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LG Optimus L5 2 review

Is the awkward second album better than before?

Battery life

Battery life is one of the hottest topics of any smart phone review, with our HTC One review being updated to 5 stars due an increase in its battery capabilities.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

On a modern smartphone you should at the very least expect a whole days usage from it, something that seems very fair. That said, everybody uses their phones for different things, so it can be a bit more difficult.

Moving up from featurephones, where batteries can easily last a week on a charge, might be a bit of a shock.

For starters LG claims the Optimus L5 2 can last two days before needing a charge. Whilst this might not be a week, two days is a very impressive figure for a smartphone.

With our video tests the 1700mAh battery is comparable with just about every battery that we have tested, being less impressive than the smaller (1500mAh) Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini battery, but on par with the Huawei Ascend G510.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

That said, we put the Optimus L5 2 through a day's standard use, played a few games, sent a few texts, made a few calls and we still had considerable charge left.

After a day's light usage, on Wi-Fi all day, sending a few texts, receiving one phone call and sending two emails, we hard 56% battery left.

The big disappointment with the battery life is that the there is no auto brightness setting for the screen. That said, that often meant that we had it on the lowest setting whilst inside which can only have helped preserve the battery.

Being able to quickly toggle through most of the power settings in the notification menu also helped a lot.

Connectivity

As smartphones become more and more connected, this section gets a little more difficult to write each time without sounding like we're filling every phone going with oodles of praise. We're going to try and start this section then, with some negatives.

Would you believe it but the Optimus L5 2 doesn't come with 4G or DLNA streaming?! OMG right?! NO INFRARED EITHER?! Shocking. Let's face it, these features are only starting to grace the highest end phones (the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z).

We can be a bit more sceptical over DLNA streaming though, as that did manage to make its way over to competition like the Ascend G510.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

What you do get, is a 3G, NFC and Bluetooth enabled, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) toting smartphone with GPS and A-GPS support. It's a fairly standard, but still impressive spec sheet. The Optimus L5 2 does also double up as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

We don't envision this being used a lot, as we can imagine the contracts that accompany the L5 2 to come with some severely restricted data allowances, but it works well if you have a bit more data to gobble through.

Connection to a PC is done via the supplied microUSB cable. The Optimus L5 2 then provides a couple of options that can be changed whilst connected. These are Charge, Media Sync (MTP), USB Tethering, LG Software or Camera (PTP).

Media Sync is just a fancy way of saying that the Optimus L5 2 is connected up as a mass storage device, to drag and drop files from the PC to the phone.

We were a little worried by the warning message on our PC saying that the L5 2 might not be able to play the files we had transferred, but this wasn't an issue.

LG Optimus L5 2 review

The filing system on the L5 2 meant that anything transferred can be easily accessed via the bundled File Manager.

The other options available are fairly standard, allowing a quicker charge via the USB cable, sharing the L5 2's data connection as a wired modem, or transferring files using downloaded software.

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