Review Roundup: LG G5

The LG G5 is an interesting new smartphone as it’s main attractive feature is the modular slot at the bottom of the phone that can be used to replace a removable battery or incorporate one of so many ‘Friends’ extensions to the phone that can have better speakers or manual camera controls.

This is an interesting time for LG as they are trying to find a way to stand out in the market and they sure hope they have found it. But how does the rest of the phone stack up?

In this review roundup, I’ll be listing all of the online reviews that I see of the LG G5 and will be updated continuously over the next few weeks.

Android Authority:

Pros:

  • Phone is a lot less slippery in the hand than a true metal phone.
  • Only see plastic in certain parts of the chamfered edges which is a better design.
  • Volume controls on the right is better to hold.
  • Easier to use in one hand with a 5.3inch screen.
  • Do not need to pick up phone to adjust volume anymore compared to G4.
  • Fingerprint scanner takes 5-6 taps to setup. Not a pressable button.
  • USB-C Connector.
  • Speaker is good, despite being bottom facing.
  • microSD card slot with up to 200GB’s.
  • Colour reproduction is spot on and great in outdoor usage.
  • Always On Display which works with notifications.
  • Snapdragon 820 is really snappy. Does not feel slow at all.
  • Removable Battery.
  • Wide view angle camera is a lot better and overall great camera.
  • Software is the best LG has done.

Cons:

  • Do not get the true feeling of holding a metal phone but is still a great design.
  • Volume controls are too flush which is harder to press.
  • Power button feels very uneven and mushy.
  • Always On Display is not good in bright sunlight.
  • Does get warm to the touch with heavy game use but not too hot to stop like other phones.
  • Battery screen on time of 3-4hrs but can get a daily use out of it a full day with normal usage.
  • Battery is not even 3,000mAh.
  • Low Light Performance is not the best.
  • Software does not have the dual window feature, but could come back in Android N update.
  • No App Drawer by default.

Conclusion:

One of the most unique smartphones available currently. Very different but stays true to themselves. It’s compelling in terms of what the phone can do into the future.

The Verge:


Pros:

  • Modularity Features.
  • Very fast and responsive like Galaxy S7.
  • 8MP Wide Angle Secondary Camera.
  • Android Marshmallow is awesome.
  • 5.3inch display is more ergonomic.

Cons:

  • Always On Display not quite as good as the Galaxy S7.
  • Bottom part of phone does not fit flush with the phone.

Conclusion:

Neither of the extra modules are compelling enough to get this phone over others. LG thinking outside the box is good and first attempt at a modular phone is great.

Pocketnow:

Pros:

  • Modular smartphone with compatible accessories.
  • Removable Battery.
  • Handles games and performance well with very little warmth.
  • Blacks are much deeper on the screen.
  • Always On display which works with notifications through 3rd party apps via icons.
  • Useful to add extra controls into bottom row of device screen.
  • Phone calls are solid and one of the loudest speakers.
  • Fingerprint scanner is fast to the touch.
  • IR Blaster included.
  • Battery lasted up to 4hrs of screen on time in suburbs and up to 3hrs in the city (like Manhattan).
  • USB-C Connector.
  • Camera is really great including the wide angle lens.

Cons:

  • Warm to the touch compared to standard aluminium.
  • Bottom slot does not fit flush.
  • Chamfered edges on the bottom can feel hard on the palm of your hand.
  • Modularity parts pick up lint rather easily.
  • Minor falls do not favour the phone.
  • Display does not work well in bright light.
  • No App Drawer.
  • LG UX software needs a bit of tweaking to it.
  • No theming options.
  • No manual video controls.
  • 4K Video Stabilization is a bit off on the wide angle lens.

Engadget:


Pros:

  • Design is cute and feels nice in your hand.
  • 9hrs for the battery video playback test.
  • Removable Battery.
  • 5.3inch QHD screen is crisp and brighter than G4.
  • Performance is incredibly smooth. In some ways faster than the S7.
  • Cameras are really great.
  • Extra modules that you can use.

Cons:

  • Can mistake the design and build as plastic.
  • Some of the extra modules for the phone called “Friends” aren’t that compelling.
  • Wish it had a built in battery for the times you swap the battery.

Conclusion:

Buy for what it is now and not what it can be in the future.

Dom Esposito:

Pros:

  • Camera is 2nd best to Galaxy S7.
  • Wide Angle Lens mode.
  • 5.3inch QHD Display.
  • Build quality is good and solid.
  • Modular Design idea, although it might not help LG.

Cons:

  • Software is a kind of a mess.
  • Modular design can only go so far. How long will they keep this up?
  • Phone is kind of ugly and not that appealing but feels solid.
  • Lucky to get over 4hrs of screen on time.

Conclusion:

Big fan of what LG has done and for taking a chance, but doesn’t believe that this phone screams buy me!

TechnoBuffalo:

Pros:

  • Has a great feel in the hand.
  • One of the fastest fingerprint readers used to date.
  • Did not really have to use the removable battery with its good battery life and quick charge 3.0 capabilities.
  • Wide Angle Lens camera.
  • 4k Video recording on the wide angle lens.

Cons:

  • Little bit of a panel gap at the bottom of the phone.
  • Cannot swap battery without turning off phone.
  • Does not like LG’s Android Skin.
  • Wish it had an app drawer and better designed one.
  • Camera not the greatest.
  • Modules are not easy to replace.
  • Not many alternative modules.

Conclusion:

Modules is a great idea. Can recommend it.

9to5Google:

Pros:

  • Definitely a step up in terms of build quality compared to the G4.
  • Modular design.
  • Fingerprint sensor/power button.
  • Quick Charge 3.0 charges to 50% in 30mins.
  • microSD card support.
  • USB-C Port.
  • IR Blaster.
  • 5.3inch QHD Display.
  • Swappable batteries.
  • Camera is really good, along with the wide angle lens and camera app. Might be more important than the modular design.
  • Fingerprint sensor is on par with the S7, but slower than the iPhone 6s.

Cons:

  • Not support Marshmallow’s Adaptable Storage feature.
  • A lot of backlight bleed when used in dark settings thanks to the IPS display.
  • Worried about force to connect and disconnect the battery from the bottom lip of the phone.
  • Bottom lip of the phone does not always fit flush.
  • Bottom modular design yields ability for water-resistance.
  • LG’s Android Launcher software is terrible and incredibly laggy. Recommends alternative launcher as soon as you get it as better performances, less lag etc.
  • No manual controls for videos despite it being on the LG V10.

Conclusion:

Person who wants this over other recent Android flagships, is for the camera.

DetroitBORG:

Pros:

  • Unboxing experience has a modular aspect to it which is very clever.
  • Comes with a screen protector already on it, which can obviously be removed if you do not want it like himself.
  • Really good looking phone but doesn’t feel as good as a metal phone.
  • Camera’s wide angle lens is really good.
  • 4k Video recording on standard and wide lens.
  • IR Blaster.
  • USB-C Connector.
  • Performance is fast and really smooth when navigating through the user interface, including LG’s UX.
  • Camera delivers really sharp images and with good colour reproduction and saturation
  • 360 degree image as your home screen wallpaper.
  • Knock Code on the Lock Screen.

Cons:

  • Waviness towards the bottom of the back of the phone.
  • Separation ports looks a bit ugly.
  • Bezels do not always lineup.
  • Fingerprint/lock button on the back is very loose.
  • Speaker is a bit louder than the S7 but is ranks as one of the worst with a great deal of distortion.
  • Bottom part does not always line-up properly.
  • Blacks are not as deep and solid because of backlight bleed.
  • Manual mode in camera does not work for video despite it working on LG V10.

Conclusion:

LG G5 is definitely generating some controversy. Big fan of the camera and is one of the main reasons to pick this phone over any other.

Modular design is only compelling if you want to swap out your battery out a lot or use the extra modules available.

Probably needs another iteration to resolve all of the issues it has.

PhoneDog:

Pros:

  • Reminds him of LG Nexus 5X but way more premium.
  • Coating on the metal design makes it a good grip.
  • Display is extremely bright and clear and one of the best he has seen in a long time.
  • microSD card expansion.
  • Removable battery.
  • Camera grip is one of the most intriguing extensions.
  • Latest install of Android Marshmallow.
  • Camera is great but not the best available today.
  • Battery lasts only 4hrs of screen on time which is not good for power users.

Cons:

  • Does not feel as premium as flagship phones like iPhone.
  • Change to Google Now launcher to get app drawer back etc.
  • Stock software is not on par with the other flagships.

Conclusion:

LG G5 is realistically an alternative only for people that want a removable battery.

Would spend money on the Galaxy S7 instead.

Conclusion:

LG’s G5 is certainly not perfect and has quite a fair bit of criticism.

One stand-out feature is the modular design, but all other aspects to the phone seem a bit average, which leads me to the question for this post.

“Will you be upgrading to the LG G5? And what from?”

For me, I’m not someone that would need a modular design or a removable battery in a smartphone, but I can understand why this is very appealing to a specific group of people.

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