LG Optimus L7 Review
Introduction:

Coming with the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, the LG Optimus L7 is the top shelf representative of the company's new line of affordable handsets with supposedly more appealing L-Style design.

Top shelf in the L line doesn't mean much in terms of specs, as the Optimus L7 still rocks single-core processor, WVGA screen resolution and 5MP camera, but it won't break the bank either.

Now LG promised to introduce a new design paradigm with the new L series at rock-bottom prices, but did it succeed in achieving that goal with the Optimus L7? Read on to find out...


LG Optimus L7 Review
LG Optimus L7 Review
In the box:

  • Travel charger
  • microUSB cable
  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Sleep Mode, Car Mode and Office Mode NFC tags
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design:

Despite LG's ruminations on the new L-Style design for the handsets of this series, the chassis of the Optimus L7 seems like your regular rectangular slab of black plastic. Still, all of the five elements that  LG envisioned for this design are here: "Modern Square Style for a comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one’s attention".

The LG Optimus L7 feels solid overall, and it is fairly easy to operate it with one hand - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Optimus L7 feels solid overall, and it is fairly easy to operate it with one hand - LG Optimus L7 Review
The LG Optimus L7 feels solid overall, and it is fairly easy to operate it with one hand - LG Optimus L7 Review

The LG Optimus L7 feels solid overall, and it is fairly easy to operate it with one hand


LG Optimus L7 Review

You can compare the LG Optimus L7 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Modern Square Style”? Check – the phone is rectangular and with sharp edges, but that is fairly neutral for holding it more comfortably. “Floating Mass” and “Sensuous Slim Shape”? Well, the handset is indeed very thin at 8.7mm, but those sub-10mm slim profiles are not sight unseen nowadays, even on flagship handsets. The “Seamless Layout” of the keys is an acquired taste – the power/lock key at the top requires moving your finger from the side to the top, whereas if it was on the right under your thumb it would have been more “intuitive”.

We can agree on the “Harmonized Design Contrast” part, as there are indeed some metallic elements in the design, like the lock key and the 5MP camera module plate on the back, but the rest of it is really just black plastic. The plastic is at least patterned on the back for better grip and a slightly more interesting look.

LG Optimus L7 Review
Android buttons - LG Optimus L7 Review

Android buttons

Front-facing camera - LG Optimus L7 Review

Front-facing camera


We found the volume rocker on the left and the power key too small and flush with the surface to be comfortable for finding and pressing, and with a shallow travel to boot. The home key underneath the display is well-positioned, for that matter, and very comfortable to press.

3.5mm jack and power key (top) - LG Optimus L7 Review

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

Volume rocker (left) - LG Optimus L7 Review

Volume rocker (left)

microUSB port (bottom) - LG Optimus L7 Review

microUSB port (bottom)


The phone feels solid overall, and it is fairly easy to operate it with one hand, especially if you have larger palms.

Back - LG Optimus L7 Review

Back

Camera - LG Optimus L7 Review

Camera

Speaker - LG Optimus L7 Review

Speaker

Battery compartment - LG Optimus L7 Review

Battery compartment



Display:

LG Optimus L7 Review
The “Floating Mass” technology for the 4.3” IPS-LCD “NOVA” display that LG utilizes in the Optimus L7, means that the screen is closer to the protective glass, allowing for a slimmer device and a brighter display. Still, it comes with 480x800 pixels of resolution, and 217ppi pixel density is about the bare minimum we expect from this screen size now.

The display sports decent viewing angles and vivid colors, plus its brightness is above average at 450 nits, so outside visibility is decent. Of notable absence is an ambient light sensor to adjust the brightness automatically, so you'll have to make do with the handy toggle in the notification bar.

LG Optimus L7 360-degrees View:



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14 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

This is a nice looking but underpowered. No 720p support,max wvga videos,single core processor? This phone must cost at least 30 dollars lower than the one v . Get a galaxy ace two instead

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

$376.0524 for america and £299 for UK

7. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

the SIM-free/unlocked version costs ± US$315 here.

3. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

successor to the Optimus Black?.. xD

10. nsnk86

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

no way Shadez10 it cant be a successor to optimus black coz its much better fone &it can capture 720p HD video....

4. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

I cannot find any benchmarks in page 2 though it is clearly written that "Here are the benchmarks" and after that line the "Internet and Connectivity" section gets started. Is it only my browser or really benchmarks not there.. The screenshot of my problemhttp://images.devs-on.net/Image/HNnp5d43eoYOEB3W-Region.png

5. thelegend6657 unregistered

Snapdragon s1 ? Are you kidding me ? Why this phone s1 can get ics while Nexus one cannot ? That thing is a nexus device ! This thing can even run a skin on top of ics ! Not to mention the Galaxy s1 ! f**k Samsung

6. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

LG still has that ass-ugly favorites tray skin, I see.

8. PandiM

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Will definitely get one, with an extended battery. I found one, HLI-P705SL from Mugen. Looking forward to them.

9. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

It's quite obvious that LG copied the sharp-edged/corners design from Sony! LG was in a hurry in releasing its L series (the cheap L3 was released ahead) to overtake Sony's release of new breed of Xperia (although Sony announced their Xperia S earlier than LG's L3) that's why the L series' specs are sooooo crappy! ughh..

11. armac911

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I fell in love with this one. It's just right for me. I don't mind the single core CPU, nor the 512mb ram, but the video quality is a dissapointment. I oftern travel around and love to capture video clips on my phones, but this just won't do it. Too bad.

12. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

I know that feeling bro, i just HAD to have it! Ditching HTc wildfire S for this!

13. nadeem1210

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Hello guys, First of all, i searched all the other treads i could find about the problem, and none of them could really help me ... So the problem, whenever I try to install any app from the google play store, after the download was complete, i get this error : package file is invalid. I always download via Wi-fi .. I have a LG optimus L7 and it is not rooted. I run android 4.0.3. Many people say, clear cache/data from the play store, but that did not help. Other people said clear the delvik cache , but I do not know how I can boot my phone in recovery mode ... Could somebody please help me ? Thanks !

14. iwnugraha

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

1. Go to Application Manager, install "Task Manager", in "Task Manager" - stop all running application (it will clear cache and data for Google Play Store) 2. Stop the Google Services Framework process and then clear cache and data 3. Go to “play.google.com/store“ , sign in with your user id, click on "My Orders & Settings" at the bottom 4. click on "Settings" tab Give a nick name to your phone and make sure the "Show in menus" is checked, click on "update" to confirm the changes 5. reboot the phone
Optimus L7
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 2.4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh(5.83h talk time)

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