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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 L5 offers 7.2Mbps HSDPA, HSUPA and 802.11 Wi-Fi, and is hotspot-enabled.

LG Optimus L5 review

Browsing on 3G is just about bearable, but with noticeable delays in loading pages.

And attempting to browse without a 3G connection is nigh-on impossible.

Here's where the mere 144ppi pixel density (compared to the Nokia Lumia 610's 252ppi) begins to hinder the nice 4-inch screen sizing: colour saturation is low and blacks appear closer to grey.

Browsing isn't the greatest of experiences, display-wise. Images and text easily start to become fuzzy once you've zoomed in.

The LG browser supports text re-flow and Flash content, and while loading via 3G is predictably slow, the via Wi-Fi speed is more than acceptable.

LG Optimus L5 review

Zooming in and out or navigating sites that aren't mobile-optimised can get a little jerky, but generally speaking it was OK.

It's not the smoothest of rides, but for a middle-budget phone it pretty much does what it says on the tin.

With these hardware specs, there's little that downloading a different browser will do to fix the above issues, but if you prefer you can always pick up Dolphin, Opera or Chrome from among the 700,000+ apps in the Play store.

LG Optimus L5 review

There's little extra these apps will give you in functionality that the pre-installed browser doesn't, though.

There's tabbed browsing, which open new tabs by pushing the previous tab upwards, for you to access again later if you wish.

There's also a little pull-up bookmarks bar in which you can add favourites and check your browsing history.

Tap the bottom-right menu button to bring up a few more options, including saving to the aforementioned bookmarks, saving for offline reading and sharing via social media networks.

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
Marketing Information

Modern Look with Perfect Harmony

Find satisfaction in a design that has both an exquisite style and a comfortable grip.
Discover the perfect coexistence of cool metallic accents and a soft casing with a human touch that completes your style. Plus, LG's exclusive Floating Mass Technology creates the illusion that LG Optimus L5 is even slimmer that its 9.6mm body.

Comfortable Viewing

Start seeing more of everything you love with the 4.0" expansive view. The enlarged screen gives your eyes plenty of room to roam for viewing that's comfortable and readability that's superb.