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LG Optimus L5 II Review

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LG Optimus L5 II Review
Introduction:

The LG Optimus L5 II is among the phones you'll run into if you're looking for an Android device that doesn't cost much. Its biggest asset is that it has a pretty IPS-LCD screen, but other than that, its just your typical entry-level smartphone. Specs include a single-core processor running at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera and 4 gigs of storage – unimpressive characteristics, yet none of them surprise us given the phone's class. However, the LG Optimus L5 II is a phone offering more than meets the eye. Join us as we take you through its in-depth review and show you why the Optimus L5 II shouldn't be overlooked!


LG Optimus L5 II Review
LG Optimus L5 II Review
In the box:

  • Wired stereo headset
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Quick start guide




Design:

Unsurprisingly, the LG Optimus L5 II is made of plastic, which is actually a common trait for all low end smartphones. In this case, the material has been given a brushed metallic look with glossy finish on top, and while it doesn't look premium, the phone certainly doesn't give us a bad impression either. In fact, it is an okay-looking handset of decent build quality, with no sharp corners and with flat, boxy design. Of course, it would have been much better if its shiny surface wasn't a magnet for fingerprints.

The LG Optimus L5 II is an okay-looking handset of decent build quality - LG Optimus L5 II Review
The LG Optimus L5 II is an okay-looking handset of decent build quality - LG Optimus L5 II Review
The LG Optimus L5 II is an okay-looking handset of decent build quality - LG Optimus L5 II Review

The LG Optimus L5 II is an okay-looking handset of decent build quality


Since our hands are now used to handle large-screened smartphones, the LG Optimus L5 II felt small at first, but we got used to its average proportions in no time. We can confirm that the phone is ideal for single-handed use since it fits nicely in our palm while our thumb can easily reach the screen's furthest areas.

LG Optimus L5 II
4.63 x 2.45 x 0.36 inches
117.5 x 62.2 x 9.2 mm
3.54 oz (100 g)

LG Optimus L5 II

Samsung Galaxy Fame
4.46 x 2.43 x 0.46 inches
113.2 x 61.6 x 11.6 mm
4.25 oz (121 g)

Samsung Galaxy Fame

HTC Desire X
4.67 x 2.45 x 0.37 inches
118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm
4.02 oz (114 g)

HTC Desire X

Sony Xperia J
4.89 x 2.41 x 0.36 inches
124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

Sony Xperia J

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Below the screen of the LG Optimus L5 II we see a physical “home” key in the middle, while the “back” and “menu” keys are of the capacitive kind. The home button is slightly raised, which makes it easier to press. There is a transparent band surrounding it, serving the purpose of a bright, multi-colored notification light. The buttons on the smartphone's sides are not be exposed very well, but their texture makes them easy to make out.

The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Android keys - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
 

Android keys

 
Left side - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Right side - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Top - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review

Left side

Right side

Top

Bottom - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Back - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Rear camera - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review

Bottom

Back

Rear camera

The sides of the LG Optimus L5 II



Display:

Not many low-end Android phones come with displays as good as what the LG Optimus L5 II has to offer. In particular, we're dealing with a 4-inch 480 by 800 pixel (WVGA) screen made using IPS-LCD tech. Such resolution is, of course, nothing groundbreaking, and at 233ppi, pixelation is still visible to the naked eye. But when we take the phone's entry level nature into account, such pixel count is absolutely fine. Furthermore, we're happy to see that the screen exhibits good viewing angles and pretty, accurate colors even at low brightness levels. And speaking of brightness, the phone's display can be used comfortably outdoors, as long as its brightness is increased to the maximum. That, however, has to be done manually since the sensor used for automating the process is missing. Another drawback is that the touchscreen's surface collects lots of fingerprints, just like the phone's plastic shell.



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posted on 20 May 2013, 05:27 3

1. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


2011 called and want their phone back. This cheap POS doesn't even support the latest google services yet somehow the reviewer deems it worthy of a 7.5??

posted on 20 May 2013, 06:05 2

2. guruprasad (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


It's an entry level device,u can't expect everything from it..still its does a very good job considering devices of it's own league..

posted on 21 May 2013, 04:19

4. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


What do u expect it to bring to the table? A galaxy S4 like phone that cost a fraction of the real S4? Dream on.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 05:56

7. carilotoz (Posts: 11; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


It is a very good device for its level and price. It has the same price as galaxy fame , and the l5 ii is more better.
It has an awesome ips screen,very good specs, excellent performance.
And it is much better than many devices in its price level or even devices that are more expensive than it.
So they must give it 7.5

posted on 20 May 2013, 11:01

3. GTR722 (Posts: 223; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


If its under 175$ in Amazon...will get a lot of attention.

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 16:16

5. PorkyBurger (Posts: 203; Member since: 18 May 2013)


1st generation LG L5 is already 171$, so I dont think so it's going under 175$...

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 15:23

6. Jelmer97 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


I have just bought this telephone, any positive feedback of the LG Optimus L5 II?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:50 1

8. Mohammad15 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


It's cool for its price, 225$ Of LG L5 II=Fun, Because Life is good with LG

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek MT6575, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.63 x 2.45 x 0.36 inches
(117.5 x 62.2 x 9.2 mm)
3.54 oz  (100 g)
Battery1700 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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