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LG Optimus L5 review

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The LG Optimus L5 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 1 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

LG has been serious in its quest to wow consumers with products coming from its stylishly sophisticated L-series of Android smartphones. And the Korean company has experienced quite a bit of success in this type of venture. With handsets like the LG Optimus L5, it’s hardly a surprise. While it’s no superphone, the L5 does come with a few interesting bullet points in its spec sheet. Not the least of which is the fact that its default operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

It comes equipped with an 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of onboard RAM. As you might have guessed, the phone is not as powerful as it could be if the focus had been on sheer performance. As it stands, though, this phone was designed with a focus on style. You can toss it inside any number of designer handbags and it will certainly be able to hold its own.

The included battery has a capacity of 1540 mAh. That means it should offer just about enough runtime for most anyone to make good use of its numerous hardware features, which include a 4-inch 320x480 capacitive touchscreen display, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, and support for microUSB connectivity and microSD expansion cards.

It's clear that this device is not all that impressive—at least on paper. It takes a good hard look and a perhaps even a few seconds of touching to realize that its true beauty lies in how all hardware and software elements all blend together in one’s hand—or maybe even one’s pocket. If you’re the type of person who values form more than function, then the LG Optimus L5 is right up your alley.

Need To Know: LG Optimus L5

1. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the default operating system. (The Good)

2. RAM and internal storage space are both limited, at 512MB and 2.5GB, respectively. (The Good)

3. Overall hardware feature-set is mediocre at best, and terribly disappointing in certain areas. (The Bad)

4. Built-in touchscreen display comes with low native resolution of 320x480 pixels. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

LG has cut quite a bit of corners as far as components are concerned with the L-style series, and the Optimus L5 is no exception to that rule. With a fairly slow single-core processor and a below average screen pixel density, it certainly won't appeal to the geeky crowd, but the design they are wrap...

- Daniel P., PhoneArena

carey
great phone!!!


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Screen Size
4"

The LG Optimus L5's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
2.5 GB

Internal memory is 2.5 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1540mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1540 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 37.5 days standby time, 600 minutes.

Optimus L5 Specs

Overview
Release date May 25, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHz
Internal Storage 2.5 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.904 W/kg
Body: 0.639 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1540 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 600 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 37.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 29.0 x 17.0 x 2.4 cm (11.4 x 6.7 x 0.9 in)
Weight 122 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, AVI
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG E610

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