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LG Optimus L7 Review

LG Optimus L7

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LG Optimus L7 Review
Call quality is about average - the earpiece of the LG Optimus L7 does the job in terms of clarity, but  needs more strength, while the situation on the other side is a bit better in terms of power, but voices could come out cleaner. As mentioned, the loudspeaker is of average strength, so you'd have to max it out and hope you'll hear it if the phone is buried in a purse or is in another room.

The fairly generous for this market segment 1700mAh battery is rated for 6 hours of talk time, which is below average.


Despite being the flagship of the new L series, the LG Optimus L7 main virtue is that it ships with the newest Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, rather than design and specs.

The handset is indeed thin and light, but the chassis looks run-of-the-mill with its rectangular shape made of black plastic, despite the metal plate around the camera module. Whether it's software optimization or just the single-core processor and 512MB of RAM, shmoozing around in the interface, browser and apps isn't devoid of slowdowns and interruptions.

There are some really neat ideas in the new interface, like the scrolling connectivity toggles in the notification bar, but these are overshadowed by the mediocre pictures and video quality, for example.

On top of that, the LG Optimus L7 has to battle a lot of more capable phones in its market segment. The HTC One V runs Android 4.0 too, but sports a more interesting design, the functional Sense 4.0 UI, and has a much more capable camera with zero shutter lag.

Sony Xperia U might have a smaller screen, but is cheaper, has a dual-core processor, more memory, and also has a more capable 5MP camera than the L7. The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a good alternative, too, with its dual-core CPU and a very good snapper, but is tied up with Gingerbread for now.

If you have to have a fairly large display, take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S, despite that its ICS update is still pending – its price is down to the Optimus L7 levels, and it has the more appealing design, plus an 8MP camera capable of 720p video.

Software version: IML74K


  • Scrollable connectivity and profile toggles in the notification bar
  • Thin and light handset with a generous 4.3” display


  • Camera takes mediocre pictures and only records VGA video
  • Phone feels underpowered in the browser
  • No ambient light sensor
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posted on 24 May 2012, 07:16 1

1. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 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

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:08 1

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

$376.0524 for america and £299 for UK

posted on 28 May 2012, 22:01

7. pegasso (Posts: 285; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 24 May 2012, 18:25 1

3. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

successor to the Optimus Black?.. xD

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 12:38

10. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 26 May 2012, 05:04

4. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 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 problem

posted on 27 May 2012, 01:35 1

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

posted on 28 May 2012, 06:39

6. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 08:56

8. PandiM (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 02:05

9. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 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..

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 17:12

11. armac911 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Sep 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.

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 22:43

12. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 04:52

13. nadeem1210 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jan 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 !

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 22:19

14. iwnugraha (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Feb 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

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LG Optimus L7

LG Optimus L7

OS: Android 4.0.3
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.94 x 2.64 x 0.34 inches
(125.5 x 67 x 8.7 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1700 mAh, 5.83 hours talk time

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