Review LG D605 Optimus L9 II Smartphone

Manuel Masiero (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 01/22/2014

XL-smartphone for a small price. The LG D605 Optimus L9 II impresses with its 4.7-inch HD display and combines two very appealing things: A lot of performance for a comparatively low price. We tested it.

For the original German review, see here.

LG's 4.7-inch D605 Optimus L9 II is not only another device from the comprehensive Optimus-series, but our review unit is also comparatively inexpensive: The recommended retail price is 349 Euros (~$473), but you can already save about 120 Euros (~$162) online and get the smartphone for around 225 Euros (~$305). What you get for this money is a solid mainstream device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 dual-core processor, a Qualcomm Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB RAM as well as 8 GB storage. Our review shows that both the price and the performance of the D605 Optimus L9 II are very appealing.

Case

LG equips the D605 Optimus L9 II with a sturdy plastic case.
LG equips the D605 Optimus L9 II with a sturdy plastic case.

The D605 Optimus L9 II has a sturdy polycarbonate case with a good build quality and a decent torsion resistance as well. The good overall impression is also supported by the rounded edges and corners of the 9.4 mm thin case. Together with the metal frame at the sides, the LG smartphone does look really nice. The D605 Optimus L9 II also feels good in the hand, despite the smooth back. 

The 4.7-inch smartphone, which is available in white or in black, is also very light with just 120 grams. This weight is usually typical for 4.3-inch devices. For comparison: The HTC One Mini is just slightly heavier with 122 grams and the same applies for the Nokia Lumia 720 (128 grams) as well as the LG P875 Optimus F5 (131 grams).

Connectivity

LG equips the D605 Optimus L9 II with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 dual-core SoC, which is clocked at 1.4 GHz instead of the usual 1.2 GHz. Graphics are handled by the Qualcomm Adreno 305 GPU. The memory equipment consists of 1 GB RAM as well as 8 GB storage, which can be expanded by a micro SD card. With the OS and preloaded apps the user can use around 3.9 GB of the storage.

Left side: Quick access button, volume rocker
Left side: Quick access button, volume rocker
Right side: Power button
Right side: Power button
Top: 3.5 mm stereo jack
Top: 3.5 mm stereo jack
Bottom: Microphone, micro USB 2.0, speaker
Bottom: Microphone, micro USB 2.0, speaker

Software

The D605 Optimus L9 II uses the somewhat aged 4.1.2 version (Jelly Bean) of Android – the latest version of the operating system is 4.4 (KitKat). It is currently not certain if there will be a firmware update. LG added its own launcher to the user interface that adds some visual effects like a transition effect from the lock screen to the home screen. You also get a QuickMemo app, which is launched via quick-start button. It allows taking and saving notes directly on the screen with your finger.

LG was pretty conservative in regard to the software and added some useful apps instead of bloatware. This includes a file and app manager as well as a task planner and the security tool LG Backup. Also, there is the Office-Suite Polaris 4, several Google services and a mail client.

GPS test: Outdoors
GPS test: Outdoors
GPS test: Indoors
GPS test: Indoors

Communication & GPS 

The D605 Optimus L9 II has several communication modules. The smartphone supports quad-band GSM (2G) and quad-band UMTS (3G) with transfer rates of up to 42 Mbps (HSPA+). However, you cannot use LTE or 4G networks. The WLAN module supports 802.11 a/b/g/n networks, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Our practical test of the WLAN signal was successful: We still had four out of five bars with a distance of 10 meters from the router and with two walls in between.

An A-GPS sensor can be used to locate your position. We tested the precision with a little 10 km bike ride and compared the position data of the LG smartphone with our professional navigation device the Garmin Edge 500. The GPS sensor of the D605 Optimus L9 II is pretty reliable, but the accuracy has problems in the forest and very tight passages.


LG D605 Optimus L9 II: Complete route
LG D605 Optimus L9 II: Complete route
LG D605 Optimus L9 II: Bridge
LG D605 Optimus L9 II: Bridge
LG D605 Optimus L9 II: Forest
LG D605 Optimus L9 II: Forest
Garmin Edge 500: Complete route
Garmin Edge 500: Complete route
Garmin Edge 500: Bridge
Garmin Edge 500: Bridge
Garmin Edge 500: Forest
Garmin Edge 500: Forest

Making calls almost falls into oblivion if you consider the numerous features of modern smartphones, but it is still very important. The D605 Optimus L9 II makes everything right in this category: It does not matter if you call mobile numbers or landlines – the voice quality is very good on both sides. We did not encounter connection problems or other interferences.

Cameras & Multimedia

The webcam of the D605 Optimus L9 II has a resolution of 1.3 MP (1280x960 pixels) and is more than sufficient for video chats or snapshots. The main camera has an 8 MP sensor and takes pictures with a resolution of up to 3264x2448 pixels. The results are decent, but you should not look too close. Pictures and videos appear blurry and there is picture noise even under good lighting conditions.

LG D605 Optimus L9 II
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Reference: Sony Alpha 57
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020


Accessories & Warranty

The box contains the usual accessories: Besides the smartphone you get a modular power supply unit, a micro USB cable, an in-ear headset and a printed quick-start guide. LG does not offer any additional accessories on its website. 

The manufacturer grants a two-year warranty for the D605 Optimus L9 II. However, this does  not include the battery, which is only covered for 6 months.

Input Devices & Handling

The D605 Optimus L9 II can convince us with its intuitive and smooth handling. We only encountered some delays right after we turned the device on because the according contents were still loading. But after that, the LG smartphone executes all inputs without delays. The 4.7-inch capacitive touchscreen can recognize up to ten fingers simultaneously. You also get a good feedback from the physical buttons and the three soft-touch buttons under the display. The lettering of the soft-touch controls is directly imprinted into the glass cover. 

The virtual keyboard leaves a good impression as well. The key size is sufficient – even in portrait mode – and fast inputs are no problem. You get an additional row with the numbers 0 - 9 above the keyboard in the standard setting. The standard browser also adds a navigation bar for favorites or the homepage as well as previous and next.

Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode

Display

The glossy display of the D605 Optimus L9 II has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and a 16:9 screen ratio. This resolution is pretty much standard for this smartphone class nowadays. This is a big step forwards compared to the predecessor; the Optimus L9 only had 960x540 pixels. Our review unit shows almost twice as many pixels. The "small" HD resolution of the D605 Optimus L9 II is also used by the HTC One Mini, even though it only has a 4.3-inch screen.

An average brightness of 352.6 cd/m² is more than enough for outdoors, although the brightness distribution is not very even (only 81%). Black value (0.5 cd/m²) and contrast ratio (750:1) are, however, good. Other smartphones are brighter, for example Sony's Xperia M with 422.4 cd/m², the HTC One Mini with 466.1 cd/m² and the Nokia Lumia 720 with an impressive 579.7 cd/m². Only the LG P875 Optimus F5 is darker than our review unit with 317.8 cd/m².

364
cd/m²
368
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
363
cd/m²
375
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
373
cd/m²
382
cd/m²
325
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 382 cd/m²
Average: 352.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 375 cd/m²
Black: 0.5 cd/m²
Contrast: 750:1

Some display specifications cannot be seen with the human eye, so we use a colorimeter and CalMAN software to determine them. Our measurements show that red tones in the sRGB color space are too pale on the Optimus L9 II, while blue colors are too saturated (DeltaE of 5.52). There are also some deviations with the grayscale presentation; they are a bit too intense with increasing brightness levels (DeltaE of 5.51).

Color Management
Color Management
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
LG D605 Optimus L9 II outdoors
LG D605 Optimus L9 II outdoors

Because of the high luminance, you can use the LG D605 Optimus L9 II indoors and also outdoors without any problems. The glossy surface results in annoying reflections under unfavorable lighting conditions, for example under direct sunlight, but that does not really affect the outdoor capabilities.

The viewing angle stability of the LG smartphone is excellent: The content is always visible, even with extreme viewing angles, and there are no color distortions or even inverted colors.

Viewing angles: LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Viewing angles: LG D605 Optimus L9 II

Performance

LG equips its mainstream device with solid components. You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 SoC, the integrated Qualcomm Adreno 305 GPU as well as 1 GB memory. Our benchmarks show that this hardware combination ensures a smooth operation of the Android OS. 

The D605 Optimus L9 II is on a level with similarly equipped smartphones in the synthetic benchmarks. 3DMark 2013 and GFXBench results are accordingly very close. Only Epic Citadel shows a small advantage for the LG smartphone, but the situation changes in Linpack. All in all, it is a tie in this category.

3DMark (2013) - 1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
4595 Points ∼3%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
4910 Points ∼3% +7%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
3264 Points ∼2% -29%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
4207 Points ∼3% -8%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - 1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
5.1 fps ∼1%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
5.5 fps ∼1% +8%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
3.5 fps ∼0% -31%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
4.7 fps ∼0% -8%
Epic Citadel - High Performance
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
56.3 fps ∼93%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
52.2 fps ∼86% -7%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
49.3 fps ∼81% -12%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
54.3 fps ∼90% -4%
Linpack for Android - Multi Thread
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
183.533 MFLOPS ∼17%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
241.643 MFLOPS ∼22% +32%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
241.989 MFLOPS ∼22% +32%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
153.893 MFLOPS ∼14% -16%

Browser benchmarks show a balanced performance of the D605 Optimus L9 II, which is comparable to the HTC One Mini and the LG P875 Optimus F5. Both the Sony Xperia M and especially the Nokia Lumia 720 fall behind the three devices in the browser tests.

Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
1724 Points ∼9%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1635 Points ∼9% -5%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
1454 Points ∼8% -16%
Nokia Lumia 720
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 8 GB SSD
441 Points ∼2% -74%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
1437 Points ∼8% -17%
Browsermark
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
2414 points ∼34%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2878 points ∼40% +19%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
2376 points ∼33% -2%
Nokia Lumia 720
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 8 GB SSD
1503 points ∼21% -38%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
1441 points ∼20% -40%
Peacekeeper
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
539 Points ∼9%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
670 Points ∼11% +24%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
599 Points ∼10% +11%
Nokia Lumia 720
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 8 GB SSD
218 Points ∼4% -60%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
337 Points ∼5% -37%
Octane V1 - Total Score
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
1636 Points ∼8%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1701 Points ∼8% +4%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
1193 Points ∼6% -27%
Nokia Lumia 720
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 8 GB SSD
375 Points ∼2% -77%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
1226 Points ∼6% -25%

The good overall impression of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II continues with the good read and write performance. LG's smartphone is once again at the top of the performance chart with the HTC One Mini and the LG P875 Optimus F5. Random and sequential writes are much slower on the Sony Xperia M.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
57.61 MB/s ∼34%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
53.1 MB/s ∼32% -8%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
59.13 MB/s ∼35% +3%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
47.43 MB/s ∼28% -18%
Sequential Write 256KB
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
10.34 MB/s ∼18%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
15.71 MB/s ∼27% +52%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
10.18 MB/s ∼18% -2%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
6.89 MB/s ∼12% -33%
Random Read 4KB
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
11.13 MB/s ∼53%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
10.53 MB/s ∼50% -5%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
12.04 MB/s ∼57% +8%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
7.92 MB/s ∼38% -29%
Random Write 4KB
LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8230, 8 GB SSD
0.99 MB/s ∼34%
HTC One Mini
Adreno 305, 400 8930AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1.18 MB/s ∼40% +19%
LG P875 Optimus F5
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8960, 8 GB SSD
1.13 MB/s ∼39% +14%
Sony Xperia M
Adreno 305, S4 Plus MSM8227, 4 GB Flash
0.51 MB/s ∼17% -48%

Games

Current applications and games are no problem for the LG D605 Optimus L9 II. The smartphone neither has performance problems with HD videos nor complex games. The dual-core SoC Qualcomm MSM8230 should also have sufficient performance reserves for the upcoming generation of games and apps.

Android games are smooth on LG's smartphone. That applies for Angry Birds Go!...
Android games are smooth on LG's smartphone. That applies for Angry Birds Go!...
...as well as more demanding titles like Iron Man 3...
...as well as more demanding titles like Iron Man 3...
...or fast action games like Shadowgun: Dead Zone.
...or fast action games like Shadowgun: Dead Zone.

Emissions

Temperature

The D605 Optimus L9 II only gets lukewarm under load. We only measured a maximum temperature of 37.2 °C (29.9 °C during idle), which is significantly cooler than the Sony Xperia M (43.4 °C) and HTC One Mini (43.2 °C). LG's P875 Optimus F5 warms up moderately to 39.6 °C, and only Nokia's Lumia 720 is cooler than the LG smartphone (35.6 °C).

Max. Load
 36.8 °C33.2 °C31.9 °C 
 37.2 °C33.4 °C33.3 °C 
 34.6 °C32.4 °C31.7 °C 
Maximum: 37.2 °C
Average: 33.8 °C
28.0 °C31.9 °C33.2 °C
28.5 °C32.8 °C34.0 °C
29.3 °C32.2 °C32.2 °C
Maximum: 34.0 °C
Average: 31.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  34.4 °C | Room Temperature 21.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speaker

The integrated mono speaker of the D605 Optimus L9 II produces a decent sound for music playback and voices are easy to understand. It is certainly not overwhelming, but the sound is surprisingly rich for such a small speaker and there are no distortions with higher volume settings. As expected, you can improve the sound quality with the provided headphones.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Despite its 4.7-inch display, the LG D605 Optimus L9 II is so frugal that it does not really differ from the 4.3-inch competition. 1.6 Watts during idle is even less than the 1.9 Watts of the Nokia Lumia 720, but still slightly higher than the HTC One Mini (1.3 Watts). Load increases the consumption to a moderate 3.4 Watts and therefore less than the HTC One Mini (3.8 Watts) and LG P875 Optimus F5 (4.1 Watts). Sony's Xperia M is especially frugal with a maximum consumption of 2.8 Watts.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.3 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 0.5 / 1.0 / 1.6 Watt
Load 2.6 / 3.4 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The battery runtimes of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II are decent, but they could be even better when you consider the 8.2 Wh battery. LG's smartphone manages a good maximum runtime (minimum display brightness, activated energy-saving mode, all wireless connections except for WLAN deactivated) of 13 hours and 2 minutes, but this is still the last spot within our competition. LG's P875 Optimus F5 lasts 14 hours and 15 minutes and Nokia's Lumia 720 even manages 21 hours and 40 minutes.

It is the same situation with our WLAN test (display brightness adjusted to 150 cd/m² and activated energy-saving mode while a script refreshes a website every 40 seconds). This very realistic scenario results in 8 hours and 27 minutes for the LG, which is again at the end of the list. All comparison devices, starting with the LG P875 Optimus F5 (9 hours 3 minutes) up to the Nokia Lumia 720 (15 hours 51 minutes), are superior. 

High workloads (maximum display brightness, all wireless connections active) reduce the battery runtime to 3 hours and 23 minutes. This is a very competitive result; all devices except for the HTC One Mini (2 hours 39 minutes) are on the same level.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 02min
WiFi Surfing
8h 27min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 23min

Verdict

LG offers a good mainstream smartphone with the D605 Optimus L9 II. Because of the performance and the features it is not enough for the high-end class, but it is still a convincing device. Advantages of the 4.7-inch smartphone are the high build quality, the bright display with an HD resolution of 1280x720 pixels, decent battery runtimes and a sufficiently powerful SoC for games and apps. This is quite a lot for the current street price (around 225 Euros, ~$305).

We are not really convinced by the 8 MP main camera that only produces average results. An LTE module is not an exception anymore, even for a mainstream device, but the D605 Optimus L9 II does not support the fast wireless standard. Android 4.1.2 is also not up to date anymore; the latest version of the OS is currently 4.4.

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In Review: LG D605 Optimus L9 II. Review unit courtesy of: LG Germany
In Review: LG D605 Optimus L9 II. Review unit courtesy of: LG Germany

Specifications

LG D605 Optimus L9 II

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
4.7 inch 16:9, 1280x720 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, LCD, True HD IPS color display, 11.9 cm, 16.7 million colors, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
8 GB SSD, 8 GB , 3.4 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, Card Reader: micro SD cards up to 64 GB, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, A-GPS,
:: Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth, NFC, UMTS quad-band (850/900/1,900/2,100 MHz), HSPA+ 42 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, GSM quad-band (850/900/1,800/1,900MHz)
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.4 x 66.5 x 128.4
:: Weight
0.12 kg Power Supply: 0.02 kg
:: Battery
8.2 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2,150 mAh
Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 444 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 648 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 480 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 480 h
:: Price
349 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
:: Additional features
Webcam: Main camera with 8 MP (3264x2448 pixels, Full HD video recording), Webcam: 1.3 MP (1280x960 pixels), Speakers: mono, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: no, modular PSU, USB data cable, 24 Months Warranty

 

The display has 1280x720 pixels and can recognize up to 10 inputs simultaneously.
The display has 1280x720 pixels and can recognize up to 10 inputs simultaneously.
The detachable back cover of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II is made of sturdy plastic.
The detachable back cover of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II is made of sturdy plastic.
Rounded corners are characteristic for the design of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II.
Rounded corners are characteristic for the design of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II.
The 8 MP main camera can record Full HD videos.
The 8 MP main camera can record Full HD videos.
Webcam with 1.3 MP (1280x960 pixels)
Webcam with 1.3 MP (1280x960 pixels)
Always visible: The three Android control elements
Always visible: The three Android control elements
Also behind the cover: The slots for the micro SD and the SIM card
Also behind the cover: The slots for the micro SD and the SIM card
A replaceable battery with 8.2 Wh
A replaceable battery with 8.2 Wh
The box of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II contains ...
The box of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II contains ...
... a micro USB cable, stereo headphones and a modular power supply unit.
... a micro USB cable, stereo headphones and a modular power supply unit.
You can also get a white version of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II.
You can also get a white version of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II.
Operating system is Android 4.1.2
Operating system is Android 4.1.2
Several apps are preloaded
Several apps are preloaded
Heart of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II is the dual-core SoC MSM8230 with 1.4 GHz.
Heart of the LG D605 Optimus L9 II is the dual-core SoC MSM8230 with 1.4 GHz.
The smartphone from LG manages a runtime of around three and a half hours under load.
The smartphone from LG manages a runtime of around three and a half hours under load.

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Pro

+Solid build quality
+Compact and light case
+Useful additions to the OS
+Bright screen
+High application performance
+All tested games ran smoothly
+Decent battery runtimes
+Remains cool during operation
+24 months warranty
 

Cons

-Only Android 4.1.2
-No LTE
-Uneven brightness distribution
-Mediocre camera
-Only 6 months warranty for the battery

Shortcut

What we like

Despite its plastic case, the LG is not a cheap device. The build quality is actually very good. Another advantage of the D605 Optimus L9 II is the high-resolution display.

What we miss

A slightly better camera module and a newer version of Android. It is not clear if the manufacturer will offer an update.

What surprises us

We did not expect such a low weight for a 4.7-inch smartphone. It only weighs 120 grams with the battery and is therefore lighter than many 4.3-inch rivals.

The competition

HTC One Mini
LG P875 Optimus F5
Nokia Lumia 720
Sony Xperia M

Rating

LG D605 Optimus L9 II
01/13/2014 v3
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
56%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
40%
Weight
100%
Battery
94%
Display
79%
Games Performance
36%
Application Performance
50%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Add Points
82%
Average
75%
86%
Smartphone *
Weighted Average

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Author: Manuel Masiero, 2014-01-22 (Update: 2014-01-22)