LG have got in early and have already announced a slew of new handsets at this year’s Mobile World Congress, one of which is the LG Optimus L7. We were fortunate enough to get hands on with a pre-production unit before the big event in Barcelona, so read on to see what we thought …
The L7 is a big device, but that’s not to be mistaken for chunky. The 4.3-inch TFT capacitive display dominates the front panel leaving very little room for much else bar a single navigation button at the foot of the screen. The entire thing benefits from a chrome bezel which we would like to think, will protect the plastic casing if it happened to take a tumble. As we said, it hasn’t got a big waistline, coming in at just 8.7mm thick, and the plastic casing goes some way to keep that weight down. First impressions are good, but we can’t help but notice the resemblance between this and the Samsung Galaxy S2. Both have a large 4.3-incher up front, a single rectangular power button, squared bodywork, raised edging and textured back panel.
The OS of choice is Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which performs well despite the mediocre 1GHz single-core CPU. Being a mid-range handset, we can’t grumble that sufficient processing power hasn’t been provided, however, we expected more from the manufacturer that provided us with the first ever dual-core device (LG Optimus 2X). That said, navigation was smooth and simple tasks were performed without lag, it’ll be interesting to see how it copes with demanding processes once we get a final unit though.
The 5MP camera, whilst nothing to write home about fared well in the brief time that we had with it and comes with and LED Flash and auto-focus as standard. There’s also a front facing camera for video calls.
3GB of internal memory won’t get you far if you want to use this for more than just calls and texts however, that memory offering is expandable up to 32GB via microSD.
Connectivity options are comprehensive, encompassing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and DLNA so the LG Optimus L7 is well positioned for mid-market sales. Initial impressions are encouraging; the handset appeared well-built and the interface was nicely laid-out. We’ll reserve final judgement though for the finished article though.