LG Optimus L5 review

LG's mid-range Android phone

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LG Optimus L5 review

Accessing contacts is easy, with the shortcut pre-loaded to the LG Optimus L5's home screen dock. You can also navigate into them via the dialler shortcut.

The displaying of contacts, however, is frustratingly poor. Once you've successfully synced all relevant accounts, you can pick which ones you'd like to display in your contacts list.

However, there's no option for merging doubled up contacts, so if you happen to be connected to people on multiple platforms, there's no way of easily filtering out several entries for the same person, or clustering them together in one contact.

This means you either have to delete several entries manually or end up with a screen full of duplicates.

Despite repeatedly attempting to sync Facebook, the LG Optimus L5 didn't pull through any of the data, and the only account for which a profile image was synced was Gmail.

LG Optimus L5 review

Once inside a contact entry, there are shortcuts to messaging and any GTalk chats, but there's no display of the messages themselves.

Profile pictures also become pixelated in this bigger page display.

You can create groups for your contacts but only through the phone list (to which you'll need to import all your SIM-held contacts) or Gmail, but no other accounts.

Adding a contact is very easy, via the plus sign, which pops up at the top-right of the contacts list or by tapping the empty image icon next to an unknown number in your SMS inbox.


Calling is perfectly adequate on the LG Optimus L5. Despite a lack of noise reduction tech, background noise is manageable and the speaker volume is good enough even when calling someone next to a busy main road.

LG Optimus L5 review

The sound quality does sound a little tinny though, and there is the occasional crackle, but you can hold a conversation and understand the person on the other end, no problem.

We were never in an area with particularly poor signal, so no calls were dropped while testing.

The dialler supports smart dialing and has an inbuilt shortcut for adding new numbers to your contacts.

The numbers and menu choices are displayed large and are responsive, perhaps making this a good handset for anyone with a need for such a display setup.

You can also reach the contacts, favourite contacts and call logs lists from within the dialler itself.


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

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