LG Optimus L9 Review : A Great Phone With Average Camera and Poor Battery

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LG Optimus L9 is the newest smartphone of LG Optimus L series. The LG Optimus L9 is said to be the replacement for LG Optimus L7.

Hardware

LG Optimus L9 has the same design as LG Optimus L7, even the button layout is the same. It is black and a chrome trim with Gorilla Glass covering the front side. It has physical home button with menu and back capacitive keys.  The back side has a texture matte finish, with multiple small dots.

The LG Optimus L9 has a 4.5 inches qHD TFT LCD with 960 x 540 resolutions. It has good viewing angles with sharp text and rich colors. Even under sun light the display is usable but you would have to turn the brightness up to 100 percent. Sadly the lack of a light sensor means that you would have to adjust the level of brightness each time the lighting conditions change.

Above the display you will find a front facing video call VGA camera and a T-Mobile branding. The power button is on the right side and on the left is the volume rocker. The 3.5mm headphones jack is on the top. On the back is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. On the lower end of the back side you will see a small opening for external speaker. On the bottom you will find the micro USB port. The micro SD and SIM card slot can be found under the back cover.

LG Optimus L9 is powered by dual core 1GHZ TI OMAP 4430 with a Power VR SGX 450 GPU. The processor is out dated as it used in last year’s smart phones. Even though the processor is out dated, it still has good performance. Opening, closing and switch apps is fast, zooming in and out on a web page is smooth but it has a bit of a lag when rendering images. It takes about 21 seconds for the smart phone to fully boot up.

The battery of LG Optimus L9 will last a little more than five hours, with nonstop video play back while having Wi-Fi enabled, which seems a bit poor. With normal usage you would be able to squeeze out about nine hours of battery life.

Software and Camera

LG Optimus L9 runs on skinned version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The overlay skin is seen on most LG smart phones. The skin is known as UI 3.0, this skin is quite light compared to other Android skins. For example the lock screen allows you to swipe in any direction unlock. It also gives access to four customizable apps.

The Quick Setting menu is now in the notification drawer on LG Optimus L9. You can adjust different settings by simply swiping your fingers, settings like sound, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. You can also add a toggle for brightness in the Quick Setting menu. This is quite useful as the phone lacks an auto brightness sensor.

The default on screen keyboard of LG Optimus L9 is almost the same as Swype. On which you form words by swiping your finger over the keys. This is all good if you’re used to Swpye but if you try to enter words the old fashioned way, the keyboard becomes quite choosy and vague. Sadly there is no way to switch back to the stock keyboard of Ice Cream Sandwich.

The LG Optimus L9 has the same Camera interface as most other LG smart phones, so if you have used other LG smart phones, the interface should look familiar to you. The controls on the left side allow to you adjust the scene mode, image size, ISO setting, timer, white balance, geo tagging setting, color effects and even shutter sound.

The 5 megapixel camera of LG Optimus L9 can record videos up to 1080p HD and the front facing video call camera maxes out VGA. The 1080p video is sharp and satisfactory while using auto focus, but it doesn’t handle shadows and low light very well. The still shots output is not impressive as the image quality is a bit low and colors are washed out.

Conclusion

To sum it all up, the LG Optimus L9 has a good design and a wonderful display but has a short battery life, an average camera and no brightness sensor. Even though this is a decent looking low budget smart phone, it’s not the best because there are still better options in the market.

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