LG Optimus L5 II Review

Call quality:

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.


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

LG Optimus L5 II Video Review:


  • Good display
  • Adequate performance


  • No front-facing camera
  • Mediocre main camera

PhoneArena Rating:


User Rating:

2 Reviews



1. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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??

2. guruprasad

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 13, 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..

4. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

7. carilotoz

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 31, 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

3. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

If its under 175$ in Amazon...will get a lot of attention.

5. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

1st generation LG L5 is already 171$, so I dont think so it's going under 175$...

6. Jelmer97

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

I have just bought this telephone, any positive feedback of the LG Optimus L5 II?

8. Mohammad15

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

It's cool for its price, 225$ Of LG L5 II=Fun, Because Life is good with LG
Optimus L5 II
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor MediaTek, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh(9h 3G talk time)

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