The LG Optimus L7 2 smartphone, launched at MWC, is a device that seems to be aimed at the top end of the mid-range smartphone market (if such a place even exists). Here’s our LG Optimus L7 2 hands-on review. See Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on review.
The first thing we need to say is that we actually like the LG Optimus L7 2. On the whole it’s a well-built, stylish smartphone that has some interesting/unique features. However, these plus points are marred by some of the phone’s low specs. See also Nokia announces four smartphones: Nokia Lumia 720, Lumia 520, 105, 301.
The overall design of the phone is very good. It’s slim and light, while everything on its 4.3-inch screen is easy enough to reach. The phone feels solid in your hand too, which is a major plus point as there has been a growing trend of smartphones opting for flimsy cases recently.
The 4.3-inch display isn’t a world beater by any means, with a ppi of just 217, making it less than half of the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z. This relatively low-res display wasn’t immediately obvious to us during our time with the device, but it’s fair to say that the LG Optimus L7 2’s screen lacked the wow-factor that other higher res screens have.
Before we go any further, we need to talk about the LG Nexus 4 vs LG Optimus L7 2 issue, as it’s one that is set to cause a lot of problems for LG, due to Google essentially selling the Nexus 4 at a loss. The fact that Google is selling the LG Nexus 4 so cheaply makes a mockery of any future LG smartphones that aren’t sold at a loss. So while I have the LG optimus L7 2 in my hand, with its RRP yet to be set, I am constantly thinking two things - firstly, that it’s nowhere near as good as the LG Nexus 4, and secondly if its RRP anywhere near the Nexus 4, then who in their right mind is going to want to buy the LG Optimus L7 2?
Anyway, that’s a problem for LG to sort out. Back to the phone. The LG Optimus L7 2 has one of the best features we’ve seen in a long time on a smartphone is QSlide. QSlide is a feature that lets you use two apps at once by merging the transparency of both apps. It’s called QSlide because users can user a slider to adjust how prominent one app is over another. The example we were shown was the phone playing a video on the bottom layer, while enabling QSlide to send a text over the top of the video. It has to be said that it is very impressive and we can see a lot of other smartphone makers lifting this feature in some way or another.
Although we didn’t have chance to properly test the camera (because it was chained to a table at MWC), the pictures we did manage to take on the LG Optimus L7 2’s 8Mp were pretty impressive and from what we could tell is about the quality you’d expect from a modern 8Mp camera on a smartphone. There is also a cool feature where the phone will take a picture (when the camera is on) when the word ‘cheese’ is said, although saying ‘cheese’ when there is a lot of background noise isn’t very effective, so you can rule out using that feature in a bar or anywhere similar.
In terms of the LG Optimus L7 2’s overall performance, we can say that we were pleasantly surprised with the responsiveness of the device. Apps opened quickly enough and didn’t cause any awkward silences between us and the LG rep. It is worth noting that the LG Optimus L7 2 only has 768MB of RAM, so it is unlikely that it will be able to run at top speed when you have a few apps open.
The LG Optimus L7 2 is a good smartphone, and that’s about it. It’s not going to set any hearts racing, but if you are in the market for a good middle of the road smartphone, then this is one device you should probably consider.