Performance:

During the call quality testing, the LG Optimus 7's speaker once again proved to be sub-par. We experienced enough loudness, but quality was below average, which is really a shame when it comes to such a high-end device. When you happen to be in a noisier environment, it can even get difficult at times to tell what your callers want to say. The microphone of the Optimus 7 though seems to be one of the best we've seen, as both sound quality and loudness on the other end of the line are near perfect. If it wasn't for that nasty earpiece, we would have rated the Optimus 7's call quality very high.

Energy for the LG Optimus 7 comes from a 1500mAh unit, which is enough to guarantee a solid one day of usage. The battery should be able to provide up to 8 hours of talk-time or about 17 days of stand-by, which is one of the best performances out of a WP7 handset so far.

Conclusion:

The LG Optimus 7 arrives at the market to be one of the more compact Windows Phone 7 handsets available initially. It's practicality doesn't come at the expense of usability though, as its screen measures the fantastic 3.8 inches. It has an overall good-looking and solid design, mainly thanks to the large metal back cover, and all the needed hardware to make it a worthy WP7 offering, such as the popular 1GHz Snapdragon chipset.

The software is pretty much the same as what you'll find on the other WP7 handsets, except for the several specific apps that LG is throwing into the scene. The most notable of them are the “ScanSearch” augmented reality feature and the “Play To” DLNA app. All in all, LG deserves credit for taking the time to develop the custom software in order to make the LG Optimus 7 a bit more intriguing for the customers.

What we don't like in the Optimus 7 however, are its photo and video taking capabilities, as well as the mediocre call quality. If you can't get past that, or don't like the phone for some other reason, it might be a good idea to check out the Samsung Omnia 7 with its brilliant Super-AMOLED display, or the HTC 7 Trophy, which also carries a 3.8” diagonal, but with the tried and true flavor of HTC.

LG Optimus 7 Video Review:



Pros

  • Fairly thin
  • Solid build quality
  • ScanSearch augmented reality app
  • Play To DLNA feature

Cons

  • Mediocre sound quality
  • Camera quality is not good

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

7.6
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10 Comments

1. p7 unregistered

too many wvga 480x800 it would be better if it was fwvga 480x854 widescreen. the camera needs to be at least 8mp and flash

2. BuyMobile

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2010

I agree with the widescreen dimensions 480x854. And a flash would come in handy to say the least. BuyMobile.net

4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Do those extra 54 pixels really make a difference?

3. elitemashy92

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 14, 2010

whats the difference between wvga and fwvga?

5. p7 unregistered

WVGA (wide VGA) is 480x854 FWGA (full wide VGA) is 480x854. the good thing about FWVGA is that it's a widescreen display which is good as movies wont be cropped. also, i like 16:9 widescreen displays! like hdtv

6. p7 unregistered

i meant WVGA can be 480x800 or 480x854 but fwvga is only 480x854

7. UMTS unregistered

Not all of AT&T is 3G network is on 1900, a good portion of it is on 850. So is this phone UMTS 900/1900/2100 or 850/1900/2100??? Microsoft says it has UMTS 850. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-gb/buy/7/phones.aspx?id=1571#detail=1571

9. UMTS Reply unregistered

I believe the problem is that there are 2 versions of the Optimus 7. The standard from LG is 900/1900/2100 but there is a version sold by Telus in Canada with 850/1900/2100. I have yet to find the phone sold anywhere except the Telus website that lists the 850 3G frequency.

8. LG Review unregistered

Another LG Optimus 7 Review.

10. OlliesLGO7

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Beautiful. Got one myself and i must say, WP7 OS does get some getting used to but it is stunning to say the least!
Optimus 7
  • Display 3.8" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.00h 3G talk time)

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