Specs summary

Screen
4.7"

The LG Optimus L90's screen is 4.7 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

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

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2420mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2420 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 6 days standby time, 360 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



Though it doesn't have LTE and takes unimpressive photos, the LG Optimus L90 remains a worthy midrange contender that you should look at if you're on a budget.

- Lynn La , Cnet 

Reviews summary

6.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 7 reviews

What's good

  • No pre-installed bloatware
  • IR blaster
  • Price
  • Battery life
  • MicroSD support

What's bad

  • Weak camera
  • No LTE support
  • Lower resolution display
  • Limited internal storage

While the flagship and entry-level markets are heating up, finding a good mid-market phone can be a little difficult. LG hopes to remedy that with their Optimus L90. While the phone is big on features, it is relatively small on price. Does it meet LG’s goals and, more importantly, do you want to own one? Let’s see what the reviews have to say!

One of the first things noted by many reviews was the size of the device. With a 4.7-inch 960-by-540-pixel screen, the phone is definitely larger than many of the other prepaid budget-conscious models out there. While reviews all noted that the screen was very bright and colors were vibrant, the resolution was met with so-so reviews. TechRadar described the screen, stating, “quality isn't overly fantastic.”

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The phone is housed in a plastic chassis. Reviews noted that while it was obviously a metal-free design, that the build quality was sturdy overall. Many questioned the self-healing coating that LG touted on the rear of device as well. CNet put it to the test with a set of car keys and found that it “worked well” but also noted that if your hands were sweaty that the coating could get quite slippery.

Powering the phone, you’ll find a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. This is certainly enough for most apps, a little multitasking and even some gaming. TechRadar put it through its paces and declared “[we] didn't really experience any lag, although it's not exactly a high-octane performer.”

The device includes 8GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, most reviews found only 4GB was available to install apps or store files. If you plan on keeping your music collection on your device or playing games, you’ll want to pick up a microSD card to expand the storage.

The Optimus L90’s 5MP rear-facing camera received lackluster reviews as well. While it has a flash and the software received positive marks, CNet found that “the camera struggles with indoor settings” and most reviews noted graininess and muted colors in all but the best lighting conditions.

Overall, due to competitive pricing, the reviews on the phone were positive. CNet declared that it “offers a good amount of value” and called it a “top choice given its price and its specs.” TechRadar stated, “The LG L90 is a well equipped smartphone, if a little unspectacular.”


Reviews (6.5/10 Avg. rating)


PC Magazine

Good display and performance for a budget smartphone

from PC Magazine

The LG Optimus L90 is an exceptionally affordable, entry-level smartphone that matches and even exceeds some pricier options.

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The LG Optimus L90 is an exceptionally affordable, entry-level smartphone that matches and even exceeds some pricier options.

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UnleashThePhones

Innovative features in a light weight device

from UnleashThePhones

The LG L90 may not be the best with its display, but the overall package is certainly worth the price. Even though getting later android updates or getting developer support might be difficult, getting the latest version of android out of the box is quite a boost. LG’s innovative UI control...More

The LG L90 may not be the best with its display, but the overall package is certainly worth the price. Even though getting later android updates or getting developer support might be difficult, getting the latest version of android out of the box is quite a boost. LG’s innovative UI control ranging from LG Knockcode to simple one handed operation tweaks are not gimmicky and are actually useful. The LG L90′s light body and decent camera experience may make up for the lack of USB OTG and notification light on the device. In my opinion it is certainly a phone to look out for in this category and is certainly better than going for not so well known manufacturer’s devices. Choose it if you want to go for light weight device with a decent camera, innovative features and IR blaster.

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Fone Arena

Good build quality and design with good performance

from Fone Arena

At its market price, the LG L90 Dual is definitely costly, compared to other smartphones in this range. Even though it scores well in battery life and the performance, the display is average compared to smartphones like Moto G and it lacks ambient light sensor. If you are looking for a compact sm...More

At its market price, the LG L90 Dual is definitely costly, compared to other smartphones in this range. Even though it scores well in battery life and the performance, the display is average compared to smartphones like Moto G and it lacks ambient light sensor. If you are looking for a compact smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen running Android 4.4 in the price range, but can compromise these things, go for it.

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Phone Scoop

A solid bet for the budget conscious, but might underwhelm power users

from Phone Scoop

The LG L90 offers what has become the quintessential LG experience in a device that is smaller and less expensive than its G Series flagships. The L90's hardware falls short of LG's best efforts, but the user interface and overall features a nearly neck-and-neck.

The device is compact...More

The LG L90 offers what has become the quintessential LG experience in a device that is smaller and less expensive than its G Series flagships. The L90's hardware falls short of LG's best efforts, but the user interface and overall features a nearly neck-and-neck.

The device is compact and well made, though prone to collecting smudges. The screen and call quality are acceptable for a mid-range device, but the L90 lacks LTE, and battery life was questionable. The user interface is highly flexible and includes just the right number of no-frill apps and services. I was disappointed by the camera, but pleased to see LG apps such as QuickMemo and QSlide show up. 

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Cnet

Midtier prepaid Android combines solid specs and savings

from Cnet

Among its competitors in its price range, the LG Optimus L90 is a top choice given its price and its specs. Its 4G may be slower than LTE, but the speeds were consistent. Plus its reliable user experience and call quality means it can execute the basic smartphone tasks well.

T-Mobile's Alcatel OneTouch Fierce is cheaper, true, but it's slow and takes even worse photos than the L90's middling pictures. Likewise, the Nokia Lumia 521 is a decent value, but it has a lackluster screen and its Windows Phone 8 app market pales in comparison to Android...

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Among its competitors in its price range, the LG Optimus L90 is a top choice given its price and its specs. Its 4G may be slower than LTE, but the speeds were consistent. Plus its reliable user experience and call quality means it can execute the basic smartphone tasks well.

T-Mobile's Alcatel OneTouch Fierce is cheaper, true, but it's slow and takes even worse photos than the L90's middling pictures. Likewise, the Nokia Lumia 521 is a decent value, but it has a lackluster screen and its Windows Phone 8 app market pales in comparison to Android.

Perhaps the only viable competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Light. Though I'm not a big fan of its smaller screen and slower benchmark scores, it does have LTE and clocked in faster data speeds. And if you find yourself browsing the web often, that extra $12 may be worth it for you. 

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NDTV

New wine in an old bottle

from NDTV

We have mixed feelings about the LG L90. It could have been a great phone, but it just feels old and underpowered, with modern software bogging it down. LG seriously needs to take care of issues like the pointless Menu button, and tone down its UI.

Its biggest problem is its pricing. Even the current street price is well above the level that competitors such as the Moto G and Xolo Q1100 sell at, and both models beat it in terms of specifications as well as performance....

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We have mixed feelings about the LG L90. It could have been a great phone, but it just feels old and underpowered, with modern software bogging it down. LG seriously needs to take care of issues like the pointless Menu button, and tone down its UI.

Its biggest problem is its pricing. Even the current street price is well above the level that competitors such as the Moto G and Xolo Q1100 sell at, and both models beat it in terms of specifications as well as performance.

LG is going to have to do a lot more work developing products and understanding the markets. The L90 could be a good budget phone, but it just isn't right at this price.

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Justin Mandel

The quick memo and the i phone emjoi on the lg android keybord

camera is shitty some sites load slow on web love the i phone emojois that are on the key board and love how can be slow love the storage love the lithm longer lasting battery and love the double tap to lock phone screen love the quick memo phone camera is shitty love the i phne emjoi alo love the em...More
camera is shitty some sites load slow on web love the i phone emojois that are on the key board and love how can be slow love the storage love the lithm longer lasting battery and love the double tap to lock phone screen love the quick memo phone camera is shitty love the i phne emjoi alo love the emoji s are in color and i love that apps can be put on micro sd card Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 22, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type S-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.57 W/kg
Body: 1.06 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2420 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time 360 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 124 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 234 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
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 Yes
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 Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HFP, HSP
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 Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Time catch shot, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, QCP, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
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 Yes
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 D415

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