LG Optimus L5 review

LG's mid-range Android phone

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The LG Optimus L5 is quite the blank slate with the standard functionality apps (alarms, document reader, messaging apps and media players) plus a sparse Google offering, which means you can mould the LG Optimus L5 to whatever purpose you wish, within reason.

LG Optimus L5 review

Aimed at a fashionable crew (with its 'modern look' and 'versatile view'), it's nevertheless hindered in what it can do by its lack of processing oomph.

The LG Optimus L5 comes with the main Google apps pre-installed and a few LG-branded ones too (mainly the LG+ NFC tag app, SmartShare and so on).

Being an Android smartphone, Google Maps is of course installed. The GPS locked on within 15 seconds or so in our tests, but it was slightly inaccurate.

It was only a few metres off, but if you didn't know the surrounding area, that inaccuracy wouldn't help you.

The Google Play store matches up to the 700,000+ apps that Apple can boast, and though there are a few big-name apps you still can't get on Android, the vast majority of them are there to purchase. They're ready to be downloaded straight to the LG Optimus L5 from the dedicated Play app.

The NFC app, LG Tag+, is fun to play around with, as mentioned in the Connectivity section of this review, but it requires the purchase of additional tags to surround yourself with nerdy functionality settings.

If you're a casual gamer, or you're hoping to pick up a good phone for the usual freemium suspects such as Swing Shot or Angry Birds, the LG Optimus L5 isn't really it.

It can cope - just about - with this level of gaming, but it still lags a little, so if you're already used to a smoother playing experience, this isn't the phone for you.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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.