LG has released the third of their L series phones in the Philippines, the L5. The LG Optimus L5 E610 is an entry level Android phone which comes with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It is a direct competitor to the recently released HTC Desire C, which we are not terrible fond off. With a suggested retail price of Php10,990 with a 4-inch display, this phone initially looks like a great deal. But as much as we like larger displays, we wish this one came with a smaller. The 4-inch display of the LG Optimus L5 E610 is a HVGA display, which means is has a decent 320 x 480 screen resolution. But on a 4-inch display, a HVGA display looks rather pixelated.
It has the same processor you find in the LG Optimus L7, but this time clocked at a slower 800 MHz. Basically, the phone will run well enough, but not something we would recommend to a gamer or power user. The phone has a decent amount of internal storage at 4 GB, 2.5 GB of which is user accessible. The internal storage, The phone also comes with a 5MP auto focus camera with a flash, but no secondary camera. The battery is a 1500 mAh unit. As you can tell, we are terribly bored now. Best we can say for this phone is that it is stylishly thin at 9.5 millimeters.
It is a competitor to the HTC Desire C, which we do not like. And LG has gave us no reason to feel differently about their Optimus L5. If you are looking at this price range, we would recommend that you look instead at the Sony Xperia Neo L, HTC One V or the dual core Sony Xperia U. The Sony Xperia Neo L and HTC One V have single core 1 GHz processors, which are of a newer design and is much faster than the A5 processors they use in the LG Optimus L7 and L5.