LG Optimus F7 Review

Interface and Functionality:

Not surprisingly, there isn’t anything terribly new with the experience here, since it’s running the same Optimus UI skin that’s used by a handful of other LG smartphones of late – albeit, it’s on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. We won’t get into much detail, since we’ve covered it numerous times, but it’s worth noting that it features some of the latest software tweaks that are found on LG’s more prestigious smartphones. For example, it employs the QuickMemo app that allows us to tinker around with screen shots, QSlide to allow for improved multi-tasking, Smart Screen that keeps tracks our eyes to keep the display on, and gestures to move widgets/icons/folders on the home screen to other areas. Overall, they’re all nice touches, but it still lacks the complexity of Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX and the visual appeal of HTC’s latest Sense UI.


Looking through its core organizer apps, they function as they should, not surprisingly. However, it’s nice that the QuickMemo app provides us some useful note-taking functions at a moment’s notice. In addition, the QSlide feature of the experience allows certain apps, like the calendar, calculator, and browser, to simultaneously run on top of whatever we’re doing – so it adds a level of improved multi-tasking to the experience. Beyond that, everything else is what we’d expect from any other Android smartphone.


With so much real-estate to work with, we don’t have any trouble typing stuff up with its on-screen keyboard. Not only is the layout ample to reduce accidental presses, but it’s super responsive to keep up with our fast rate of input.



Processor and Memory:

Oh dual-cores, you’ve now become the standard gear for mid-range devices – and that’s not a bad thing at all here! In fact, the Optimus F7 features a 1.5GHz dual-core ARM based processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 225 GPU. Certainly, it’s not striking as some quad-cores, but regardless of that, we’re glad to find its performance to be spot-on fast and responsive. Maintaining the same level of performance with all operations, whether they’re elementary or intensive, the Optimus F7 doesn’t stutter for a moment!


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
LG Optimus F7 5708 10917 2038 / 18 fps 2192 / 614
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 15152

HTC One VX 5269




Advertised as offering 8GB of on-board storage, the actual figure is actually cut in half – a meager 4.1GB of actual memory out of the box. Fortunately enough, there’s a microSD card slot to help ease things.

Internet and Connectivity:

Everything is in order with the F7’s web browsing experience, seeing that it boasts all of the qualities to make it soundly lovable from all angles. In addition to having fast 4G LTE connectivity, it’s also instantaneous with its page rendering, kinetic scrolling, and pinch zooming. Throw in the fact that its display is super sharp to help us make out miniscule text with our own eyes from a normal viewing distance away, it’s an all-around winner in this particular category.


Here in the US, the Optimus F7 is a CDMA based smartphone that’s meant to work with US Cellular’s network – with 4G LTE connectivity in tow too. However, you’ll need to bring along a spare device when traveling abroad, seeing that it’s not a world phone. LG doesn’t skimp out with the goods on this one, as it features aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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13 Comments

1. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

How is 20 hrs of normal usage bad? I have seen people say their s4 can't make it through a 9hr day with normal usage.

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I think John V meant that if it was on LTE, the battery life would be much shorter. But, I'm confused. My L9 struggle to get passed anything over 10 hours....this is great IMHO.

2. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

I gave it a 9 for a mid ranger phone :D

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

Cool story, bro.

5. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

The 8gb storage would be a deal breaker for me. I don't see how anyone would have a phone with only 8gb storage. You couldn't give me one .

6. JohnnyZ

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

What if it was $20 more and had 16GB internal?

7. BIGGUY11

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

I just got my lg f7 and Ireally like the phone it has everythig I need. I also have the best military screen protector from roboshields. They really helped me protect my investment. So if you guys are thinking to buy lg f7 i would highly recomend roboshields for a best and long lasting screen proector. check them out at roboshields.com

8. cactusdrank

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Please, if any one knows why so many review sites specify this phone with 2gb of ram instead of 1gb, It would be most appreciated! Since ive gotten this phone on Boost and found out it has 1gb available and the 2gb ram specs are fairly prevelent around many reviews, I would feel a bit less dissapointed knowing whether or not there is an international version of this phone which has the supposed 2gb of ram. thanks

9. dragon76

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

I just bought this the other day for Boost Mobile (replacing the HTC evo Design) and I am really pleased with my purchase. 4G isnt available in my home area but 30 miles north (not officially listed as 4G either) I had 8 to 11 mbps download speed and 5 to 7 mbps depending what app I used either sensorly or OpenSignal... phone is worth the money. The 8gb storage isnt a big deal to me cause I have a nice 32gb micro sd card ....

10. Danii

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

I just purchased this phone a couple days ago and expressed to the person helping me, how important the GPS is for me as I travel a lot for work! I told please don't sell me the phone if that's a down fall, she said it worked fine and no complaints! So far I've heard negative reports on GPS for this phone, do I have hope or will I be needing to utilize the exchange policy within 30 days for another phone!! Been an iPhone user for a while and lost to many and didn't want the $135 dollar bill anymore and I wanted my replacement co-pay to be lowered from the $200 I would pay with Verizon when they were lost! I like with boost its only $80 to replace this phone! Feed back on GPS is greatly appreciated! :)

11. dragon76

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

my first handset was horrible when it came to gps both accuracy and the time it tool to lock on. I took it back to radioshack within the 30 days and the second handset is much better but still not as good as my old phone HTC evo Design

12. kimstoner

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

I have a 8gb sd card. And im trying to move my pictures and music onto it. How do i do that?

13. Bella

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I've had this phone for 1 year now and it remains solid. I have no complaints whatsoever. From call quality to display to camera to internet speed, its just a workhorse. My bill has gone from 110.00 with Verizon to 40.00 with Boost. Yes I pay for my phone but if you're smart, you can find deals out there. This phone gets 5 stars from me.
Optimus F7
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2540 mAh(13h talk time)

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