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LG Optimus L5 review

LG's mid-range Android phone

Our Verdict

The LG Optimus L5 could have been far better had LG just upped the processing power and the hardware specs a little bit. Instead it's a disappointing piece of tech, despite its potential; especially with an NFC antennae. Spend a little extra money and you'll pick up a phone with better specs.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 2 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 10 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • NFC enabled
  • Good battery life
  • 4-inch display

Against

  • Slow processor
  • Low camera quality
  • Glare in direct sunlight
  • No front camera

The LG Optimus arrives with SMS, MMS, push email and IM capabilities, mainly of the plain Google variety.

LG Optimus L5 review

The Gmail app supplements LG's email inbox, into which you can load multiple accounts.

It's not universal, though, so expect to route Facebook messages and texts though their respective apps.

You can pick a combined view with each account denoted with a different colour, or single out an account to concentrate on.

Reading emails is comfortable, but despite the 4-inch display it can feel a little crowded on the screen when typing your response.

All-text emails are great, but anything with images or html can't be zoomed out, which makes it somewhat awkward to read.

Setting up an account is nice and easy though: dip into settings > add account and enter your account details. Bob's yer uncle.

LG Optimus L5 review

Functionally, the QWERTY keyboard for both MMS/SMS and email works fine in portrait, with decent spacing between the touchpad keys, plus fairly intuitive auto-correct.

Double-tapping on a word to save it to the dictionary is a nice shortcut.

The phone can occasionally lag behind the speed of your fingers, though, which can put a dampener on any quick (if not quick-witted) replies.

Landscape typing obscures the input screen space somewhat, but turning off text prediction helps with this problem.

There's Google Talk and G+ Messenger pre-installed, but if you're a bit more of a social butterfly than that, you can always download the usual suspects - Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and so on from the Google Play store.

LG Optimus L5 review

GTalk and email are vaguely integrated into your contacts address book, but only via a shortcut that launches the appropriate apps, not in any particularly interesting way.

LG Optimus L5 review

An SMS conversation view is displayed threaded, as most are now.

You can also call a contact from within the message thread by tapping on the phone icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

And if you're a fan of smileys, there are some cute Android ones you can use, which can be reached via the menu soft key.

The inbox view will pull in a contact's image from a synced social network where possible, and you can batch delete messages from the inbox.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.90 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus L5
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time10 Hour
Product ModelE610
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)125 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Timer, Conference Call
Pixel Density144 ppi
Height2895.6 mm
Width1701.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus L5 E610 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOptimus L5
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberLGE610.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
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