The LG Optimus L90 is a budget smartphone with an uninspiring and inoffensive design. It’s an entry level phone, so don’t expect the very best screen, processor, or camera. But, considering it costs so little for what it offers, it turns it into a must-have device if you don’t plan on coughing up a lot of money. Read below our LG Optimus L90 review.
LG Optimus L90 Review
– Fantastic low-price
– More than decent performance and display
– Lack of 4G LTE connectivity
– Camera performance takes a beating
LG Optimus L90 Price – $49.99
LG Optimus L90 Specs – Android 5.0; 4.7-inch IPS LCD display at 540 x 960 pixels with 234 ppi; 8 megapixel primary camera; 1080p HD Video; 0.3 megapixel secondary camera; Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1,200 MHz; 1 GB RAM; 8 GB storage space; 2460 mAh battery.
LG Optimus L90 Review – Design and Display
The LG Optimus L90 is the biggest member of the L-product line, yet it’s still pocketable and quite easy to hold. The L90 is 5.18-inches tall, 0.38-inch thick, 2.60-inches wide and it weighs almost 4.37 ounces. Sure, its presence is noticeable when placed in your pant’s pockets, but not too much as to become uncomfortable or a too tight wear.
The volume rocker, as well as the shortcut key, can be found on the left edge. The shortcut key can be assigned to launch any one app that you choose – be it the camera, the browser, a game, and so on.
On the top of the L90, you’ll find the IR blaster and 3.5 mm headphone jack. On the right, the phone houses the power/sleep button, and going to the bottom you’ll notice the Micro-USB port.
On the backside, you’ll notice a diamond pattern, albeit subtle, and the coating that protects the smartphone from unwanted scratches. This slick material can also be found on the G Flex handset. It’s basically self-healing like Deadpool – but without being violent, and offensive. On occasion, it gets quite slippery to hold, but it does its healing job pretty well. We, the TrendingTechNow crew, scratched it with a set of car keys on a daily basis, and it fared really well, efficiently recuperating. However, if you pull a knife and scratch its back, it will remain scarred. The backside isn’t impenetrable so be careful.
Also on the back, there’s the 8-megapixel camera lens, with its accompanying flash. Below it, you’ll see two small openings for the audio speaker. With the help of the Micro-USB port, you can remove the battery door. From there, you can add or remove the microSD card slot – which can go up to 32 GB; the SIM card, and the removable 2,460 mAh battery .
Moving to the front of the smartphone, the 4.7-inch IPS LCD display can be seen at its full splendor. With a 960 x 540 pixel resolution and 234 ppi, the screen is vivid and bright, sporting colors full of life, deep blacks, and energetic whites. Yes, the resolution is a little bit low. More so if you are accustomed with better phones, you’ll feel it massively cheap, but it isn’t.
Overall, the display is fully responsive and using the phone in direct sunlight isn’t a death sentence – meaning, you can see what’s happening on the screen without cursing all the gods.
LG Optimus L90 Review – Software
The LG Optimus L90 smartphone has loads of signature software features. The ability to customize specific app icons, the QuickMemo, that lets you quickly write down notes or sketch something over a picture; and the QSlide 2.0, which is basically a multitasking function for when you need to resize apps – for example, a video player and a calculator; while viewing other apps.
It’s a super affordable smartphone wrapped around mid-tier specifications. It boasts the standard Google Android apps – Drive, Plus, Hangouts, Maps, Gmail, Play, Books, Movies & TV, Newsstand, Chrome, YouTube and Photos.
It may come with 4.4.2 Kitkat, but you can update it to 5.0 Lollipop.
Fortunately, there are no specific carrier apps. You’ll always want little to no bloatware, so you can take full advantage of its internal memory – which is really small to be frank.
There are a few apps that come pre-installed – such as the Amazon shopping app, Box, which is a document cloud manager, ThinkFree viewer, the mobile document suite and a translation app.
LG Optimus L90 Review – Camera
The main camera sports a 8-megapixel unit, with loads enough settings so you can take the perfect shot. Given, it’s just a 8-megapixel unit, it does really well in well-lit conditions. Objects are in focus, with sharp edges, and crisp outlines, colors full of life and pulpy. Yet, when there’s no exceptional light condition, the camera takes a beating.
Also when there are too many light sources, you’ll notice a huge amount of digital artifacts or noise. Colors are muffled, bordering a blue tint.
Photos can be saved up to three sizes if you take them with the main camera – from 1,280 x 960 to 2,560 x 1,920 pixels. The secondary one has just one size 640 x 480.
Video can be recorded with the 8-megapixel camera in four sizes from 176 x 144 to full 1080p HD. The VGA, on the other hand, records in just three sizes from 176 x 144 to 640 x 480.
LG Optimus L90 Review – Performance and Battery
The LG Optimus L90 smartphone did really well in the performance department – that’s on the Kitkat OS. Moving it to Lollipop, you’ll note a few lag issues, with the screen freezing completely at odd times, but good thing the latter happens infrequently.
The Snapdragon 400 is more than powerful enough for HD videos or intricate 3D games.
With maximum brightness on, loading several things, and playing a couple of games, the battery lasted slightly north of 4 hours. However, when we turned the brightness to 1/4 of its maximum capacity, surfing the web on occasion, and playing the odd game, the battery runtime marked 18 hours.
LG Optimus L90 Review – Verdict
The LG Optimus L90 is quite the phone, and if you don’t plan on spending more than $50 on a Android device, then you might want to consider looking into this handset. Great battery life, mediocre to weak camera, and good performance make it a must-buy!