LG Optimus L9 review

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The LG Optimus L9, is one of LG’s phones in the Optimus L series for the T-Mobile. Not exactly a high-end level phone, the Optimus L9 is part of a line of budget phones that are targeted towards the mid-tier market. Blake Stimac has a more in-depth look at this phone as he reviews the Optimus L9.

First is a look at the hardware. The L9 has a 4.5 inch qHD display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera, a VGA front facing camera, a microSD card slot and runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a dedicated home button, which is lined in a subtle chrome accent, below the display, as well as two capacitive keys on both sides, which are basically the “back” and “menu” keys. The sides are bare, only keeping what is necessary, which includes a volume rocker on the left side, the micro USB charging port on the bottom side, the power-lock switch on the right side and the 3.5mm headphone jack up the top side. The back is slightly-textured for grip, and houses the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and the speaker. The overall design is all about subtlety, which may not be
anyone’s cup of tea, but it’s not necessarily bad.

Second, we look at the software. The L9 uses the Optimus UI, which Stimac considers more livable than the stock Android UIs, as it does away with unnecessary customizations. There are also some preset themes for the home screen, allowing a quick method of editing the number of home screen panels you want, as well as a set of notification toggles you can edit on the panel. An interesting feature for the L9 is the Quick Memo, which allows you to take a screenshot and quickly edit or sharethe image. Similar to most Android phones, the L9 is filled with bloatware, and most applications that will likely see little use are from T-Mobile, though you can disable them.

Now we take a look at the camera. As the L9 is a mid-tier phone, the camera could be better, but it is still capable of taking acceptable photos. The LED flash helps with the lighting, too. The camera software is good and it has a useful feature that lets the camera take a picture when you say ‘cheese’, which is very handy for group photos.

Last, we look at the call quality and battery life. Stimac considers T-Mobile’s service to be good, so there was no issue with the call quality. The L9’s battery is 2150 mAh, allowing Stimac a full day of battery usage. It will drain depending on how you use it, but it is capable of lasting.

Overall, the Optimus L9 performs well for a mid-tier phone, costing only $249 with a contract off T-Mobile, or if you’re getting a new contract, free. It may not have top-notch features, but it’s a good choice for those who can’t afford a high-end phone, or for those who are getting their first smartphone.

Stimac, B. LG Optimus L9 Review for T-Mobile. http://www.intomobile.com/reviews/lg-optimus-l9-
review-tmobile/

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