Today we’ll be taking a look at the LG Optimus L9 P760. This is a fairly good phone, but perhaps the best part about this device is its price. With today’s prices being as they are, to see a phone with such hardware capabilities is something rare. If you take a look in any store you’ll see that the smartphone prices are quite high. Hell, for the same price you could get a good laptop or a great PC. But that’s just how things are. Well, leaving economics aside, this is by no means a weak phone. It’s price is just about right for such power. You can get the LG Optimus L9 P760 for around 400 dollars, and you will see in just a minute why that is. This phone has its ups and downs, but mainly it can be classified as a solid 7.5 out of 10 ( which is saying something ).
The LG Optimus L9 P760 is one of the many phones from LG that looks absolutely stunning and can handle a lot of tasks. Sure, you can’t compare it to a Quad-Core phone, but it’s still capable enugh as to function with just about any app / program and so forth. Also, if you’re thinking of upgrading and don’t want to make that annoying trip to the provider for a change of SIM card, you don’t have to worry. This device uses the normal Mini-SIM we all know and have, and not the newly introduced Micro-SIM, which honestly I find a bit annoying.
As I said I would do some time ago, I’d start all my reviews off with a brief summary of the device’s ups and downs. The LG Optimus L9 P760 has a whole lot of advantages and very few shortcomings. You will come to see them when we reach them as I will talk more detailed about them then. In the meanwhile, let’s see exactly what this phone can do in as few words as possible.
One of the few downfalls people may see is the fact that the device is relatively large. That is partially due to the fact that it has a 4.7 inch screen. While some people may be bothered by that size, I personally prefer a phone to have a wider screen as it allows you to fit much more in it. The hardware of the device is also quite good, and as I said before, while it may not compare in strength to the Quad-Core phones, the LG Optimus L9 P760 is still strong enough to handle any and all programs and a large majority of games. Unfortunately, the manufacturer that created the chipset of this device is no longer in the business of mobile phones, so odds are you won’t find a better version of hardware than the one already installed on this phone.
Also, one of the many advantages that anyone in their right mind will come to appreciate is the price of this device. As I said so already, the price is just right. It does not exceed the quality of the device. This can rarely be said about ANYTHING in general, since everyone is trying to cut a profit from everything. That being said, I’d wager that the price of the LG Optimus L9 P760 of around 400 dollars isn’t too much at all.
First of all, this is not a 4G phone. If it were a 4G one, it would have been troublesome to say the least as then the price would have went up quite a bit. The networks supported by this device are: 2G ones ( GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900 ) and 3G ones ( HSDPA 900 and HSDPA 2100 ). As for the SIM, I already said that it is a Mini-SIM one, not a Micro-SIM. This device was announced in August 2012 officially but has yet to come out. Speculations claim that it will be available somewhere around Q4 of 2012, but since that period covers a wide time range I cannot surely say when the phone will be available for purchase.
The size of this device is big enough to fit a 4.7 inch screen in it. The exact size is: 131.9 x 68.2 x 8.8 mm in size and 125 grams in weight. Also, this device has Touch-Sensitive Controls instead of frontal buttons, however, to what extent that actually matters nowadays I cannot say. I am putting it this way because nowadays small things that were revolutionary and modern around an year ago are somewhat expected to be Standard now. While that may seem normal, it is not. It is still a feature that is worth mentioning since many devices chose not to add it. Just look at the many phones coming out without touch sensitive controls, and they still manage to make a profit on the market.
The screen of this device is an IPS LCD one with Capacitive Touchscreen and around 16 million colors. In case you’re wondering what the IPS stands for, it’s In-Plane Switching technology. What this does exactly, you’ll see in just a couple of seconds:
IPS (In-Plane Switching technology) panel is a technology used for Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs). It was invented to solve the main limitations of TN-matrices at the time: relatively slow response times, small viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. In-Plane Switching involves arranging and switching the molecules of the Liquid Crystal (LC) layer between the glass substrates essentially in a plane parallel to these glass plates.
Advantages of IPS:
- IPS panels can process high speed signals without data loss by using copper wiring with low resistance values.
- IPS Panels offer clear images and stable response time.
- IPS panels display consistent and accurate color from all viewing angles.
- IPS panels do not lighten or show tailing when touched. This is important for touchscreen-operated devices, such as most smartphones.
The screen size, as I’ve already mentioned, is 4.7 inches. This screen can house a resolution of around 540 x 960 pixels. The pixel density of this device is around 234 pixels per inch. Now that may not be so much, but compressing so many pixels on such a large screen is quite costly. The price of the device could have even increased by around 30% should the ppi be above 300.
The LG Optimus L9 P760also has Multitouch on its screen, however, it isn’t the advanced sort of multitouch that can support more than two simultaneous fingers on it. Come to think of it, I think Sony may be the one that actually set this trend with advanced Multitouch. I have yet to see the feature on anything other than Xperia phones. Unfortunately, this phone has no screen protection whatsoever, so I advise great caution regarding its handling.
The audio output of this device isn’t anything exceptional. The LG Optimus L9 P760 has no sound enhancement whatsoever installed on it, be it software-based or harware-based. It is completely default as far as audio is concerned.
The internal storage of this device is relatively big. Of course, this is all counting on your definition of large storage space, but I’d say that 4 GB of storage is more than sufficient. However, if you do require more know that the device also has a Micro SD card slot that can use any Micro SD card of up to 32 GB. The RAM of the LG Optimus L9 P760 is also pretty good as the device has around 1 GB of RAM. While the current maximum may be 2 GB, the standard 1 GB is good enough as it has served its purpose for more than an year. Since it has been good for such a long time, would would it not be good now as well?
The connectivity of this device is pretty good. The LG Optimus L9 P760 has both GPRS and EDGE, both of them at Class 12. The GPRS has 4+1, 3+2, 2+3 and 1+4 slots and a speed ranging between 32~48 KB/s. The Speed per say of the device is: HSDPA at 21 MB/s and HSUPA at 5.76 MB/s. The WLAN of this phone is a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot and DLNA. The LG Optimus L9 P760 also has Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR. Also, this phone has a Micro USB v2.0 port, however, the port has no MHL support. The device also has no HDMI port, so you can kiss that goodbye.
The main camera of the LG Optimus L9 P760 is a 5 MP camera that can photograph at resolutions of approximately: 2592 x 1944 pixels and record video in 1080p Full HD at around 30 frames per second. The features of this camera are: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. The LG Optimus L9 P760 also has a secondary frontal VGA camera, however, that one has no features of its own / that are worth mentioning. However, I will admit that it is a bit rare to encounter a 5 MP camera that can record in 1080p full HD. The best I’ve seen could record in 720p. I am not yet sure whether this is a typo on my source’s part, or if the camera is boosted by the hardware of the device.
The battery of the LG Optimus L9 P760 is a fairly good one. We know that it is a Standard Li-Ion 2150 mAh battery, however, the manufacturer has yet to mention how long this battery can sustain the phone life. As of yet there is no official data to say how long is the stand-by time in both 2G and 3G and how long is the talk time in both 2G and 3G.
The LG Optimus L9 P760 has a fairly good hardware configuration. While it may be far from the best, it still is more than capable enough. The hardware of this device is as following: TI OMAP 4430 chipset, Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. All and all, this hardware configuration is strong enough to handle any program / app you will throw at it. It may have trouble with some of the more video-demanding games, but anything excluding the Tegrazone games should work just fine.
It is a bit disappointing to see that for this price, the LG Optimus L9 P760 doesn’t have the latest version of the Android OS on it. The Android OS installed on this device is Android OS v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. As of yet there is no news whatsoever about whether or not this device will receive the update to Android OS v4.1 Jelly Bean. Nobody knows whether or not it will receive the update now, in the near future or at all. Even so, Ice Cream Sandwich is a fairly good OS version, but Jelly Bean is even better and has been known to boost performance on more than one occasion.
The LG Optimus L9 P760 is packed with all sorts of features. The sensors of thsi device are: Accelerometer, Proximity and Compass. The messaging on this device can be done via: SMS ( with Threaded View ), MMS, E-Mail, Push Mail and IM. The browser of this device uses HTML5 but has no built-in support for Adobe Flash, fact which could prove problematic. This phone also has Stereo FM radio with RDS on it and a GPS with built-in A-GPS support. This phone also has Java through a Java MIDP emulator. The only available color for the LG Optimus L9 P760 is White, but it does look stunning in it.
Here is a brief list of what the LG Optimus L9 P760 can do:
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- QMemo, QTranslator
- DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- Document editor
- Photo viewer/editor
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
This concludes our little review of the LG Optimus L9 P760. Thank you for reading this review. I hope it has been as helpful as possible. If you feel that anything is lacking from this review feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below for things which should be added and I will be sure to take them into consideration when writing my future projects. In the meantime, I sincerely hope you had as much fun reading my little review as I had writing it.