsung Galaxy S III
5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
4.69 oz (133 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

HTC One VX
5.22 x 2.66 x 0.36 inches
133 x 68 x 9 mm
4.40 oz (125 g)

HTC One VX

BlackBerry Z10
5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 inches
130 x 65.6 x 9 mm
4.85 oz (138 g)

BlackBerry Z10

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


A rarity indeed, the LG Optimus F7 feature a handy multi-colored LED notification light that outlines the border of its physical home button, which is surrounded by the usual back and menu capacitive keys. Depending on the notification, it’ll pulsate in different colors – very cool! Above the display, we have its earpiece, proximity sensor, and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

LG Optimus F7 Review
Android keys - LG Optimus F7 Review
Front camera - LG Optimus F7 Review
 

Android keys

Front camera


Around its chrome plated bezel, we find all of the usual suspects that include the power button, volume control, dedicated QuickMemo app button, 3.5mm headset jack, noise cancelling mic, microUSB port, and standard mic. With its set of physical buttons, they’re a bit flat, but at least their responses are sufficient.

Left edge - The sides of the LG Optimus F7 - LG Optimus F7 Review
Top - The sides of the LG Optimus F7 - LG Optimus F7 Review
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Left edge

Top

Right

Bottom

The sides of the LG Optimus F7


In the rear, the Optimus F7 is packing along an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, which is on the higher end of the scale with mid-range devices. Naturally, it has the ability to shoot video in 1080p. Lifting off the rear glossy back casing, we gain access to its 2540 mAh battery, microSIM, and microSD card slots.

Back - LG Optimus F7 Review
Rear camera - LG Optimus F7 Review
Battery compartment - LG Optimus F7 Review
SIM card slot - LG Optimus F7 Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment

SIM card slot



Display:

Crazy to believe it, we’re getting to a point where mid-range devices have some pretty sweet looking displays on them – and that’s exactly what we see here with the LG Optimus F7! It’s a giant sized 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 (720p) IPS-LCD panel on there. Easily an item that would be fitting for any high-end device of last year, we’re pleased with the overall package here. Specifically, its 312 ppi pixel density is good enough to visualize small details from a normal distance away – while its color production is neutral and produces tones that are more accurate. Outdoor visibility is okay with the help of some shading, seeing that its brightness output isn’t the strongest, plus, there’s just a small fragment of distortion at extreme angles. It’s not cutting edge, but heck, it’s more than adequate for a mid-ranger!



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posted on 18 Jun 2013, 06:21 1

1. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


How is 20 hrs of normal usage bad? I have seen people say their s4 can't make it through a 9hr day with normal usage.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 07:55 1

3. Birds (Posts: 990; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I think John V meant that if it was on LTE, the battery life would be much shorter. But, I'm confused. My L9 struggle to get passed anything over 10 hours....this is great IMHO.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 07:17 1

2. mottykels (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 May 2013)


I gave it a 9 for a mid ranger phone :D

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 09:39

4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2185; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Cool story, bro.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 18:07

5. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


The 8gb storage would be a deal breaker for me. I don't see how anyone would have a phone with only 8gb storage. You couldn't give me one .

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 13:57

6. JohnnyZ (Posts: 33; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


What if it was $20 more and had 16GB internal?

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 17:06

7. BIGGUY11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


I just got my lg f7 and Ireally like the phone it has everythig I need. I also have the best military screen protector from roboshields. They really helped me protect my investment. So if you guys are thinking to buy lg f7 i would highly recomend roboshields for a best and long lasting screen proector. check them out at roboshields.com

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 14:00

8. cactusdrank (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


Please, if any one knows why so many review sites specify this phone with 2gb of ram instead of 1gb, It would be most appreciated! Since ive gotten this phone on Boost and found out it has 1gb available and the 2gb ram specs are fairly prevelent around many reviews, I would feel a bit less dissapointed knowing whether or not there is an international version of this phone which has the supposed 2gb of ram. thanks

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 00:50

9. dragon76 (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


I just bought this the other day for Boost Mobile (replacing the HTC evo Design) and I am really pleased with my purchase. 4G isnt available in my home area but 30 miles north (not officially listed as 4G either) I had 8 to 11 mbps download speed and 5 to 7 mbps depending what app I used either sensorly or OpenSignal... phone is worth the money.

The 8gb storage isnt a big deal to me cause I have a nice 32gb micro sd card ....

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 04:54

10. Danii (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


I just purchased this phone a couple days ago and expressed to the person helping me, how important the GPS is for me as I travel a lot for work! I told please don't sell me the phone if that's a down fall, she said it worked fine and no complaints! So far I've heard negative reports on GPS for this phone, do I have hope or will I be needing to utilize the exchange policy within 30 days for another phone!! Been an iPhone user for a while and lost to many and didn't want the $135 dollar bill anymore and I wanted my replacement co-pay to be lowered from the $200 I would pay with Verizon when they were lost! I like with boost its only $80 to replace this phone! Feed back on GPS is greatly appreciated! :)

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:01

11. dragon76 (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


my first handset was horrible when it came to gps both accuracy and the time it tool to lock on. I took it back to radioshack within the 30 days and the second handset is much better but still not as good as my old phone HTC evo Design

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 12:29

12. kimstoner (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


I have a 8gb sd card. And im trying to move my pictures and music onto it. How do i do that?

posted on 29 Aug 2014, 14:56

13. Bella (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


I've had this phone for 1 year now and it remains solid. I have no complaints whatsoever. From call quality to display to camera to internet speed, its just a workhorse. My bill has gone from 110.00 with Verizon to 40.00 with Boost. Yes I pay for my phone but if you're smart, you can find deals out there. This phone gets 5 stars from me.

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LG Optimus F7

LG Optimus F7

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.19 x 2.69 x 0.38 inches
(131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6 mm)
4.7 oz  (133 g)
Battery2540 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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