Well, with travels, writing and admin stuff, it took a while since launch but I finally got to play with my first Windows Phone 7 handset – LG Optimus 7. And after spending a day with it, I must say I’m really impressed how well the first LG’s smartphone on the new Windows Phone OS turned out.
I wasn’t really expecting much from LG Optimus 7. Yes, LG knows how to design phones, however they’ve been pretty late to really commit to the smartphone game and this is the first generation WP7 handset after all. We all know that first gen handsets usually leave a lot to be desired (remember HTC G1?).
But right out of the box LG Optimus 7 doesn’t feel first gen. It’s a well designed and made piece of touchphone hardware, feels very solid in the hand and does not appear to have any potentially lose ends.
The only problem I noticed was with the back cover. You have to be real careful when closing it, and make sure you do it right. Otherwise, one side of the cover does not fit into it’s slot and does not close properly. But it’s a small problem – the back cover is made of stainless steel, is unlikely to break, and opens very easily at the press of the button, so you can fix the closing as soon as you notice it.
And I think LG is onto something with a non standard 3.8” display size. It gives you noticeably more screen real estate then more popular 3.5 inchers, but is still small enough for an easy single hand operation, which can not be said about the bigger 4.3″ and even 4″ smartphones. Scratch proof Gorilla glass on LG Optimus display is another nice touch, allowing me not to worry much about protecting the display.
Here’s LG Optimus 7 unboxing video:
The next step after unboxing – was the set-up of the phone. And here WP7 OS in Optimus 7 handset also was a pleasant surprise. The whole set-up process was very easy, fast and intuitive. Turning on the phone for the first time, setting up the basic things like date and time, 3G HSDPA and Wi-Fi data connections, importing contacts from SIM card, connecting to my Facebook, Google and Windows Live accounts, making initial customizations to home screen – the whole process took me about ten minutes. A highly impressive feat for a first generation OS.
Here’s my LG Optimus 7 set-up walkthrough video:
Overall my first impressions of LG Optimus 7 are highly positive, and I’m looking forward to taking it through paces as my main travel phone, on a business trip I have planned this week.
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