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LG Optimus L7

LG Optimus L7

from  $299+
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68 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
68

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The LG Optimus L7 is a beautiful, entry-level smartphone, but its numerous shortcomings amount to a regrettable purchase.

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68 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
68

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

68
 

User Reviews

80
Harji9
It is better than the other over expensive Samsung Smartphones. Not much to...read more
80
gregjent
This phone is awesome for its price point. The phone feels great in the hand...read more
70
enricll
Good looking phone with a really bad performance.
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Score Breakdown

 
60
Average Critic Score
 
70
Wired UK
The LG Optimus L7 has a large, good-quality screen, an okay camera, and delivers Ice Cream Sandwich at a reasonable price. It's a pity its single-core processor doesn't make using it as smooth as it might be.
 
60
Engadget
As much as we wanted to like the Optimus L7, we must strongly urge those who want an entry-level smartphone to look elsewhere.
 
50
TechRadar
The LG Optimus L7 had the potential to be a decent phone, its big screen, Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and NFC technology are sadly put on the back burner thanks to the incredibly slow processor and user experience.
 
70
CNET
The LG Optimus L7's slow processor is ultimately a real deal killer for me. It's annoyingly slow and doesn't do the sleek device justice. Especially since the smartphone is running the latest Android OS and sports a modern design, having that extra lag time is a drag.
 
60
phoneArena
The handset is indeed thin and light, but the chassis looks run-of-the-mill ... Whether it's software optimization or just the single-core processor and 512MB of RAM, shmoozing around in the interface, browser and apps isn't devoid of slowdowns and interruptions.
 
50
Tech Advisor
... it is severely let down by its poor performance – both in terms of subjective speed and in poor battery life. The price seems attractive when compared to high-end phones but there are much better Android handsets available for less.
 
40
T3
Sadly, the LG Optimus L7 fails to compete with what’s already available from HTC, Samsung and Sony.
 
70
GSM Arena
LG had to skimp on something to offer such a price-conscious package, and that something turned out to be the chipset ... All-in-all, if you value looks and a screen size over performance and can stand the occasional lags ... then the LG Optimus L7 is right down your alley.
 
60
TrustedReviews
Our advice is to look elsewhere to satisfy your Android craving.
 
70
CNET
The LG Splendor doesn't have the fastest network connection, but it's an affordable and snappy handset that's loaded with Android 4.0 and a swift CPU.

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