LG Optimus L7 Review
The Optimus L7 is the latest offering from LG that resembles the all plastic body, build and appearance of its predecessor, the Prada 3.0. It offers a complete set of connectivity, easy-to-use keys and an operating system that brings good performance to the table.
Measuring 125.5 x 67 x 8.7 mm and weighing 122g, the LG Optimus 7 gives a solid feel and a perfect hand grip. It features a 4.3-inch IPS WVGA LCD display that gives clear photos and decent colors. The screen is very sensitive to light though, making it difficult to read texts and view images under direct sunlight. Above the phone's screen are the front facing camera, earpiece and proximity sensor. Found below it are the standard Back, Home and Menu keys, which are all easy on the fingers. The right side is completely bare, while the left side of the screen houses the volume rocker. At the top of the Optimus L7 is the 3.5mm audio jack and standard lock/power button.
The microphone pinhole and micro USB port are both found at the bottom. The phone's rear holds the 5MP camera, LED flash and loudspeaker grill. The LG Optimus L7 comes with two cameras. The front camera has VGA resolution, which is ideal for video calling. Its 5MP rear camera produces images with 2592 x 1944 resolution, with decent colors and contrast. It has the normal camera options, including geo-tagging, ISO setting, preset scenes, face detection, continuous autofocus and three shot mode. Aside from these features, the L7's camera does not offer much -- noise levels are not kept low, there is no dedicated shutter speed and nothing is expected even from the LED flash.
One good thing about the device is its minimalistic and highly manageable user interface. It runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which offers a relatively fair performance. Browsing through photos in the gallery is easy and smooth. It also offers a good number of photo editing tools. Sharing images is easy via email, Google+, Picasa, among others. Even the music player and radio give users a good experience, but the same does not hold true with its video player. Another good thing about the Optimus L7 is its wide range of connectivity options. It has quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, three-band HSDPA with 21 Mbps of download and 5.76 Mbps of upload, Bluetooth 3.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi with b/g/n support and other capabilities.
With its minimalistic Android browser and large screen, mobile browsing in the Optimus L7 is superb. It displays sharp text and images and allows users to save cached pages. The downside though is it lacks full Flash support. Although it falls short on its camera's capability and lack of full Flash support, the LG Optimus L7 is still a good Android phone. It has an efficient and manageable user interface, solid built, connectivity options and excellent mobile browsing.
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