LG Optimus L9 II ReviewLG Optimus L9 II 8
One thing's sure – the LG Optimus L9 II is great for making phone calls. Its earpiece produces clear, natural voice tones at a high volume level, while the microphone easily picks up our voice, delivering it undistorted to the other party. There's a secondary microphone as well, reducing background noise when needed without inducing any noticeable digitizing into the conversation.
The LG Optimus L9 II is rated for 7.4 hours of talk time over a 3G network and it should last for roughly 20 days in stand-by, which is not much by today's standards. But our custom battery test shows that the phone's 2150mAh removable battery is a respectable performer, giving us a rating of 5 hours and 48 minutes of active usage. Still, heavy users will most likely have to recharge the L9 II on a daily basis. If used with moderation, the phone will likely need to be refilled every other day.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
While not perfect, the LG Optimus L9 II is definitely among the better-made mid-range Androids that we've come across lately. Sure, it might seem like a pretty humble smartphone at a glance, but trust us, once you take it for a spin, you realize that it is a device with plenty of potential. Or if we have to be more specific, it is a sleek and compact handset with a pretty screen and good performance – traits that make it a phone worthy of attention.
But the LG Optimus L9 II is far from the only noteworthy Android mid-ranger we can think of. The Motorola Moto G, for example, is already rolling out globally and it is quite cheap for the specs it has to offer . In fact, the Moto G should be cheaper than the L9 II, although pricing varies from one market to another. The Sony Xperia SP is also a phone worth taking into account since it comes with a faster processor and more eye-catchy design. And for those who need something a tad cheaper, there's the HTC Desire 500, which is a stylish mid-ranger delivering quite a lot of bang for its buck.
Software version of the reviewed unit:
Build number JZO54K
Software version D60510a-EUR-XX
- Large, pretty screen
- Snappy performance
- Infra-red blaster controls TVs and DVD players
- Good call quality
- Low on built-in storage space
- Weak built-in speaker
- Still running on the 18-month-old Android 4.1.2
LG Optimus L9 II Review - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion