Released at MWC 2012, the LG Optimus L7 makes part from the Optimus L series and it struggles to have the features of top smartphones but at a low price. At a price of mid-range class, you can have a smartphone with NFC, 4.3 inches IPS display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But to keep a low cost LG had to make a compromise and this feels at hardware part.
The 4.3 inches display is one of the advantages that the Optimus L7 has. It supports a resolution of 480×800 pixels and a pixel density of 217 ppi and it is protected by a Gorilla Glass screen. Luminosity and contrast are poor and in sun light conditions is hard to distinguish what’s on the screen, but inside is very good.the Optimus L7 doesn’t have a light sensor.
Its rectangular design, metallic accents that surrounds the screen, back edges slightly arched and also its nice texture on the back which offers a good hand grip, reminds me of an expensive phone: the LG Prada 3.0. Under the back panel it has a normal SIM slot, microSD slot and the 1700 mAh battery. In front it has the big screen with two sensitive buttons (back and menu) underneath and a physical homescreen button. Above the screen are the proximity sensor and a VGA camera.
The 5MP camera doesn’t have amazing results. Photos taken in daylight are good but a bit colorless. In lowlight conditions the photos are poor even if you use the LED flash. A good thing that camera has is panorama. Video recording is VGA at 30 fps good enough to be watched on the phones screen. Colors from video recording are better that the one in photos.
Hardware, this is where LG made a compromise. The Optimus L7 has a single core processor Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon at 1GHz Cortex-A5, 512MB RAM, and Adreno 200(which is quite old). Instead connectivity is good: HSDPA at 21 Mbps, HSUPA at 5.7 Mbps, Wi-Fi b/g/n, WI-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot and DLNA. Bluetooth is v3.0 with A2DP. The Optimus L7 has DivX/XviD support and a dedicated microphone for active noise cancellation. The phone has a microUSB 2.0 slot and also has NFC (near field communication).
Android OS 4.0.3 interface is covered by UI 3.0 skin from LG. the skin is light and has good functionality. On the unlock screen can be placed 4 icons which you use most and has an interesting animation. The notification bar has control buttons which can be customized to show important functions like: bluetooth, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, mobile data connection, sound profile and others. The software is good but the performance is disappointing. The Optimus L7 is a bit laggy sometimes, maybe Android 4.0 is too much for it.
The 1700 mAh battery has a normal life like other smartphones, about 2 days of normal use.
With an elegant design, a good screen, NFC and Android 4.0, the LG Optimus L7 tries to make a good impression in the mid-range class. Unfortunately its low hardware equipment and low photo camera are disappointing.