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LG Optimus L9 Review

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Interface and Software:

With a base of Android 4.0.4, LG has skinned the Optimus L9 with their familiar Optimus UI. There’s nothing new to talk about here, and the Optimus L9 features a few of LG’s unique features like QuickMemo allowing you to notate screenshots and SmartShare which lets you stream content to a DLNA device. It lacks some of the Optimus G’s standout features like QSlide and Live Zooming, which are possible due to the Optimus G’s quad-core processor. The overall Optimus UI is not as expansive as HTC Sense or Samsung’s Nature UX, but that isn’t a knock on it. Overall the performance is fluid and the skin does not seem to slow down the phone, which is more than we can say for other manufacturer attempts.

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The Optimus UI - LG Optimus L9 Review
The Optimus UI - LG Optimus L9 Review
The Optimus UI - LG Optimus L9 Review

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The on-screen keyboard


There are a number of pre-loaded apps with the Optimus L9, which is becoming a real problem for carrier branded phones. There are nine T-Mobile apps alone, and when starting the phone initially the user is presented with a number of apps, wallpapers and widgets to install.


Processor and Memory:

The Optimus L9 uses a dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, up from the single core unit used in the L7. It is paired with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Over half of that is used for the system, but the user can easily increase storage capability with a microSD card. The Optimus L9 may not have the most impressive hardware specs, but the performance is solid and we didn’t have any noticeable lag or hang-ups while using the L9.

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Connectivity and Internet:

Technically a 4G device, the Optimus L9 runs on T-Mobile’s 21Mbps network, but doesn’t support the faster 42Mbps network. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 but the Optimus L9 curiously lacks NFC found in the smaller L7 and most other recent Android handsets. The Optimus L9 does offer Wi-Fi direct for easy file-sharing.

Browsing on both the stock browser and Chrome was as you would expect. Page loads were quick, and panning, tapping and pinching produced reliable results.

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Browsing the web on the LG Optimus L9 - LG Optimus L9 Review
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Browsing the web on the LG Optimus L9 - LG Optimus L9 Review

Browsing the web on the LG Optimus L9



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posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:07

1. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


The screen is 4.7".

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:11 3

4. redmd (Posts: 882; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


4.7 for the international version. 4.5 for t mobile version.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:12

5. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Yeah I noticed after it was the T-Mobile version.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:09 8

2. redmd (Posts: 882; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I don't see why those cons eat 2.5 of total score. it's a mid range phone did someone forget? I think it deserves at least 8. snappy performance alone could warrant that.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:38 6

8. GTR722 (Posts: 235; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Remember this is PhoneArena, the S3 mini got a higher score than this phone....

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:10 6

3. thephonedude (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


Finally a L Series Phone that is better than its other versions! GREAT L STYLED PHONE :) I am using L5

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:47 1

6. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


That dog in the sample shot no. 6 is horrible

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 03:27 1

10. thephonedude (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


still more handsome than you.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:57

12. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Thanks for complementing yourself

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 09:15

7. djstammo (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


And why no Gorilla Glass if L7 has?

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 04:21

13. DKMDROID (Posts: 102; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


The international version has gorilla glass 2 not so sure about the T-mobile version but i suspect the only difference is the 0.2" of screen real estate between the 2

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 11:45

9. app_droid_soft (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


which is better L7 vs s duos vs s3 mini?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 03:28

11. thephonedude (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


Eh S3 mini is better in terms of specs.. but if you want great design... the L7 is the one for you

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 02:18

19. shubham3mathur (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


For more detail and specifications about S3 Mini or Optimus l9 and s duos plz visit at techfactz.com

posted on 17 Nov 2012, 10:32

14. masterwoo (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


Read more about LG Optimus L9 at indiapricepoint.com/electronics/price-of-lg-l9/

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 21:55

15. Landmarkcm (Posts: 426; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


This site seems to rate the camera quality on some good phones as a negative alot. Whereas phonescoop etc said this phone takes great pictures. Which it does! Wow I think it takes some of the clearest shots ive had. Its better then the 8mp on Lumia 822 I was using. So just goes to show mp count doesn't mean everything. Is Phonearena not focusing right or what...? lol. Anyway I thought I was fully converted to WP8 but im loving Android again with this device. Especially on Tmobiles no contract plan. This phone is awesome for 199!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 18:30

22. MFortyNiner (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


This is an awesome phone and since it is no-contract, it was easy to use on Solavei where my cell service is now free. Compared to my previous ATT bill, that's over $1,200 in annual savings. Yeaaaah!
Check it out at mobile49er dot com.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:05

16. seadude (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


LG has been known for not supporting their software upgrade. You may get the latest android right now. But you are going to stuck with that android version for the rest of your smartphone life. Don't buy LG, you will regard it next year when everyone is using Android 5.0. I am a victom of the G2X, they promised to upgrade it when it was released 2 years ago. I now have a samsung s3 and the g2x still hasn't get that updated LG originally promised. In fact, LG don't even response to G2X update questions at all... LOL

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 11:55

17. Landmarkcm (Posts: 426; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


I hear ya but im not super worried abt the software update. As long as it's nothing major im missing. If I keep this device for at least a year that will be good for me as I have been going through phones to fast. I haven't liked other things abt some lg's in the past but overall this one is good, & has overall good marks.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 06:14

18. shubham3mathur (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


For complete specification and review of LG plz visit techfactz.com

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 00:45

20. Charlie_boy (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


It's uncanny that the international L9 specs are very similar to the Galaxy Nexus... I wonder how that came about...

posted on 02 May 2013, 18:33

21. Teknofilo (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


I'd like to point out that the panorama function seems to use the camera mode, rather than the photograph mode, which results in panorama pictures having very small vertical resolution.

We have included a sample in our review at Teknofilo.com blog and, while the article is in Spanish, you'll easily spot where the panorama picture is.

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LG Optimus L9 T-Mobile

LG Optimus L9 T-Mobile

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0
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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.03 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches
(128 x 67 x 9 mm)
4.2 oz  (119 g)
Battery2150 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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