How is the LG G5?
When the LG G4 was released last April, critics were pleased about the phone’s solid build quality and ranked it as one of the better Android phones of 2015. Recently, the company released its 2016 flagship smartphone and the reviews are starting to come out! Today, we’ll give a quick overview about the goods and the bads of the LG G5, its specifications and all the important information that you will need to know about it.
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Taking a look at the LG G5’s specifications, the phone can certainly match up with other flagship phones from 2016.
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi)
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Camera: Rear: Standard 16MP, Wide 8MP / Front: 8MP
Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C) / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2
Colours: Silver / Titan / Gold / Pink
As a phablet-ish type of phone, the LG G5 has the firepower to support it. Its processor, its RAM as well as its screen resolution are up to today’s standards and certainly impress. So what differences are there to its predecessor and what’s new in the phone?
When the LG G4 was released, the phone was praised by many critics about its high quality camera. This year is no different. LG has significantly improved the build quality of their flagship’s phone and has added certain features that makes the camera stand out from the rest. For starters, the smartphone now has a dual rear camera with two different lenses. One lens is powered at 16 MP and is intended for regular photographs, while the other lens has 8 MP and is built to take wide-angle shots. Other smartphones with dual rear end cameras usually combine both cameras to increase depth, however LG has dedicated one entire lens to that purpose.
Users may be more inclined to utilize the higher resolution 16 MP camera; however, the 8 MP wide-angle camera always has its uses. It’s definitely more practical when you’re trying to fit in as much into a photo as possible. Additionally, to keep up to 2016 camera standards, the LG G5 can shoot 4K video using its new rear end camera. It’s front end “selfie” camera is also magnificent, with an 8 MP sensor and capable of shooting 1080P video.
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The LG G5 has a “metallic” body. Around the back, the phone has an aluminum wrap on a curved rear, however it has a plastic coating, which may throw off many buyers. The company claims that a plastic wrap would help the phone last longer and be more protected, but the issue is that the phone’s overall build quality declines. On the back of the phone, a finger print sensor has been implemented to allow you to unlock your phone easier.
One of the more interesting features that LG introduced was something called “LG Friends”. The bottom section of the device, essentially where the “LG” logo is located, is detachable and specific accessories can be added. While this may just be a gimmick and a marketing ploy used to help increase sales, there are definitely advantages to allowing this type of customisation. A more heavily promoted accessory is the phone’s “LG Cam Plus” camera grip. With this optional add-on, the LG G5 turns into a professional camera, with the ability to switch the camera on or off, zoom in and out of your shots, record video and take regular shots. Recently, companies have begun to do away with physical camera buttons in order to save money during production, so having an optional accessory for this purpose definitely has potential behind it.
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One of the phone’s downfalls is its lackluster battery life. The LG G4 suffered from very disappointing battery life and it appears that the G5 has the same issues. However, with the phone’s new LG Friends feature, you can easily swap out the removable battery and add another one, if you’re on the go and desperately need a charge.
There are so many smaller but significant changes to the LG G5 that we didn’t cover. For example, the phone’s improved software (launcher, camera, multitasking), however we covered the primary changes made, which include its new camera and removable bottom. All in all, the phone is an improvement over it’s G4 predecessor and its new camera is arguably one of the best in the market right now. It’s definitely hard to say if its LG Friends gamble will pay off or not, however it definitely adds more utility and functionality to an already great phone!
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