LG try to play safe, but LG G5 is a modular phone which allows you to swap out few parts. Many companies have tried to do so but failed, and when it comes to execution, even LG has failed too. When you have to swap parts, it means that you have to turn off your phone every time and there aren’t sufficient modules which can attract the users.
If you set aside the modules, then this device is among the best smartphones coming with a removable battery which is quite rare these days. It has an aluminum build which feels and appears great and has two cameras on the back side.
This phone was introduced with its modular capabilities along with the ability to swap and add hardware parts which remain to be a key fantasy among the users. Just like PC, one can upgrade the components as per their requirement. Its bottom bezel can be removed and then swapped out for a different accessory. Google tried this in its Project Ara which is still in developmental phase. However, LG got this phone with a win, but its features are quite limited as there are only two accessories right now to take advantage of it right now.
One accessory is called Cam Plus. This is a camera grip with a physical shutter button to record and take video and comes with a zooming wheel. It also has an in-built battery. The second accessory is called Hi-Fi Plus which is a portable digital to analog converter (DAC) which boosts audio playback for good sound files. The Hi-Fi Plus includes a USB Type- C port along with an audio grill and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
When it comes to swapping out the bottom bezel, it is quite difficult. The pieces fit tightly, and its unlock button allows you to detach the chin which lies flush with surface of the phone.
This 5.2 inch smartphone comes with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels with pixel density of 554 ppi. It has Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. It can capture videos up to 4K and has 16 MP along with 8 MP camera. It features powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 2.15 GHz with quad-core. It has 32 GB storage along with 2TB of expandable storage. It has 2,880 mAh removable battery with fingerprint sensor at the home button. It uses Type-C USB port and has twin cameras at the back
With refreshed user interface, LG has tried to bury the option of an app drawer with the grid of icons that contains all the apps. In the case of you need the app drawer then you have to go to Settings and launch a different layout called as EasyHome.
You can choose between dashboard and app drawer. It displays the time, date and any notification which has been missed, on your display. Since the information is always displayed, then you don’t have to wake the smartphone. This feature is quite useful as it saves unusual taps just to check the time. The Android Marshmallow gives a premium feeling.
LG G5 comes with two cameras: a 16 MP camera along with an 8 MP camera. The second lens allows you to capture more space within each frame.
The cameras work open and work quickly, and they take sharp images. The camera’s burst hot feature takes many pictures with the focus in each image. The lighting is quite even, and colors are spectacular. However, it takes some to time to focus. Its camera is great with accurate color.
Other camera features are shooting in 4K, slow motion, and timelapse videos. It also comes with a manual shooting mode and can control the ISP level of the camera along with white balance, shutter speed and much more. It also allows taking images in the format which is uncompressed and raw image.
This phone runs on Snapdragon 820 processor and works quite fast and smooth. The camera shoots quite fast, and it doesn’t have any issues while playing games, launching, and closing apps.
Its 2,800 mAh battery can survive entire working day without any need of charging. It comes with quick charge technology which takes only an hour to charge fully.
In case you want to buy this phone just for its modularity and don’t buy it. You should wait till more hardware parts along with accessories come out which can be swapped out. If you wish to have a replaceable battery, then you can certainly buy this phone. Using a spare battery, you don’t have to worry about finding a plug and also makes this device easier to resell.
With this, we end our review on LG G5. Try out this smartphone and let us know about your experience and reviews of this phone by mentioning them in the comment section.