LG Q7 Review

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LG Q7 smartphone was propelled in May 2018. The phone is accompanied by a 5.50-inch touchscreen 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels at a PPI of 442 pixels for each inch.

The LG Q7 is fueled by 1.5GHz octa-center processor and has 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of inward memory that can be extended up to 256GB through a microSD card. To the extent the cameras are concerned, the LG Q7 packs a 13-megapixel essential camera on the back and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The LG Q7 is fueled by a 3,000mAh. It quantifies 143.80 x 69.30 x 8.40 (stature x width x thickness) and weighs 145.00 grams.

Availability choices incorporate Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC. Sensors on the phone incorporate Fingerprint sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor.

On the processing side, MT6750 outperforms previous solutions in terms of power-efficiency and performance thanks to its octa-core CPU based on Cortex A53 (clocked at up to 1.5GHz) and also adds the modern Mali T860 dual GPU (up to 650MHz in MT6750T variant). In addition, MT6750 supports as much as 4GB of LPDDR3 memory (up to 833MHz in MT6750T variant).

Below is a more detailed review of the device

The LG Q7 has an aluminum housing on the sides and the back is made of plastic. The back of the Q7 is scratch sensitive, and I would have preferred a full aluminum finish.The device is well in hand. Although the phone is partly made of plastic, the device does have a nice appearance.

The LG Q7 has a size of 14.38 cm by 6.93 cm and a thickness of 0.84 cm. The LG Q7 weighs 145g. This phone has an 18: 9 screen ratio with wide and upper edges on the sides and thin edges on the sides. At the top you will find the 8MP selfie camera, telephone loudspeaker and notification LED. At the back you will find the fingerprint scanner, 13MP camera and LED flash.

On the right side you will find the power button and on the left side the volume buttons and the microSD and SIM card slot. At the bottom is the speaker, the 3.5 mm audio jack and USB-C port.

The Q7 has an IP68 and MLT-STD-810G certification which makes it shockproof, dust and waterproof. Accidentally pouring your glass of water over it should not be a problem.

Screen, performance and battery life

Screen and display

The Q7 has an IPS LCD screen with an 18: 9 screen ratio and a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 2160. Thanks to the Full HD screen, it is pleasant to watch YouTube and Netflix movies. An IPS screen is known for good viewing angles and that is also the case with this phone. The screen is sharp and clearly visible from all sides. The colors are displayed nicely. The screen is however less visible in direct sunlight

Performance

The LG Q7 is equipped with the Mediatek MT6750S octa-core processor. It has 8 cores and is clocked at 1.5 GHz with 3 GB RAM. The phone has 32GB of internal memory that you can expand to 2 TB via a MicroSD card.

Battery life

The LG Q7 is equipped with a 3000 mAh battery. I tested the battery via the AccuBattery app.

During the day I responded regularly to messages and used social media apps. I got a screen-on of about 3 hours. It struck me that the smartphone became warm during prolonged use, resulting in faster battery life.

With the Fast Charge function you can charge the phone with the supplied fast charger. The time it takes to fully charge the LG Q7 is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Fingerprint scanner

The fingerprint scanner of the LG Q7 can be found at the back in an easily accessible location.From the lock screen unlocking with your fingerprint succeeds faster. The fingerprint scanner is accurate. As an extra feature you can set that if you swipe the fingerprint scanner the notification screen slides up or down.

Sound

The speaker that was placed at the bottom of the device can produce a lot of sound without you really being able to hear distortions. Bass sounds should not be expected from this speaker. You can activate the DTS X 3D sound as soon as you connect headphones with the 3.5 mm jack. This gives you a fuller sound with music, and when you watch movies or series, this simulates a beautiful surround sound.

Photo and video

The LG Q7 has a single 13 MP camera at the back with an F / 2.2 aperture. The LG Q7 does not follow the competition that provides a dual camera within the same price range. Think for example of the Motorola Moto G6 plus or the Huawei P Smart +.

In good light conditions, the photos are acceptable, but as soon as the lighting conditions decrease, there is a  loss of detail.

On the front there is an 8 MP selfie camera with F / 2.2 aperture equipped with a wide angle so you can more easily take your friends on one photo. Personally, I found the quality of the selfies a setback.

Videos can be recorded with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. There is however no video stabilization.

Camera app

Opening the camera app is fairly easy. By swiping from left to right, you switch between the rear camera and the selfie camera. Furthermore, there are still modes in the app processed such as food, match shot, guide shot, snapshot, raster shot Panorama and flash jump-cut. With these modes you can take photos in different ways, for example by making a grid or using the selfie camera and the rear camera at the same time. You can also use filters in the camera app, and you can use a ‘beauty function’ in the selfie camera that tries to get rid of unevenness in the face.

Software

LG uses its own skin where the app drawer is not present by default. You can fortunately activate it in the settings menu.

Since apps are not adapted to the 18: 9 screen ratio, you can set how you want the app to display exactly within the software. When you open an app for the first time, an extra symbol appears at the bottom left of the navigation buttons that makes the app full-screen when you click. You can also adjust this afterwards in the settings menu.

Speaking of the institutions, I found it a little awkward. They are in fact subdivided in LG into four menus which provides more search for a certain institution if you are not used to that classification. Fortunately, the search function is present within the settings menu.

Installed apps

The LG Q7 has software pre-installed such as its own contacts app, Quickmemo, calendar, tasks, music, email, Audio recorder, gallery, FM Radio, file management, Smart Doctor, Update center and LG Mobile switch. You can not remove or disable any of these apps. Incidentally, there is also bloatware such as the McAfee app that you can disable.

The LG Q7 runs on Android 8.1 and has the security patch of June 2018.  LG promises to the G7 that a security update will take place every two months. With the LG Q7, little is known about the update policy.

Q lens

Within the Camera app you can use the Q lens function. It is very similar to Google Lens. You take a photo and it is scanned. You can choose between shopping online at Amazon or searching for the object on Pinterest.

Notification LED

The notification LED is quite handy . In the evening you can switch off the sound of the smartphone, but still be kept informed of notifications. In the past, such a notification light on almost every smartphone was almost standard, but now it is starting to become an exception. There are also different colors such as red, green and blue.

Conclusion

It has a plastic, scratch-prone body but improvements have been made with a fingerprint sensor on the back, waterproofing and a better selfie camera.  The camera takes nice pictures in sufficient light conditions, but otherwise the performance is very limited. An advantage is that this phone is dust and waterproof, and that it can take a beating mid-range for a smartphone.

Postive points:

+ Beautiful design

+ Waterproof, dust and shock resistant

+ Nice photos in normal light conditions

+ Screen

+ Fast charging

+ 3D sound via headphones

Negative points

– Pricey for the specs

– No facial recognition

– Moderate fingerprint scanner

– Battery life

– Bloatware

Published in partnership with  LG South Africa

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