LG Optimus L7 II Review
Introduction:

The LG Optimus L7 II is an affordable Android mid-ranger that brings a lot to the table with a spacious 4.3-inch display and a huge battery. You can also argue that a 4.3 inch device is around the perfect size for single-handed use and that also comes to its advantage.

The Optimus L7 II comes in a single (the Optimus L7 II) and dual-SIM versions (the Optimus L7 II Dual), and we have the dual-SIM one for review here.

Of course, by making this a relatively affordable device, LG had to cut some corners and in this case the cutting happened in silicon as the dual-core processor of the Optimus L7 II seems underpowered and can’t handle the load it’s given perfectly smooth.

If you don’t mind a little lag here and there, you’ll get rewarded with plenty of features and an excellent Optimus UI on top of Android Jelly Bean.

LG Optimus L7 II Review
In the box:

  • USB wall charger
  • USB to microUSB cable
  • Headphones
  • User manual

Design:

The two biggest Korean phone makers, Samsung and LG, are actually very similar in their design approach. Samsung is now a name that is largely associated with plasticky feeling gadgets, and LG is walking in its footsteps. The Optimus L7 II is a representative of this uninspiring trend featuring a white or black patterned plastic back.

The Optimus L7 II features a white or black patterned plastic back - LG Optimus L7 II Review
The Optimus L7 II features a white or black patterned plastic back - LG Optimus L7 II Review
The Optimus L7 II features a white or black patterned plastic back - LG Optimus L7 II Review

The Optimus L7 II features a white or black patterned plastic back


LG Optimus L7 II

LG Optimus L7 II

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches

121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.07 oz (116 g)

Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.48 x 0.41 inches

121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.48 x 0.39 inches

121.5 x 63 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia Lumia 720

Dimensions

5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm

Weight

4.52 oz (128 g)

LG Optimus L7 II

LG Optimus L7 II

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches

121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.07 oz (116 g)

Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.48 x 0.41 inches

121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.48 x 0.39 inches

121.5 x 63 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia Lumia 720

Dimensions

5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm

Weight

4.52 oz (128 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



The build quality is fairly sturdy, though, with no screaking parts. On the front, there are four capacitive buttons that bring memories of old Androids. In this case, the fourth button is one dedicated to switching between one of the two SIM cards you can use with this device.

Front camera - LG Optimus L7 II Review

Front camera

Capacitive buttons - LG Optimus L7 II Review

Capacitive buttons


On the right side is the lock key, and on the left a volume rocker and the standard for LG customizable Quick button. Finally, on the back there is an 8-megapixel camera with a single LED flash.

Lock key (right) - The sides of the LG Optimus L7 II - Back - LG Optimus L7 II Review

Lock key (right)

Volume rocker and Quick button (left) - The sides of the LG Optimus L7 II - Back - LG Optimus L7 II Review

Volume rocker and Quick button (left)

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the LG Optimus L7 II - Back - LG Optimus L7 II Review

microUSB port (bottom)

3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the LG Optimus L7 II - Back - LG Optimus L7 II Review

3.5mm jack (top)

Rear camera - Back - LG Optimus L7 II Review

Rear camera

Speaker grill - Back - LG Optimus L7 II Review

Speaker grill

Battery compartment - Back - LG Optimus L7 II Review

Battery compartment

SIM card slots - Back - LG Optimus L7 II Review

SIM card slots

Back


The 4.3-inch IPS 480 x 800 pixel (WVGA) display has great viewing angles and rich, saturated colors. In terms of colors, this is one of the better displays we have seen, especially at the not so stellar price of this device. Its resolution works out to a pixel density of around 216ppi which is below the 300ppi quantifier for “retina” displays. This means that you can see slight pixelization in the icons and you need to zoom in a bit for all text to be perfectly legible.

We like the fact that you can easily adjust brightness right from the notification shade. This is welcome for the outdoors when you often need to pump up brightness for better visibility.


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5 Comments

1. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

with the Ratings 10/9 Nokia lumia 720 is a good choice... for anyone who doesn't bother about the OS it's Running On....

2. guruprasad

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

with so many pros for a mid ranger and considering the price tag this phone is actually good, so it deserves 8 for its range..

3. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Just bought this phone and it is has very good response. I'm not sure if PA's unit is a prototype or just simply outdated but my LG Optimus L7 Series II Dual is buttery smooth on 4.1.2.

4. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

LOL just 3 days and this phone got thieved in a bus on my way to work. Just sad cause this was really perfect phone for me. Think I'm gonna buy this again.

5. ashfaqk7

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 2013

The superb phone lg is understanding the the users really well.. The world best smartphone for battery life long n lasting battery life really a must buy phone...
Optimus L7 II
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2460 mAh(12h 3G talk time)

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