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LG G5 Review: A decent smartphone, not extraordinary

Rahul R
Sr. Technology Reporter
Editors Rating

LG’s more recent flagship, the G5 captured attention when it was launched due to the fact that it features dual cameras on its rear that come with LED flash. On first sight, the smartphone’s unconventional modular design also seems attractive. But being positioned a pure flagship is no small matter, hence we decided to do a hands-on review of the handset.

 

Display and Design

LG G5 features a 5.3-inch display having resolutions of 1440 x 2560 pixels and a pixel density of approximately 554 ppi. The screen is protected by an external Gorilla Glass 4 enclosure. We could witness crystal-clear and sharp image formation on the screen (due to superior pixel density) without lags. So we decided to accord brownie points to the smartphone’s display.

As far as its design aspects are concerned, the LG G5 comes with a full metallic outer body; this aspect is different from its predecessors as these incorporated a plastic outer-finish. So the metal outer finish for the LG G5 is a first-for.


When we had the phone in hand, it seemed that despite the metal finish, the smartphone still felt as if it was made from hardened plastic.

 

At the sides, the LG G5 features a volume button and the SIM-card slot in the form of a tray. The phone lock key is located right below the camera sensors.

Overall, as far as the looks go the LG G5’s design is eye-catching.

Processor and Memory

Like many of its predecessors, the G5 incorporates a couple of dual-core Kryo SoCs clocked at 2.15 GHz and 1.6 GHz respectively within a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit SoC. A 4GB RAM is also present under-the-hood. For internal storage, buyers get 32 GB that is expandable up to 200 GB with an external microSD card. We could not detect any visible performance lags, during our testing of the smartphone, in a multi-app/multi-tasking scenario.

 

The overall performance of the device, during our testing, seemed satisfactory considering the fact that no performance/display lags could be encountered.


Camera

The device comes with dual LED cameras that are 16 MP and 8 MP (wide angle) respectively, along with an 8 MP front snapper. The rear cameras allow recording of 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps and HDR. The front camera lets users record 1080p@30fps.

The secondary rear camera is termed the wide angle camera as it lets users capture photos/images from a 135-degree view angle, as compared to the conventional 75-degree angle. Images captured using the wide-angle camera were satisfactory, but not as sharp as the ones captured using the 16MP primary camera. Low-light shots also seemed satisfactory. The front camera, 8MP, also rendered good selfies.


Operating system, software and UI

LG G5 is driven by Google’s newest Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), with the Optimus UX 5.0 UI on top. On-screen navigation seemed intuitive, but a tad slow-paced.

Even aspects such as opening-up of multiple menus, scrolling through the open menus, and in-phone navigation and the speed seemed to be on par with current flagship smartphone standards.

Battery

LG G5 comes with a 2,800 mAh Li-Ion battery that can be replaced at any instant of time. This aspect gives an edge to the smartphone, however it is not good to best handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the recent HTC 10.

The talktime claimed by the company, with the 2,800 mAh Lithium-Ion battery is 20 hours on 3G (talktime), and standby time of up to 400 hours on 3G.  During our testing, the backup time offered nearly lasted for nearly three-fourths of the day.

 

LG Friends

LG Friends is a set of accessories comprising of LG 360 CAM and 360 VR headset that can synchronize with the G5. During our review, these accessories worked in perfect sync with the smartphone.

Verdict

Upon usage, the LG G5 came out as a good choice (not an extraordinary one); we felt that the device’s USP lies in its modular design that lets users remove the bottom battery portion of the smartphone by just pressing a button.

 

We feel that the phone also has potential to serve as the perfect choice for first-time buyers looking at not compromising on budgets.