The LG G5 looks and feels completely different to the G4, and that’s thanks to the all-metal body that rightfully kicks the plastic to the curb.
It feels suitably smooth, although the G5 struggles to feel as premium the likes of the iPhone 6S or Samsung Galaxy S7. That’s thanks to a relatively thick layer of primer-paint mix which LG has used to the colour the G5.
Initially I thought the G5 felt more like plastic, and it can be deceiving, but the sturdy aluminium frame becomes more apparent the more you use it. This doesn’t mean the G5 feels cheap, far from it in fact, but the finish doesn’t sing in your hand.
Another big difference between the design of the LG G5 and its predecessor is the fact that the curved design has been ditched.
LG’s reason for the switch is simple – consumers preferred the flat designs of rival handsets over its own curved offerings.
The LG G5 is a bit of a funny one. It’s giving us a glimpse of the future thanks to the modular setup, but its true potential is currently unrealized, and things could stay that way for a while as we wait for exciting, new modules to appear.
Where does that leave us then? There’s still a well-built handset with a premium design – although not as premium as its competitors – a huge amount of power and a smart dual camera setup on the rear.
It’s not like there’s a shortage of features then, but somehow the G5 doesn’t quite feel complete. There’s nothing inherently wrong, the battery could be better, but it’s lacking that final layer of finesse to pull everything together into a tidy package.
Back Camera: 16MP + Wide Angle Lens 135o 8MP
Front Camera: 8 MP
HD capture: Yes
Video Capture: 4K HD @30fps
Music Player: Yes
FM Radio: Yes
Data Connectivity: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes – v4.2 BLE
Stereo bluetooth: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes – 802.11 b,g,n, ac
Type of Audio Connector: 3.5mm
Removable battery: Yes