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LG Optimus L7 II Review

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The handset ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, one version short of the most up-to-date Android version. It’s heavily skinned, though, as companies like LG try to differentiate with their own experience on top of Android.

LG has done a good job with its Optimus UI 3.0 skin. It adds a ton of little tweaks and improvements all over Android. We’d say that the skin has this general happy-cartoony look that we for some reason associate with Asia and might feel a bit juvenile to westerners. LG has gone for the easily legible and large-sized LG SmartGothic font that also adds a bit to that. There is no denying the skin is fun and functional, though, and text is easily legible in the menus.

The fun part of it comes from the cartoony icons and rich customization options. LG includes four themes in the Optimus UI (Optimus, Biz, Cozywall and Marshmallow) that transform the visuals with not just different background but also whole new sets of icons. LG is also the only company to allow landscape orientation in the Android home screen.

The LG Optimus L7 II ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L7 II Review
The LG Optimus L7 II ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L7 II Review
The LG Optimus L7 II ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L7 II Review
The LG Optimus L7 II ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L7 II Review
The LG Optimus L7 II ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L7 II Review
The LG Optimus L7 II ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L7 II Review
The LG Optimus L7 II ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L7 II Review
LG themes - The LG Optimus L7 II ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Optimus L7 II Review
   

LG themes

The LG Optimus L7 II ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean


The notification shade on the LG Optimus L7 II is rich in options yet not too packed with icons and toggles. It consists of a single row of side-scrollable and customizable shortcuts and a brightness level controller below it.

Like Samsung with its S apps (S Planner, S Health and so on), LG bundles its handsets with a suite of “Q apps.” The Q here stands for quick and those apps include QMemo that allows you to jot on top of what you see on your screen, QTranslator, a real-time translator that scans text using your camera, and QSlide for multitasking. All of those are neat little additions, and we especially liked QTranslator.


Dual-SIM Functionality:

The Optimus L7 II features a dual-SIM hot key, a dedicated capacitive button right on the front of the device that allows you to quickly switch between SIM cards, a decision that makes a lot of sense for those who use the function daily.

The dual-SIM functionality itself is extremely well done. There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use. For instance, by default, the primary SIM card is represented in blue, while the secondary one is magenta. This means that in text messages the send button would have the color of the active SIM card, a simple way to show which card you’re using.

There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use - LG Optimus L7 II Review
There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use - LG Optimus L7 II Review
There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use - LG Optimus L7 II Review
There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use - LG Optimus L7 II Review
There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use - LG Optimus L7 II Review
There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use - LG Optimus L7 II Review
There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use - LG Optimus L7 II Review
There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use - LG Optimus L7 II Review

There are two different color schemes throughout all of the menus indicating which SIM card is in use


The cards themselves are not hot swappable, you need to remove the battery to switch cards.


Processor and Memory

A 1GHz dual-core processor with 768MB of RAM might sound good on paper but then again this turns out to be a Cortex A5 based chip and it cannot provide enough oomph for a lag-free experience.

Stutter is way too obvious in way too many places on this device. And while we wouldn’t want to be too harsh to a mid-ranger like the Optimus L7 II and we don’t expect it to run the latest games, we do expect to get a smooth experience in the main menu and when switching between home panels. In reality, you get a slight but pretty constant stutter in almost every place - locking the screen, pulling the notification shade and navigating around the device.

Here is how this phone scores on some popular benchmarks:


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu
LG Optimus L7 II 2823 6674
Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2032 -
Samsung Galaxy Young Duos 2119 4749

The device ships with 4GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD cards of up to 32 gigs. Out of the 4 gigs, only 1.78GB are available to the user so you’d definitely want to get a card for more storage space.


Internet and Connectivity:

The LG Optimus L7 II connects to the web via 3G supporting downlink speeds of up to 7.2Mbps or Wi-Fi.

LG bundles both Google Chrome and its own Android browser in the handset and both have their own strengths. Google Chrome has brilliant cross-device syncing capabilities, and LG’s Android browser is also extremely versatile. When scrolling and zooming around pages there is a slight stutter, but the same lag is also present all through the device. Neither browser supports Flash.

Web browsing with the LG Optimus L7 II - LG Optimus L7 II Review
Web browsing with the LG Optimus L7 II - LG Optimus L7 II Review
Web browsing with the LG Optimus L7 II - LG Optimus L7 II Review

Web browsing with the LG Optimus L7 II


In terms of connectivity, the handset also supports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS.

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posted on 01 May 2013, 07:08

1. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


with the Ratings 10/9 Nokia lumia 720 is a good choice... for anyone who doesn't bother about the OS it's Running On....

posted on 02 May 2013, 00:49

2. guruprasad (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


with so many pros for a mid ranger and considering the price tag this phone is actually good, so it deserves 8 for its range..

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 17:39

3. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


Just bought this phone and it is has very good response. I'm not sure if PA's unit is a prototype or just simply outdated but my LG Optimus L7 Series II Dual is buttery smooth on 4.1.2.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 23:46

4. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


LOL just 3 days and this phone got thieved in a bus on my way to work. Just sad cause this was really perfect phone for me. Think I'm gonna buy this again.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 06:33

5. ashfaqk7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


The superb phone lg is understanding the the users really well..
The world best smartphone for battery life long n lasting battery life really a must buy phone...

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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
768 MB RAM
Size4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches
(121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm)
4.07 oz  (116 g)
Battery2460 mAh, 6.66 hours talk time

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