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LG Optimus L7 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Having Android Ice Cream Sandwich is immediately thumbs up for the Optimus L7, despite that the manufacturer has skinned the stock interface with the Optimus UI backgrounds and icon design to position the phone as an LG Android device.

There isn't an abundance of new widgets that come up with the phone – you can count LG's additions, like SmartWorld for curated apps, on one hand. There are a couple of cool transitional effects for moving from homescreen to homescreen, a few wallpapers and that's that. It's no Optimus UI 3.0, if that's what you are asking, the good stuff will be reserved for LG's high-ends like the Optimus 4X HD.

The LG Optimus L7 has Android Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with Optimus UI - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Optimus L7 has Android Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with Optimus UI - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Optimus L7 has Android Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with Optimus UI - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Optimus L7 has Android Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with Optimus UI - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Optimus L7 has Android Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with Optimus UI - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Optimus L7 has Android Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with Optimus UI - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Optimus L7 has Android Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with Optimus UI - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Optimus L7 has Android Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with Optimus UI - LG Optimus L7 Review

The LG Optimus L7 has Android Ice Cream Sandwich, skinned with Optimus UI


What LG handsets have always excelled at are the connectivity toggles in the notification bar, and with Optimus UI on Android ICS they are taken to a whole new amazing level. You can choose to have every single radio and profile switch in the pull-down bar, and can scroll them left and right for a quick access if they don't fit on one screen width - extremely helpful. Stock Android 4.0 allows direct access to system settings from the notification bar, but this here simplifies your life with the phone even further.

Connectivity toggles in the notification bar - LG Optimus L7 Review
Connectivity toggles in the notification bar - LG Optimus L7 Review

Connectivity toggles in the notification bar


Typing is easy on the virtual keyboard, as the phone has a large display, and the keys are spaced out enough. The Android ICS layout with its punctuation bar at the top, and the text prediction functionalities also help a good deal.

The virtual keyboard - LG Optimus L7 Review
The virtual keyboard - LG Optimus L7 Review
The virtual keyboard - LG Optimus L7 Review

The virtual keyboard



Processor and Memory:

The 1GHz single-core CPU on the LG Optimus L7 is the humble Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A with Adreno 200 graphics processor. It is coupled with mere 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal memory.

Thus don't expect any benchmark wonders out of the handset, but it is enough to power through the lighthearted Android ICS with Optimus overlay, although we noticed a few delays here and there when loading apps or changing the transitions. Here are a few benchmarks to entertain your geeky hearts:


Quadrant StandardAnTuTuNenaMark 2
LG Optimus L71886284219,2
Samsung Galaxy S II3113607651
LG Optimus 3D2057537025,3

Internet and Connectivity:

The excellent stock Android 4.0 browser needs no introduction and that's what we have on the Optimus L7. LG has only added a small pull-up tab at the bottom for quick access to bookmarks, the home page and such. Since we have a single-core processor, don't expect rendering to be as fast and pristine as on the multicore phones - we came across quite a few bottlenecks.

Scrolling and panning around once the page has loaded are quick, but zooming in and out introduces slight stuttering, despite that the page isn't rendered in real time, only when you lift your finger off. Text reflow on double-tap works as advertised, fitting the article text in the screen width for easier reading, again with more delay than we are used to see.

The excellent stock Android 4.0 browser is what we have on the Optimus L7 - LG Optimus L7 Review
The excellent stock Android 4.0 browser is what we have on the Optimus L7 - LG Optimus L7 Review
The excellent stock Android 4.0 browser is what we have on the Optimus L7 - LG Optimus L7 Review
The excellent stock Android 4.0 browser is what we have on the Optimus L7 - LG Optimus L7 Review

The excellent stock Android 4.0 browser is what we have on the Optimus L7


The handset sports a 3G radio with 7.2Mbits maximum download speeds, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, DLNA and even NFC. The LG Tag+ app is present here as well, along with the three sticker tags that can put the phone in an Office, Sleep and Car Modes when you touch them with the back of the phone when the NFC is turned on. They put the phone in different profiles regarding connectivity, screen brightness, sounds and so on – cool to show off, but a tad gimmicky.

The LG Tag+ app - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Tag+ app - LG Optimus L7 Review

The LG Tag+ app



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posted on 24 May 2012, 07:16 1

1. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


This is a nice looking but underpowered.
No 720p support,max wvga videos,single core processor?
This phone must cost at least 30 dollars lower than the one v .
Get a galaxy ace two instead

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:08 1

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


$376.0524 for america and £299 for UK

posted on 28 May 2012, 22:01

7. pegasso (Posts: 130; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


the SIM-free/unlocked version costs ± US$315 here.

posted on 24 May 2012, 18:25 1

3. shadez10 (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


successor to the Optimus Black?.. xD

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 12:38

10. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


no way Shadez10 it cant be a successor to optimus black coz its much better fone &it can capture 720p HD video....

posted on 26 May 2012, 05:04

4. Sangeet (Posts: 225; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I cannot find any benchmarks in page 2 though it is clearly written that "Here are the benchmarks" and after that line the "Internet and Connectivity" section gets started.

Is it only my browser or really benchmarks not there..

The screenshot of my problem
http://images.devs-on.net/Image/HNnp5d43eoYOEB3W-Region.png

posted on 27 May 2012, 01:35 1

5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Snapdragon s1 ? Are you kidding me ?
Why this phone s1 can get ics while Nexus one cannot ?
That thing is a nexus device !
This thing can even run a skin on top of ics !
Not to mention the Galaxy s1 !
f**k Samsung

posted on 28 May 2012, 06:39

6. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


LG still has that ass-ugly favorites tray skin, I see.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 08:56

8. PandiM (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Will definitely get one, with an extended battery. I found one, HLI-P705SL from Mugen. Looking forward to them.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 02:05

9. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 192; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


It's quite obvious that LG copied the sharp-edged/corners design from Sony! LG was in a hurry in releasing its L series (the cheap L3 was released ahead) to overtake Sony's release of new breed of Xperia (although Sony announced their Xperia S earlier than LG's L3) that's why the L series' specs are sooooo crappy! ughh..

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 17:12

11. armac911 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


I fell in love with this one. It's just right for me. I don't mind the single core CPU, nor the 512mb ram, but the video quality is a dissapointment. I oftern travel around and love to capture video clips on my phones, but this just won't do it. Too bad.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 22:43

12. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


I know that feeling bro, i just HAD to have it! Ditching HTc wildfire S for this!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 04:52

13. nadeem1210 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Hello guys,

First of all, i searched all the other treads i could find about the problem, and none of them could really help me ...
So the problem, whenever I try to install any app from the google play store, after the download was complete, i get this error : package file is invalid. I always download via Wi-fi ..
I have a LG optimus L7 and it is not rooted. I run android 4.0.3.
Many people say, clear cache/data from the play store, but that did not help.
Other people said clear the delvik cache , but I do not know how I can boot my phone in recovery mode ...

Could somebody please help me ?
Thanks !

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 22:19

14. iwnugraha (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


1. Go to Application Manager, install "Task Manager",
in "Task Manager" - stop all running application (it will clear cache and data for Google Play Store)
2. Stop the Google Services Framework process and then clear cache and data
3. Go to “play.google.com/store“ , sign in with your user id, click on "My Orders & Settings" at the bottom
4. click on "Settings" tab
Give a nick name to your phone and make sure the "Show in menus" is checked, click on "update" to confirm the changes
5. reboot the phone

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LG Optimus L7

LG Optimus L7

OS: Android 4.0.3
view full specs
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.94 x 2.64 x 0.34 inches
(125.5 x 67 x 8.7 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1700 mAh, 5.83 hours talk time

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