BARCELONA, Spain--Sadly, the LG Optimus L5, a midrange Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) smartphone from the Korean chaebol, is one you should likely avoid.
While it's great to know affordable ICS devices will be made available, the Optimus L5 doesn't seem to have what it takes to wow even the budget consumer.
If you thought buying the handset would give you access to Google's latest mobile OS cheaply, you would be partially right. Sadly, the Optimus L5 comes with a custom UI layer that makes the experience more like Gingerbread than ICS.
The worst thing about LG's tinkering: The company has switched the Recent Apps button to one that launches the various menu settings for the launcher and themes. This is the same for most LG handsets equipped with ICS. The custom UI is also saddled with unnecessary effects--the phone unlocks with a circular opening transition effect that's just hideous to watch.
Of course, it could be that this is just a prototype handset with beta software, so we ought to cut the company some slack. However, that still doesn't explain the physical home button that seems copy-pasted from the Samsung lineup.
(Source: CNET Asia)