Sony Xperia Sola vs LG Optimus L7

Sony Xperia Sola vs LG Optimus L7

Sony Xperia Sola and LG Optimus L7 are in relatively same price point. They’re middle class android smartphone. To find out the performance and features of both phones, we’re going to review it in this article. Which one is better, LG Optimus L7 or Sony Xperia Sola? this article should be the answer.

Design

The physical size of LG Optimus L7 is bigger than Sony Xperia Sola, since LG Optimus L7 using bigger screen 4.3 inches compared with 3.7 inches on Sony Xperia Sola.

LG Optimus L7 measures 125.5 mm long, 67 mm wide and 8.8 mm thickness. While Sony Xperia Sola is 116 mm long, 59 mm wide and 9.9 mm thickness. And also LG Optimus L7 is heavier with 122 grams and Sony Xperia Sola is 107 grams.

The back panel/cover of both LG Optimus L7 and Sony Xperia Sola are using plastics material. On LG Optimus L7 the back panel have little bit of texture in order to give more grip. While on Sony Xperia Sola the back panel have doff coating also for grip purpose.

LG Optimus L7 comes with two different colour selection, black and white. While Sony Xperia Sola comes with three colour selection, red, black and white.

From the appearance i must say LG Optimus L7 is more stylish and elegant than Sony Xperia Sola. So for design LG Optimus L7 is better than Sony Xperia Sola.

Display

Like i said before, LG Optimus L7 have bigger screen than Sony Xperia Sola. It’s 4.3 inches against 3.7 inches. But for the screen resolution actually Sony Xperia Sola is little bit bigger than LG Optimus L7. The screen resolution of Sony Xperia Sola is 480 x 854 pixels, while LG Optimus L7 is 480 x 800 pixels.

And also the pixel density is higher on Sony Xperia Sola, 265 ppi. While on LG Optimus L7 it’s 217 ppi. Higher pixel density makes bigger resolution and wider viewing angle, that’s why Sony Xperia Sola have a little bit bigger resolution.

Sony Xperia Sola LG Optimus L7
Screen size 3.7 inches 4.3 inches
Screen type LED backlit LCD IPS LCD
Screen resolution 480 x 854 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 265 ppi 217 ppi
Colour 16 Million 16 Million
Gorilla glass no yes

Hardware

For the hardware inside, Sony Xperia Sola is much more powerful than LG Optimus L7. It’s dual core processors on Xperia Sola and single core on Optimus L7. Sony Xperia use cortex A9 dual core CPU speed 1 Ghz on each core. While LG Optimus L7 using single core cortex A5, the speed also 1 Ghz.

Sony Xperia Sola comes with NovaThor U8500 chipset, while LG Optimus L7 equipped with qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon S1 chipset. For graphics, Sony Xperia Sola powered with the legendary Mali-400MP GPU. While LG Optimus L7 comes with Adreno 200 GPU.

For memory module they’re qual, both phones are using 512 MB of RAM. But for internal storage (ROM) Sony Xperia Sola have bigger capacity with 8 GB compared with 4 GB on LG Optimus L7. Definitely for hardware performance Sony Xperia Sola is much much more powerful than LG Optimus L7.

Sony Xperia Sola LG Optimus L7
Chipset NovaThor U8500 Qualcomm MSM7227A
CPU Dual core Cortex A9 1Ghz Single core snapdragon 1 Ghz
GPU Mali-400MP Adreno 200
RAM 512 MB 512 MB
ROM 8 GB (5 GB user available) 4 GB (2.4 GB user available)

Software

LG Optimus L7 comes with android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and LG Optimus 3.0 UI. The ICS on LG Optimus L7 is looking nice and clean, even though sometimes we experience lag situation. This probably because of the hardware on Optimus L7 is not so powerful.

On the other side, Sony Xperia Sola comes with older android OS, gingerbread 2.3.6, but it is upgradable to android 4.0.4 ICS. The timescape user interface is really nice, you can open facebook and twitter account as well as viewing photos all in one place, no need to open separate application.

Any standard android software like android browser, gmail, google maps, google search, google voice, google talk, google play, etc available on both phones.

LG Optimus L7 have better OS with android ICS right out of the box, compared with the older OS gingerbread on Sony Xperia Sola. Even though there’s already upgrade available for Xperia Sola. So you can have ICS too on Xperia Sola.

Camera

Both LG Optimus L7 and Sony Xperia Sola has 5 mega pixels camera on the back. They both equipped LED flash for low light photo shooting. Also both phones comes with dedicated camera button.

The camera on Sony Xperia Sola has unique feature, 3D sweep panorama where you can shoot photo from different angle makes it looks like a 3D photo. While on LG Optimus L7 you can do continous photo shoot, and setup panorama mode to get better result.

For photo quality, i think both phones are equal. But for video recording, Sony Xperia Sola is better than LG Optimus L7. Because Sony Xperia Sola capable of recording HD 720p compared with only VGA resolution video on LG Optimus L7.

Another thing to consider is that LG Optimus L7 has a front facing camera, while Sony Xperia Sola don’t. With front facing camera you can make video calls using application like skype for example.

Sony Xperia Sola
LG Optimus L7
Rear camera 5 mega pixels 5 mega pixels
LED flash yes yes
Video recording HD 720p at 30 fps VGA resolution at 30 fps
Front camera no yes

Benchmark

Here’s the benchmark result for Sony Xperia Sola versus LG Optimus L7. And yes, as the hardware of Sony Xperia Sola is much more powerful, the benchmark result also shows that Sony Xperia Sola have better score against LG Optimus L7.

Sony Xperia Sola
LG Optimus L7
Antutu Benchmark 5328 points 2955 points
Quadrant Standard Benchmark 2181 points 1951 points
Nenamark 1 Benchmark 52.5 fps 46.0 fps
Nenamark 2 Benchmark 29.2 fps 19.3 fps

Conclusion

If you’re looking for better hardware performance, HD video recording, USB OTG, bigger internal storage, definitely you should buy Sony Xperia Sola. But if you’re looking for slim and stylish design phone, larger screen, front facing camera, android ICS right out of the box, you should buy LG Optimus L7.

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