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In the first quarter of 2012, LG was pushing the Optimus L7 as the high-end smartphone in its L series. But with a closer look and a shrewd eye, the L7 appears to be more of a mid-range product, given its technical features. It has a 4.3" display, a 1 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of expandable memory and a 5-Megapixel camera. On top of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, LG has added its own user interface with widgets and shortcuts galore. Is the Optimus L7 really the fast, reliable, multimedia device it claims to be? Answers in this week's smartphone review. With its sober, angular and passably elegant exterior, the Optimus L7 brings back memories of the last Prada. It clearly challenges the rounded aesthetics of its South Korean competitor, Samsung, in a move that will surely garner its share of followers. The design here is minimalist and far more rectangular than Samsung's phones. With the grooved plastic back, the L7 is a nice object to hold. The size, thickness and weight are well balanced, and it should be able to fit unobtrusively in any jean pocket. While the finishing is as fine as they come, we were disappointed to see the half-millimetre-wide space separating the screen from the frame.
LG wants to bring design to the masses with its L-style range and has launched three handsets aimed at the fashion conscious consumer, the Optimus L3, Optimus L5 and Optimus L7.The LG Optimus L7 may be top of the pile in the L-style range, but don't let that trick you into thinking it's a high-end device ready to tackle the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.It's not even competing at the level below, with the Optimus L7 priced at around 240 (around $375) SIM-free and free on contract from as little as 13.50, the handset is set to rub shoulders with the HTC One V, Nokia Lumia 710 and Orange San Diego.Like its L-style siblings, the LG Optimus L7 is an angular handset sporting a metallic boarder around the edge which LG claims has "exquisite style" – we're not sure if we'd go that far, and although the L7 is far from ugly, it's hardly the prom queen of the mobile world.LG boasts that the Optimus L7 uses its new "floating mass technology" – which to you and me means that the handsets curves in from front to back, giving the appearance that the handset is thinner that it actually is, as well as making it look like its floating above the surface it's on.It's hardly groundbreaking, with plenty of phones employing this styling method to give the illusion of a sleeker device – take a gander at the Panasonic Eluga or Galaxy S2 for example.
Most of the devices that LG introduced this year at Mobile World Congress have a standout feature. The LG Optimus 3D Max has, you guessed it, 3D imaging. The flagship Optimus 4X HD has its quad-core processor going for it. And the Vu can flaunt its 5-inch screen. The LG Optimus L7, however, sadly wasn't meant to have its own "thing." Designed as a midlevel Android device, the L7 has no outstanding identifying features. Its run-of-the-mill specs include a 5-megapixel camera and a disappointing 1GHz processor. However, if you consider the fact that it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has NFC capabilities, suddenly the term "midlevel" doesn't seem so deflating anymore. The phone is available in multiple countries, including India and the United Kingdom, but there is no word yet on a U.S. launch. Officially, the device is priced around $514, but at online retailers like Amazon, the price is lowered to about $290. Due to their similarities, pieces of the LG Optimus L7's Features and Performance sections have been lifted from CNET's review of the LG Optimus 4X HD. The LG Optimus L7's humdrum design is nothing to write home about.
The Optimus L7 headlines LG's new L-Style line of Android phones, designed for users that want the latest software and features but don't have the budget for the more expensive Optimus smartphones. The L-Style range is LG's first to come with Android 4.0 out of the box, and arrives before the company's flagship Optimus 4X HD next month. While it may not compromise on software, hardware is a different matter altogether. While other Optimus devices are powered by dual- and quad- core devices, the L7 has a 1GHz single-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM. It does have the edge on screen size though, offering a spacious 4.3-inch display, far larger than its contemporaries. LG has a bad history with skins and bloatware on its devices, and it's not shipping a stock Android 4.0 experience with the L7. So has LG learned from its mistakes? And how does LG's interpretation of Android 4.0 stack up when compared with HTC's Sense 4.0 and Samsung's Nature UX? Read on to find out. Design / hardware.
A fashion phone for the designer-challenged. Last season's Prada at knockdown prices. The LG Optimus L7 will have to face comparisons with the latest Prada phone by LG and we cannot think of many that will swing in its favor. But there's no need to be negative. The L7 is big-screened, inexpensive and Ice Cream Sandwich-flavored. Doesn't sound too bad now, does it? A very respectable connectivity set, complete with NFC, is sure to give the LG Optimus L7 a good advantage against midrange competition. The phone is well built and quite attractive, much of which goes down to the impressive slimness. Changing out of the designer outfit was no big deal but one CPU core had to go with the Prada dress. In theory, the old Snapdragon chipset should flash red on all alarms but our concerns over speed have eased a little. The bigger loss is HD video recording. The L7 is obviously not even half the cameraphone the Prada is. And LG know they have no use of an overpriced designer handset in the midrange. An affordable, good-looking and reasonably equipped smartphone is what they need instead. The Optimus L7 might just be it. The LG Optimus L7 is in charge of the new L-style series that debuted at this year's MWC.
Coming with the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, the LG Optimus L7 is the top shelf representative of the company's new line of affordable handsets with supposedly more appealing L-Style design. Top shelf in the L line doesn't mean much in terms of specs, as the Optimus L7 still rocks single-core processor, WVGA screen resolution and 5MP camera, but it won't break the bank either. Now LG promised to introduce a new design paradigm with the new L series at rock-bottom prices, but did it succeed in achieving that goal with the Optimus L7? Read on to find out... Despite LG's ruminations on the new L-Style design for the handsets of this series, the chassis of the Optimus L7 seems like your regular rectangular slab of black plastic. Still, all of the five elements that LG envisioned for this design are here: "Modern Square Style for a comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one’s attention".
LG hasn't won over us Brits like South Korean rival Samsung's Galaxy range of phones has. But the relentlessly upbeat kit maker with the smiley-faced logo and 'Life's good' slogan isn't giving up. Au contraire. Enter its new L-series line-up, unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress -- the Optimus L3, the Optimus L5 and the Optimus L7. The L-series is not intended to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 at the very high end of the smart phone spectrum (for that, LG will be pitting the Optimus 4X HD). This is a mid-range Android family, which means it's less powerful but more affordable. The L7 is the biggest and beefiest of the L-series trio, with a large 4.3-inch screen, a 1GHz engine and the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system. It can be picked up free on a £26 per month contract, SIM-free for £250 on pre-order from Expansys, or it's available now SIM-free at Phones 4u for £330. If you're on a budget or have modest mobile power needs, the Optimus L7 could tickle your fancy. Its biggest asset is the latest version of Android -- Ice Cream Sandwich. It also has a large, 4.3-inch screen so if you want a lot of glass to poke it could be worth a gander. The 4.3-inch display is ample, but the touchscreen is annoyingly unresponsive because either the chip or software struggles to keep up.
LG is making much effort to work on the design of its smartphones of late – first there was the very sexy Prada Phone 3.0, and then the stylish L series of handsets. Then there was the Optimus L3, which despite being a budget-price phone, boasted a very attractive chassis. The big brother of the L-series is the latest Optimus L7, which has more power, a larger display and yet is a slender and good-looking phone to boot. As we said, this is the biggest handset in the L series, with a TFT screen measuring 4.3 inches. It's not that bright, so it can be hard to see if the sun is shining, but the viewing angles are very impressive, which is handy if you're watching a film with a mate, or trying to surf the net together. Photos and video looked good too. It has WVGA resolution – so it's like that on the HTC One – so expect HD video to look sharp, but don't expect the crisp quality of the screens on the Sony Xperia S and HTC One X. Nonetheless it's perfectly usable if you want to watch a full-length film. In the hand it feels reasonably weighty and solid – this is reinforced by the presence of metallic edges – and it feels like it can stand up to a bit of rough treatment (although we wouldn't fancy dropping it screen-first onto the pavement).
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