LG Optimus L5 Review32
Voices in the earpiece sound pretty hollow, and the volume is not nearly enough to hold a decent conversation in a noisy environment. The microphone situation is better, yet the other party said we sounded a bit flat and artificial. There is no second mic for noise cancellation, so all of the surrounding noises can be heard.
The 1540mAh battery pack is rated for almost 10 hours of talk time in 3G mode, which is pretty impressive, and the phone has a frugal standby mode too. This juicer, powering a relatively slow processor that feeds a low resolution screen makes for above average battery life, so you should be able to gouge about 2 days out of the handset with average usage.
LG has cut quite a bit of corners as far as components are concerned with the L-style series, and the Optimus L5 is no exception to that rule. With a fairly slow single-core processor and a below average screen pixel density, it certainly won't appeal to the geeky crowd, but the design they are wrapped in makes it pretty comfortable to hold and nice to look at. Moreover, the phone has a good build quality, above average battery life, and also takes decent pictures, which make it a good everyday handset.
Unfortunately voice quality is not that good, plus the phone only records VGA video, and those, coupled with the lack of a front-facing camera, place it at a disadvantage amongst the competition in that crowded price range.
The Sony Xperia sola comes to mind, which is about 20% more expensive, but offers way better display, a 1GHz dual-core processor and records HD video, not to mention the cool “floating touch” screen tech. A good deal for 20% more is the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, too, with better screen pixel density and faster dual-core processor.
These two are with slightly smaller screens, though, so if you want something with a larger display, but more compact size than the Optimus L5, you can check out last year's Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S, which has a 1.4GHz single-core processor, better looks, pixel density and camera than the L5, yet still costs about the same.
Venturing outside of the Android universe, the Nokia Lumia 710 offers better screen and camera, plus a selection of cool colors and free offline voice-guided navigation worldwide for slightly more money than the L5 again.
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