Hands On: LG L7, L5, and L3
Feb 26, 2012, 2:21 PM by Eric M. Zeman
LG this week outed the L Series, a lower-cost batch of phones that aren't supposed to skimp on style in order to reach their affordable prices. Did LG succeed?
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The L7 is clearly the best of this trio of Android smartphones from LG. It's display is far superior to the others, as is its overall fit, finish, and materials.
It's a rather blocky phone, with pronounced corners. It is pleasantly light, though, and is comfortable to hold on to. I like the pattern on the battery cover and the controls all worked well and didn't get in the way of usability. It looks rather simple, but the hardware "Home" button at the bottom us really easy to find/use and that makes me happy.
Since the L7 is an Android 4.0 phone, it only needs three buttons, so there are two capacitive buttons on either side of the physical home key. They worked well, too.
This display looks excellent. It's not quite as spectacular as the display of the 4X HD, but it isn't far off, either. It's very bright, clear, and razor sharp. The colors really pop. The photos I saw and videos I watched looked great, especially some HD content that was stored on the phone.
The L7 may be stuck with a dual-core processor, but it was powerful enough so that the user interface was quick. I didn't notice any lag or stuttering when switching between apps and screens.
Speaking of the user interface, the L7 has only the slightest of skins from LG and overall feels clean and free of clutter.
It's a decent little phone, though LG hasn't said if it might show up on any U.S. carrier shelves.
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