Conclusion: The LG Optimus L7 II is a dual-SIM handset at heart, meant for developing markets where the feature is hugely appreciated. It arrives for a relatively affordable price of $280 off contract (280 euro in Europe), right at the start of the mid-range segment. The handset does not lack competition from Chinese vendors which often have superior specs but none of the software polish.
Pros: Awesome interface, Great dual-SIM implementation, Vivid display, Convenient for single handed use, Enormous battery, Great longevity
Summary: I find the Final Thoughts on lower-end devices much harder to write, as you have to be so critical on the device. The Optimus L7 can be found for under $200, and for that price it's a great phone - if you're not looking at any others.
Summary: The LG Optimus L7 has the latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and a big, shiny 4.3-inch face, but the single-core engine is sluggish. At this price, there are faster mid-range Androids to choose from. If you want a large display, then you're better off saving up for a more powerful phone that can handle all those pixels.
Pros: Latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS; Decent mid-range camera plus front-facing camera.
Cons: Under-powered processor means it's laggy; Screen feels unresponsive; Software is buggy.
Conclusion: We want to like the LG Optimus L7 and much of the time we do. It has some really charming quirks, a great screen, Ice Cream Sandwich and a good keyboard. The unlock animation is genius, the phone is thin and extremely well connected. Unfortunately, it's underpowered. Turning off all the animations LG make optional help, but it's hard to get past waiting a couple of seconds for a button to register and apps hanging after just a week of use.
Pros: Sharp, bright screen, Great camera, Latest version of Android, Well connected
Cons: Slow processor, Performance lags, Poor LED flash
Summary: LG has succeeded in creating a desirable, well-built device, but has burdened it with an underpowered processor — that’s really all that’s missing here. The L7’s IPS display is very good for a budget device, and Android 4.0 is a huge selling point.
Pros: Solid, attractive design, Superb call quality, Android 4.0 is largely untouched, NFC and LG Tag+
Cons: Woefully underpowered, Disappointing camera, No ambient light sensor
Conclusion: The Optimus L7 really catches the eye. With its large, bright screen, slim 8.7mm waistline, and pleasantly-textured back panel, it is a very comfortable phone to hold in hand. The interface is littered with cool transitions and effects, and the presence of all those nifty Ice Cream Sandwich optimizations are a welcome sight. It comes with Gorilla Glass and a hefty 1700 mAh battery. When you look under the hood however, things are not nearly as pretty.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support, 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 4.3" 16M-color capacitive IPS LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels), Android OS v4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, Single-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A5 processor, Adreno 200 (enhanced) GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon chipset, 512 MB RAM, 4GB of inbuilt storage (2.7GB user available), 5 MP autofocus camera, face detection and geotagging, VGA@30fps video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA, Wi-Fi ...
Cons: Outdated hardware with a single-core processor, Occasional performance hiccup and laggy browser, Less than impressive camera performance, VGA video recording only, Poor sunlight legibility
Excerpt: If you can remember our first impression of the 4-incher LG L7, we mentioned that this is a very promising device if our price prediction is correct. Find out the verdict in our full review for the LG Optimus L7 after the break.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Scrollable connectivity and profile toggles in the notification bar, Thin and light handset with a generous 4.3” display
Cons: Camera takes mediocre pictures and only records VGA video, Phone feels underpowered in the browser, No ambient light sensor