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The Optimus L9 is the latest addition to the L-series and rightfully takes charge of a lineup that's known for attractive styling and wallet-friendly prices. It obviously made no sense to LG to start from scratch and the L9 is happily reusing bits and parts from nearly all of its fairly recent smartphone siblings. As far as we can tell, it does so rather well and the resulting mix looks like a great balance between price and features. The LG Optimus L9 has the screen size of the current LG flagship and the qHD resolution is quite reasonable. It's powered by the same chipset as the latest Prada phone while the design is strongly reminiscent of the LG Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus G. Let's see what else might pop out of the bag. What we have here clearly isn't the best dual-core chipset on the market, but there's more than enough to keep Ice Cream Sandwich at cruising speed. Well yes, we would've loved to have Jelly Bean but even the flagship is still waiting. In terms of hardware though, the Optimus L9 has a number of advantages over some of its direct competitors.
The Optimus L9 is the flagship model in LG's L-Style range of smartphones. That said, it has a pretty standard set of tech specs which are more worthy of a mid-range model. This handset has a 4.7" screen (540 x 960 pixels), a 5-Megapixel camera and runs on a 1 GHz TI OMAP processor with 1 GB of RAM. There's only a puny 4 GB of internal memory but you do get a Micro SD card slot for boosting storage. Otherwise, the 2150 mAh battery looks like it should ensure a decent amount of talk-time. Selling for just under £300 SIM-free, the Optimus L9 looks a bit feeble next to the Google Nexus 4—also made by LG—which sells SIM-free at £239 for the 8 GB version and £279 for the 16 GB model. So how does the Optimus L9 compare? Answers below. The Optimus L9 is light but isn't especially slim. Plus, it's design doesn't exactly scream originality. It melts easily into LG's L series with its chiselled edges. While the L9 is nice enough to hold and handle, we're not huge fans of the rear casing. It's made from a kind of flimsy-feeling grainy plastic, which doesn't seem massively sturdy. In fact, this phone doesn't feel much like a top-of-the-range handset—the metal-effect plastic trimmings are proof enough of that.
Most of us know that when it comes to smartphones, it's a constant struggle to find the right balance between power, looks, and affordability, with affordability normally losing out in the end. The problem most of the time is that the affordable phones don't always look the best and typically don't have the best hardware under the hood. If you want a phone that looks sleek and performs great, you're going to have to shell out the big bucks, right? LG is attempting to challenge that idea with the Optimus L9, a new handset at T-Mobile that comes with the very manageable price tag of $79.99. The question is: can this phone deliver the goods at a budget price, or do the savings mean that the phone ultimately disappoints in other areas? It's strange, the mentality one quickly falls into when it comes to budget handsets. The expectation with inexpensive phones is that they aren't going to be anything to write home about from both a cosmetic and a hardware perspective. It would be shady of me not to mention that I wasn't expecting much when I learned I was getting the Optimus L9 in to review – I expected another cheap handset that didn't perform very well and left me wanting when it came to looks. Image my surprise, then, when I opened up the box and was greeted by a phone that's actually pretty sexy.
T-Mobile is home to some excellent smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but they'll both cost you upwards of $300. That may not be much over the span of a two-year contract, but it's still a lot to throw down all at once. Then there are free phones, like the T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q, which are perfectly decent starter phones, but are somewhat lacking compared with the competition. Thankfully, T-Mobile is bridging the gap with the $79.99 LG Optimus L9, a solid midrange smartphone that costs less than $100. It has an attractive display, a snappy processor, and good call quality. It's an excellent choice if you want high-end features on a modest budget. Design, Network, and Call QualityThe Optimus L9 looks attractive, if somewhat generic. It's a black rectangular slab with a rubbery, lightly textured back panel. There's a plastic silver ring around the middle, and a black plastic ring around the display. It measures 5.19 by 2.69 by 0.36 inches (HWD) and weighs just 4.41 ounces. It's large, but easier to handle than the Galaxy S III or the mammoth Galaxy Note II. The width of the phone is very comfortable, but I still can't quite hold it in one hand and swipe the Notifications bar down from the top of the screen.
While top Korean manufacturer Samsung has been making waves with its Android lineup both on retail shelves and in court, Korean #2 LG has quietly begun to make a name for itself with its Optimus lineup. With pioneering devices like the Optimus 2X, Optimus 3D and Optimus One, LG has shown that they are not afraid to push the limits of technology. This has of course culminated with LG being picked to design the Nexus 4 (based off of their excellent Optimus G,) but lost in the talk of quad-core processors and high definition displays is the launch of the Optimus L9 on T-Mobile. While it is not top-of the line, it has many great features you'd expect from a premium device such as a 4.5” IPS display and dual-core processor. With the Nexus 4 coming to T-Mobile on contract does the Optimus L9 have a place in the lineup? Read on to find out!LG has been finding their design language over the past year, and the L9 builds on the we've seen LG put out. The dominates, but there is also a below. Hidden flank the home button. The volume rocker and side power button are a bit smaller than we'd prefer and could be easier to find by touch.
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. Find out why the L9 is one of the better smartphone bargains.Click to EnlargeLG is known for its boxy smartphones, and the Optimus L9, while featuring some pleasing variations, don't stray far from that path. The front of the device is a rectangle with slightly rounded corners and a 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass display framed by a metal trim. A long physical home button is at the bottom center.The back of the device curves in at the edges, and the black plastic backing has a subtle texture that's pleasing to the touch. The 5-megapixel camera is located in the center of the top of the back of this device, with a smaller square flash below. Underneath is the LG logo and the speaker is a horizontal strip, about three quarters of an inch wide, in the bottom left.On the left side of the Optimus L9 are the volume control buttons and on the right is the power/lock button.
As the biggest and most high-end device in LG's L-series of midrange phones, the LG Optimus L9 delivers just the right amount of specs and performance that make it a solid consideration without being too ambitious. It has a better camera than the Optimus L5 and a faster processor than the L7, but with its $80 price tag from T-Mobile, it also won't break the bank. In addition, the handset comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And while shipping with this OS version seems like a no-brainer, there are plenty of midrange devices in T-Mobile's lineup that run on the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead. This makes the L9 ideal for any T-Mobile user who is looking for a zippy Android 4.0 experience on a budget. The carrier will begin offering the phone October 31. Though similar to the uninspiring Optimus L7 (also known as the LG Splendor from U.S. Cellular), the LG Optimus L9 has a thin but dense build that is comfortable to handle. It measures 5.03 inches tall, 2.63 inches wide, and 0.36 inch thick. The device is light, weighing in at 4.16 ounces. Though it won't be able to fit in small jean pockets without peeking out above the seam, it can easily fit in a small shoulder bag or purse.
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