- Modular design
- Great camera
- USB Type-C with quick charge 3.0
- Bland Design
- Battery could have been 3000 mAh
- How well Modules will do is still a question mark.
The LG G5 is the latest flagship device from LG to replace the G4. The G-series of flagship phones from LG have been their way of trying to climb to the top and give Samsung some competition. The G4 did just that giving the S6 a real good competition, while both come could be put alongside each other in final ratings, they both had their own strengths and weaknesses, and the fact that Samsung had by now become what Nokia used to be means more people go for the Samsung. The LG G5 brings to the table something new, a concept that’s been heard around for a while but not implemented yet, until the G5; a modular concept. Though not too many modules are available right now, it’s a start and in the right direction.
Design and Build:
The G5 is clearly easy to make out from the G4 as most of the design has been revamped including the back button layout and curved back. The phone has an all metal body with a modular design. The power button is still at the back and has a fingerprint scanner embedded into it. The volume buttons have been moved to sides though for a sleeker design. The phone is slightly bigger and heavier, but at the same time it’s thinner and also easier to hold in hands.
The G5 has a dual lens setup on the backside which is something new. The LG G4 had a great camera and the G5 has taken the next step. The duo lens gives a wide angle view along with everything else that a flagship that comes out these days brings. The back lenses are 16 MP with an aperture of f/1.8 and a 8 Mp lens with f/2.4 aperture. The back camera also has laser focus which greatly helps with the focusing speeds. The lenses change automatically while you’re focusing, the 8 MP gives a wider view while the 16 MP gives a narrow view. The front camera is a 8 MP unit with an f/2.0 aperture. The picture quality on the G4 and V10 were great so you can expect great pictures from the G5 as well.
The G5 has a 5.3 inch quad HD IPS LCD screen which is actually smaller than the 5.5 inch screen on the G4. The display though is among the best LCD displays on the market. The display is great to look at and is really bright and also very readable even under direct sunlight. The always on display only works on a certain portion of the screen and takes very little battery life as well ( approx 0.8% battery per hour).
The G5 comes with Snapdragon 820 like all other flagship models and also the Adreno 530 GPU. The top of the line SD 820 and 4 gigs of RAM means the phone functions like a flagship is meant to be, smooth and handles multi tasking without breaking a sweat. The new UI with less bloatware and running on Android 6.0 makes the phone simpler and faster to use.
The LG G5 runs on LG’s close to stock UI on top of Android 6.0. The software has changed quite a bit and looks completely different. A lot of the features are missing here like the dual window and some unnecessary bits, but the biggest feature missing is the app drawer, which LG claim has been removed for a simpler user experience. The lack of app drawer may take some time to get used to, but a lot of bloatware has been removed which is a good thing.
The phone has a 2800 mAh battery which seems just about decent for a flagship. The phone has a USB Type-C charger which means it supports quick charge 3.0, so charging the phone won’t be a problem at all. The interesting part here is that, you can actually replace the battery. You can actually pull out the bottom part of the phone and the panel with the battery comes out, although it’ll take some practice, as it needs to be done at a particular angle. This is a part of the modular design of the G5. The modules are attached with the battery part, and there’s a few out there right now, one being a camera plus module which gives more manual control over the camera with buttons as well as some extra juice of 1200 mAh making the overall capacity 4000 mAh, although the module makes the phone a bit bulky at the bottom. The other module is the Hi-Fi by Bang & Olufsen which has a DAC for 32-bit audio which produces great sound output through the module’s 3.5mm jack.
The LG G5 is the first phone to actually implement the modular concept and that is something interesting as it makes the phone more versatile and customizable. Though there are only a few modules out presently, you can expect more from third parties and then the phone becomes more desirable. The phone has great cameras on both sides and has a smaller screen making one handed use easier.