Review Price £169.99
Most elements of the LG L7 2 haven’t got away without a bit of compromised attached, here and there. However, its battery life is genuinely pretty good.
The LG L7 2 has a 2,460mAh battery, which is a lot larger than the HTC Desire 500’s 1800mAh battery or the 1,750mAh of the Sony Xperia M. If you were wondering why this second-generation LG L7 is chunkier than the first-gen model, this is why.
It shows in day-to-day performance, too. Where other phones in this class struggle to last a day and a half, the LG L7 2 does so comfortably. Is it a world-altering change? No, but it helps us to feel much better about some of the phone’s other usability issues.
The LG G2 7 is a phone that likes to focus on slightly weird extras – the customisable button and the light-up Home button come to mind. It’s no surprise, then, that the sound and call quality are both unremarkable.
Its internal speaker is a basic mono driver that fires out of a small two-slit grille on the back. It’s pretty thin-sounding, and not particularly loud. It’ll do for listening to a tune while you’re making a brew, but little else.
Call quality is also bog-standard. The sound is slightly closed-in – small-sounding – although the actual clarity of the signal is decent enough. We experienced no issues with call-drop outs, and signal strength actually seemed fairly strong during our testing.
The LG L7 2 has very complete connectivity for a mid-range phone. It doesn’t have 4G, but it does have NFC, which is still left out of some phones.
NFC was touted as an important tech for the high street – it can be used for wireless payments. However, now that it has been left out of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, it’s more likely to be useful for easy connection to things like speaker docks and headphones (many new audio gadgets are starting to adopt NFC).
The LG L7 2 is a phone with slightly odd priorities. It has a fancy multi-coloured LED indicator and a dedicated button that can do… pretty much whatever you want, but it doesn’t have some more simple things like an Auto Brightness setting.
Performance is a little sluggish at times too, meaning that the phone can feel a mite expensive against some of the competition. Aside from the benefits of Android, it doesn’t feel like you get that much over a Nokia Lumia 520/620, and the HTC One SV and Sony Xperia M are more powerful phones available at a similar price.
It's not a bad phone, but it's not one you should rush out and buy without some research first.
The LG L7 2 is a solid mid-range Android phone, but it’s not hugely powerful and it seems to prioritise features that will grab attention in phone shops over some more basic elements.
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