US Cellular is the first American carrier to sell LG’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Optimus F7. The 4.7-incher is available for $99.99 with two-year contracts.
Is the thing worth that dough? Well, it depends. Primarily on your needs and preferences. It’s true that you can get higher-end phones, including the HTC One, for just 20 or 30 bucks more, but it’s also true that some people just don’t need the best of the best technology.
And the Optimus F7, while not the best of the best, is pretty hot. It packs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, which might sound a little retro, but it also comes with 2 gigs of RAM, so multitasking is a piece of cake for this fellow.
The 8 GB of on-board storage are compensated by microSD support, the 8 MP rear camera packs autofocus and plenty of other neat features, while the 2,540 mAh battery should supply more than enough “juice” for that not so power-hungry SoC and the 4.7-inch screen.
And talking about the screen, let’s quickly mention that also falls just short of greatness, with a resolution of “only” 1,280 x 720 pixels. The 4G LTE speeds and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are probably the only features no one can argue with, even though it’s true it would have been nice to see 4.2 JB running on the phone upon launch and not coming “later”, courtesy of an upgrade.
As for F7’s design, this strays a little from Optimus G or G Pro’s looks, but the elegance and robustness are still there. Also, the phone measures 9.6 mm in thickness, which is pretty impressive considering the massive battery.
Remember, USC sells the Optimus F7 for $99.99 on-contract starting today. For now, you can only get the handheld with carrier agreements, but you should be on the lookout for a prepaid launch too, with the off-contract F7 likely to cost $400. Who wants one?
Via [US Cellular]