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
Excerpt: We covered the introduction LG's L-series of phones in our review of their Optimus L5, so there's not much to add here. The Optimus L7 finds itself being the middle child of the L-series of smartphones, with the L9 being the bigger sibling in this series of phones.
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