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LG Optimus L5 II Review

LG Optimus L5 II

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LG Optimus L5 II Review
The earpiece on the LG Optimus L5 II produces nice, natural voice tones, but it crackles a bit when set at its maximum level. We recommend turning its volume a step or two down as that is still sufficiently loud to ensure a pleasant conversation. The microphone also performs very well, although our voice sounded a wee bit digitized on the other side of the line, presumably due to the noise-cancellation microphone doing its thing.


Battery life:

The battery tucked behind the back cover of the Optimus L5 II has a capacity of 1700mAh, which is more than what most low-end phones have to offer. The cell should provide enough juice for at least a day of usage, or maybe even two days if the phone is used with moderation. Longevity depends mostly on what the smartphone is being used for. Make sure you keep the screen's brightness low in case you want to preserve battery life.


Conclusion:

There was a time when cheap smartphones were slow and clunky, which made them frustrating to use, but it looks like things are now changing for the better. Of course, the LG Optimus L5 II is far from a benchmark record holder, but it offers performance that is satisfactory and very adequate for its class. Furthermore, it has a screen that is better than what you'd see on similarly priced devices – one of its best advantages over the competition. The camera, on the other hand, is mediocre at best, so don't expect it to put even a basic point-and-shoot camera to shame.

We find the LG Optimus L5 II very suitable for people who are now making the switch from a basic or feature phone to a smartphone. Teenagers will also dig it for its colorful, customizable interface and average size. And naturally, smartphone buyers on a budget might be interested in it as well, although they should also keep in mind that a dual-SIM variant of the device is also coming soon.

In case the LG Optimus L5 II doesn't get you excited, The HTC Desire X is an alternative you might want to consider. It looks cooler and has a camera that is likely to produce better results. The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is another, albeit a bit more expensive, option that has a faster processor and a superior 5-megapixel snapper. Or in case you need something even cheaper, yet still usable, the Sony Xperia E or the Samsung Galaxy Fame would be the smartphones to go with.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: 4.1.2
Build number: JZ054K
Software version: E46010c-EUR-XX


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Pros

  • Good display
  • Adequate performance

Cons

  • No front-facing camera
  • Mediocre main camera
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
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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