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LG Optimus L9 II Review

LG Optimus L9 II

Posted: , by Nick T.



LG Optimus L9 II Review
LG Optimus L9 II Review
Call Quality

One thing's sure – the LG Optimus L9 II is great for making phone calls. Its earpiece produces clear, natural voice tones at a high volume level, while the microphone easily picks up our voice, delivering it undistorted to the other party. There's a secondary microphone as well, reducing background noise when needed without inducing any noticeable digitizing into the conversation.

Battery Life

The LG Optimus L9 II is rated for 7.4 hours of talk time over a 3G network and it should last for roughly 20 days in stand-by, which is not much by today's standards. But our custom battery test shows that the phone's 2150mAh removable battery is a respectable performer, giving us a rating of 5 hours and 48 minutes of active usage. Still, heavy users will most likely have to recharge the L9 II on a daily basis. If used with moderation, the phone will likely need to be refilled every other day.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
LG Optimus L9 II
5h 48 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Core
5h 22 min (Poor)
Sony Xperia SP
5h 38 min (Average)
HTC Desire 500
4h 27 min (Poor)
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While not perfect, the LG Optimus L9 II is definitely among the better-made mid-range Androids that we've come across lately. Sure, it might seem like a pretty humble smartphone at a glance, but trust us, once you take it for a spin, you realize that it is a device with plenty of potential. Or if we have to be more specific, it is a sleek and compact handset with a pretty screen and good performance – traits that make it a phone worthy of attention.

But the LG Optimus L9 II is far from the only noteworthy Android mid-ranger we can think of. The Motorola Moto G, for example, is already rolling out globally and it is quite cheap for the specs it has to offer . In fact, the Moto G should be cheaper than the L9 II, although pricing varies from one market to another. The Sony Xperia SP is also a phone worth taking into account since it comes with a faster processor and more eye-catchy design. And for those who need something a tad cheaper, there's the HTC Desire 500, which is a stylish mid-ranger delivering quite a lot of bang for its buck.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 4.1.2
Build number JZO54K
Software version D60510a-EUR-XX


  • Large, pretty screen
  • Snappy performance
  • Infra-red blaster controls TVs and DVD players
  • Good call quality


  • Low on built-in storage space
  • Weak built-in speaker
  • Still running on the 18-month-old Android 4.1.2
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posted on 12 Dec 2013, 08:18

1. R-vjn (Posts: 270; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

For a mid-range device, this is really good, but still 4.1.2..!!???? :O

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 14:25

4. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

4.1.2 >>>4.2.2 in terms of stability of software.
I don't know about 4.3 or KitKat.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 08:25

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Glad I stuck with SP...this is still a good option thought.
Nick, I tried downloading Asphalt 8 on my SP and it says it's not compatible....why's that?? I thought the CPU and GPU are quite capable. kind of disappointed.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 08:48

3. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

me too. i used SP because of its size but im kinda dissaponted.. alot of apps from play store says that file is not compatible

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 14:26

5. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Same here.

But a hacked/pirated version of Asphalt 8 works just fine.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 01:49

6. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I'm having no isssue with any game titles so far on my SP. But I download my games from Torrents......much faster

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:46

7. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

L9-II is a Great Phone....

good camera
good simple design
good video recording

sweet UI

FAST as we expect for its category...
i recommended this for those you can't afford G2!

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 20:34

8. ArtZGraphic (Posts: 16; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

nice phone with a beatiful screen and faster processor, good camera and video recording and other useful multimedia features. i recommended this phone rather than L7 II. and its boxy design looked quite elegant.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 03:04

9. alfealicious11 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

Android 4.1.2 at this time is bull. Other manufacturers will eat LG alive.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 06:09

10. TheRiseAgainst (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)

You are wrong. It might have come with 4.1.2 but it will probably get an update to 4.4. Who cares if its 4.1.2 or 4.2 out of box? Now give me an example of similiar phones to this in this price range? So?

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 09:06

11. R-vjn (Posts: 270; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Galaxy S4 mini is only a tad higher in price but comes with 4.2.2 and it was released way back in July. Same is Xperia C, comes with 4.2.2 and released in July.
Nothing against LG, but this phone should have released with 4.3 at least.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 06:53

12. TheRiseAgainst (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)

Its 50€, thats not a tad. Well I'd rather have a 4.1 android than laggy TouchWiz.

Whats the difference between 4.1 and 4.2 or 4.3 anyway?

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 05:49

13. R-vjn (Posts: 270; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

well, touchwiz is sure laggy. I'm just saying the OS that this phone comes with is just horrible. Its more than an year old my friend..!

To know the differences between the 3 versions, i suggest you check this link out and you will know.


I'm pretty sure you have no experience on the 3 versions. lols

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 06:19

14. TheRiseAgainst (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)

Okay but there is nothing significant that would make all the phones run faster, just some little fixes.

I agree that between 4.1 and 4.4 there is a difference, but previous ones not really.

And the OS is not horrible, do you even have this phone? I runs very well, who cares its 1 year old? Its smooth, snappy what else do you want? Even phones with newer androids have more laggy UI, the well known TouchWiz is a great example.

I would be happy if this phone receives 4.4 update, that would be cool, but besides the transparent bar and difference in icons, app drawer, etc. there is not much of performance boost.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 11:28

15. R-vjn (Posts: 270; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

I admit that Touchwiz is dead laggy, and personally I hate that too. And LG's UI always are much more fluidic even though its heavy.
My friend, the different versions also brings supports for many things as you might have read in that link, its not just the bug fixes. Also a lot more shortcuts. The lockscreen widgets and 2 finger notification bars are just examples. And also better battery and app management, which can again be improved by LG's own software tweeks.
I would be really happy if this gets 4.4 soon, and even I hope it will, coz I've shortlisted this phone for someone. ;-) :-)

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 07:33

16. TheRiseAgainst (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)

I only checked it quicky, I didnt read it all but most of them are not that important. Personally I like the UI changes but look: Refreshed interface with white elements instead of blue, Wireless printing capability, etc. There is only one thats important and its: Optimizations for performance on devices...

It will get some updates, I contacted LG support so hopefully there were telling the truth. And 4.4 would be the best, I would much more welcome that than if they did update sooner but only to 4.2 or 4.3. Its still pretty new phone so they should update it.

posted on 02 Feb 2014, 06:14

17. TomiQo_o (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Feb 2014)

Please Sony Xperia SP or that LG Optimus L9 II

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 18:16

18. SorinMares (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)

bought this one few days back now. Updated flawlessly to kitkat, works like a drean with a ton of apps installed; full hd movies run great, sceen has vibrant colors, camera is good. only thing to object is the sd slot not accesible without removing the cover.

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LG Optimus L9 II

LG Optimus L9 II

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.1.2
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
Size5.06 x 2.62 x 0.37 inches
(128.4 x 66.5 x 9.4 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery2150 mAh, 7.4 hours talk time

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