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LG Optimus L5 II E610 review

Niall Magennis



Our Score


User Score


  • Small, petite design
  • Camera shutter can be voice activated
  • Good battery life


  • Can feel a little sluggish at times
  • No automatic brightness sensor for the screen

Review Price £129.99

Key Features: 1Ghz single-core processor; 4.0-inch screen; 5.0MP camera; Android (4.1) Jelly Bean OS

Manufacturer: LG

What is the LG Optimus L5 II E610?

While its Korean rival Samsung has picked up all the plaudits for its Galaxy range of mobiles, LG has struggled to garner much interest in its Optimus Android handsets. However, the company is hoping that its updated range will change all that and return it to the glory days of popular handsets like the Viewty models. Last year's L5 suffered from a low resolution screen, but the company has addressed this on the LG Optimus L5 II E610, while also adding a faster processor, bigger battery and better camera. Is it enough to break it out of mediocrity, though?

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LG Optimus L5 II E610 - Design

Even if it didn’t have the LG logo at the top of the display you could tell instantly that this is an LG phone, as its design is very reminiscent of the company's older handsets such as the LG Viewty Snap. For example, it's got a familiar black bezel that's framed by a chrome trim that runs around the outer edge of the handset.

Thankfully, LG has made a few changes to stop the LG Optimus L5 II E610 design from looking overly dated. There's now a ring of light surrounding the home button that glows with different colours to alert you to various events. For example, it flashes green when you've got a new email and cycles through green and teal when you've got an incoming call. The battery cover is also now finished with a brushed metal effect -- although it's actually just made out of plastic -- rather than the roughened textured used on the older L5 model.

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The design is a little bit boring to our eyes and the smooth plastic of the rear cover make sit feels a bit too slippery. However, because the phone is quite short and narrow, it fits snugly in your hand and all the buttons are within easy reach.

LG has also added a useful quick button on the top left hand edge of the phone that can be assigned to launch an app when it's pressed. By default it's set to launch LG's Quick Memo app, but you can easily change it to something else, such as the music player or web browser via the settings menu.

LG Optimus L5 II E610 - Screen

For the L5 II LG has decided to go with a 4-inch screen, which isn’t surprising given the phone's quite modest price tag. The display has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which is pretty normal for a mobile with a display of this size. It doesn't sound all that sharp next to the 1080p screens you now get on high-end mobiles like the Sony Xperia Z. However, due to the smaller screen size, text, pictures and icons still look very sharp and you can read headlines and even some body text on websites without having to zoom right in.

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The screen is very bright and as it uses IPS technology, viewing angles are very wide, so it doesn't wash out or go overly dark if you tilt the phone around in your hand. It's a pleasure to use outdoors in bright conditions as its high levels of brightness stop it from looking washed out. Colours are bold and strong too, so pictures and movies look top-notch.

All in all, it's a vey high quality display for a mobile in this price bracket. However, one problem is that the phone doesn't have an automatic brightness sensor, so you have to manually adjust the screen brightness using a slider in the notification tab if you find you've set it too dim to be readable out doors. This is an odd decision on LG's part as we can’t remember the last time we saw an Android phone that didn’t have this feature built-in.

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May 9, 2013, 10:25 am

is the screen plastic (like it was on Optimus L5 I?) or glass (like iPhone)


May 21, 2013, 8:38 am

I think the model number should read..E460 !

vijay bhaskar

May 24, 2013, 5:49 pm

it is worst models it is very dead slow dont buy

Atsirch Bersales

July 1, 2013, 6:29 am

it sucks!! whenever I play a game, it glitches! darn it!

Donna Meijer

August 24, 2013, 5:40 pm

I hate this phone -_________-

Rodrigo Miranda

September 5, 2013, 5:14 pm

it is great! i can play EVERY single game without any kind of problems!

Eddy Changtin

September 8, 2013, 2:38 pm

So far you are the only one satisfied with this cellphone

Michael Brindle

November 2, 2013, 4:14 pm

Battery poor. Do not use it much but still have to charge it everyday. The phone was free on a 24 month £7 contract, now i know why.


November 3, 2013, 2:07 pm

People LOOK AT THE PRICE! It's not made to be the best phone in the world, and it's a very good choice for a first smartphone. Compared to other devices that have the same price range, it's AT LeaSt as good as most of them! I reallt don't know why people are so dissapointed in this phone...


December 22, 2013, 4:55 am

how good is this phone in comparison with other smartphone in same range( price wise)

Neel Roy

December 26, 2013, 1:14 pm

I have been using LG Optimus L5 from last 3 months.....its the worst phone you can ever buy just waste of money.....Phone hangs all the time....NEVER BUY LG PHONES its pathetic


January 4, 2014, 2:04 pm

On my LG-E610 I have a problem. When one of my contacts writes SMS and Mails to me,
there comes no popup on the telephone.
What can I do ?


February 5, 2014, 7:56 pm

People this phone is good for its price, you cant get anything near L5 II, from competition for this price! Not to mention good screen and size, im playing temple run 2 without problems! Wwhen rooted uninstal anything unnecesary programs, and it Works fine... Everyone are so critical but look at the price people! LG always gives the most for a fair price


March 14, 2014, 7:25 pm

I just got my Lg , and the home button which was supposed to glow, doesn`t. Any ideas why ? and how can I get it on ?

Teja Ianis

March 27, 2014, 12:46 pm

you can set it by settings

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