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LG Optimus L9 T-Mobile User Reviews

7.8 Based on 5 Reviews

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Build quality9/10
Text input8.2/10
Everyday usage7.8/10
UI speed6.2/10
Call quality8.6/10

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posted on 25 Jan 2016, 00:55 (Posts: 0; Member since: 24 Jan 2016)


Functional, but minimal

Juliet2552 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

As of the writing of this, I've owned, used, and abused the phone for two and a half years. I've moved on to the LG V10 so it's time to share my experience with the LG L9 (from T-mobile).

I'm writing this from the perspective of someone that was looking for a functional in the $200-$250 category, since this phone was $240 ($0 down at $12 a month for 2 years). This review is mostly going to be about how functional the phone is, but so much how well it performs those functions.

Build quality 10/10 For a device of its price range, the build quality is absolutely exceptional. Though I may be seeing this through nostalgia glasses and the fact that it was my first "smartphone". The plastic frame is rigid and neither flexible nor brittle. Even after 2 1/2 years of constant use, the only damage is the sides chipping. Speaking of the sides, I thought they were some kind of metal until they started chipping revealing black plastic underneath. Dropping it several times has (hilariously) resulted
Reception 7/10 This thing is technically a 4G device (though not LTE). Whether or not this thing stays connected to a call or data is completely random. I notice that it hates indoors but gets the best reception in a moving vehicle.
Call quality 6/10 This thing has overall mediocre usage as a phone. The calls can be hard to hear in a crowded airport or bus, even at full volume. Sound quality is not exceptional nor horrible.
Internet 6/10 This thing just about barely works as a browsing device.
Multimedia 5/10 This phone lags in playing games and multitasking. It's slowed down considerably since when it was brand new. Its roughly 800 megabytes of RAM, and 900 megabytes of usable internal storage means that you'll have to manage your apps (and what kind) very carefully. Even with a few basic apps like skype, angry birds, and some music/pictures, you'll be nearly out of storage for anything else unless you buy external storage, and performance slows down when space runs out. Phones in this price range a
Camera 9/10 The camera is functional. It is capable of 1080p 30fps video which is fine for most anything. The colors aren't particularly vibrant nor is the stability/focus excellent, but for tasks snapping photos of paperwork or buildings this will work just fine.
UI speed 5/10 The Optimus UI is easy enough to use if you're not a constant power user, always looking down at their phone screen. However, get the phone set up with apps and a new launcher and the phone lags noticeably. It's frustrating but not a major deal breaker.
Everyday usage 7/10 This thing was enough to get me through the years However you will be longing for more performance very soon, possibly a newer but more expensive phone. The mushy home, volume, and power buttons aren't particularly easy to use, and now take multiple inputs before doing their job (my volume up button is dead too).
Text input 9/10 The small screen and size lends itself well to rapid typing/texting. There is of course swipe-to-text and speech-to-text which I didn't find very useful. There's also an autocorrect option which I have referred to as "auto incorrect".
Display 9/10 The display works. It's very low resolution but it's not like this has any impact on how apps like Angry Birds or Chrome function. Runs 720p YouTube videos just fine. I have yet to crack the screen after 30 months of constant use. It has accrued scratches but is still working.
Battery 5/10 Battery dies quick. The fastest way to deplete it is at maximum brightness and playing a 3D game. It will die in about an hour. Under very light usage, like playing music with headphones or talking, it will usually last an entire day, from dawn to dusk.


  • Low cost ($240) and decent value
  • Can do most of the baseline


  • Now outclassed by phones like the Honor 5X
  • Poor internal storage capacity

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posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:04 (Posts: 0; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


It technically works...

BladedAlex12 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

This phone is basically a wreck. I've had to use it because it was all i had and for that reason i'm trying to give it the highest score possible. At first this phone keeps up with the usual tasks that any smart phone would go through but after a bit it became an aggravating mess. The design of the phone isn't half bad and looks decent. The display isn't to bad even for it's low specs. It is also pretty durable and the LCD hasn't cracked. It'll uphold scratches but it's important to get a screen protector. It takes a good amount of physical stress and holds up nicely but as takes a turn for the worse as you actually try and use it for any purpose. While at the home screen it seems to transition well while any apps aren't running. Sometimes it'll open apps rather quickly but if the running apps aren't monitored closely it'll soon act laggy and irregular. As the phone is used longer and longer these issues show up even more until even trying a simple text message can turn into a 5 minute problem. No matter how much i took care of this phone it just seems to degrade so quickly over time. Now i've gone through 3 of these phones (because i had a warranty) and it hasn't been from improper use either. I take good careful care with all devices but it seems like this phone has been made horribly. Having to often restart this device is annoying and even more annoying since it'll refuse to use it's 4G data and sometimes not receive text messages. It's sad when phones from a year before and...  

Build quality 8/10
Reception 6/10
Call quality 8/10
Internet 7/10
Multimedia 4/10
Camera 5/10
UI speed 5/10
Everyday usage 7/10
Text input 7/10
Display 6/10
Battery 7/10


  • SD Card Slot
  • Decent Display
  • It'll Work just not well


  • Almost Everything

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posted on 11 Jan 2015, 22:44 (Posts: 0; Member since: 11 Jan 2015)


Had it for awhile...

steventechno has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

It was pretty good at first, It ran with decent performance, It could have been faster, but it was good enough. Lately, the OS horrible designs are starting to catch up, Apps need more RAM then they did then. the OS has lots of ongoing stuff in the background, causes the OS to perform worse to even Older less capable devices running CM11. This would normally be fixable but the Locked bootloader makes this impossible, and something you have to put up with until you pony up cash for a whole new system.

Build quality 9/10 I dropped this guy a few times, Punched it, slammed against tables and the ground. suprisingly it's still functional outside the 3.5MM jack which is now defunct.
Reception 7/10 T-Mobile's network is pretty spotty. There will be times where it just cuts off completely, though compared to other phones on the same network, This one seems to be able to retain signal minus internet while other's are out entirely.
Call quality 10/10 Rarely had problems concerning Calls, this is one of the redeeming qualities of this phone.
Internet 7/10 Internet browsing is mostly so-so. Nothing impressive, but it gets the job done.
Multimedia 6/10 Music suffers frequent "Pauses" while playing. Video playback works fine for the most part, but can be taxing on the hardware.. Watch out for battery life!
Camera 6/10 Camera is mostly so-so. Not too bad but not great. It can handle up to 1080 Video which though I don't have any 1080p monitors I can never truly tell the clarity of the videos. Stills are variable but are mostly so-so at best.
UI speed 2/10 Poorly designed firmware, YEARS out of date. Being unable to flash over to a REAL version of android doesn't help this at all.
Everyday usage 6/10 While it isn't fast by any means, it's still somewhat usable, think of that old PC you are using Windows XP on with 512mb of RAM. It will only get you so far, and gets overwhelmed too easily, That's this phone's performance. It will run fair if used Extremely lightly, Don't expect much from this phone. Also Stock you get very little Storage. LG has a habbit of binding android's System storage to user space, so Don't save ANYTHING into the "internal SD" because there isn't one. The good thing dispite overwhelmed performance is at least it doesn't lock up often, that's quite a feat for something that's overloaded.
Text input 6/10 While the stock keyboard works Okay, I use swype in it's place. though what time i DID use Stock, it seemed to work fair as long as i was PRECISE and took my time with it. I don't have the patience, LG really wants you to take it slow using their products apparently.
Display 10/10 The ONLY good thing about this phone. The display is excellent, can take a bit of a beating and still survive.
Battery 5/10 Battery life is so-so. It can survive a day at work with Local music playing all day, but it'll be almost dead by the time you get back.


  • Nice Display
  • Slim design
  • Android
  • Not hard to root


  • Outdated OS
  • Can be extremely SLOW
  • Locked Bootloader
  • Limited storage

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posted on 22 Jan 2014, 00:08 (Posts: 0; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)


Good budget phone

becca1 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

I've had this phone for almost a year. The phone runs pretty smooth,its fast at opening apps and switching between task.The camera is not the greatest but I have got some really nice pics from it.The phone is however lacking in memory,only 4gb of internal memory .Apps can not be moved to sd card without rooting the phone.(I rooted mine)Overall this is a great phone if your on a budget like me.

Build quality 9/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 7/10
UI speed 9/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 9/10
Display 8/10
Battery 7/10

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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 18:32 (Posts: 0; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Awesome phone

beara has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I've had several Androids... including the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, HTC Droid Incredible, and HTC Wildfire S and this one can definetly compete with my RAZR. It has a large screen, crystal clear impeccable graphics, fast processor. I'm not a phone whiz but this one is a good deal in my opinion. Not sure how reliable it will be since I haven't had it long, but I've had LG phones in the past and they were good quality phones so I'm hoping this will be the same. The only thing I don't like about the phone is it doesn't have a lot of internal storage or the option to move apps to your SD card. It says it has 4 gb's but almost 1/2 of that is wasted with a bunch of junk apps that come with the phone and you can't delete them either.

Build quality 9/10 Very light weight, almost too light! And I'm not too fond of the missing search button.
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 9/10 Photo's come out blurry unless you tap the screen first.
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10 So easy to use. Also easy to customize to make it even easier to use.
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 7/10 Ehhh... it has your average smart phone battery life.

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