LG Optimus L7 II review

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The LG Optimus L7 II currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Customizable side button to quickly open favorite apps
  • Dual SIM card option
  • Good viewing angles and color saturation
  • Excellent battery life

What's bad

  • Sluggish performance with noticeable stutter
  • Poor visibility in outdoor lighting
  • Poor video playback quality

The LG Optimus L7 II improves upon its predecessor – the Optimus L7 – and, according to expert reviews, also sits at the top of LG's budget handset range. As a budget model, the L7 II design didn't wow any of the critics with its all plastic body or basic rectangular design, though Phone Arena does acknowledge its sturdy build quality. Due to the plastic body however, reviewers noticed that the back of the phone attracted significant amounts of smudges and dirt.

Like its predecessor, this model offers a 4.3" LCD display with a 480 pixel resolution. This roughly translates to a mediocre 216ppi pixel density, well below the 300ppi quantifier for a retina display. Reviewers noticed slight pixelization of icons and text, but warn heavy multimedia users away from the phone as watching videos was "not a pleasant experience," as NDTV discovered. For the most part though, critics were happy with color reproduction and viewing angles on the display though the brightness left something to be desired in outdoor conditions.

The major failing point of this product for most reviewers is its performance. The phone sports a 1GHz dual-core processor and 768MB of RAM, which is fairly low by today's standards. Even when performing simple tasks such as opening and closing apps, reviewers noticed a significant amount of stutter. ITProPortal says, "Apps take their time to launch, and a brief period looking at a white screen…is the norm rather than the exception."

It also has a limited 4GB of onboard storage. When taking into account LG's unremovable software, this number goes down to about 1.6GB of usable storage. There is an expandable microSD slot; however this is only usable for data, not apps. Fortunately, the one place LG did not compromise was battery life. In day-to-day testing, Trusted Reviews found that the device easily lasted a day and half with moderate usage.

In order to stand out from its competitors, LG added a couple interesting features. One worth noting is a built-in LED light around the home button. The LED blinks different colors based on the alert, which users can customize or disable. Another is an additional side button, which users can customize to quickly open an app of their choosing. For users that have a lot of contacts, LG also offers a version of the device that has dual SIM cards. Reviewers found switching back and forth between the cards simplified due to a dedicated swap key and color coding for the two cards.

In general, most testers agree that the phone is unremarkable, even for a budget phone. While there are no obvious highlights or glaring weaknesses, Notebookcheck states, "LG should have put some effort into its…new device in order to fully convince potential customers of its merits."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

It's not a bad phone, but it's not one you should rush out and buy without some research first.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Coolsmartphone

The LG L7 II is good. Everything about it is acceptable or good but not remarkable. There is nothing remarkable about it and that is the issue. For a handset to be great it needs to have an outstanding feature and unfortunately for LG the L7 II lacks this. That said, the L7 II is a good handset that...

- Simon Allum, Coolsmartphone


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Common Questions


LG released the Optimus L7 II on July 19, 2013.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG Optimus L7 II user manual here.


LG backs up the Optimus L7 II with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The LG Optimus L7 II's screen size is 4.3 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2460mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2460 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 17.9 days standby time, 720 minutes.

Optimus L7 II Specs

Overview
Release date July 19, 2013
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Processor Dual core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 768 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.5 W/kg
Body: 1.11 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2460 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 720 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.1 x 6.7 x 1.0 cm (4.8 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 116 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 217 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG Optimus L7 2, P710

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Critic Reviews


TrustedReviews

A mid-range phone with some flashy features

from TrustedReviews

The LG L7 2 is a solid mid-range Android phone, but it’s not hugely powerful and it seems to prioritise features that will grab attention in phone shops over some more basic elements.

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The LG L7 2 is a solid mid-range Android phone, but it’s not hugely powerful and it seems to prioritise features that will grab attention in phone shops over some more basic elements.

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Coolsmartphone

Everything about it is acceptable or good but not remarkable

from Coolsmartphone

The LG L7 II is good. Everything about it is acceptable or good but not remarkable. There is nothing remarkable about it and that is the issue. For a handset to be great it needs to have an outstanding feature and unfortunately for LG the L7 II lacks this. That said, the L7 II is a good handset t...More

The LG L7 II is good. Everything about it is acceptable or good but not remarkable. There is nothing remarkable about it and that is the issue. For a handset to be great it needs to have an outstanding feature and unfortunately for LG the L7 II lacks this. That said, the L7 II is a good handset that would would be more than acceptable to use on a daily basis and one which for the current SIM free price of around £200 represents good value.

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