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LG Optimus L5 II Review

LG Optimus L5 II

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The camera UI on the LG Optimus L5 II offers all the standard settings we've come to expect from mobile cameras, such as ISO adjustment and exposure control, but in addition you also get Panorama mode and the so-called “Cheese shutter” feature, which allows the camera to be triggered with a voice command. The menu on the side with shortcuts to various of the camera's settings can be rearranged to the user's liking, which we find convenient.

Camera interface - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Camera interface - LG Optimus L5 II Review

Daytime photos taken with the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on the LG Optimus L5 II are of average quality at best. Given the right circumstances, the little snapper can capture a presentable image – with sufficient detail and accurate colors, but the software needs more work. In particular, we noticed that the camera shutter fires almost instantly when pressed, regardless of whether the subject is in focus and exposed properly or not. That may result in blurry images unless the user gives the camera a second or so to adjust itself prior to pressing the shutter. Indoor photos are noisy, with too little contrast, while the built-in LED light struggles to provide adequate illumination.

In terms of speed, the camera can't really be described as fast, but that's common for most low-end smartphones. A slight shutter lag is present and the snapper needs a second or so before it is ready to take the next photo. In burst mode, one can take six consecutive photos in about 3 seconds, but they are saved at a low resolution of 480 by 800 pixels.

The maximum resolution for video recording is 640 by 480 pixels, which is low by today's standards, yet still usable unless no better camera is around. At least videos are smooth as they are captured at 30 frames per second.

LG Optimus L5 II Sample Video:


While the stock music player on the LG Optimus L5 II doesn't have the most beautiful UI we've ever seen, it has all the features necessary for a music player to be functional and practical. It sorts your audio files by artist, album name, and genre, but it can list your music folder by folder as well. Sadly, an equalizer isn't in stock, but other tweaks like a bass and treble boosters are present.

Music player - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Music player - LG Optimus L5 II Review
Music player - LG Optimus L5 II Review

The video player on the LG Optimus L5 II handles most popular video file formats, but DivX isn't one of them, while playback of 720p MKV files is choppy. Videos encoded in MPEG-4, H.264 or Xvid formats, on the other hand, run great at up to 720p resolution. The application can recognize subtitle files – a feature rarely seen on stock video players, while rewinding and fast-forwarding is as easy as swiping your finger left or right anywhere on the screen. Of course, we can't imagine anyone spending 90 minutes watching an entire movie on the Optimus L5 II's screen, but we think 4-inches are sufficient for checking out a YouTube video or two every once in a while.

Video player - LG Optimus L5 II Review

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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
MediaTek, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
0.5 GB 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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