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LG Optimus L5 review

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LG Optimus L5
LG Optimus L5
LG Optimus L5
LG Optimus L5

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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
Operating system
800 MHz
800 MHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
1540 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


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

great phone!!!

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG Optimus L5 user manual here.

LG backs up the Optimus L5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Optimus L5 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

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

800 MHz

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


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

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

There's no secondary front camera.

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.


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

Release Date May 25, 2012
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHz
Internal Storage 2.5 GB
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.904 W/kg
Body: 0.639 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
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
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
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
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
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
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1540 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 600 minutes
Standby Time Up to 37.5 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
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
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: OTA
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, AVI
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM)
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): LG E610
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