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Hands On: LG L7, L5, and L3

L7 L5 L3 Comments  

The L5 is a step down from the L7 in pretty much every respect. It is smaller, has a smaller, lower-rez display, isn't quite as pretty, and feels slightly cheaper.

It's a monoblock phone and has an OK feel in the hand. It, too, has pointy corners, but still manages to sit in the hand OK. I found the power/screen lock button to be good, but the volume toggle was a bit soft. The L5 also has a physical home button and capacitive back and menu keys to either side.

 

LG L5

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The display is what you'd expect from a middle-of-the-road device. It looks good, but doesn't necessarily take your breath away -- at least as far as resolution is concerned. It is still plenty bright and colorful.

The user interface is Android 4.0 and the same user interface treatment from LG. I didn't notice and performance problems with the L5 in the time I spent with it. There are some LG-branded applications, but no operator software is on board.

For the consumer who wants a mid-range handset, the L5 could be a contender, though I've see better devices in this segment.

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