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LG Optimus L5 review

LG's mid-range Android phone

Battery life

With a standard day's commuting use, including music streaming, internet-based apps, an hour of Wi-Fi use and two or three 10 minute calls, the LG Optimus L5 1500 mAh battery lasted a good nine hours before it needed charging again.

LG Optimus L5 review

On lighter usage days the battery fared better, and the handset is quoted standby and talk time times of around 900 and nine hours respectively.

It took approximately two hours to recharge via micro USB, but plugged into a wall the result was much quicker.

Hidden in the LG Optimus L5's settings is a power-saving option, which can be set to switch on when the phone hits anywhere between 50% and 10% of battery life.

In the menu is a Battery Use list showing you what's eating up your battery life.

You can choose to force quit the apps there and then, or simply press and hold the home key to bring up the apps manager.

Drag from either side to quit an app. The power saving menu also has a decent tips page, which someone who's in the market for this type of smartphone would find useful, explaining how to stop accounts auto-syncing in the background, and so on.

Connectivity

LG Optimus L5 review

With HSDPA 7.2Mbps internet, the LG Optimus L5 stands shoulder to 3G shoulder with the Nokia Lumia 610, but doesn't match the HTC One S's 42Mbps speeds.

The DLNA client is LG's SmartShare. We tried downloading the Mac client - Plex Media Server - but it constantly got stuck trying to open, and sadly SmartShare couldn't find any devices to connect to.

There is a Wi-Fi hotspot feature that can be toggled from the notifications bar for your 802.11b/g/n connection, which is always handy.

And if you ever actually use it, Bluetooth is available.

The main draw for the LG Optimus L5 in connectivity is the inclusion of an NFC antenna and an LG+ tag, which you can use to make life a teeny bit easier in a geeky, fun way.

We used the tag on a bedside table to launch the alarm when tapped. But, frustratingly, the LG tag+ app can't actually configure to set the alarm for you, so really how much time does it save?

LG Optimus L5 review

If you get bored using it to toggle your alarm or Wi-Fi, you can re-write the tags, which can be used in Car, Office and Sleep modes, with one extra mode for personalising.

Still, it's early days for NFC, and once the technology starts to make a more regular appearance in handsets, perhaps there'll be more you can do with it besides make contactless payments and automatically launch the sat nav when you dock your phone inside a car.

LG Optimus L5 review

PC connections are made via the LG Optimus L5's mini USB port.

To sync your files with a PC, you can always download the LG PC Suite from the LG website, but the simplest way to organise your files remains to drag and drop the folders that auto-load when you plug the handset into your PC.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density144 ppi
Height2895.6 mm
Width1701.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time900 Hour
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.