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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

In addition to mediocre stills, the LG Optimus L5 captures VGA video at 30fps, which is what the Nokia Lumia 610 offers but at a cheaper price point.

There's only one shooting mode and a limp attempt at giving you some options to play with by adding a white balance setting and three colour tones to the menu.

YouTube : http://youtu.be/VbmUDWSGtkc

In our daylight pond clip, the zoom is incredibly jerky, and lighter areas of the film are overblown into complete whiteness. Moving the camera up towards the light source instantly throws the rest of the image into darkness.

Filming a road in daylight, once again the colours appear completely washed out, with the sky almost pure white and clear sun flares streaming into the image.

The captured movement of the cars is quite smooth, but there's no editing software to help reduce camera shake.

At night, the microphone picks up the sound of the road as a tinny hiss, and despite having on the LED light, the only things lit in the video are lit by the car headlights themselves.

Again the captured movement of the cars is smooth, but the quality of the video means there are blurred objects.

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

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