Performance:

Callers were very impressed with the Optimus L9, rating us 8.5/10 and calling it one of the more clear phones we’ve tested. They said there was a slight hollowness to it, but voices were clear and they had no problems hearing us. They sounded great on our end as well, with plenty of volume and natural voice reproduction. Even with a noisy background we didn’t have any problems hearing our caller. LG claims “usage” time of 1 day and 5 hours on the 2150mAh battery. While that seems a bit vague, in our testing we had no problems getting through a typical day with plenty of battery left.

Conclusion:

The LG Optimus L9 brings a great budget option to T-Mobile’s lineup. It is of course not as good as the forthcoming Nexus 4, but it absolutely holds its own with similar offerings from HTC and Samsung. The 4.5” IPS display is wonderful, and the dual core TI OMAP processor delivered smooth performance. We would have preferred a better camera, but at $80 on contract we can’t complain too much. Call performance and battery life both exceeded expectations, and we are a fan of the Optimus L9’s sleek design as well. T-Mobile certainly offers better devices, but for the price you’re not sacrificing much with the Optimus L9.

Android 4.0.4
Software P76910e
Build IMM76L

LG Optimus L9 Video Review:



Pros

  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • High quality IPS display
  • Very good call quality
  • Snappy performance

Cons

  • The 5MP camera is underwhelming
  • Lacks 42Mbps support

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

User Rating:

7.8
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