LG G5 Review

Intro

There has been a lot of controversy over the LG G5, mostly revolving around LG’s radical changes to the physical design of the phone compared to its predecessor, the G4. For starters, LG went a full 180 degrees with the build of the phone, turning away from classy leather and instead opting for a metal unibody. But it doesn’t stop here; LG decided to produce the first semi-modular phone to hit the mass market, by allowing the chin of the phone to be swapped out for a choice of (two, for now) different attachments.

I can imagine that majority of consumers aren’t at all interested in the attachments, but rather are considering the G5 over the HTC 10 or Galaxy S7 due to the presence of a removable battery, great duo-camera setup, or for the sweet-spot its 5.3” display offers in terms of size. Either way, LG has kindly provided us with both the Cam Plus and B&O HiFi DAC attachments for us to review, so we will be covering those as well.

Whatever the case, the LG G5 is certainly a worthy – if not peculiar – contender in the 2016 flagship race. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Specifications

Display 5.3″ 1440p IPS LCD (554ppi), Gorilla Glass 4
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Adreno 530 GPU
Memory/Storage 4GB/32GB with microSD expansion up to 256GB
Camera 16 MP (f/1.8) + 8 MP (f/2.4), laser autofocus, OIS (3-axis), LED flash, [email protected], [email protected]

Front-facing 8 MP, f/2.0, [email protected]

Battery 2800mAh, removable
Weight and dimensions 159g, 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm
Miscellaneous Dual-SIM

What I liked

  • LG’s new UX on top of Android Marshmallow is clean and beautiful
  • Camera quality is excellent
  • Second wide-angle camera is absolutely brilliant
  • 5.3” is really a sweet-spot for me in terms of display size
  • Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 provides noticeably faster charging speeds than the Galaxy S7’s Quick Charge 2.0
  • Future-proofing with removable battery, high fixability rating by iFixit and USB Type C

What I disliked

  • Average to poor battery life
  • Lapses in build quality: noticeable gap between the detachable chin and the main body of the phone; creaks
  • Fingerprint scanner was inconsistent, hit or miss
  • Modules are expensive, limited, and frankly, a hassle

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