LG Optimus L7 II (P710)

Midrange Android Smartphone

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The LG L7 ii arrives the replace the original L7, with a raft of improvements to enhance this likeable midrange smartphone

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Main features

  1. 4.3 inch edge to edge display
  2. 8 megapixel camera with flash
  3. Multicolour notification LED
  4. Gorilla Glass screen
  5. Quick Memo


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by Mike Leader

The LG L7 II is set just below mid-range level and designed to attract younger buyers and light users.

It is a decent looking handset, with a novel, almost sledge shaped rear cover that curves around at the bottom and top. The sides have a slightly sharper, angled look to help with grip.

That rear panel appears to be brushed metal although the whole body is plastic, but it does give the L7 II a premium look if not quite the feel.

Strong design features

We like the design of the front, which has a Samsung-style physical home button at the bottom along with hidden touch sensitive Home and Back buttons which only appear when needed.

There is also a hidden notification LED which flashes different colours depending on the notification, missed call, incoming text message and so on.

We also like the extra button on the side which opens LG's QuickMemo but is customisable so can be programmed to open any app you like, though purists might argue that with 5 screens on which to put your buttons and widgets it isn't strictly necessary.

4.3 inch edge to edge screen

The 4.3 inch screen stretches almost to the side edges, giving you the effect that it is actually larger than it really is. In fact the whole phone is quite large for the screen size, again giving the impression that it is a more expensive handset.

The depth of 9.7mm also helps with grip, reminding us that while some of the super slim smartphones might look svelte, it does make them more difficult to hold. Not so with the LG L7 II.

The multitouch screen itself is bright and clear, being of the increasingly popular IPS LCD type now being favoured in many top end smartphones. This type of screen offers brighter colours and is easier to view in bright light such as outdoors, and at wider viewing angles.

The resolution of 480 x 800 pixels is good and while you are obviously not going to reach the same levels as you would on a £500+ smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S5 it is as good as anything we have seen at this level, with text looking sharp and your videos enjoyable to watch.

You will be impressed too that it is also covered with Gorilla Glass, making it much tougher and scratch resistant.

Excellent 8 megapixel camera

The camera is very impressive. You get 8 megapixels with LED flash and autofocus, as well as geo-tagging, and you are sure to like the voice controlled operation mode. Pictures were sharp and clear, and there are plenty of scene modes.

As with any Android phone there are a plethora of apps in Google's Play store, many of them free, with which to enhance your photos too. Video recording is at 30 frames per second, but only at 480p so not quite HD.

Minimum but adequate power

The 1 GHz processor is edging towards the minimum requirement these days and this is coupled with an adequate, but no more, 512MB of RAM. So this is not a phone designed for running power apps, but for everyday use you will find it just fine.

Storage space is also nothing to get too excited about with just 4GB on board. It is clear that memory space and processing power is where the savings have been made to retain affordability. The advantage is that there is nothing here to eat up battery power rapidly.

Memory cards accepted here!

However you can add a MicroSD memory card right up to 32GB capacity so you will not be left wanting for extra storage.

With memory cards now being available very cheaply it is now often cheaper to buy extra memory than buy a phone with more memory space. Of course you also have the advantage of being able to swap your memory card between devices.

LG phones also have the advantage of fairly basic customisation to the operating system which means that for the most part you can experience Android as it was meant to be, but more importantly it does not eat into available memory or slow the phone down unnecessarily.

Impressive connectivity

One of the L7 II's stronger suites is connectivity. You will find Wi-Fi Hotspot and Wi-Fi direct capabilities here, alongside DLNA for displaying your content on a smart TV or tablet, assisted GPS for sat nav and geotagging and stereo Bluetooth.

Sound quality is excellent with Dolby enhancement and active noise cancellation on board.

The operating system is Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean but an upgrade to the latest v4.4.2 KitKat is planned.

Our summary

We like the LG L7 II for the way it looks like a more expensive handset and has a screen that impresses with it's brightness levels, though we would have liked to have seen an ambient light sensor so that you would not have needed to adjust it manually to adapt to changing light conditions. However you will probably set a level that suits and forget it.

Overall it is a very likeable package from LG, and while we could argue that a little more power and memory space would have been preferable this would have only pushed the price up. Overall this is a good value for money, quality handset from LG whose mobile phones continue to get better every year.


Model: LG L7 ii (P710)
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LG Optimus L7 ii

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