A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really a step into the future?

I would start this journey of ink by saying the LG G5 is a really big deviation from the traditional pace for the South Korean firm. It has safely abandoned the cheap plastic as well as the rather controversial leather finishes which had come to be associated with the LG G4 rather now preferring to rock a complete metal body. Yet they didn’t loose grip of customer delicacies like while microSD card as well as a removable battery.

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really a step into the future?

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really a step into the future?

Doing a small throwback to when LG first unveiled the G5, LG took time to elaborate on the disposition of the LG5 being the first of its kind to present modular capacities. Although we must admit that the capability to swap out as well as customize certain hardware parts has been something we mobile users lick our lips towards relishing. This resembles designing a personal computer, in that it is possible for you to upgrade distinct components that are of relevance to you in whatever regard. An instance of this is you are heading somewhere where you intend to go about taking a collection of photos, so you could choose to take out your handset’s stock lens replacing it with a fisheye or macro lens.

To be able to access this feature, there is the need to to push the small button which is located on the device’s left edge. So there The bottom of the G5 will pop out, giving you the avenue to take off the attachment off the battery, and then clip the battery into the new module, taking no stress in pushing it all back together. The reason that the battery being attached to the bezel brings forth the condition where the handset power runs down every time you get to make a swap of something out. But this is not too disturbing either, only that it is time consuming to power up the phone after it switches off. So should you be swapping parts often throughout the day, then a power drain would not be too surprising.

Software: Quite some touches here

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really A step into the future?

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really A step into the future?

Going to the rather improved user interface for the G5, LG made the decision to let go of an app drawer (the grid of icons responsible for holding all of a user’s apps). A number of other Android phone-makers (which could include Xiaomi and Huawei) have been trying their hands on a resembling task of dismissing the drawer altogether, but if you aren’t used to it, it could be a pot of problems.

Most fundamentally, you will have to make a choice between having a dashboard as well no app drawer; or on the other hand having an app drawer with no dashboard with pretty large text. I wouldn’t say either of the choices is really very presentable.

Rather on the side of fortune, we have a number of fine software to assist you in the task of making up for this. One of these we are saying is the always-on display. Just in resemblance to the Galaxy S7, the screen will at every interval, display the time, as well as date and if possible also let you have an idea of any missed notifications on the display; this still continues even when the phone is sleeping. This is owing to the information being “always on,” so that there is no need for you to wake it up or possibly wave your hand over the screen (which is the culture we have on Motorola phones).

Camera: Two cameras really beats one

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really A step into the future?

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really A step into the future?

The G5 presents two cameras in the back:one is the 16-megapixel camera with a standard 78-degree wide lens as well as the second being an 8-megapixel camera presenting an extensive -angle, 135-degree lens. The essence of this wider lens is that it gives you the capacity to within each frame, capture more space .

At first, I will say I didn’t really feel reasonable excitement pertaining to this. I was initially of the opinion that a wide-angle lens hits it more on the front (just as we had on the LG V10) such that you could get an increased number persons in your group selfies. But as I eventually learnt, having a wide-angle lens on the back is of cool use should you be more into sweeping landscapes than selfies. And for the fact that you could without stress switch between the lenses by the act of making a zoom in and out on the camera’s interface, it therefore brings in less stress to quickly snap two versions of every scene I intended to capture.

Exploiting the presence of the dual cameras, LG made the addition of two software features: “Popout,” this undertakes the role of superimposing an image from the standard lens on top of the wide-angle lens’ view; this also brings in a number of effects. The second addition we have here is the “multiview.” Multiview makes an arrangement of images sourced from all cameras (this includes the 8-megapixel front-facing camera) such that they all pile up as instant collages.

Performance: Really very fast

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really A step into the future?

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really A step into the future?

The G5 does well to operate a Snapdragon 820 processor; thus boasting lightning fast with an adeptly smooth performance. As I have earlier noted, the camera shoots swiftly. Let me add here that there were no personal difficulties when I played games. Even when I launched and quitted apps. When I went further tests on it, I discovered that it was not far from its contemporaries as it dusted Nexus 6P on all fronts. Only that it was lacking against
the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. But then this doesn’t really take the deserved gloss off it.

Battery: Commendable but not ravishing

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really A step into the future?

A Hands-On Review of the LG G5: Really A step into the future?

This smartphone presents a battery capacity of 2,800mAh. This does well to go through a complete day’s work in the absence of a charge. When I was through browsing notoriously the web, even after I was through with my exhaustive benchmark tests not to exclude snapping photos, it still are had about 60% left in its pocket. This is not too excellent neither is it too bad.

It was however commendable in our traditional lab tests. The device racked up a time amount of 12 hours and 34 minutes when it was on a continuous video playback (which was in airplane mode). Making note of its quick charge technology, it didn’t really take more than 75 mins to charge. Well this is a commendable step ahead of the G4, which presented a 3,000mAh battery but then it had only a duration of about 11 hours. This thus puts it in front of the Nexus 6P’s 3,450mAh battery on terms of battery durability.

Expatiating more on the battery, we see that when we throw the LG5 into comparison with the Galaxy S7 as well as the S7 Edge, the LG5 is quite a distance behind. The later phones had a very impressive battery lasting power as both could last for more than 17 hours. These phones mentioned also charge wirelessly.

Winding up this review, on the good side, we see that the LG G5’s unique modular design gives you the capacity to swap in fun accessories. We commendably noted that the phone had two amazing rear cameras, as well as a storage you could expand further while still sporting a replaceable battery which you must agree with me is rare these days in high-end phones.

On the sad end, we see that despite the alluring feature of swapping out some parts, they really lack in the role of making this feature more attractive. It is unfortunate you could only access the phone’s app drawer in a very distinct theme.

A final look at the LG G5

A final look at the LG G5

So our conclusion is this smartphone is surely a peep into what is to come as to the modular setup of smartphones (swapping accessories) but then the reality is that it has fully exploited its supposed capacities so we while we look forward to LG unravelling subsequent wonders in this category of designs, we must still commend them for the big stride taken with the LG5!


He's an Associate at JustNaira. He loves to write about technology, business,sport and life, mixed with some randomness of what he would like to share. He's favorite activity is pretending that he can sing.

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