LG Optimus L5 Hands-on Review

LG Optimus L5 Hands-on Review
To tell you the truth, we love such balanced handsets like the LG Optimus L5. That's because they often come with pretty decent specs, good amount of features, but at the same time don't cost a fortune.  In short, we love affordable but still powerful handsets. Will the Optimus L5 be one such phone? Well, we can't be sure yet, but it does seem so.

If you are looking for a smartphone with extreme specs, you've come to the wrong place. First of all, this is a appearance-centric device, and second, it is mid-ranger, so when you put two and two together, it becomes evident that this isn't a handset for the hardcore users. An 800 MHz processor is powering the Optimus L5, while the screen measures the relatively compact (for today's standards) 4 inches.

Although it's a style-conscious handset, the L5 is still made from plastic, but still, it does have those metallic accents that LG promised, framing the front side. Indeed, the phone is quite elegant and we think that it will appeal to its target audience.

Similarly to its brethren, the LG Optimus L5 will have Android 4 ICS preinstalled, along with LG's own Optimus UI to bring a hint of differentiation to the handset. Thankfully, LG has focused more on adding functionality than skinning the UI, although they have incorporated some pretty nice animations and transitions here and there to enhance the experience. One example for added functionality is that you now have a separate Downloads section in the main menu, where you'll easily find all of your downloaded third-party apps.

Unfortunately, some unpleasant compromises have been made with the L5. For example, it only has HVGA resolution, and having HVGA (320x480) on a 4” screen means that there's some visible pixelization going on. We also saw some stuttering while browsing around the UI, but the units we tested at MWC weren't final, retail ones, so these kinks might be worked out by the time the handset hits the market.

We do like this L-Style handset by LG. Its rectangular shape and contemporary features mean that it should be a worthy offering for users who need a capable smartphone, but do not want to sacrifice on the appearance department... and like their piggy bank the way it is – intact. Unfortunately, there isn't much availability info yet, but we expect the Optimus L5 to launch sometime during the first half of the year.

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Optimus L5
  • Display 4.0" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 2.5 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1540 mAh(9.6h 3G talk time)



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

WHAT???? Really LG? Nice try but sorry.


Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

There's no reason to hate on a great phone. LG is obviously trying to make more high end phones.

8. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I'm not hating on the phone. Don't put words in my frickin mouth! I commended them for trying and I still do I was just not up for the screen resolution and size coupled with it.


Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Its not bad for a low end phone. ICS doesn't take very much RAM to run without lag

4. mfiend21

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

HVGA on a 4 inch screen is just stupid

5. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

Really LG ? 800 mhz CPU and HVGA on a 4 " screen ? You just lost 10 points on my evaluation scale, you only had 10 points!!!

6. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

no one said you HAVE to get it -_-

7. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011


9. Dark_Eye

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

Nice LG... I want it..

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