LG Quantum (Optimus 7Q) Review
Microsoft launched the latest version of its mobile OS on October 11. With many other devices launching with it, from heavyweights like Samsung, HTC and Dell, the LG Quantum didn't get its share of the limelight. Both the LG devices are quite impressive, but will probably not see as many sales as the other devices like the HTC 7 Pro, Samsung Focus and the Dell Venue Pro.
Both of the LG phones powered by Windows Phone 7 are pretty similar except for a few differences. The underlying hardware is almost exactly the same. The LG Optimus 7 sports a 3.8 inch display while the LG Quantum sports a smaller 3.8 inch display but comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard instead. It has a simple yet stylish design and offers an excellent keyboard.
LG Quantum Specifications
- Dimensions: 119.5 x 59.5 x 15.2 mm
- Weight: 176 gms
- Display: 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels
- OS: Windows Phone 7
- Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8650
- RAM: 256 MB RAM
- Memory: 16 GB internal memory
- Camera: 5 MP camera, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 720p video recording
- Radio: Stereo FM radio
- Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
- GPS: GPS with A-GPS
- Battery: Li-ion battery, 1500 mAh
Design (4 out of 5)
The LG Quantum sports the familiar horizontal slider form factor. It has a stylish design and looks great in all black. At dimensions of 119.5 x 59.5 x 15.2 mm, it is quite compact and weighs about 176 gms, which is a bit heavy. It has nice, rounded edges which make it easy to hold. The slider mechanism is quite sturdy and should last for a long time.
It has a 3.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, the smallest in the Windows Phone 7 arsenal. It has the standard resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, is very bright and offers good contrast. The touchscreen is quite responsive and sensitive. The excellent keyboard slides out from under the display and is easily one of the best keyboards you will find on mobile devices.
Multimedia (3 out of 5)
When it comes to multimedia features, the LG Quantum is quite capable. It comes with a 5 MP camera which can capture images at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. The camera also comes with autofocus and LED flash.
The image capture quality is quite good, but it's definitely not the best 5 MP camera out there. The camera interface is good enough. You can also record 720p videos using the Quantum with nice quality.
The LG Quantum comes with a built in FM radio and can play 3GP, MP4, H.264 and WMV encoded videos by default. It can handle these audio formats too – MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC etc.
User Interface (4 out of 5)
The LG Quantum (Optimus 7Q) comes with the new Windows Phone 7 OS. After Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms chopped away its marketshare, Microsoft is planning to make a comeback with Windows Phone 7. It has been redesigned from the ground up to be a "touch" operating system.
It comes with a new user interface which is very different from Android or iOS. The new UI sports dynamic tiles and is much better than Windows Mobile 6.x. It also supports applications from the Windows Marketplace which sports about 3,000 apps and games now. It will also offer Xbox Live support.
All in all, Windows Phone 7 is a very good version 1.0. With the subsequent versions, we can expect even better features.
Even the hardware which powers the LG Quantum is quite good. It comes with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8650 and 256 MB RAM (which may seem a bit less compared to other Windows Phone 7 and Android devices). It comes with 16 GB internal storage and doesn't support memory cards.
Connectivity (4 out of 5)
The LG Quantum comes with all the basic connectivity options you could possibly expect from a smartphone. It has everything – GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA connectivity and also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA support and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
It comes with the new Internet Explorer mobile which is way better than the older versions in Windows Mobile 6.x. It also comes with a microUSB data cable and has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS. All good on the connectivity side.
The Verdict (4 out of 5)
The LG Quantum is an excellent Windows Phone 7 device which comes with a lot of great features. The only problem is, almost every Windows Phone 7 device is a superb one. All of them offer nearly the same hardware specifications and exactly the same software, as Microsoft hasn't allowed them to customize the UI shell to differentiate their devices. For this reason alone, you won't find the LG Quantum (Optimus 7Q) on my list of the best Windows Phone 7 devices.