LG Optimus L7 II Review
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People looking at LG Optimus L4 II and LG Optimus L5 II might be wondering why is that it lacks this or that or why does it have a relatively smaller screen? Why not an 8MP camera? Well LG Optimus L7 II is the answer, obviously for higher price but well it’s all worth it. LG Optimus L7 II has everything you wished for in the L4 II or the L5 II. This phone was announced in Feb of 2013 and released in March of 2013 and still is one of the highest rated phones in its category. The feel and the looks of the phone can kill.
LG has pushed everything inside this phone to make up for the short comings on the L4 II and the L5 II. Unlike the L4 and L5, the L7 comes with a cold metal finish that is of the highest quality and undoubtedly not even close to the built you have experienced on a phone with this price tag. LG Optimus L7 II is more curved around the edges and ditched the more rectangular solid design it had on the L4 or the L5. It is also slightly curved around the edges at the back which gives makes this phone feel really good in the hands and very comfortable to hold. We still wish they had placed speakers on the front than on the back for obvious reasons. Both the volume rockers and the lock/power button are placed on the left edge of the phone. The phone has the usual 3.5 mm headphone jack and microUSB slot. LG Optimus L5 II comes in black and white. Also, this phone is a dual sim phone.
LG can now be held guilty for creating the most stunning displays for its cost just like HTC (where art thou Samsung?). LG Optimus L7 II has a 4.3 inch display with resolution of 480×800 pixels. Most of the 4.3 inch displays have compromised over the pixel density- basically the vibrancy and complexion for a larger size. It is the same display on the L5 with but larger hence causing the same pixels to spread over a larger area and amounting to 215 ppi. The colours and detailing is not quite accurate like on the L5 II but still very stunning and a keeper. LG Optimus L7 II does have a larger display which allows you to look at the screen for a longer time and not amount to eye fatigue. HD content surely looks better on the LG Optimus L7 II than on L4 II and L5 II thanks to some software tweaking.
LG Optimus L7 II has an 8MP primary camera and a front VGA camera. Though the front camera is VGA, it takes photographs like any normal front facing camera would (in terms of quality). The front facing camera also can capture a wider area. The primary camera takes beautiful images, the macro shots have never been so colourful, well balanced and with sharp detailing all at the same time. There is a flash for night shots and the camera has a separate dedicated night mode to get reduced noise in your night shots (from night mode not from flash). The camera also has the best low light capturing ability. The video can be captured in FWVGA quality and is almost like HD, well almost. We do wish the phone had the ability to change ISO settings and more diverse mode to get finished images just the like the user expects them to be.
LG Optimus L7 II has Google’s Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean and LG’s own UI. The phone is very easy to navigate and you will have no problems and finding anything really specific. Google Play introduces you to a wide number of applications and you can work your way through a large series of categories form which you can choose and explore. There are a number of apps that you HAVE to try: Temple Run, Angry Birds, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, True Caller and well the list is actually huge (this is for those who are just introduced to the smart phone world, obviously you are aware). Android has really provided the best environment for users which are of high quality and open software for those who would like to develop over it.
Performance and Memory
Single core 1GHz processors on the L4 II and L5 II and not they are not even Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, well the LG Optimus L7 II has a 1 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, happy? Well I am! LG Optimus L7 II also has 768MB of RAM just perfect to run even the heaviest of apps without any problems or lag. Like the two smaller models, this phone has 4GB of internal memory which you can expand to up to 32GB. Sadly even the LG Optimus L7 II does not have NFC but has Bluetooth and microUSB slot to regulate data here and there or pair it with devices you want to pair it with. The response time on this phone is amazing, it is really one of those great phones in terms of performance.
LG Optimus L7 II is the finest device you can get for even around the 20,000 INR price range though to get this phone you just have to reach the 15,000 INR mark. The only little hesitation would be the display but again its larger and allows you to do more things. It has a very powerful processor and a brilliant camera. The software environment and the brilliant metal finish is just another reason to buy this phone.
LG Optimus L7 II is available for Rs. 14500
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 – P710|
|HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – P714|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, March|
|BODY||Dimensions||121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm (4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 in)|
|Weight||118 g (4.16 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|– Dolby mobile sound enhancement|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||4 GB, 768 MB RAM|
|DATA||GPRS||Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon|
|CPU||Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|– SNS integration|
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail
– YouTube, Google Talk
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 2460 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||(2G) / Up to 800 h (3G)|
|Talk time||(2G) / Up to 12 h (3G)|
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