LG Mobiles has been trying to woo Indian customers with its affordable L
II series of smartphones. These smartphones comprise of LG Optimus L3
II dual, L5 II dual and L7 II dual and were first showcased at the
Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013. The company had tasted success with
its earlier L series of smartphones and it is aiming to repeat the
history with its LII series as well.
Priced at Rs. 18,650 LG Optimus
L7 II dual is the most expensive smartphone of this series. The company
also has a single SIM version of this smartphone, which is dubbed LG
Optimus L7 II but in India so far only the dual-SIM version is available
in the market.
In the recent past, there have been plenty of
affordable Android smartphones launched that are under the price bracket
of Rs. 20,000 and through this review we try to find out if LG Optimus
L7 II dual will be make its mark or not.
terms of looks LG Optimus L7 II dual has a very run of the mill looks.
It has a rectangular build with curved borders. The entire body is made
of plastic but at the same time it does not look cheap.
panel of LG Optimus L7 II dual has a textured finish, which was missing
in its predecessor, the LG Optimus L7 dual. The front is taken up by the
4.3-inch IPS (WVGA) touchscreen. Just below the screen are the four
capacitive buttons for Back, Home, Menu and SIM-switch button. With the
help of SIM-switch button you can easily swap the SIM before making a
call or sending an SMS. It comes in very handy in terms of managing SIMs
as one does not have to go to settings and change SIM functions in
order to make a switch.
However, these capacitive buttons on the smartphone are not backlit, which makes them difficult to use in the dark.
the left panel is the volume rocker button. Just above the volume
rocker is the "Quick button", which is a physical button that you can
customise to set a function or an app that you use the most. This button
is quite conveniently placed and comes in quite handy. The right panel
is the power/ standby button.
The LG Optimus L7 II
dual comes with 4.3-inch IPS 480x800 pixel (WVGA) display, which has a
pixel density of around 216ppi. In the recent past, we have seen some
companies launch HD smartphones at the same price point. In any case,
most smartphones in the range of Rs. 15,000 price points come with at
least a qHD display and so are disappointed with the display resolution
of LG Optimus L7 II dual.
We were easily able to read the text on
this smartphone, however watching videos or pictures is not a pleasant
experience. You can even see slight pixelatiom on the display while
watching videos and pictures.
The viewing angles of this
smartphone are average but the colour reproduction is not very good.
The under sun light visibility is passable. However, the screen is a
finger print magnet and needs to be cleaned frequently.
sensitivity of the screen is good, but in our experience it is a tad bit
oversensitive and because of this we would end up terminating our calls
Software/ User Interface
The LG Optimus L7 II
dual runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) and the smartphone has been heavily
skinned. The Korean smartphone has added its own Optimus UI 3.0 layer
on top. One of the major advantages of this skin is that the
customisations and UI extras that LG is offering with its flagship
phones such as the Optimus G, are also available on this smartphone in
the same or a lighter avatar.
LG also allows you to customise the
Lock screen giving the ability to select four app shortcuts and a clock
or calendar. Swiping anywhere else on the lock screen will take you to
the last screen that you were on, before the smartphone went on standby.
You can choose the animation effect that you would want to use on your
smartphone when you swipe from one home screen to another or when you
unlock the phone.
LG gives you the option of choosing from four
different themes - Optimus, Biz, Cozywall and Marshmallow. All these
four themes offer a different icon set, home screen wallpaper and app
drawer background. These themes are a quite bright and fun. Amongst
these themes, the Marshmallow theme seems designed for young girls and
looks straight out of fairy tale books.
LG Optimus L7 II dual
comes with five customisable home screens that you can fill with apps
and widgets. The Korean smartphone maker has also skinned the
notification tray and has included toggles for various settings
including for sound, data, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Hotspot among
others. It also features a shortcut for system settings, and a control
for changing screen brightness.
LG also added its site of "Q
apps" on this smartphones that includes QMemo, QTranslator and QSlide.
QMemo app stands for Quick Menu and helps users to scribble notes on a
blank page or on top of a screen shot. QTranslator app is a real-time
translator. With this app you can scans text, which are in a different
language using your camera.
Apart from these, LG Optimus L7 II
dual also has Backup, Cell Broadcast, File Manager, File Share, LG TV,
Memo app, Polaris Viewer (for office documents), Remote Call Service,
Safety Care, Smart Care and Task Manager. This smartphone also comes
with LG's own app store - SmartWorld, which can be used to download
As we already mentioned that the LG has added a swap key to
help manage both the SIM effectively. Even on the software side, LG has
added a few touches that help the users conveniently manage their two
SIMs. For example, there are two different colour schemes throughout the
menus indicating which SIM card is in use. The primary SIM card is
represented in blue colour and the other SIM is showed in magenta. This
helps in clearly demarking which SIM is in use and seems quite
thoughtful add on from LG's side.
The LG Optimus L7
II dual comes with an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with a single LED
flash. There is no dedicated camera key on the smartphone, but we did
not miss it much as this smartphone, just like the Optimus G, can also
take pictures with voice commands like 'cheese', 'kimchi', 'LG', 'Smile'
Pictures clicked through this camera are average in
the broad sunlight but the edges appear to be slightly burned out. The
colour reproduction of the pictures is satisfactory.
smartphone also comes with a burst shot feature that enables you to take
six quick continuous shots. However, moving images clicked are blurry
and also there is a slight camera lag while taking pictures in the burst
The experience of using video recording through the rear
camera is average. You can capture videos of 480p at 30 frames per
The LG Optimus L7 II dual also comes with 0.3-megapixel
front camera for taking self-images and making Skype calls. Images and
videos captured through this camera are very grainy.
Optimus L7 II dual packs in 1GHz dual-core processor along with 768MB of
RAM. Though the smartphone is able to perform day-to-day task without
much hiccups, it is not ideal for multitasking for playing heavy games.
experience of playing popular games such as Fruit Ninja, Temple Run 2
and Angry Birds is breezy. LG Optimus L3 II dual did not support the
game Subway Surfer but the same is supported by this smartphone.
smartphone comes with 4GB of internal storage, which can be expanded
via microSD cards of up to 32GB. Furthermore, only 1.78GB memory is user
The LG Optimus L7 II dual comes with the native
Android browser as well as Chrome and we found that it renders webpages
well. The phone doesn't come with Adobe Flash pre-installed.
speaker on the phone delivers good quality sound at high volume levels
both through the speaker as well as the earphones. The call quality of
LG Optimus L5 II dual is good too. The phone is a dual-SIM GSM phone
The LG Optimus L7 II dual comes with a
2,460mAh battery and based on our experience, it will easily last a day
and a half with medium usage.
LG is trying hard to
make its mark in the Indian smartphone market. However, we feel that the
company has not really been able to nail the segment with LG Optimus L7
II dual, with the display being especially underwhelming.
recommend having a look at the Nokia Lumia 720 (Review| Pictures) if you
do not mind a Windows Phone 8 offering. Priced at Rs. 18,999, the Lumia
720 is an attractive proposition. The other option that you might want
to look at is the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos (Review| Pictures). This is
slightly expensive than the LG Optimus L7 II dual but has great media
capabilities. However, the display of the Samsung Galaxy Grand is not
great either. Apart from these one can also look at the Micromax Canvas
HD (Review| Pictures), which is a good value for money proposition.
Price: Rs. 18,650