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LG Optimus L5: Hands-On Review
Samsung is not alone to sizzle up the market with its next-gen smartphone offering. There are other Android manufacturers in the showground who are all set to splash the smartphone arena with their latest flagship devices to challenge Samsung's upcoming Galaxy lineup. And one of them is the Korean phone maker LG Mobile, which has played quite smartly this year, with a plethora of launches in the mobile space.
Recently, LG unveiled a range of stylish Optimus series smartphones with different screen sizes – L3, L5, L7 and 4X HD. And as mentioned earler, Gizbot has come up with a review one of the most impressive smartphone out the series.
Hence, here is a hands-on review of the LG Optimus L5 smartphone which is a buget smartphone flavoured by Android ICS 4.0.3 OS and is already available in India for Rs. 13,000/-
LG Optimus L5 has a decent size that fits well in the hand and measures 118.3mm x 66.5mm x 9.9mm in dimension, with a weight of around 125 grams. It has a candybar form with sharp edges and the power/lock key is located at the top accompanied by a volume rocker on the left.
Further, LG Optimus L5 has a 4-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, that is quite low, when compared to other hefty Android phones, however, the display is bright enough to be used under direct sunlight. Additionally, LG has added a capacitive stylus and a free protective case along with Optimus L5. And the case works well to protect the device.
Major Specs and Features
Moving on further, it wont be any bad to recommend LG Optimus L5 as it is a decent handset which has got all the mid-range specifications and a strong hardware under the hood.
As far as specs are concerned, LG Optimus L5 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with LG Optimus UI on top, it is powered by an 800MHz single-core processor, houses 5 megapixels rear-facing camera with LED flash, microSD cards lot for memory expansion up to 32GB, NFC functionality, HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging) support, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB 2.0, 802.1 Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, a whole host of the Google services and all the regular features of an Android handset.
However, the handset does lacks a front facing camera, which could be a turn down for consumers looking for video chatting option.
Pros and Cons
Internet connectivity on Optimus L5 with a single-core processor is decent with no hiccups, except for the fact that it is little slow in loading and rendering webpages. Apart from these, zooming, panning and scrolling are quite smooth. Being a single-core device, it lacks the stock Android ICS browser, that is supported only by dual core handsets. However, the Adobe Flash support comes as a relief.
Meanwhile, the L5 is powered by a 1,540 mAh battery that provides a talktime of 10 hours in 3G. According to Gizbot battery test, the hanset should be able to provide a couple of days of average usage, thanks to the low processor and low resolution screen.