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LG Optimus L7 P705 Phone Review

By on July 23, 2012
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Your average middle of the road phone.

Good: Excellent battery life, Great value
Bad: Screen isn't that great, Phone lags in terms of speed
Price: AED 1299
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Although Google introduced v4.0 of their mobile OS Android, affectionately known as Ice Cream Sandwich, late last year, we still get phones for review based on older 2.x Gingerbread version. Thankfully the new LG Optimus L7 from LG manages to avoid that and gives us one less reason to start a review on a negative note. Let’s find out if the rest of this phone continues to impress or not.

Packaging

The LG P705 comes in a no-frills cardboard box with the picture of the unit printed on the box and some specs on one side. Included in the box is your usual assortment of accessories- the charger plug along with a USB cable, a headset and a quick-start manual.

Build Quality and Design

Measuring 125.5 x 67 x 8.7 mm and weighing 122g, the LG Optimus L7 is fairly light weight and extremely thin although a bit boxy in design. The back cover is plastic and a bit on the flimsy side when you remove it. Strangely there is no notch to remove the cover and instead, you just pull it from the space cut out for the USB connection at the bottom. While it comes off easily, it’s not a design that I agree with.

On the top you have a 3.5mm audio jack along with the power button while the left side has volume buttons. Taking a cue from the iPhone, LG adds just one physical button at the bottom and in the center of the phone while two touch buttons for back and menu sit on either side of this button and are backlit. On the front side, a front-facing camera is placed above the screen while another camera with flash on the back side. All in all, LG sticks to the tried and tested full touch-screen phone design.

Specs and Benchmarks

The following table compares the specs of the LF P705 along with the HTC One V, another medium end device and similarly priced Android device that we have reviewed recently.

LG Optimus L7 HTC One V
Price 1299 1100
Size 125.5 x 67 x 8.7 mm 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.2 mm
Weight 122g 115g
Screen Size 4.3″ 3.7″
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
CPU 1GHz 1GHz
Storage 4GB+32GB 4GB
Connectivity HSDPA, 21 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
HSDPA, 21 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
OS Android 4.0 Android 4.0
UI LG Customized UI HTC Sense UI 4.0
Front Camera VGA 1.3MP
Back Camera 5MP 5MP
Battery 1700mAH 1500mAH

 

As you can see from the table above, the LG P705 is strictly on the medium-end when it comes to specs. The single core 1GHz Cortex A5 CPU proves to be a bit on the slower side when navigating through different applications and screens on the phone. Here is how the P705 compares to the above phones when it comes to speed and benchmarks

LG Optimus L7 HTC One V
Sunspider Javascript (Lower is Better) 4203 3342
Quadrant Overall 2141 1915
Quadrant CPU 1781 2199
Quadrant Memory 1607 910
Quadrant I/O 5443 4331
Quadrant 2D 324 435
Quadrant 3D 1550 1698
GLBenchmark Standard 2247 3627
GL Benchmark Offscreen 1227 2228

 

Screen and UI

The LG Optimus L7 has a 4.3” LCD display with an IPS panel with a resolution of 480×800 pixels. The large screen and the smaller resolution don’t exactly make the screen as crisp as some of the other android phones that we have looked at. Also the glossy finish doesn’t work well- especially in the bright UAE sun where even cranking the brightness to full makes anything on the screen barely readable.
The Optimus L7 puts its own custom UI on top of Android skinning most things in white instead of the default black that Android uses. That’s not a bad thing and in certain scenarios adds a bit more flair to ICS with sliding screens and power widgets in the notification area. Even the keyboard is skinned and looks like a cross between the one found on iPhone and HTC’s Sense UI- though it is about as accurate as either of those devices

Camera

The Optimus L7 comes equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that, like most medium-end smartphones, takes decent shots when there is good light available so expect good shots during the day and outdoor. However, pictures taken indoors with lower light or during night time resulted in a noticeably grainy picture as you can see from the sample below. Needless to say, the LG P705 will not replace your dedicated camera but, like most phones, is decent enough to post a quick picture on twitter or Facebook.

Battery Life

LG has managed to equip the Optimus L7 with a fairly hefty 1700mAh battery that certainly lasts quite a while. Under light usage, I was able to get almost three days out of this device which is pretty impressive, however even with moderate usage you should have no problems getting almost two days which is better than most android phones I have tested.

Conclusion

Priced at just AED 1299 with which you also get a carrying case, a screen protector and a 32GB Micro SD card, LG puts the Optimus L7 on the lower-end of pricing for medium-end handsets. At that pricing, the Optimus P705 makes good sense. It may not be the fastest phone or have the best screen but LG is not charging you an arm and a leg for it along with providing you with a device that has Android 4.0 and an extremely impressive battery life.


About

Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

Comments
  • A L7 owner

    Phone lousy. Cannot play .mp4 of 1280×720. When charging cannot be powered on. Seen different chinese calander month ( better not to provide this apps ). Must work with SIM card, cannot use as a portable GPS device ( like it, size is right for it ).

  • arun

    phone gets dam slow while oparating

  • neeeeed help

    how do i delete unwanted panels ?? please email me the answer

    joshua.halpin@hotmail.com

  • Gideon

    Me to re start it i dont know why.When i switch to camera it tell

  • vipula

    OS is not user friendly. Also not having user manuals to find out the hoe to operate some options. Still i couldn’t connect skype video call. If you can help send email vipual00@yahoo.com

  • ajaua

    i can’t play mp4 1280*720 can u give me advice about it

  • http://www.facebook.com/xavier.dryden Xavier Dryden

    this video is a mid range device that is intended for low usage, if you want a phone with great screen resolution and quad core cpu get the SGS3 are better.
    stop giving the phone bad review just because it lags on you. if you didnt use the phone to do whats it cant handle it wouldn’t lag.
    overall the phone is good for its price and what it can do, the phone is for low budge users and it delivers well for what you get out of the box.

    I’d give the phone a 7/10

  • daniel ratcliffe

    How do you take a picture of another pic on the phone

  • niaelvina

    compare to xperia J, which one is better?

  • vivek singh

    very bad operating system,cannot play mp4 files,…it is very slow automatically hanged and restart sometimes,also it takes too much time to scan applications to use after the phone gets switched on….i wasted my money on this phone….

  • Shanoj Kesav

    hey i hav this phone , its very slow ,i cant use the internet its hanging , help me how can i increase the speed ?

  • ayesh

    can someone please tell me how do you take screen shots from this phone

  • srinivas

    This phone is really torture phone, lot of issues with this phone,Here i am giving few issues

    1.Sometimes phone wont respond even if you click 5 times on call button
    2.Automatically it will get switch off
    3. It will generate lot of heat we cant speak sometimes.

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