LG Optimus 7Q smartphone
LG Optimus 7Q review: The only Windows Phone 7 handset so far to feature a physical QWERTY keyboard
- 16GB internal memory, physical QWERTY keyboard
- Questionable build quality, poor positioning of shift and function keys, video hard to keep steady
LG's Optimus 7Q smartphone fails due to a clunky design and questionable keyboard layout. The Optimus 7Q performs as well as every other Windows Phone 7 device on the market, but lacks any real wow factor.
Price$ 960.00 (AUD)
The LG Optimus 7Q is one of five new smartphones launched in Australia that run Microsoft's new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. It is the only Windows Phone 7 device at launch to feature a physical QWERTY keyboard and also boasts a reasonably impressive 16GB of internal memory. However, the Optimus 7Q has a clunky design and questionable keyboard layout.
For a full verdict on the Windows Phone 7 platform, read our in-depth Windows Phone 7 review.
Check out our guide to the Best Windows Phone 7 mobiles.
Unlike past Windows Mobile devices, all new Windows Phone 7 smartphones are forced to adhere to a strict set of hardware requirements. These include a capacitive, multitouch display with a minimum 800x480 resolution, a 1GHz or better processor, at least 256MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory and a GPS receiver. All Windows Phone 7 devices must also have an accelerometer and digital compass, an ambient light sensor, a 5-megapixel camera or better, an FM radio and seven physical buttons (back, Start, search, camera, power/lock, volume up/down).
This set of requirements means all Windows Phone 7 devices eerily similar to use and make physical design the main differentiator between models. The LG Optimus 7Q attempts to set itself apart from competitors with a physical, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Because of the keyboard this smartphone that is far bulkier and chunkier than competing handsets, particularly the razor thin Samsung Omnia 7. Unfortunately, the extra bulk doesn't mean this is a better built phone: the LG Optimus 7Q's slider mechanism feels awkward and clunky, the rear battery cover creaks when pressed and the screen rattles slightly when the slider is open.
The LG Optimus 7Q has touch-sensitive back and search keys, but unlike the Samsung Omnia 7 these aren't backlit when pressed. We also weren’t a fan of the thin volume and camera buttons; the camera key feels spongy and does not click firmly like the volume keys do. The camera doesn’t have a lens cover, but a slightly raised ring surrounding the lens will help protect it when the phone is resting on a hard surface.
The LG Optimus 7Q's QWERTY keyboard is well spaced and each key is large enough to press comfortably. The keys are relatively flat, but possess good travel and emit a clicking sound when pressed. The keyboard has four rows; the number keys are shared with the top row of letters so you need to press function key to type them. This would not normally be an issue, save for the fact that both the function and shift keys are tiny, uncomfortable to use and awkwardly positioned on the far left of the keyboard, separate to all other keys. This is an odd design choice and one that makes the Optimus 7Q's keyboard awkward to use.
The LG Optimus 7Q has a 3.5in TFT capacitive touchscreen display, the same size as the iPhone 4. Text is crisp and clear, and multimedia files (such as photos and videos) are displayed without any issues. However, the screen lacks the 'wow' factor of many competitors. The Optimus 7Q's display also has poor legibility in sunlight and below average viewing angles.
LG has included Play To and ScanSearch apps on the Optimus 7Q. Play To lets users to wirelessly stream multimedia content from the phone to other electronic equipment (TVs, gaming consoles, stereos and PCs) via DLNA, while ScanSearch is a location-based search app that uses augmented reality and the digital compass to search for business in various categories: you simply point the phone in a particular direction. A nifty Optimus 7Q feature lets you use the camera to take five photos and produce a panorama shot. Photos are automatically added to the camera roll once they are taken.
The LG Optimus 7Q has just the minimum specifications required for a Windows Phone 7 camera: a 5-megapixel resolution, a single LED flash, 720p video recording and a physical camera button. The neat UI is the same across all Windows Phone 7 devices. The Optimus 7Q produces still photos with good colour reproduction, excellent detail and minimal noise. Video recording is a little disappointing; it's hard to keep things steady and video looks choppy, even when there is minimal movement.
The LG Optimus 7Q includes a 16GB of internal memory, and like all first-generation Windows Phone 7 handsets, there is no microSD card slot for extra storage. Battery life is about what we have come to expect from the modern smartphone — the Optimus 7Q will quickly run out of juice if you use it frequently, though should last a full day. For better battery life, we recommend turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use, keeping the screen brightness down and setting push e-mail and account updates (Facebook, Google, Windows Live, Outlook) to manual.
The LG Optimus 7Q will be sold exclusively through Telstra in Australia.
Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- 2 Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- 3 LG G6 phone: full, in-depth review
- 4 Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Fake heads and robot probes: testing smartphones prior to launch
- Rumor suggests the Note8 will be a bigger S8+ that adds a missing feature
- Xiaomi's Mi6 has the Galaxy S7’s looks, the S8’s power, and iPhone 7’s camera for half the price
- Samsung DeX turns your Galaxy S8 into a shockingly good desktop PC
- Find My iPhone helps nab a thief at Coachella with 100 phones in his backpack
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTFinance Analyst with Accounting background | $71 phVIC
- CCNetwork Design SpecialistNSW
- CCTechnical Consutlant - Entry Level - HPSMVIC
- FTTest AdvertSA
- FTSenior C# DeveloperNSW
- TPSolution ArchitectQLD
- FTLevel 2/ 3 Systems AdministratorVIC
- FTSystem AnalystsACT
- FTSAP ABAP Technical specialistACT
- FTBusiness Development ManagerACT
- FT.NET DeveloperWA
- CCCitrix SpecialistACT
- FTProject Manager - Multiple rolesQLD
- FTOracle E-Business Functional ConsultantVIC
- FTFront-end Developer (UX/UI)NSW
- FTDrupal Web DeveloperACT
- CCVDI EngineerACT
- CCSoftware ManagerVIC
- TPTesting SpecialistQLD
- FTProduct Manager - IoTNSW
- FTSolution Architect - SecurityVIC
- CCUser ResearchNSW
- FTData Analyst - Tableau and Power BI suiteNSW
- CCTechnical Consutlant - Entry Level - HPSMQLD