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LG Optimus L5 Review

LG Optimus L5

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LG Optimus L5 Review
Introduction:

LG Optimus L5 Review
The L series of LG are meant to be affordable, yet stylish handsets that cover the gamut of screen sizes.


The Optimus L5 is the middle child in that range, with a 4” display, and the same single-core Qualcomm processor that is in the L3 and L7.

Does it stand a chance against the other affordable handsets which ship with dual-core processors and better screen pixel densities nowadays? Read on the review to find out...


Design:

Middle kids usually have it the worst, but the LG Optimus L5 doesn't seem to suffer from that syndrome. It is a very good size to fit well in the hand, and be easily operated with one hand, while the Optimus L3 was a little too small with its 3.2” display, and the Optimus L7 is a solid 4.3” slab.

Тhe LG Optimus L5 is a very good size to fit well in the hand - LG Optimus L5 Review
Тhe LG Optimus L5 is a very good size to fit well in the hand - LG Optimus L5 Review
Тhe LG Optimus L5 is a very good size to fit well in the hand - LG Optimus L5 Review

Тhe LG Optimus L5 is a very good size to fit well in the hand


LG Optimus L5 Review

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LG Optimus L5 Review
Android buttons - LG Optimus L5 Review
 

Android buttons


The handset is not extremely thin, but still sub-10mm, so it is comfortable to hold, and the tapered back cover has LG's typical “snake skin” pattern, thus involuntary slippage is out of the question. The design is actually pretty good for such an affordable handset, and certainly more interesting than what Samsung manages to produce in the category. The faux metal siding and the rim around the 5MP camera and LED flash on the back add a touch of pizzazz to the styling.

Power key and 3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 - LG Optimus L5 Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 - LG Optimus L5 Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the LG Optimus L5 - LG Optimus L5 Review

Power key and 3.5mm jack (top)

Volume rocker (left)

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the LG Optimus L5


The power/lock key up top plus the volume rocker on the left are easy to feel and press, as is the large home key underneath the 4” display. Unfortunately there is no front-facing camera, so if you are in the whole video chat scene, it will be a bummer.

Back - LG Optimus L5 Review
Rear camera - LG Optimus L5 Review
Battery compartment - LG Optimus L5 Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment



Display:

LG Optimus L5 Review
The L series have pretty abysmal pixel densities, and the L5 is no exception. Its 320x480 pixels on a 4” display make the images appear much coarser than what you are used to with even the cheapest Sony or Samsung Android phones these days, for example, and is another evidence that LG has cut a bunch of corners to achieve that price point.


The display is sufficiently bright for operation outside on a sunny day, but the viewing angles are weak, especially the vertical ones, where the slightest tilt washes out color and contrast, as if the image is drawn with a water paint and rain is pouring on it.

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LG Optimus L5

LG Optimus L5

OS: Android 4.0.3
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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display4.0 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (144 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.66 x 2.62 x 0.39 inches
(118.3 x 66.5 x 9.88 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1540 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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