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- Amazing display with a great pixel density
- Superb wide-angle shots and selfie camera
- Top notch built-quality and hardware
- LG Friends is more of a disappointment
- Metal rear doesn’t give the feel of metal
- Battery life is a bit on the lower side
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LG G5 Review
LG G5 was their first flagship of the year released early in 2016. The phone was the successor to the highly popular LG G4 and it had a lot of responsibilities on its shoulders. The device doesn’t look and feel like the G4 and is totally different in terms of the design. The screen size has also been decreased to 5.3-inches. The first question that you may ask when you the device is whether it is made out of metal or plastic. Being a flagship, it should be made out of metal, but there were numerous inquiries that popped up online regarding the same.
The rear panel was subject to a lot of controversy regarding its material, but it is metal!
The reason why it doesn’t look like metal is because LG has a layer or primer and paint over the metal which gives it a non-metal look. Even while holding it in hand, since you are not touching bare metal, the feel is totally different. I don’t know whether to term it as good or bad. It will be subjective to different people but I’m not a fan of it. Let’s start with what you get inside the box. There’s the handset itself along with a quick start guide and the charger with the USB Type-C cable. The charger is really huge compared to the other ones that we’ve seen and it supports Quick Charge 3.0. There is also a pair of earphones that come inside the box.
Build Quality and Design
Like I mentioned earlier, even though the phone is made out of metal, it doesn’t feel so. And that is not necessarily a good thing. Some people, like me for instance, like the feel of metal better than plastic. Now, the LG G5, even though is made of metal, gives the feel of high quality plastic. LG has done a process of micro dicing on top of the metal and there is a layer of primer and paint. The only place you can see plastic is along the chamfered edges.
The entire body is curved and easy to hold. The power button which doubles up as the fingerprint scanner is placed just below the camera module. The volume rocker that was originally placed behind has now been moved to the left hand side, which is more convenient. The power button is slightly hard to press, but you don’t need to press it for activating the fingerprint scanner. The screen has shrunk from 5.5-inches to 5.3-inches but the resolution is still the same.
The bottom chin can be removed and replaced with other modules
A revolutionary change that LG has brought in with the LG G5, is what they call ‘LG Friends’. The bottom chin of the G5 can be pulled out with the help of a switch and you can clip on other modules. They’ve marketed the phone as a modular smartphone, but it is nowhere near a complete modular phone. The additional modules that you can add don’t bring in any spectacular difference and are not something that you must have.
Hardware and Performance
LG G5 comes with the Snapdragon 820 along with 4GB of RAM and expandable storage up to 200GB. The display is one of the strong points of the device as it packs in more pixels. The 5.3-inch QHD display is one of the best ones out there and it is really sharp. The viewing angles are great and sunlight visibility is also amazing. In short, it is a great display with a massive pixel density of 554 pixels per inch. The display is always on and you get time and notifications on it. But this is extremely dim and cannot be viewed in sunlight or bright areas.
Performance is not an issue on the LG G5 thanks to the Snapdragon 820. I’ve said this time and again, but most of the flagships of 2016 come with this chipset and there is nothing wrong with it. Adreno 530 is a beast and handles most of the games that we throw at it with ease. But the phone tends to get a little warm after continuous hours of gaming.
Battery is slightly on the lower side, but can be replaced with another, if you have one
The 2,800mAh battery is just enough for one day and Quick Charge 3.0 helps out a lot. The good thing is that you can buy an extra battery and keep it ready because you can swap it on the LG G5. There is no app drawer, but a new update has brought in the option to switch it on or off depending on the users liking.
The dual camera setup at the rear consists of a 16MP sensor with f1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization and an 8MP wide angle sensor with f2.4 aperture. You can switch between the sensors through the camera app which is the same as that on the V10. The photos are extremely detailed and there is no sort of over sharpening or over saturation. There is no laser autofocus like we had on the G4, so it is slightly slower to focus. Wide angle shots with the 8MP sensor gives you a GoPro effect and are really cool. Photos taken in low light are good but has a bit of noise. There is also the slight problem of over exposing the highlighted regions. At the front, we have an 8MP selfie camera with f2.0 aperture. This is a great selfie camera that produces some exceptional shots.
LG G5 is a great smartphone. But there is nothing revolutionary about it. The LG Friends modular approach is not much of a requirement and it hasn’t found a lot of takers. The currently available modules include a camera module, a hi-fi DAC, a 1,200mAh battery, 360 degree camera and a VR headset. None of these are must-haves and in total, LG Friends is a failure. Now talking about the phone itself, it has some great hardware, top-notch performance, superb camera and an amazing display. This is all you want in a phone, but being marketed as a modular phone and not being able to live up to its name is disappointing.
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- The LG G5 is manufactured by LG and was added in February 2016 in the Smartphones section
- This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5
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