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LG Optimus L5 2 review

Is the awkward second album better than before?

Our Verdict

The Optimus L5 2 is a decent device. In a less crowded market, or against less of its siblings, we could see the L5 2 carving out a bit of a name for itself. However, it's up against Samsung's Galaxies in a very crowded market.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 10 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Handy Quick Key
  • MicroSD support
  • Good battery life
  • Intuitive UI

Against

  • No auto brightness
  • Laggy processor
  • No front camera
  • Poor internal storage

Maps

LG Optimus L5 2 review

We won't go into much detail with regards to the Google Maps app, as the chances are that you have heard it all before, and have a fairly good understanding of the app through any use on other devices, or through browsing the web on your desktop.

Being possibly the most well known Google product, after its search function, Google Maps was always going to get a lot of love and attention.

As with every iteration on every device, the application is absolutely superb.

Google Maps also includes Navigation software. We've always been impressed by Google's effort here, not least because its free.

There are other Satnav apps available from the Play Store, but for when you're in a spot of bother, Google will easily sort you out.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

GPS lock on wasn't the fastest, possibly hindered by the slower processor behind the L5 2, however we were found and had a route planned quickly enough.

Apps

Google's Play Store is pushing Apple further and further in terms of app store population. Split into categories, with general apps and games being split and then split further still.

Usefully, Games and Apps are viewable by Top Free, Top Paid, Top Grossing, Top New Free and Top New Paid, helping to filter out the rubbish.

In the way of preinstalled apps, the LG Optimus L5 2 does come with some useful, and some not so useful apps. For starters there are the standard Google apps such as Google+, Talk, Gmail, Google Play, Play Music and YouTube, alongside the Mapping apps such as Maps, Local and Navigation.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

The included *cough* insanely popular Google+ is the only social media offering, with Twitter and Facebook available to download.

We're disappointed that they weren't included, but given that the internal storage is somewhat limited (2.1GB of the 4GB that was quoted), this might prove to be a popular decision.

In the way of non standard apps, LG has provided an Application Manager (that allows you to uninstall certain apps, though none that we downloaded from the Play Store oddly enough), Quick Memo, an app that by standard can be launched from the Quick Button, and allows you take to take notes and doodle on screen shots.

There is also the a Polaris Office viewer, Remote Call Service to allow LG to take over your phone and diagnose problems, as well as Safety Care.

The last one is a particularly interesting app. Whilst in general there is not a whole lot of functionality, should you hit an emergency, it kicks in.

When making a call to the emergency services, or should you not use the phone for a long time, a message is sent out to selected contacts providing details of your location.

LG bill this as ideal for the elderly or for young children. We are very impressed by the apps inclusion, especially as we can see the Optimus L5 being used for young teenagers. In an increasingly dangerous world, it is nice to see OEM's helping keep parent's minds at ease.

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 Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.87 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOptimus L5 II
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850
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 ModelE460
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)103.3 g
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height117.5 mm
Width62.2 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus L5 II E460 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Product LineOptimus L5 II
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Orientation Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberLGE460.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationSEAMLESS LAYOUT

The rounded contours and clean lines are more than just easy on the eyes as they come together to create a form that fits nicely in your palm and is a dream to hold.

RADIANT REAR DESIGN

Get noticed with a rear design that gleams brilliantly as it grabs attention with its shimmering textured finish.

LASER CUT CONTOUR

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Limited Warranty1 Year