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Hands on: LG Optimus 7

- March 15th, 2011

LG Optimus 7

This week I review the LG Optimus 7 E900 phone with a focus on how it meets (or does not meet) your needs.

Lets start with the specs:

  • 3.8 inch touch-screen with 480 x 800 resolution
  • 158 grams
  • Internal memory 16GB (cannot be expanded)
  • 5MP camera with flash, autofocus
  • Video 720p @ 24fps
  • 1Ghz Snapdragon CPU with 512 MB RAM
  • Windows Phone 7
  • 1500 mAh battery, with talk time up to 7 hours
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS

Hardware

Pros

  • Phenomenal build quality
  • 3 physical buttons in the front, very tactile

Cons

  • Power button too small and flushed, hard to press

Software

Pros

  • Incredibly easy to configure and use
  • Big tiles which are easy to click
  • Smooth and premium experience
  • Excellent integration with Facebook and Gmail
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

Cons

  • No Google maps (stuck with Bing maps)
  • Poor apps market

The Verdict

If you are looking for an incredibly easy and modern smartphone with low learning curve, great design, solid construction, and decent battery life — this is the phone for you. The LG Optimus 7 performs basic smartphone functions such as email, calendar, Facebook and Twitter well; in fact, better than the competition.

However, if you are looking to have more control and customization for your smartphone, this is not it. There are very little options to customize the way things look, and you would be better off with Android. If you are someone looking for access to a lot of apps ranging anywhere from fart apps to productivity apps to business apps, this is also not the phone for you. The market place for Windows Phone 7 is a bit embarrassing, and you would be better off with an iPhone.

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