LG Optimus L7 review

Can LG's top L-style handset produce substance and style?

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Has the LG Optimus L7 got an internet browser? You bet. Is it any good? Hmm… not so much.

The Optimus L7 does sport 3G connectivity and Wi-Fi b/g/n, so at least you can get online to try out its questionable browsing abilities.

LG's design team has been let loose in the browser app as well – with a pull up menu available at the bottom screen, providing five options; forward, back, new tab; bookmarks and a fifth mystery button in the middle which actually increases the text size on the screen.

LG Optimus L7 review

The browser itself is clean and simple to use, however problems occur when the Optimus L7 starts trying to load pages.

Even when connected to Wi-Fi, we were easily waiting at least five seconds for the L7 to bring up websites, with the more content heavy such as TechRadar.com taking at least seven seconds to appear, and then a further 10 to fully load moving carousels and banner ads.

This makes browsing the web a highly frustrating experience and we found ourselves giving up more often than not as we'd had enough of waiting.

LG Optimus L7 review

Thankfully once a web page has loaded, the large 4.3-inch display provides a comfortably viewing experience, with text and images clear and bright.

We were easily able to zoom in and out smoothly and there's also text reflow, but you'll need to double tap the screen to get the Optimus L7 to do it.

The cheaper, Intel-powered, Orange San Diego puts the Optimus L7 to shame. It's also a single core handset, but Intel's fancy integration has delivered a top notch browsing experience – LG take note.

LG Optimus L7 review

Flash is not supported on the Optimus L7, even though you can download the Adobe Flash player app from Google Play, the content won't work in the browser.

It's disappointing to see as the majority of phones support this now – including its rivals the One V and San Diego – although Nokia is still in the no-flash boat with its Lumia range.

Using the pull up menu at the bottom of the browser you can access the thumbnailed bookmarks page, providing the intuitive layout we've seen on many other Android phones.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus L7 L
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelP700
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)121 g
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height127.5 mm
Width69 mm
Depth8.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesL
Battery Standby Time550 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus L7 P700 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOptimus L7
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number556361901
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

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