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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

Contacts

The LG Optimus L5 2 follows in the same way that all Android smart phones do, pulling in contacts from all across your various social networking feeds.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

Interestingly, and we have found that this is the case on an increasing number of devices, the L5 2 doesn't come with the Facebook app preinstalled. Thankfully this can be downloaded from the Google Play Store easily enough.

LG's contacts app is little more than functional. It's a smart list, but still just a list, albeit with some small contact photos. The colour scheme almost seems a little industrial, as if LG didn't think to extend some of its attractive UI touches to the app.

The biggest advantage to the Android contact system is its integration with your Google account(s).

Those of us that have long had Google accounts, and have worked the system online are at a big advantage, and it is something that we would have to recommend, as the Google contact system is second to none.

That said, the LG Optimus L5 2 does a good job of pulling all your contacts down from your social networks, and off of your SIM card.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

All contacts can be sorted so you can choose not to display contacts from different accounts, or filter out contacts that don't have phone numbers. This is a godsend as Android has a habit of pulling down nigh on everybody that you've ever emailed.

The small contact photos are selectable, bringing up a quick selection of methods to contact that person, or you can open the contact itself, thereby being able to view every manner in which to contact that person, or edit their details.

Swiping left and right over the contacts takes you to different tabs, namely the dial pad, call logs, favourites and groups sections.

Each section is very self explanatory, being yet more lists of your most recent calls, most frequently contacted people, or of groups of people (should you be that organised).

Calling

In order to be a smartphone there would have to be a certain level of calling abilities. The LG Optimus L5 2 handles it impeccably.

To even begin to make a call, you need to have cellular coverage. We did notice times that no coverage was seeming to be received, but in honesty, we didn't expect to receive coverage in those areas.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

When we made a call, we were impressed by the clarity of the speakers. We didn't have to raise our voice, nor were we asked to repeat ourselves.

Within the call, you are presented with the standard Android call options, so again we were a little disheartened that LG hadn't provided more overlay touches.

That said, the stock Android call features are very well stocked, providing everything that you need; end call, dial pad, headset etc.

Within the Phone app, there is a smart T9 app, in an off white colour, that supports smart dialling. Typing 323 bringing up both 'Dad', as well as any contacts with 323 within the contact number. You can also choose to message the number selected, rather than calling, from the dial screen.

The lack of front facing camera is a massive clue that the LG Optimus L5 2 doesn't include video calling. Skype is available to download from the Google Play Store, however, and can be used for both IM and voice calls.

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
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Limited Warranty1 Year