LG Optimus L9 II Review
The quickest way to access the 8MP main camera on the LG Optimus L9 II is with the help of a lock screen shortcut. Once opened, the camera application presents us with an interface that offers a fair amount of settings to tweak and modes to apply. Sure, there's not exactly a ton of them, but the ones we're allowed to play with are the ones we're most likely to need – Panorama, HDR, Macro, Burst shot, and the likes.
In terms of image quality, the camera on LG Optimus L9 II is an average performer. It can take some pretty good shots when used outdoors, with accurate colors and sufficient detail, but due to the heavy presence of digital noise, 100% zoom crops aren't pleasant to look at. The snapper tends to struggle with dynamics scenes, which is why using the built-in HDR mode when appropriate is advisable. Indoor shots are a hit or miss. Some scenes do look acceptable, but others may turn out blurry or out of focus.
While technically the Optimus L9 II can capture 1080p video, footage quality is average at best. It lacks fine details and it is simply not smooth enough for something supposedly taken at 30 frames per second. Sound in videos, however, is loud, clear, and natural.
On the front of the Optimus L9 II resides a 1.3MP cam for self portraits and video chats. Its images are noisy, but usable.
We threw several music albums onto the Optimus L9 II and launched its Music player, provided courtesy of LG. The app seems simple, but it is pretty functional, providing all the necessary features you'd expect out of it. There's an equalizer for fine-tuning audio reproduction and widgets for controlling playback while the app is in the background. If you have a DLNA-certified device nearby, you can stream music to it straight from the player.
To our disappointment, the stock earphones provided with the L9 II are of low quality. Their output is weak and needs some serious equalization in order to sound acceptable. The single loudspeaker placed on the handset's bottom can't impress us either as it just doesn't sound loud enough.
We wouldn't mind watching videos on the LG Optimus L9 II as it is more than suitable for the purpose. Its video player runs all kinds of videos at up to 1080p without dropping a frame and they look great on the phone's high-res display. The app itself has a few tricks up its sleeve. Its UI is optimized for quick fast-forwarding with a swipe anywhere on the screen, which is nice.
Surprisingly, the LG Optimus L9 II is one of the very few phones sporting a built-in infra-red emitter. This handy little perk allows us to control TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players remotely. A pre-loaded app called QuickRemote is used for the purpose. When launched for the first time, it takes you through a quick and straightforward setup process pairing the handset with your electronic device.