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. The reasonably powerful hardware, nice looks, and excellent custom user interface are some more good reasons to choose the L9 if you are into big-screened smartphones.
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 LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound, VGA front-facing camera, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA, GPS with A-GPS, 4GB of bui...
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... Today we will take a closer at the L9, let's hope LG got both aspects right this time.
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. Be sure that you consider the options before you pick one up, however, because while the Optimus L9 is good enough to be worthy of a recommendation here in 2012, its aging hardware means that probably won’t be the case when you enter the final part of your two-year...
Conclusion: The LG Optimus L9 brings a 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.
Pros: Sleek, comfortable design, High quality IPS display, Very good call quality, Snappy performance
Cons: The 5MP camera is underwhelming, Lacks 42Mbps support
Summary: For $79.99, the LG Optimus L9 delivers solid performance, a bright 4.5-inch screen and long battery life. You also get some of the software innovations inside the pricier Optimus G, such as QuickMemo. We prefer this smartphone to the Galaxy Blaze 4G because you get a bigger screen in design that's lighter and thinner. While the camera doesn't wow, those looking for a bargain Android phone will really like what the L9 has to offer.
Excerpt: When compared to its predecessor, the Optimus L7 , critics are quick to note that the LG Optimus L9 offers a higher quality experience. Phonescoop praises the build and manufacturing of the phone stating, "Nothing about the L9 is creaky or loose." Design-wise reviewers point out the attractive albeit somewhat generic rectangular slab. It measures in at 5.2" x 2.7" x 0.36 inches and weighs 122 grams.
Pros: Excellent viewing angles, Sturdy build quality, No lag when performing standard activities, Battery lasts 7 hours with intensive use
Cons: Only 4GB of onboard storage, Dimensions difficult for one-handed use