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LG Optimus L5 2 review

Is the awkward second album better than before?

Matching the competition pixel for pixel (Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Huawei Ascend G510 and Sony Xperia J), the LG Optimus L5 2 comes with a distinctly average 5MP rear sensor.

Unlike the aforementioned phones though, the L5 2 comes with no front facing camera for those all important video calls and pouty profile pics.

The camera can be launched from the lock screen, which seems to save a few seconds. The reality of the 1GHz processor meant that it still took a few seconds to do so.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

Whilst this is no major problem, if you plan to quickly snap a cat in a funny pose, chances are it will have moved on before the camera has loaded.

The most interesting feature that the LG Optimus L5 2's camera has is its 'cheese shutter'. We really don't see a massive amount of point for its inclusion, it is more a novelty, but it is a lot of fun to play with.

It does what you would expect, utter a key word such as the oft used "cheeeeeeeeeeese", and the camera will automatically take a photo.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

It's a fun feature to play with, but it is just as simple to press the shutter button. The bigger bonus we found was the so called Quick Button.

A scroll through the settings menu brings up the options to change it, and it can be set to quick launch the camera app, and then as the shutter within the app.

We tested this function out with the Quick Memo (the default) app set as the quick launch, and we found that the camera would take a photo, and then allow you to doodle on the image. However, the unedited image was not automatically stored before editing.

In terms of features, the Optimus L5 2 camera has just about all you would expect; flash, image size, geotagging, three colour effects (mono, sepia and negative), scene modes, iso, white balance and a timer.

Generally we found that these features are not of much use on mobile cameras, tending to be for the more serious photographer.

More interestingly is the ability to take panorama shots, something that has become an Android staple. Again this is a feature that we do not see being used very often, but its always nice to have its inclusion.

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Indoor lighting poor resulting in very grainy image. Very little detail picked out in both fore and backgrounds.

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At maximum zoom very little detail is captured.

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Internal photos with decent lighting provide clearer images, however there is a lot of detail lost in the wood grain

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Outside well lit take generally clear images, however stone work on the ground appears to blend together, and lighter areas in background lose detail.

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Outside well lit area again, however image appears grainy. Lots of lost detail in brickwork.

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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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height117.5 mm
Width62.2 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time550 Hour
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

Discover aesthetics you don't know could exist on a phone with the laser-etched detailing that makes it look even slimmer than it actually is.
Limited Warranty1 Year