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LG Optimus L9 P769, 4G (T-Mobile)

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3.9 out of 5 stars 469 customer reviews
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  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system
  • Slim! only .36 inches in depth
  • 4.5 inch display
  • 1 GHz dual core processor
  • WiFi calling enabled on T-Mobile
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 5.04 inches, 2.36 inches, 0.35 inches
  • Weight: 15.84 ounces
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 420 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 450 hours
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Product Description

The latest and greatest of the Optimus line, is the LG Optimus L9. This phone has a sophisticated, slim design that will fit any from your purse to your pocket. Running on Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) with a powerful 1.0 Ghz Dual-Core processor your experience when surfing the internet, updating your facebook status, and playing your app will be silky smooth. With Quickmemo, you can capture your screen and make notes with your finger then share them online, by text and email. With Smartshare you can simply send your videos to your smartshare enabled tv. With a sweet 5.0 megapixel camera and LED flash lets you capture continuous pictures in a row and with panorama shot, you can capture a beautiful picture of the skyline. Worried about a shaky picture, just say cheese and your picture will be snapped! So why are you still reading this? Go ahead and add this beautiful LG Optimus L9 in Excellent condition to your cart now!

Phone Specifications

CameraConnectivityDataDisplayGeneralInputMessaging
5.0 MPBluetoothA-GpsTouch ScreenRinger IDPredictive TextEmail
Camera FlashMobile HotspotHSPA

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5 x 2.4 x 0.3 inches
Item Weight 15.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces
ASIN B00AKG2XSQ
Item model number Optimus L9 (p769)
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3.9 out of 5 stars 469 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
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UPDATE: Last week, T-Mobile sent a patch to Android 4.1 Jellybean! I really like the subtle changes with 4.1, and the handset actually runs better with some apps. If you are on T-Mobile, be watching for it.

I have been living with the Optimus L9 for about 3 weeks, and so far I like it a lot. I have been a Samsung faithful for the last 3 handsets I've owned, so I was reluctant to give them up. I got the L9 sort of by accident (or at least unintentionally) when I was looking for a way to save money on my phone, and for when my contract was eligible for a new phone upgrade. I really wanted the Nexus 4, or Galaxy S2 or S3, but after I had gone through the different plan options and found the one that saved me the most money (you can't get a better deal for a wireless service than through T-Mobile), I found that those phones were more expensive than I could afford because I was on a Value Plan that you pay a down payment for a phone, then make payments on each bill. The rep suggested the L9 and said it was a really good phone, and I could get it basically for free with my plan, so I went for it, and now I'm glad I did.

The Optimus L9 is the upgrade to the Europe and Asia market L7 and the counterpart to the European and Asian L9 P760, which has a larger screen. The American-market L9 is the P769 only available on T-Mobile. The L9 is in a class by itself, a lot like the Exhibit 4G made by Samsung, which was also a budget mid-range device (I owned it and it's great). You could call the L9 the Optimus G's little cousin, but it has a ton of features that really don't belong on a sub-$100 phone. There are some impressive hardware specs here. Not the fastest or most cutting-edge, but good enough, and you can tell where LG cut corners to get the price down.
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Given the price and performance of the LG Optimus L9 (model LG-P769), I would have loved this phone, save for one simple problem. Its internal memory, otherwise known as ROM, is, as you know, only 4GB. That wouldn't be so bad if you could offset that 4GB with a 32GB Sandisk card (for about $32 extra, or less). However, what you don't know, and can't know until/unless you actually have the phone in your hands and you actually log into your Google Play account to download an app, is that you, essentially, can't download any apps, because you have far less than 1 GB, depending on what apps come pre-loaded on your phone (mine has only 600 MB of truly-free available space). They operating system "says" you have 1.8GB of usable space, but, that comes pre-loaded with 600MB of what turns out to be non-removeable bload. Note this very clearly, that 600 MB of pre-loaded applications can NOT be deleted. It can't even be moved to the 32-GB micro-sd card. It's there forever (save a jailbreak, which is the only way to make this phone usable). Nobody will tell you this ahead of time, so, mark my words and see for yourself if you already own this phone. You can not move or delete the pre-loaded apps (most of which are useless, and which are listed below). In a very short time, your remaining 600 MB of internal memory will be used up with apps, and, after that, you're stuck. It's a brick at that point. You can't download any new apps directly to the SD card, so, you're stuck. In summary, all the specs of the phone are for naught if you can't put apps on it. So, it's worthless. I'm going to use mine as a test case for my first jailbreak, and, if I brick it by mistake, there is no real loss, it's that worthless.Read more ›
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SUMMARY. I have owned the phone since 3/1/13 and it has exceeded my expectations. I paid for 200$ for it and I am not going to expect this phone to have features that 700$ phones have. This is the only phone that is both "Brand Name" and has 4.0 OS.

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PROS
-Light, Thin, Large dialing buttons, camera flash (could be life saver)

CONS

-Camera is okay at best. Once you learn to click and tell the camera what you want to focus on, the pictures improve.
-Physical (click click) HOME button. It is matter of time before dirt / water gets in there.
-LG and Tmobile have loaded it with crap / bloat ware. You can remove some things but not all. The phone is still not slow.

DETAILED FEEDBACK BY DATE. I would like to come back and update this as I learn more but no promises.

3/1/13 - I purchased this phone directly from tmobile's prepaid phone website for 200$. It meets the intial expecations. Large dialing buttons. 4.0 is stable OS and there is hardly anything missing as compared to 4.1.

UPDATE 4/15/13 .. All the initial feedback is still true.
Camera results are much improved once I learnt to be a little patient with it. The voice shutter function is not consistent. This could be a user error.

Few things I learnt.
Press power and home button together to do a quick screen capture.
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I will briefly state the negatives and positives of this phone. In fact there are more positives then negatives.
Camera quality is so so. I rarely use it for taking professional photos.
Camcorder is ok. Don't expect clear image in low-light environment. Even the small built-in flash doesn't help. Outside in bright light is a different story. Still not the same quality of a dedicated camcorder.
Internet is fast. Battery...hmm... I think for a screen this size it is adequate.
The proximity sensor is something that I missed on my 2 other smartphones. Even the Galaxy S didn't have it which was very annoying when making phone calls.
Did I mention the customizable quick menu bar? This is nice in the new Cream Sandwich.
The negatives are:
A whole load of bloatware from both LG and T-mobile. Some can be deleted, with rest not so lucky.
The HOME button gets very frustrating when I have to press it 2 or 3 times to wake the phone. I don't know if it's a defect or a random glitch. But enough to cause a headache. The thing is, it doesn't always do it. Just random.
One other downside is the fact that to answer a call one must perform a sliding movement on the screen instead of just tapping the ANSWER button/icon. With time this can get nerve-breaking. On the Galaxy S and many other phones a simple tap on that icon connects the call.
And probably the greatest disadvantage is the sound. I am not saying it's not loud enough, in this regards it's average =ok. But when listening to music the sound feels empty. It does not have the lows and the bass is mediocre.
I put my Sony Ericsson next to the LG L9 and started playing various same songs at the same time to hear the difference. The Ericsson had a full deeper and more pleasant sound and properly balanced.
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