LG Optimus L5 Review
Android Ice Cream Sandwich is a blessing, of course, considering that most competitors in this price range still ship with Gingerbread onboard, and LG has spiced it up with a few tricks of its own. The QuickMemo toggle is handily placed in the pull-down notification bar for doodling directly on the current screen if you have to jot a thing or two quickly, and there is a number of handy widgets to place on your home screens.
Other than that, LG has provided its own Optimus UX overlay, which skins the stock ICS dock and icons, but that's about it, a coat of paint over Android 4.0. The biggest change over stock is the keyboard, which adds a helpful comma in the default layout, and makes the keys bigger and with more space between them, helping one-handed texting.
LG provides a few apps of its own with this interface, which you can certainly go by without, like LG SmartWorld, but also the file and document viewer Polaris Office, and handy apps for managing NFC and DLNA, like LGTag+ and SmartShare.
Processor and memory:
The Qualcomm MSM7225A is underclocked compared to the one ticking in the Optimus L7, down to 800MHz, but we have more RAM than in Optimus L3, to the tune of 512MB. See what LG did here to set the L series members apart?
We can't say that the interface and apps fly with such a silicon, which is the least we would expect from a modern Android phone, but it does the job with some waiting in-between apps.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|LG Optimus L5||1470||2665||14,2|
|Samsung Galaxy Ace 2||1953||4095||32,4|
|Sony Xperia sola||2294||5415||27,7|
Out of the 4GB internal memory, the user-available storage is 2.65GB, but there is an additional microSD card slot for storage expansion, which supports cards up to 32GB.
Internet and Connectivity:
The stock Android ICS browser certainly behaves better on a dual-core handset, than on the LG Optimus L5, since you don't have to wait as much for page loading and rendering. There are no extra hiccups and freezing, it is just slow to load and render – once that's done, scrolling, panning and zooming are decently fluid.
On top of that the lousy screen pixel density makes it impossible to discern anything when zoomed out, and text looks grainy when zoomed in, so it's unlikely you'll spend much time reading articles on your L5, unless you have to. At least the processor is capable of supporting Adobe Flash, so that's a comfort.
The handset offers 7.2Mbps HSDPA downloads, the bare minimum nowadays, and also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, FM, DLNA and NFC radios. NFC is managed by the LGTag+ app, which allows you to scan a Sleep, Office or Car tag, and the phone will enter the respective mode.
1. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
If I were LG, this is what I would have done with the L Series. The L7 would have a dual core 1 ghz Nova Thor processor, and 768 Megabytes of ram. The L5 would have has screen resolution of 480 by 720 still at 4 inches, and have a dual core 800 mhz Nova Thor processor and 512 MB of ram. The L3 would have a 3.68 inch screen at 640 by 480 and a 1.4 GHz S2 processor and 384 MB of ram. All the devices would have screens that moved up by intervals of .3 inches by model and have an the same ppi of 217. That's just perfect budget hardware in my opinion.... Software would have been stock ICS which could have saved money..... L7 would be 380$, L5 would have been 300$ and the L3 would have been 210$. Just my humble opinion so don't slay me in the comments..
4. mercorp (Posts: 914; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
That was great sense.You should be employed by them!
8. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Thanks. My point in saying that is because we all know the Lg Opitmus 4X is a great device and there is no in between device that LG has produced that can be powerful yet budget friendly. Look at the Galaxy ace 2 or the Xperia sola. lol Those two phones make the L7 look like a Lg Revolution to a Droid Razr. LG is trying hard but they are so naive. lol
11. scmc0310 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)
There is a great in between device in the Lucid. Only $49 at Verizon right now, and it's a great device option for people who don't want to pay a lot of money for a really good handset. I love mine. You can also check out the Viper($79.99 -Sprint). Both are great mid range cell phone options.
12. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I know. i meant international though...I'm still trying to think. Help me out. lol Comparing LG to Samsung (which I hate to do) Samsung has a device that ocupies every possible niche but LG has a major gap in the middle...(I mean in the international market). I still feel like I'm missing something though. Tell me if I am.
13. Sharky (Posts: 69; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)
Don't think you are missing anything. You'e completely right. I'm not really sure what LG is thinking right now, unless they plan on introducing even more phones to flood the market ala Samsung. But even with Samsung there is a general feel for what their range is like. This L series just isn't doing anything for me. Like you said, its the L series, then nothing, then the 4X. Its great that LG wants to attack the low end market, but did they really need to make all 3 this low end? Don't think so. First gen qualcomm processors, screens with bad resolution, and subpar call quality. It just doesn't add up.
20. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
LG is lame! but it's a great game they're playing though..
2. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)
Whats wrong with LG and their stupidly low screen resolutions?
3. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 191; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
You could also pay less than this and get the xperia u aswell, just a slightly smaller (iphone-sized) screen on the U, but dual core processor and most likely better camera (both 5mp) the L series by LG is way behind the competition here..
9. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
it is suppose to cheap so u cant really expect much from e L Series
18. randomguest (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
But it's not cheap enough, the point he is making is that even tough it is much better the Xperia U is less expensive. The L5 is just too expensive for what it is.
29. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
BOOHOO. my 2G 2year plan for the L5 is $0.
5. mercorp (Posts: 914; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
L3-just change the screen to a hvga one.
L5-Make the screen 3.5 inches,and use a 1.2ghz s1 snapdragon.
L7-use a nova thor 1ghz dual core with hd recording.
6. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 393; Member since: 04 May 2012)
They're pretty considerable phones for the low budget users.
The only thing I hate is the L5's resolution, everything else seems fine....
But that's just me.
7. smallworld (Posts: 360; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
In France the xperia mini is less than 230 usd unlocked much better than the L3.
15. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
It's quite obvious that LG copied the sharp-edged/corners design from Sony! LG was in a hurry in releasing its L series (the cheap L3 was released ahead) to overtake Sony's release of new breed of Xperia that's why the L series' specs are sooooo crappy!
16. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
the L series is suppose to be for the low end to lower mid range market, hence their specs. u really should read up before posting nonsense like tt. and LG dint copy the sharp-edged/corners design from Sony. it is more likely the other way. rmb the LG newchocolate bl40? which was released YEARS AGO. and rmb the PRAD Phone by LG 3.0? released/announced before the Xperia S was launched. and the L series is designed by PRADA too (read it up, phonearena posted it). get your fact right! LG dint copy!
19. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 154; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
ok. but admit it! the Sony's Xperia line is better than LG's Optimus line.. with all the mobile BraviaEngine, Exmor Tech, xLoud Experience, PlayStation Certified, Sony Entertainment Network and etc, i'm sure LG can't copy or beat that! :D
21. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I'm a sony fan bitch die hard, but I'd prefer the LG optimus 4X over my Xperia S...
22. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
honestly that is personal opinion.. i can say the Xperia line sucks to the core because they use the s**tty S3. so yea. personal preference
23. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
and BraviaEngine isn't that great. terrible viewing angles.. and lets not forget, LG Displays are award winning! in fact LG Displays are among the best. LG can use Exmor Tech, xLoud Experience if Sony licenses it.. and LG can beat Sony. LG is first in so many things in the mobile industry so yea.. and LG's mobile division has already turned a profit whereas Sony's hasn't. now, im not saying Sony is lousy or anything, in fact the only two brands i will support is LG and Sony (never getting Samsung once my contract expires! my G Note is bulls**t!). but i cannot take it when people post nonsense and closed minded logic like that. so yea. no hate
24. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
oh and LG has their own version of the Sony Entertainment Network! works in a different way though.. using NFC
25. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I must inform you this because obviously haven't played with the Sony Xperia S. It is a lagless device... It is just like the GSII in that aspect... And the viewing angles are not terrible they are not great but they are still very good. The only screen issue I had was when two weeks after I got the device the screen turned straight yellow but I got a replacement....
26. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
i have used e Xperia S, viewing angles are not that good. and yes i know the phone has lag, but it still doesnt change the fact that it is using the lousy S3.. and i have never said that it was laggy device. go hate and thumb down all you want, i dont care. my life is going to end because you thumbed down my comment
27. Birds (Posts: 848; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Eh...lol I didn't thumbs you down....The s3 isn't even a bad chipset. Its just when the HP WebOS tablet came out....Well you know the story...lol
28. vxenos (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
if you compare lg optimus l5 with sony xperia sola,p,u etc ...you will see that lg has the lowest radiation...personally I want an up to date,affordable and cool phone with low levels of radiation....lg is my choise
30. mickey (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
Hi folks i need some help got an LG-E617g yesterday and am trying to get past the Emergency call pad without any success, can someone assist me.
31. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
please say out the problem in more details.
32. JoanaCR (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)
I've been reading reviews of LG Optimus L5 and Sony xperia Miro and almost all reviews say that Sony xperia Miro is a lot better than LG Optimus L5, but then the user rating is usually better for the LG. Which one do you recommend? They'll cost me exactly the same.