LG Optimus L9 Review – Sweet Spot Mid-range Phone?
So what is the LG Optimus L9? Lets have a look at some specs and pics.
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2012, August
Status Available. Released 2012, November
Dimensions 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1 mm (5.19 x 2.69 x 0.36 in)
Weight 125 g (4.41 oz)
Type IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 540 x 960 pixels, 4.7 inches (~234 ppi pixel density)
Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB, 1 GB RAM
OS Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset TI OMAP 4430
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU PowerVR SGX540
As you can see this phone isn’t half bad. Dual core at 1ghz isn’t breaking speed records but it’s also not the slowest thing on the market. For a phone at this price point 1GB of ram is pretty decent. Outside of the absolute newest phones anything that runs decent has a 1GB or more.
The one thing I was really worried about was the display not being 720p. IPS means good color and nice dark blacks so the sharpness was at question. I was pleased to find that the combination of display density at 234ppi plus the good quality of the panel results in a very nice looking image. I even compared it side by side with a friends Galaxy Nexus and speed was comparable and the image quality was as good or better.
My final point of concern was Ice Cream Sandwich. I know quite a few people ascribe to “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” but Jelly Bean does bring quite a few performance enhancements and new features. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the phone moves along very quickly and smoothly. This means if you root and re-rom to Jelly Bean you should be getting even better performance.
All around this is a large, sharp looking, fast and affordable phone that just works well. We’ll enough to satiate my gadget lust for an HTC One and rest assured that’s tough to do. Of course this is subjective.
So let’s see how it stacks up in a couple of synthetic tests Antutu and Quadrant.
So you can see that the phone runs better in some ways than others and that’s being measured differently in each tool. If you average that out in your head you are getting, roughly, performance at or around the Galaxy Nexus which is still a competent phone.
I’m pretty happy with the phone and it has delayed my need to pick up or even look in to bigger faster phones. It’s price is very competitive and it’s performance does not disappoint.
If you want to stay off the contract bandwagon and don’t want to spend a bundle on a phone that wont’ drive you insane with poor performance and to much bloatware this is the phone for you. Love it!
You can get the phone at Walmart for $200 retail or you can get it at $198 from Amazon.