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LG Optimus L5 II Review

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Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II, and while it isn't the platform's most recent version, we're pretty sure you'll be okay without having lock-screen widgets. Layered on top of it is the cute and colorful Optimus UI, which replaces many of the platform's visual elements and adds a whole bunch of handy features.

The first thing you'll see upon turning the smartphone on is the custom lock screen, allowing up to four app shortcuts to be placed on it, in addition to an optional calendar and clock widget. The drop-down notification bar has been improved as well with a dozen of toggle buttons and a slider controlling the screen's brightness.

But probably the best thing about LG's custom UI is just how customizable it is, allowing app icons to be resized and multiple themes to be applied. Besides, you can pick among multiple transition animations for your home screens. One downside to it, however, is that you get only the stock Android 4.1 widgets and not much more.

Lock screen - Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review

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Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Themes - Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
   

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Android 4.1.2 comes running on the LG Optimus L5 II


QuickMemo is a unique treat found on some LG smartphones, including the Optimus L5 II. Accessible with a shortcut on the notification bar, it takes a screenshot and lets one doodle notes or highlight things on the image with a finger. QuickMemo is also triggered using a dedicated button on the smartphone's side, but the key can be set to launch any other app, which we find very useful.

Notification bar - LG Optimus L5 II Review
QuickMemo - LG Optimus L5 II Review

Notification bar

QuickMemo


After using the LG Optimus L5 II and its on-screen keyboard for a while, we can confirm that it is large and accurate enough to be used comfortably. What's more is that it comes with word auto-completion and typo correction, both of which can be turned off completely if needed, and many input languages to pick from.

On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus L5 II Review
On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus L5 II Review

On-screen keyboard



Processor and memory:

Looking at benchmark results alone, one might assume that the LG Optimus L5 II is an underpowered phone. Or at least that's what we thought before we actually started using it. However, the smartphone is quite snappy and very responsive in general in spite of having just a single-core MediaTek MT6575 SoC running at 1GHz. Unfortunately, slight delays are sometimes present when switching between apps as there are only 512MB of RAM on the device, but as a whole, the interface retains its smoothness throughout most of the time it is being used. If you're into gaming, rest assured that the PowerVR SGX531 GPU will handle all your favorite casual titles and even many of the advanced 3D games available on the Play store.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
LG Optimus L5 II 2826 4511 FAIL 1297 / 400
Samsung Galaxy Fame 2045 4810 FAIL 1160/319
LG Optimus L7 II 2823 6674

Sony Xperia J 1769



As the case is with many smartphones marketed at this price point, storage space is very limited on the LG Optimus L5 II. Out of the 4GB of native storage, only 2.1GB are available to the user, so equipping the device with a microSD card is highly recommended.


Web browser and connectivity:

The built-in web browser on the LG Optimus G5 II is usable indeed, despite being slightly laggy when rendering heavy web pages. Its interface is minimalist, with a pull-up notification bar at the bottom and a handful of handy features, such as multiple tabs, saving pages for offline use, and support for embedded YouTube videos. Of course, you're free to install an alternative web browser, but the ones we tested on the device didn't perform any better.

The built-in web browser on the LG Optimus G5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
The built-in web browser on the LG Optimus G5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review
The built-in web browser on the LG Optimus G5 II - LG Optimus L5 II Review

The built-in web browser on the LG Optimus G5 II


In addition to all the usual connectivity features, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, the LG Optimus L5 II has 3G support, NFC, and an FM Radio.

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posted on 20 May 2013, 05:27 3

1. Edmund (Posts: 656; 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: 12; 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: 241; 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: 230; 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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