LG G5 Review – A Decent Phone With Modular Capabilities

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The LG G5 is the first metal unibody flagship from LG, this phone is slim at 5.88 by 2.90 by 0.30 inches (HWD), weighs 159g, has a 5.3-inch 2,560-by-1,440-pixel Quad HD IPS Quantum Display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of RAM. The back of the phone is made of a matte metal and the phone comes equipped with a 2800mAh removable battery and a microSD card slot.

LG G5 Review

LG G5

3.9
Battery Life 4.0
Camera 4.0
Software 3.5
Hardware 4.0
Performance 4.0

Pros

  • Cool modules
  • Removable battery
  • Wide angle camera
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • The removal of the app drawer
  • The quality of indoor photos are not up to par
  • The always on display is a bit too dim

The LG G5 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 phone which has a TruSignal antenna tuning mechanism which provides a great LTE signal.

 

When it comes to the user interface the app drawer has been removed. The settings have also been modified a bit, you no longer side swipe to switch from the display, sound, network ect, they are in one column now.

 

Aside from that, the dual window and Q slide has also been removed. The LG G5 comes with the always on feature which will display the time and notifications on the screen even when the phone is locked.

 

The power and the volume buttons are located on the right side of the phone. There’s a round fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone for your finger.

 

One of the best features of this phone that really makes it unique is the way the bottom of the phone comes off which allows you to easily change the battery. And there is also a USB-C interface which allows you to attach various modules.

 

LG G5 Modules Include:

 

LG HiFi+ (with B&O Play): This LG HiFi+ module attaches to the bottom of the phone and it has two new headphone jacks which are optimized for HiFi+.

 

This module can be used with any other smartphone that has a USB C port. This module will allow you to get the best audio quality for your phone.

 

LG Tone Platinum Wireless Stereo Headset: These are sleek wireless headphones which has retractable earbuds, you will be able to control the various features of this module via Bluetooth.

LG Cam Plus: This module will make the LG G5 function like a professional camera. This module allows the user to get a better grip for taking pictures, it has a physical wheel for zoom and it comes with a 1200 mAh battery.

 

It also has a focus lock feature which is accomplished by half-pressing the camera shutter button.

 

LG 360 VR: This is a headset which looks similar to glasses but without the lenses of course, there are dual 1080p OLED screens which are both independently focus adjustable. LG said it’s like a “130-inch TV from 2 meters away,” this module only works with the LG G5.

 

LG 360 CAM – This camera is a new module which has 360-degree recording capabilities and it comes with a 1200mAh battery, it has 4GB of storage and a microSD card slot.

 

There are 2 cameras, each camera is 200 degrees which allows the user to capture video and images which are flat or spherical.

 

The 2800mAh battery will last about one day of moderate use before it needs to be charged again. The LG G5 has a dual camera system with an F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization.

 

The primary camera is a 16MP camera that has a 78-degree angle field of view, and the second lens has an F2.4 aperture and 8MP sensor which captures a 135-degree wide angle image.

 

In the camera application, you will have the option to switch between the lenses. When you’re using the digital zoom feature the camera will seamlessly switch between the 2 modules.

 

The quality of the pictures taken with the 16MP camera are excellent when taking pictures in a well-lit area. However, the quality of pictures taken in places that were not well lit were not as good.

 

Throughout the past few years LG has pushed the envelope in terms of modern cell phone technology.

 

We all witnessed the introduction of the first laser auto-focus and QHD panel with the release of the LG G3.

 

The LG G4 was a more refined version of the LG G3, and the LG G5 continues to push the envelope.

 

The overall design, features, and functionality has been significantly updated from that of its predecessors.

 

The LG G5 is by far the most sophisticated cell phone that LG has ever made.

 

The modular capabilities of the LG G5 is one of the main factors that sets it apart from other cell phones on the market today.

 

The LG G5 does not lag, even when you’re multitasking and switching from one application to another, the transition is very smooth.

 

The LG G5 is a premium phone with great features and functionality, however, it doesn’t look as flashy as some of the other cell phones that are currently on the market.

 

LG G5 is available with the following service providers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

 

The call quality will vary depending on what service provider you have so if you’re looking for a decent phone with the latest technology you have it in the LG G5.

 

LG phones are among the best phones on the market today. Please share your experiences with me about the LG G5 in the comment section below.

Marvin
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LG G5

Editor's Rating:
4

4 COMMENTS

  1. There are so many competitors to LG out there when it comes to smartphones. Often times it makes it hard to decide between a G5 to a Samsung S6. Both of them boasts high quality cameras.

    Do you think G5 has a very rugged design? I would like to know if the screen is made up of very durable material, such as Gorilla glass. This is a very informational review, thanks a lot!

    • Thanks for the feedback Farhan, I think the design of the G5 is rugged and the screen is made of Corning Gorilla glass.

  2. Very nice. I haven’t really heard all that much out of LG lately as it appears that Apple and Samsung are the two main competitors in the U.S. cell phone market.

    One thing that really caught my attention is the finger print scanner on the back of the phone. I hate having to type in a password everytime I check my phone so if I could have a finger scanner on the back of my iphone that would be really nice.

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