Review LG P710 Optimus L7 II Smartphone

Florian Wimmer (translated by A Kammel), 06/05/2013

Big "L". This time around, we are testing the Optimus L7 II, the larger of LG's two new mid-range second-generation Optimus L models. Its smaller sibling was a decent smartphone, albeit a bit unremarkable - does the same hold true for the L7 II as well?

In Review: LG Optimus L7 II

For the original German review, see here.

Currently, LG's new mid-range line-up consists of three models, the largest being the LG Optimus L7 II with its 4.3-inch screen. The predecessor (simply called LG Optimus L7) came with the same screen size, but less RAM, a lower-resolution camera and a smaller battery. In addition, the new variant now sports a dual-core processor. But with an RRP of 299 Euros (~$396), the smartphone has also reached the mid-range price segment.

There are many other great smartphones close to this price point such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus, the Alcatel OneTouch Ultra, the Yarvik Ingenia X1 and the Windows Phone HTC 8S - as well as two Chinese alternatives, the ZTE Grand X IN and the Huawei Ascend G615. For a little more, even the Google Nexus 4 (16 GB model) can be had. So is LG's mid-range device able to hold its ground against these competitors?

Case

How we test - Case

We have already mentioned this in the review of the LG Optimus L5 II: The preceding generation of LG's mid-range smartphones was more of an eye-catcher. This time round, a rather boring and inconspicuous design language has been used. Apart from their respective (screen) sizes, the LG Optimus L7 II and its smaller sibling look almost exactly the same.

The only major difference is the color choice of their rear panels: While our Optimus L5 II test device came with a titanium-gray metal look, the Optimus L7 II we were sent sports a glossy black finish. We much prefer the former, as the latter attracts fingerprints and dirt.

The Optimus L7 II is made from nothing but plastic, however, it is well-built and very stable. We also like the light weight, coming in at just 118 grams. Out of all of its competitors, only the HTC 8S (which sports a smaller screen) manages to weigh even less.

Connectivity

How we test - Connectivity

The selection of ports is typical for smartphones: A micro USB port below and a 3.5 mm Line In/Out audio jack at the top.

The L7 II is driven by a dual-core processor, 768 MB of RAM and a disappointingly low amount of 4 GB of internal storage space. While this isn't less than what its predecessor came with, the larger operating system used in the newest generation leaves less useable room for data and apps, just 1.6 GB.

Top view: 3.5 mm Line In/Out
Top view: 3.5 mm Line In/Out
Below: micro USB port
Below: micro USB port
On the right: Power button
On the right: Power button
On the left: Customizable button, volume rocker
On the left: Customizable button, volume rocker
The operating system has only been lightly skinned.
The operating system has only been lightly skinned.
The same holds true for the menus.
The same holds true for the menus.
The GPS module is quick in finding satellites while used outdoors.
The GPS module is quick in finding satellites while used outdoors.
Inside, it is barely serviceable.
Inside, it is barely serviceable.

Software

Luckily, LG employs a rather recent version of Google's operating system: Android 4.1.2. Although LG did change some small details of the user interface (such as cosmetic alterations to the menu buttons), using the phone feels close to a stock Android experience. The only noticeable changes are an emergency call function in the lock screen and the Quick Memo app, which can be used as an overlay, e.g. to note down telephone numbers which can then simply be typed out again.

Communication & GPS

The LG Optimus L7 II now comes with HSUPA which is supposed to accelerate uplink connections, thus speeding up the web experience. In addition, it is equipped with Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC). The Wi-Fi module is capable of handling all standards up to 802.11 n, yielding great data transfer speeds in both directions. Even 10 meters and three walls away from the FritzBox router, three out of four bars remain - decreasing to two once another two meters and a fourth wall are added.

It also ships with a GPS module for navigation, which works decently fast and well without a roof over one's head (but never finding more than five satellites, even after some waiting), yielding a typical error of around 20 meters. While not being very precise during outdoor usage, it cannot be used at all within buildings - the Samsung Galaxy S4, for example, is far better in this regard.

Phone functionality and speech quality

The phone call app sticks close to the functional standard version of Android, apart from a few cosmetic changes. Speech quality is great, as it was with its smaller sibling. Only the speaker phone is not satisfying, sounding tinny at times.

Cameras & Multimedia

The rear camera sports 8 megapixels, yielding pictures with 3264x2448 pixels. Apart from some blurring in brighter areas and some color noise (which is clearly visible when zooming in), image quality is decent and more than sufficient for snapshots and small format prints.

The front camera with its VGA resolution of just 640x480 is only suited for video calls. Its images are very blurry (as was the case with the Optimus L5) and lack finer details.

Rear camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 8 megapixels
Front camera: 0.3 megapixels
Front camera: 0.3 megapixels
Reference image: Canon EOS 450D, 12 megapixels
Reference image: Canon EOS 450D, 12 megapixels

Accessories

Again, the Optimus L7 II comes very close to the L5 II, shipping with a power adapter, a USB cable and a headset. It is possible to acquire additional headsets, replacement batteries and external speakerphones on LG's website. Great: It is also possible to buy a mobile photo printer which, thanks to a special kind of pigmented paper, does not require any ink. The device costs 199 Euros (~$264) and will be available soon.

Warranty

LG offers 24 months of warranty for all its smartphones. Care has to be taken as this only holds true within the first 27 months after the device has been manufactured rendering models from older production runs a bit of a risky purchase. All accessories, such as the battery and the power adapter, come with six months of warranty.

Input Devices & Handling

The keyboard has more or less only seen cosmetic changes.
The keyboard has more or less only seen cosmetic changes.

Luckily, LG has removed the sticky layer on top of the touchscreen which we were so annoyed by during our test of the Optimus L5 II. Thus, it is far easier to work smoothly and comfortably with the touchscreen of the L7 II. The freely customizable button on the left hand side of the device has stayed with us, being assigned either to serve as the camera trigger or to start any application.

The virtual keyboard - while called "LG keyboard" in the settings - has remained virtually unchanged in comparison to Android's stock keyboard. This is no disadvantage, as it works intuitively and offers a special mode for the input of internet addresses. Thanks to the large 4.3-inch screen, precise input is no problem. In addition, different keyboards can easily be installed via Google's Play Store.

Display

How we test - Display

The LG Optimus L7 II makes use of an IPS display with a now-mediocre resolution of 480x800 pixels, the same as its predecessor, but also not less than what most competitors offer.

As with people, the largest are not always the brightest: An average value of just 244.1 cd/m² is worse than almost all of its competitors, including its smaller sibling. Only the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus remains even fainter. Still, when compared to the smaller Optimus L5 II, the L7 II's image quality is superior thanks to its better black levels and higher contrast ratio, leading to a more vivid experience. Brightness homogeneity has been somewhat improved as well.

230
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 258 cd/m²
Average: 244.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 258 cd/m²
Black: 0.24 cd/m²
Contrast: 1075:1
Distribution of brightness

As mentioned above, the Optimus L7 II offers great performance in terms of black levels (0.24 cd/m²) and contrast ratio (1075:1), beating nearly all of its competitors.

Like many other displays, the panel used in the L7 II over-exaggerates blues, as analyzed using a colorimeter and CalMAN software. Also, shades of blue deviate further from the sRGB definitions than all other colors. The grayscale isn't rendered perfectly, either.

CalMAN - CMS Calibration
CalMAN - CMS Calibration
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
Outdoor usage
Outdoor usage

Due to its reflective coating, the screen can barely be made out in direct sunlight, leading to worse readability than the LG Optimus L5 II despite the improved contrast ratio of the L7 II. In the shade and in closed rooms, all content is easily readable at maximum brightness.

Visible from every angle - thanks to IPS technology.
Visible from every angle - thanks to IPS technology.

Viewing angles are great, thanks to the IPS display which allows for superb visibility of the screen contents down to very narrow angles (in all directions).

Performance

How we test - Performance

The SoC used in the Optimus L7 II is made by Qualcomm. It comes with a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8225 dual-core CPU and a Qualcomm Adreno 203 GPU with just one core. While the processor is capable of delivering decent performance, we are less sure about the undersized graphics card, especially during demanding tasks.

Our synthetic system and processor benchmarks quickly show that the LG Optimus L7 II is quite a bit faster than its smaller sibling, the LG Optimus L5 II. Still, it falls behind when compared to other mid-range smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus or the Huawei Ascend G615 which are consistently more powerful. The system performance is decent - both the operating system and all of the apps we tested ran smoothly.

AnTuTu Benchmark v3 - Total Score
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
6342 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
6575 Points ∼18% +4%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
6212 Points ∼17% -2%
Huawei Ascend G615
14578 Points ∼41% +130%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
6146 Points ∼17% -3%
ZTE Grand X IN
11317 Points ∼32% +78%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
4812 Points ∼13% -24%
Google Nexus 4
17555 Points ∼49% +177%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
549 Points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
890 Points ∼7% +62%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
862 Points ∼7% +57%
Huawei Ascend G615
1803 Points ∼14% +228%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
933 Points ∼8% +70%
ZTE Grand X IN
853 Points ∼7% +55%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
582 Points ∼5% +6%
Google Nexus 4
2054 Points ∼17% +274%
Smartbench 2012 - default
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
2205 points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
2622 points ∼25% +19%
Huawei Ascend G615
4826 points ∼47% +119%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
2355 points ∼23% +7%
ZTE Grand X IN
1221 points ∼12% -45%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
1158 points ∼11% -47%
Google Nexus 4
3178 points ∼31% +44%
Linpack for Android
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
40.382 MFLOPS ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
46.3 MFLOPS ∼7% +15%
Huawei Ascend G615
46.704 MFLOPS ∼7% +16%
ZTE Grand X IN
62.147 MFLOPS ∼9% +54%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
31.611 MFLOPS ∼5% -22%
Google Nexus 4
76.841 MFLOPS ∼11% +90%
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
66.404 MFLOPS ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
79.7 MFLOPS ∼7% +20%
Huawei Ascend G615
148.998 MFLOPS ∼14% +124%
ZTE Grand X IN
60.925 MFLOPS ∼6% -8%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
34.762 MFLOPS ∼3% -48%
Google Nexus 4
221.638 MFLOPS ∼20% +234%
Legend
      LG P710 Optimus L7 II Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8225, Qualcomm Adreno 203, 4 GB Flash
      Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus Broadcom BCM28155, Broadcom VideoCore-IV, 8 GB SSD
      Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D MediaTek MT6577, PowerVR SGX531, 4 GB Flash
      Huawei Ascend G615 HiSilicon k3v2 Hi3620, Vivante GC800, 8 GB SSD
      Yarvik Ingenia X1 MediaTek MT6577, PowerVR SGX531, 4 GB Flash
      ZTE Grand X IN Intel Atom Z2460, PowerVR SGX540, 2 GB NAND Flash
      LG E460 Optimus L5 II MediaTek MT6575, PowerVR SGX531, 4 GB Flash
      HTC Windows Phone 8S Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8227, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 4 GB Flash
      Google Nexus 4 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB SSD

The synthetic graphics benchmarks corroborate our fears that the feeble Qualcomm Adreno 203 might have trouble keeping pace with the other mid-range smartphones (although beating the Optimus L5 II by approximately 30%). This is especially obvious when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus or the ZTE Grand X IN.

Antutu 3DRating
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
2103 Points ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
3151 Points ∼28% +50%
Huawei Ascend G615
3546 Points ∼31% +69%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
1704 Points ∼15% -19%
ZTE Grand X IN
3183 Points ∼28% +51%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
2074 Points ∼18% -1%
Google Nexus 4
5731 Points ∼50% +173%
1024x2048 Off-screen
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
1282 Points ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
1875 Points ∼65% +46%
Huawei Ascend G615
1899 Points ∼66% +48%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
748 Points ∼26% -42%
ZTE Grand X IN
1471 Points ∼51% +15%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
841 Points ∼29% -34%
Google Nexus 4
1702 Points ∼59% +33%
3DMark (2013) - 1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
2427 Points ∼2%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
663 Points ∼0% -73%
Google Nexus 4
11396 Points ∼8% +370%
NenaMark2
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
33.6 fps ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
58.9 fps ∼88% +75%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
23.8 fps ∼35% -29%
Huawei Ascend G615
59.8 fps ∼89% +78%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
24.1 fps ∼36% -28%
ZTE Grand X IN
45.1 fps ∼67% +34%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
23.4 fps ∼35% -30%
Google Nexus 4
59 fps ∼88% +76%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
1.5 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
2.9 fps ∼0% +93%
Google Nexus 4
13 fps ∼2% +767%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
3.8 fps ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
7.9 fps ∼13% +108%
Google Nexus 4
20 fps ∼33% +426%
GLBenchmark 2.5
Egypt HD Fixed Time
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
7.4 fps ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
19 fps ∼32% +157%
Huawei Ascend G615
19 fps ∼32% +157%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
2.8 fps ∼5% -62%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
2.9 fps ∼5% -61%
Google Nexus 4
35 fps ∼58% +373%
1920x1080 Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
3.7 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
11 fps ∼2% +197%
Huawei Ascend G615
13 fps ∼2% +251%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
1.8 fps ∼0% -51%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
1.9 fps ∼0% -49%
Google Nexus 4
27 fps ∼5% +630%
Epic Citadel
High Performance
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
23.7 fps ∼39%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
53.4 fps ∼88% +125%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
29 fps ∼48% +22%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
26.5 fps ∼44% +12%
ZTE Grand X IN
52.5 fps ∼87% +122%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
31.5 fps ∼52% +33%
Google Nexus 4
54.9 fps ∼91% +132%
High Quality
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
23.3 fps ∼39%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
52.6 fps ∼88% +126%
Huawei Ascend G615
32.5 fps ∼54% +39%
ZTE Grand X IN
51.2 fps ∼86% +120%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
25.7 fps ∼43% +10%
Google Nexus 4
54.3 fps ∼91% +133%
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
18.53 fps ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
54.67 fps ∼90% +195%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
9.19 fps ∼15% -50%
Huawei Ascend G615
29.05 fps ∼48% +57%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
7.02 fps ∼12% -62%
ZTE Grand X IN
17.06 fps ∼28% -8%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
9.22 fps ∼15% -50%
Google Nexus 4
53.54 fps ∼88% +189%

Even browsing the web is more fun with other mid-range devices. Page loading and navigation work reasonably smoothly, but other smartphones are still much faster in this regard. Only the HTC 8S fares worse than the L7 II, but this is mostly due to its software (using the slower Internet Explorer) than due to its hardware.

Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
755 Points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
1643 Points ∼9% +118%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
1055 Points ∼6% +40%
Huawei Ascend G615
1317 Points ∼7% +74%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
1118 Points ∼6% +48%
ZTE Grand X IN
1742 Points ∼9% +131%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
1174 Points ∼6% +55%
HTC Windows Phone 8S
477 Points ∼3% -37%
Google Nexus 4
1381 Points ∼8% +83%
Octane V1 - Total Score
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
672 Points ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
1536 Points ∼7% +129%
Huawei Ascend G615
977 Points ∼5% +45%
ZTE Grand X IN
1724 Points ∼8% +157%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
1254 Points ∼6% +87%
HTC Windows Phone 8S
380 Points ∼2% -43%
Google Nexus 4
1248 Points ∼6% +86%
Mozilla Kraken 1.0 - Total Score
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
37604.7 ms * ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
22395.4 ms * ∼13% +40%
Huawei Ascend G615
41587.6 ms * ∼24% -11%
ZTE Grand X IN
31101.9 ms * ∼18% +17%
HTC Windows Phone 8S
68616 ms * ∼40% -82%
Google Nexus 4
21389 ms * ∼12% +43%
Sunspider
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
2486.6 ms * ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
1434 ms * ∼14% +42%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
2182.2 ms * ∼21% +12%
Huawei Ascend G615
1543.8 ms * ∼15% +38%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
2216.8 ms * ∼21% +11%
ZTE Grand X IN
1240.3 ms * ∼12% +50%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
1727.3 ms * ∼16% +31%
HTC Windows Phone 8S
1410 ms * ∼13% +43%
Google Nexus 4
1894.7 ms * ∼18% +24%
Peacekeeper
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
302 Points ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
553 Points ∼9% +83%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
465 Points ∼8% +54%
Huawei Ascend G615
431 Points ∼7% +43%
ZTE Grand X IN
575 Points ∼9% +90%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
443 Points ∼7% +47%
HTC Windows Phone 8S
197 Points ∼3% -35%
Google Nexus 4
236 Points ∼4% -22%

* ... smaller is better

Demanding games such as Iron Man 3 take pretty long to load. Indeed, the 4 GB of flash memory used in the L7 II is not of the fastest kind, having to concede defeat to all of its competitors during the AndroBench benchmark.

Although LG's smartphone offers enough power for basically all applications, other manufacturers construct better products for the same amount of money. Such a future-proof investment is especially important if one plans on keeping the device for a longer stretch of time, requiring it to be able to cope well with future versions of Android too.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
32.51 MB/s ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
47.42 MB/s ∼36% +46%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
26.62 MB/s ∼20% -18%
Huawei Ascend G615
37.8 MB/s ∼28% +16%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
30.36 MB/s ∼23% -7%
ZTE Grand X IN
38.93 MB/s ∼29% +20%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
35.69 MB/s ∼27% +10%
Google Nexus 4
49.7 MB/s ∼37% +53%
Sequential Write 256KB
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
3.98 MB/s ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
15.34 MB/s ∼27% +285%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
5.18 MB/s ∼9% +30%
Huawei Ascend G615
10.3 MB/s ∼18% +159%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
15.83 MB/s ∼27% +298%
ZTE Grand X IN
4.74 MB/s ∼8% +19%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
7.63 MB/s ∼13% +92%
Google Nexus 4
13.97 MB/s ∼24% +251%
Random Read 4KB
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
7.63 MB/s ∼46%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
12.22 MB/s ∼73% +60%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
9.54 MB/s ∼57% +25%
Huawei Ascend G615
6.97 MB/s ∼42% -9%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
10.9 MB/s ∼65% +43%
ZTE Grand X IN
9.13 MB/s ∼55% +20%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
10.12 MB/s ∼61% +33%
Google Nexus 4
12.14 MB/s ∼73% +59%
Random Write 4KB
LG P710 Optimus L7 II
0.2 MB/s ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus
0.74 MB/s ∼25% +270%
Alcatel OneTouch Ultra 997D
0.27 MB/s ∼9% +35%
Huawei Ascend G615
0.52 MB/s ∼18% +160%
Yarvik Ingenia X1
0.95 MB/s ∼33% +375%
ZTE Grand X IN
0.23 MB/s ∼8% +15%
LG E460 Optimus L5 II
0.5 MB/s ∼17% +150%
Google Nexus 4
1.07 MB/s ∼37% +435%

Games

Iron Man 3 runs more or less smoothly.
Iron Man 3 runs more or less smoothly.

It should be taken for granted that every mid-range smartphone must be capable of running 2D games such as Angry Birds: Star Wars or Vector from the Google Play Store smoothly. But what about more demanding 3D games such as Iron Man 3 and Real Racing 3? Both run reasonably well, but not as smoothly as on the Google Nexus 4. The touchscreen and position sensor controls worked reliably at all times, but we were annoyed by the long loading times due to the rather slow flash memory.

Emissions

How we test - Emissions

Temperature

The engineers at LG have done a great job with the LG Optimus L7 II's heat dissipation system: The case never gets uncomfortably hot, just noticeably warm with 36.1 °C under full load. 33.1 °C while being idle may be more than some of its competitors, but far away from becoming unpleasant to hold.

Max. Load
 25.7 °C32.5 °C29.4 °C 
 36.1 °C32.0 °C29.8 °C 
 34.6 °C31.1 °C29.4 °C 
 
28.7 °C31.9 °C34 °C
30.5 °C32.2 °C34.3 °C
30.5 °C31.8 °C31.7 °C
Maximum: 36.1 °C
Average: 31.2 °C
 Maximum: 34.3 °C
Average: 31.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  32.4 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

If the speaker on the rear was capable of focusing more on the lows and mids instead of solely on the highs, then it might have provided some really good audio and speech quality as it produces some loud and rich sounds. Unfortunately, it is not well-balanced at all. In addition, its sound gets dampened quickly when the smartphone is placed on soft surfaces.

Energy Management

How we test - Battery Life

Power Consumption

Energy consumption levels of the LG Optimus L7 II are mostly great, ranging from exactly 0 watts when deactivated and 0.1 watts while in standby to up to 3.6 watts under full load - which is much less than for some of its competitors. Only the consumption rate while idle is rather unfavorable, yielding up to 2.1 watts, more than all other Android-based devices. This might lead to some unfortunate consequences for its battery runtimes.

Power consumption

Off / Standby 0.01 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 0.8 / 1.7 / 2.1 Watt
Load 3.2 / 3.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The battery of the LG Optimus L7 II is amply sized: Its 2460 mAh (or 9.4 Wh) is even far more than what Google offers with its Nexus 4. The LG Optimus L7 II's maximum idle consumption rate of 0.7 watts more than the Google Nexus 4 suggests that this will lead to a neck-and-neck race, especially under light load or while idle. Indeed, the Google Nexus 4 manages to beat the L7 II by half an hour during our realistic Wi-Fi test - despite its smaller battery and its more powerful internal components. Under full load, the LG Optimus L7 II is finally capable of displaying its strengths, showing some great endurance: It takes more than four hours until its battery finally runs dry.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 34min
WiFi Surfing
6h 56min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 02min

Verdict

As was the case with the LG Optimus L5 II, the Optimus L7 II remains rather unremarkable, sporting neither obvious highlights nor glaring weaknesses. This may be a problem for the L7 II since there are already a lot of other great devices on the highly competitive smartphone market.

There are some advantages to LG's new mid-range phone. It is a very functional device capable of running almost all apps smoothly. Build quality is decent, as is the image quality of the rear camera (8 megapixels). The touchscreen works well and the lightweight design also speaks in its favor.

Unfortunately, its surfaces are very susceptible to dirt and its display - while offering good black levels and viewing angles - disappoints due to its low maximum brightness. When compared to its equally-prized competitors, the L7 II lacks some performance as well as suitable speakers.

Those who are looking for an unpretentious smartphone with solid mid-range specs in all relevant areas can't go wrong with the LG Optimus L7 II. Still, other manufacturers offer more bang for the buck - no matter whether we are talking about better performance or a brighter screen. For just 50 Euros (~$66) more, a Google Nexus 4 can be had which offers one of the best cost-benefit ratios on the market. LG should have put some more effort into its new device in order to fully convince potential customers of its merits.

In Review: LG Optimus L7 II. Test device provided by LG.
In Review: LG Optimus L7 II. Test device provided by LG.
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Specifications

LG P710 Optimus L7 II

:: Processor
:: Memory
768 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
4.3 inch 16:9, 800x480 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
4 GB Flash, 4 GB , 1.6 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm Line In/Out, Card Reader: microSD slot up to 32 GB, Sensors: GPS, position sensor,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 3.0 Bluetooth, Quadband (850/900/1.800/1.900 MHz) + UMTS (2.100/900MHz) + HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA 5.76
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.8 x 66.6 x 121.5
:: Weight
0.118 kg Power Supply: 0.05 kg
:: Battery
9.4 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3.8 Volt, 2.460 mAh, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 25800 min, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 25800 min
:: Price
299 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
:: Additional features
Webcam: 3264 x 2448 resolution, 8 MP LED flash, 640 x 480 VGA, Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: Virtual, 24 Months Warranty

 

With the LG Optimus L7 II, the Korean manufacturer sends us ...
With the LG Optimus L7 II, the Korean manufacturer sends us ...
...the LG Optimus L5 II's larger brother.
...the LG Optimus L5 II's larger brother.
The smartphone sports a modest design.
The smartphone sports a modest design.
A difference when compared to its smaller sibling: the front camera.
A difference when compared to its smaller sibling: the front camera.
Build quality is decent, with a lightweight chassis ...
Build quality is decent, with a lightweight chassis ...
...made from plastic.
...made from plastic.
On the right hand side, the power button can be found.
On the right hand side, the power button can be found.
The function of the button on the left hand side can be customized.
The function of the button on the left hand side can be customized.
For example, it could be used as the camera trigger.
For example, it could be used as the camera trigger.
The speaker on the back gets rather loud.
The speaker on the back gets rather loud.
Unfortunately, mostly in the highs.
Unfortunately, mostly in the highs.
A second camera with 8 megapixels is built into the rear panel ...
A second camera with 8 megapixels is built into the rear panel ...
...while the front camera is only suited for video calls ...
...while the front camera is only suited for video calls ...
...being incapable of taking good pictures (other than the rear camera).
...being incapable of taking good pictures (other than the rear camera).
The rear panel can be removed, revealing a strong battery ...
The rear panel can be removed, revealing a strong battery ...
...which helps the L7 II to achieve good runtimes.
...which helps the L7 II to achieve good runtimes.
Usually, it is the user's responsibility to send in the device if repairs are necessary, but at least LG Germany also offers a pickup service.
Usually, it is the user's responsibility to send in the device if repairs are necessary, but at least LG Germany also offers a pickup service.
The smartphone accepts full-sized SIM cards.
The smartphone accepts full-sized SIM cards.
The storage capacity can be increased by up to 32 GB with the help of microSD cards.
The storage capacity can be increased by up to 32 GB with the help of microSD cards.
The rear panel is extremely prone to fingerprints and dirt.
The rear panel is extremely prone to fingerprints and dirt.
An alternative titanium-gray back panel (which is easier to keep clean) is available as well.
An alternative titanium-gray back panel (which is easier to keep clean) is available as well.
The LG Optimus L7 II is a decent smartphone in almost every regard ...
The LG Optimus L7 II is a decent smartphone in almost every regard ...
...although the predecessor was a bit more stylish.
...although the predecessor was a bit more stylish.
Casual games such as Angry Birds: Star Wars work well.
Casual games such as Angry Birds: Star Wars work well.
Great idea for an accessory, and not just for the L7 II: A mobile photo printer.
Great idea for an accessory, and not just for the L7 II: A mobile photo printer.
LG's virtual keyboard is almost the same as the stock keyboard.
LG's virtual keyboard is almost the same as the stock keyboard.
The lock screen has been modified slightly.
The lock screen has been modified slightly.
Connecting the smartphone to a PC opens up a selection box for a number of different options.
Connecting the smartphone to a PC opens up a selection box for a number of different options.
The Safety Care app.
The Safety Care app.
Making calls.
Making calls.
Nice try, but the L7 II could have been better.
Nice try, but the L7 II could have been better.
A brighter screen, better performance ...
A brighter screen, better performance ...
...these features would have been crucial if the Google Nexus 4 with its great cost-benefit ratio was to be kept at bay.
...these features would have been crucial if the Google Nexus 4 with its great cost-benefit ratio was to be kept at bay.

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Pro

+Well-built
+Decent battery life
+Responsive, precise touchscreen
+Good image quality (rear camera)
+Lightweight, compact chassis
+Nice viewing angles
+Low black levels, high contrast ratio
 

Contra

-Performance worse than that of its competitors
-Too much power consumption while idle
-Mediocre speaker
-Dark screen
-Dirt-attracting surfaces

Shortcut

What we like

The good image quality and the well-built chassis.

What we'd like to see

A little more boldness in terms of design language and an increased performance.

What surprises us

That LG doesn't manage to bring more of its nice ideas to fruition.

The competition

Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus, Google Nexus 4, HTC Windows Phone 8S, ZTE Grand X IN, Alcatel OneTouch Ultra, Huawei Ascend G615.

Ratings

LG P710 Optimus L7 II
08/05/2013 v3
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
49%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
43%
Weight
100%
Battery
93%
Display
85%
Games Performance
27%
Application Performance
37%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Add Points
77%
Average
72%
85%
Smartphone *
Weighted Average

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Author: Florian Wimmer, 2013-06- 5 (Update: 2013-06-25)