LG Optimus L7: A Decent Entry Level Android 4.0 Phone

The Optmus L7 belongs to the trio of phones in LG’s L series, announced during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, earlier this year. The L7 falls on the higher end of series and is more powerful than the other two phones.

The build quality of L7 is commendable. The phone has been well built, and no component feels flimsy. The battery is removable and has 1700 mAh of power. The design is clean and sophisticated, and aesthetically it’s no less than the top budget smartphones.

Specs wise, the phone is not as exciting though. One of the biggest limitations of this phone is its single core 1 GHz processor, which is almost a turn off in this age of quad-core powered smartphones. It has a RAM of 512 MB, and an internal memory of 4 GB, out of which only 2.7 GB is usable. Benchmark performance test confirmed that L7 is an average performer at best. Since Optimus L7 runs on Ice Cream Sandwich which requires more horsepower than subsequent versions, the overall performance drops even further.

The display panel is 4.3 inches in size and has a decent 217 pixel density, good enough for a middle range smartphone. The phone is NFC enabled, and has Bluetooth 4.0. There are two cameras on the phone, as is the norm. The rear camera is 5 Megapixels with auto focus, and the front camera is 0.3 megapixels. In this department too, there’s nothing to get excited about and the picture quality is average.

LG has been pretty excited about its UI 3.0, labeling it as “unobtrusive and simple”. The claim holds true for most part, and the interface is indeed easy to use and unobtrusive. The performance however was a bit sluggish on this handset because of the limited processing power.

Finally, the battery on this phone will get you through one full day of usage. Overall, the L7 is a good effort from LG in balancing price and performance.