LG Optimus L5 II Review



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LG has made their way back in the phone segment of the consumer electronics world. Since they flashed their exciting new LG Optimus G Pro at CES 2013 at Vegas, the company has released a series of phones, one of them being the LG Optimus L5 II. For the price and the specifications we do say the phone could have given us the lot more but for the things it does have we can say it is one of the best in its specific area. LG Optimus L5 II looks really stunning with its design and finish. LG is back in the game and it has come out hard on every other phone in every price range.
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Design

LG Optimus L5 II just like the LG Optimus L4 II has more of a sharp edge design but very minutely curved on the corners. It is a very light phone given it weighs just about 103.3 grams! The phone is quiet slim too with thickness of just 9.2mm and looks quiet sleek that to its combo with length of 117.5mm. The overall dimensions of the phone are 117.5 x 62.2 x 9.2 mm (4.63 x 2.45 x 0.36 in). LG Optimus L5 II is made up of high quality recast plastic that has just the perfect finish to make the phone feel quiet pricy. There is a very thin silver coloured metallic strip that goes over all the edges. There are the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack and microUSB slot present in the phone. The speakers are placed at the back just like most of the phones hence when it is placed at the back the sound is quiet subsided. The volume rocker is on the left edge and the lock button or the power button on the left one. The phone comes in black and white colours.

Display

LG has smartly put a 4 inch display on this phone whereas the L4 has the 3.8 inch display. This is clearly asking the customers to go deeper into their pockets, let’s face it there are very less tech geeks who would like to have a 3.8 inch phone for 9,000 INR when you can get 4 inch – better display for just 2 grand more. LG Optimus L5 II has a 4 inch display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels with 233 ppi pixel density. The display is more than just stunning, this is without a doubt the best display you have seen on a phone with it’s price tag. The colours look beautiful. The display has deep black levels, just like a display of this calibre should have. The material of screen is also quiet good and you can avoid buying a scratch guard.

Camera

LG Optimus L5 II has a 5MP primary camera and like the LG Optimus L4 IIthere is no secondary camera. On this front they might lose a lot of potential customers. But it is the same lens used on the L4II and if you read the L4 II review, you know this 5MP sensor is one of the best 5MP sensor ever and for all you know the finished photographs that come out of this sensor could even beat the ones on the Galaxy Grand by Samsung which is much more pricy and has a 8MP sensor. What more is missing? Well we miss having the freedom to change the settings of the lens according to the environment to get pictures the way we want to. The video quality is not too great, it records videos in VGA quality and frankly it really aint that good not even for simple sharing. You do get the LED flash for night photographs.

Software

Android is the most popular mobile operating software in the market right now including all the versions (of course this way it’s kind of unfair to say this). It is also the heart of LG Optimus L5 II which runs on Google’s Android v.4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The user interface on the phone is the same on the L4 II. With Android and the UI the phone is very easy to use, it won’t take a software engineer to figure out the way to go and open apps or find a way to download them. Talking about apps we wish Android will start to pay more attention to the quality that goes into it but that’s very difficult given the most number of developers seem to be on this very platform. The environment offers great customization power and ease of navigation.

Performance and Memory

LG Optimus L5 II has a 1GHz Mediatek processor along with 512MB of RAM. The phone lags very less, yeah it does lag somewhere some time and it performs real great when it comes to playing games. Most of the apps run with no problem at all on this smart phone by LG. Battery life on this phone is pretty awesome with about 500h of standby time and 9h of talk time on 3G courtesy 1700mAh battery powering the device. The phone has internal memory of 4GB and is expandable to upto 32GB. You have Bluetooth and microUSB to share files or pair up with different kinds of devices.

Final Thoughts

LG Optimus L5 II is a pretty awesome phone, there are things it lacks but only because they knew they might be putting it for the sake of having that feature and option. This also is a market strategy to push their customers to buying their more and more expensive phone. Don’t but this phone if you want a secondary camera badly or care too much about video quality (capturing) otherwise, you might be a fool to deny buying it.

LG Optimus L5 II is available for Rs. 10499

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Yes
Announced 2013, February
Status Available. Released 2013, April
BODY Dimensions 117.5 x 62.2 x 9.2 mm (4.63 x 2.45 x 0.36 in)
Weight 103.3 g (3.63 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB (1.4 GB user available), 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2560×1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, VGA@30fps
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset MTK 6575
CPU 1 GHz
GPU PowerVR SGX531
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Indigo Black, White, Pink, Titan
– SNS integration
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail
– YouTube, Google Talk
– Document viewer
– Organizer
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1700 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 550 h (2G) / Up to 550 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 9 h (3G)

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