LG Optimus L7 II Dual Review

Optimus L7 II dual is a mid range Android smartphone from LG. It belongs to the highly famous L Series announced by LG last year. Ever since the launch LG has sold over 15 million L Series smartphones worldwide. L7 II Dual is the successor of Optimus L7. As compare to its predecessor L7 II Dual has better hardware and software specifications.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual

The phone comes with free Flip case and 50GB storage from Box.com. To read more about the accessories you get with device check out LG Optimus L7 II Dual  unboxing. The mid range mobile market has become overcrowded since each company is launching more and more smartphones in this price segment. So does this affordable smartphone have what it takes to stand out of the crowd? Read on to find out.

Display & Design

The first thing you would notice about the device is its weight. It is quite light weight device and weighs just 115 grams. The phone measures 122.2 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm which makes it easy to hold as it is neither too big nore too small.  The device comes with a metal band running around the edges and textured back which gives it a bit premium look and feel.

The phone comes with a 4.3 inch IPS display which has a 480 x 800 pixels resolution. The display has good viewing angles and has rich, saturated colors.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual front

Above the display there is a an earpiece, proximity & ambient light sensors and a VGA front facing camera for video calling.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual above display

Below the display you have 4 touch buttons – back, home, menu and SIM switching. The 4th button is the dedicated key which can be used to switch between the two SIM cards.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual below display

There is just a lone power/lock key on the right side of the device.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual right side

On the left side you have a volume rocker and a customizable quick button. You can customize the quick button to launch any app installed on your device.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual left side

At the bottom of the device you have a microUSB port and a microphone.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual bottom

At the top of the phone you would find a 3.5mm Audio jack and a secondary mic for noise cancellation.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual top

On the back side you have a 8 megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash and LG branding in the center. At the lower backside you have a loudspeaker. The back of the device has a textured finish which makes the device easy to hold.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual back

L7 II Dual comes with a removable back and underneath the back cover you would find a 2460mAh battery, microSD card slot and two SIM card slots.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual battery

Overall the device has a decent build quality and design. Few factors such has metal band around the edges and textured back adds to the beauty of the device.

Hardware & Performance

Since LG Optimus L7 II Dual is a mid range device one of the important thing which many users want to know is the performance of the device. First let me tell you about the specs of the device. The phone comes with a 1 GHz dual core Cortex A5 processor along Adreno 203 GPU and 768 MB of RAM. It comes with 4GB internal storage which can be expanded using a micro SD card slot. Talking about the connectivity features it supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.

We performed two benchmarking tests on the device. These were Antutu Benchmark and Quadrant standard benchmark. The performance of the device in these tests were average. It scored around 6000 in Antutu benchmark and around 2700 in quadrant standard benchmark test. The scores are pretty average but if you remember it is a mid range smartphone. So we cannot expect it to perform exceptionally well in these kind of tests else who would buy those expensive high end smartphones.

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For a real performance test we played few games on the device since a normal user would be running apps and games on the device and not any benchmarking tests. So here is the video of the Gaming test we performed on the device:

As you saw in the above video the device performed pretty well in the Gaming Test. So you can expect the device to run most of the apps and games available on the Google PlayStore. Talking about the music and video playback quality, the loudspeaker present on the device is pretty loud and clear. The screen has a resolution of 480×800 pixels therefore it is not as good as a HD display and hence the video playback quality is average.

Software

LG Optimus L7 II Dual runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS along with LG Optimus UI 3.0 on top. The UI has small tweaks and modifications to enhance user experience. The device comes with 4 different themes pre installed – Optimus, Biz, Cozywall and Marshmallow. These themes not only change the background but also has a different icon set.

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The phone comes with some pre-loaded apps such as LG TV, Quick Memo, Quick Translator etc. Quick translator allows you to read a word, line or a paragraph via the camera and translate it to different languages. Since L7 II Dual is a dual SIM smartphone it has special settings available for the dual SIM feature. As mentioned above it also have a dedicated touch button for switching between the SIM cards. One of the interesting feature is the ability to configure quick button. You have an option to link any of the app to the quick button.

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Besides being a mid range smartphone, L7 II Dual runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box along with Optimus UI 3.0. The Q apps or the quick apps provided by LG improves the overall software/UI experience for a user.

Camera

The phone comes with a 8 megapixel back camera along with LED flash and a VGA front facing camera for video calling. The camera comes with some some interesting features such as Burst Shot which allows the users to capture 6 continuous images and Cheese Shutter which which captures an image whenever the user says the words like cheese, smile etc.

LG Optimis L7 II Dual camera

Here are some sample images captured using the 8 megapixel camera present on the device:

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The quality of the captured images is pretty decent. We really liked the macro shot capability of the device. The noise levels in the images increases during low light conditions but during day light they are quite low. The only thing which we found lacking in the camera is its ability to shoot HD videos.

Battery Life

Since L7 II Dual is a dual SIM Android smartphone it requires a powerful battery and company has done the needful in terms of battery capacity.The phone comes with a massive 2,460 mAh battery. That’s quite a big battery and it has a rated talk time of around 12 hours on 3G.

The phone would easily last for a day or two depending upon the usage. We used the device for an entire day during which we made few calls, played games on the device, watched videos, browsed the internet and much more. Still at the end of the there was around 42% battery left in the device. For normal users the device can easily last for 2 days and that is something unique for a smartphone.

Conclusion

The phone is available in India at a best buy price of Rs 14,500 which is just incredible. At such a low price you are getting a device with decent build quality & design, Dual SIM functionality and much more. The device can be called as a “value for money smartphone”. The phone comes with a decent camera and amazing battery life. So if you thinking to buy this device, go ahead you won’t regret your decision.

Pros:

  • Good  Build Quality
  • Decent Specs
  • Well implemented Dual SIM functionality
  • Amazing Battery life

Cons:

  • Lacks HD video recording

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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