LG Optimus L7 P700 Android Smartphone

The Optimus L7 P700 is a mid-range Android smartphone from LG. It is also known as LG Optimus L7 P705 to the Chinese market. The phone distinguishes itself by having a stylish design and certain nice features such as NFC support and a large 4.3-inch screen. However, its features seem to not meet with the mere 1Ghz processor of the smartphone, thereby resulting to a lot of random slow downs and pauses. Overall, the effect is that if one is an Android fan, he or she should look elsewhere.

Physically, the LG Optimus L7 P700’s design exceeds its mid-range pricing. It has a very classy look, owing largely to its very slim profile of only 8.7 mm, and its glossy bezel that blends well with the chrome band running around the outer edge of the device. Overall, the P700 measures 25.5 x 67 x 8.7 mm and weighs 122 grams.

Currently, the LG Optimus L7 P700 is available in the market in both white and black. The shape of the smartphone too is quite angular, with the 4.3-inch screen dominating the front and coming out quite broad specially since the bezel is very thin. At the back, the P700 has a textured cover that conceals the battery. The pattern makes the phone very grippy and since it is grooved rather than dimpled, it doesn’t gather dust easily. However, the texture does feel like corrugated cardboard to the touch.

On the front and around the edges of the LG Optimus L7 P700 are nicely placed buttons. On top are the power/lock button and standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, on the left is the volume rocker, and on the bottom is a microUSB port. Basically, the P700 has the same port and buttons layout as the Samsung Galaxy line of phones. There’s also a physical home button on the front of the device, just below the screen despite the fact that Google seems to be pushing to rid Android phones of hardware buttons. On each of its sides are touch buttons corresponding to the back and multi-tasking/option key. Behind the battery cover is a microSD card slot that fortunately doesn’t entail removable of battery to access.

The LG Optimus L7 P700 uses a Cortex-A5 processor that is clocked at 1 GHz, an Adreno 200 graphics processor, and a Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon chipset. It runs on Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), with LG adding its own Optimus user interface 2.0/3.0 on top of the existing skin.

Performance-wise, the LG Optimus L7 P700 suffers from a lot of lag features as already mentioned. While the use of ICS is a good move and well deserved some thumb ups from consumers, the 1 GHz processor can’t keep up with all of the things demanded by the system, as well as the user interface. Transitions and other operations – downloads, updates, etc. – experience processor hesitation frequently. Often, the delay leads to miss-pressing and activates options that were not really meant to be activated.

For the LG Optimus L7 P700, Android offers plenty of widgets and applications to choose from. The most useful would be a bunch of Android standard-issue Google service widgets, such as GMail, Latitude, Google Play, Search, Navigation and Google+. Others include weather, news, contacts, bookmarks and some regular widget options.

Overall, the LG Optimus L7 P700 is a pleasing phone to look out, quite sharp yet classy. It doesn’t look like a midrange Android smartphone. The features are also diverse and the user experience aesthetic. However, all of these are marred by the fact that the phone has an inappropriately low-end processor that could not handle some of its features.

LG Optimus L7 P700 Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 14,000.00

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