Summary: I still find the Final Thoughts of the L-series of smartphones from LG hard - they're budget phones, but I can't find myself recommending them. The Nexus 4, also made by LG, is less than $350 - and offers twice the specs, and twice the phone.
Conclusion: So, it turns out there's quite a lot to like about the LG Optimus L9. Its key selling point is the big screen, which is rather hard to come by in this price range. Retina levels of pixel density were out of the question - should we say, budget - but qHD doesn't look too bad.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Dual-band 3G with HSPA, 4.7" 16M-color qHD IPS LCD (540 x 960 pixels) capacitive touchscreen, Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, LG Optimus UI 3.0, TI OMAP 4430 chipset, dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1 GB RAM, PowerVR SGX540 GPU,, 5 MP autofocus camera with...
Cons: No Jelly Bean at launch, Mediocre sunlight legibility, Poor still camera and video recording quality, Non-hot-swappable memory card slot
Excerpt: A few months ago we reviewed the L7, a phone that did not did not really manage to win us over due to its performance, even if it looked very nice. The problem was the hardware inside was not on the same level as its looks, and you know what they say about judging a book by its cover...
Conclusion: What can I say? For a budget handset, the LG Optimus L9 impresses. In no way is the phone the best, but its sleek design, nice screen, and the fact that it runs so smooth with have you thinking otherwise.
Excerpt: With a 4.5-inch qHD Gorilla Glass 2 display and long battery life, the LG Optimus L9 is sure to get some attention, as will its $79.99 price. Add to that some clever interface tweaks and apps, and this T-Mobile Android smartphone seems like a great deal.
Excerpt: LG appears to be on an enthusiastic spree to bend the rules while proffering superlative devices in the oh-so-niche league of fast and furious smartphones! So it is L for Style, and the entire stunning Optimus L-series shall vouch for that!
The LG Optimus has a large 4.7in, qHD display and an attractive and functional design
Good Gear Guide.au
4 May 2013
Summary: The LG Optimus L9 has a large 4.7in, qHD display and an attractive and functional design. It's only marred by a slightly sluggish user experience and a below average camera. At $399, the Optimus L9 represents reasonable value for money.
Pros: Large 4.7in IPS screen, Decent battery life, Attractive and functional design
Cons: Very reflective display, Poor quality cameras
Two cores and two days of battery life: LG’s $399 Optimus L9 reviewed
4 May 2013
Summary: At a hundred under $500, LG has made the L9 into a capable mid-range device, improving slightly upon a framework from the 2011 style of flagship handsets and making it priced better for today.
Pros: Great battery life, Some of LG's additions and modifications to Android are useful, Excellent price
Cons: Plastic body, Download speeds aren't the greatest, Screen is insanely reflective and useless in sunlight