Specs summary

Screen
5.3"

The LG G5's screen is 5.3 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.1GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2800 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 16 days standby time, 1260 minutes (2G), 1058 minutes (3G), 455 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The G5 hits the mark but that’s just it, it needs “friends” to do more and that doesn’t seem very friendly.

- Kevin Sebastian , Absolute Geeks 

I’m feeling good, really good, just a slightly unsatisfied.

- Todd Haselton , TechnoBuffalo 

Reviews summary

8.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 52 reviews

What's good  

  • Fast performance
  • Ample storage space
  • MicroSD card support
  • Removeable battery
  • QuickCharge 3.0
  • Crisp, detailed display
  • Unique design
  • Great camera

What's bad  

  • Questionable future LG Friends support
  • Lack of module options
  • Questionable durability on phone finish
  • Average battery life
  • Price

LG is known for offering a unique take on mobile phone design. They’ve proven with each release that they’re not afraid to try something new and the LG G5 is no exception. With its modular design, LG touts that you can add features or upgrade your phone to suit the way you plan to use it.

But does this bold idea pan out? Reviews on this flagship device are rolling out and we’ve dug deep into them all to let you know what the experts around the web are saying. Let’s get started!

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The LG G5 includes a lot of first--some for mobile phones in general and others for LG. One of the good ones is the switch to a metal unibody design. Unlike previous phones in the G-series, you won’t find a bunch of bold curves or shiny plastic bits.

The Verge spent some time with the G5 and called its design, “Restrained in all the ways that LG usually isn’t.” Most reviews applauded the phone for it’s comfortable one-hand use, with Android Authority declaring, I personally think the 5.3-inch form factor is perfect for a smartphone and LG may have uncovered the perfect size.”

Unfortunately, it seems that the coating LG chose for the phone’s body isn’t winning many fans in the review crowd. Their primer and metallic paint approach left many questioning if the phone was metal at all. Android Central had issues with cracking and chipping on the finish and many reviews noted easy scuffing and scratching. Greenbot wrote, “I would have preferred a more durable finish, and maybe that’s something LG can improve in next year’s G6.”

Heading around to the front of the phone, you’ll find a 5.3-inch IPS display running at 1440-by-2560 pixels. Fortunately, reviews for the display were much better than the body of the phone. Android Authority used the phone for a week and found, ”The G5’s display is certainly impressive and offers great color reproduction and vibrant colors, that aren’t oversaturated.“

One issue where opinions differed was on the lighting. Some reviews noted light bleeding issues while others specifically mentioned no problems at all. This might be an issue of pre-production or first run phones.

To keep all those pixels moving, LG went with the latest Snapdragon 820 processor. This is same processor most of 2016’s flagships are using and, as per usual, performance reviews are outstanding. Greenbot noted, “The G5 doesn’t stutter or lag during real-world use.”

Android Authority put it through a full set of benchmark tests and real-world use scenarios and ruled, “From buttery smooth animations, to rapid multitasking and gaming like a pro, the G5 is definitely more than capable at handling whatever you throw at it.” Many reviews also pointed out that the heat concerns from the Snapdragon 810 are not apparent in the new 820 processor, even when placed inside a metal phone.

With 4-gigabytes of RAM, the phone offers some future proofing and added responsiveness for heavy multitaskers. The phone also offers 32GB of internal storage--enough for many users. Should you need more space, LG has kept microSD card support in the mix with support for cards with capacities up to 2-terabytes.

While the handset runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, you won’t find the Adoptable Storage feature enabled. This means you won’t be able to tap into all of 2TB of external storage for app storage. However, that still provides plenty of room for a healthy stash of movies, music or tv shows!

With the typical specs out of the way, reviews start delving into some of the unique aspects of the G5. One of the first things noticeable when you flip the G5 over is that there are two cameras on the back. LG included a 16MP main camera with optical image stabilization as well as an 8MP wide-angle lens for additional photo options. And don’t worry selfie-fans, there’s still an 8MP front-facing camera as well.

Reviews for all three cameras are overwhelming positive. The Verge notes, “LG’s camera system is one of the very few that I trust in all circumstances, delivering sharpness, detail, and speed that only Apple and Samsung are currently able to compete with.” Gizmodo adds, “The wide-angle camera really does add quite a bit of creative freedom to smartphone photography—particularly when zooming simply isn’t an option.”

The multiple lenses offer options you simply can’t find on other phones. The phone also allows exporting images in RAW format for professional level tweaking. Other features include an in-depth set of manual settings and the ability to shoot 4K video.

This also brings us to the first of the LG “Friends.” These modular additions add features to the LG G5. You just push a button near the bottom of the phone, releasing the lower portion of the handset along with the battery. Snap the battery off the stock mount and onto your LG Friend module and slide it back in.

Overall, the reviews on this are mixed. On the visual front, many reviews noted that the friend modules didn’t quite sit flush with the screen on the phone. On the functional part, some reviews questioned what the friends modules really offered. The way the pieces interact also worried some reviewers. Gizmodo noted that, “[swapping modules required] more brute force than you’d expect. ‘At least it’s still under warranty’ shouldn’t be going through your head when you’re trying to use a smartphone’s biggest selling point.” Engadget said, “I'm curious about how long these things will last before some poor piece of plastic snaps.”

At the time of writing, there are two modules available--only of one of which is available outside the UK. The Camera Grip offers physical camera controls and an extra 1,200mAh battery for extended shooting sessions. The Hi-Fi Plus with Bang & Olufsen Play is a digital-to-analog audio converter that can work with any USB-C enabled sound source. It’s also only available in limited regions.

Fortunately, if you’re not in the UK, reviews indicate that the single speaker on the phone is quite good. Engadget notes, “the G5 is a more capable audio machine out of the box than you might expect.”

The Camera Grip received mediocre reviews due to the lack of indicators on the zoom wheel, uncomfortable button placement and a generally uncomfortable grip.

Powering all this feature-swapping madness, you’ll find a 2,800mAh battery. Reviews on battery life are also mixed. While TechRadar noted, With moderate to heavy usage I found the G5 wouldn't get past early evening before dying. I regularly had to give it a top up before leaving the office if I wanted the G5 to see it through until bedtime.” Many reviews had no problem making it throughout the day--but only just.

Fortunately, with a removeable battery, power users can swap out a spare on particularly busy days. If you need a quick top off, the phone features Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 feature, allowing you to reach roughly 50% battery charge in only 30 minutes. Reviews noted that not only is charging quick, but there’s no issues with heat either.

Other features include Bluetooth 4.2, an IR emitter and NFC.

Overall, the verdicts from many reviews were bittersweet. It seems most reviews felt that LG spent too much time cramming in features and not enough time polishing their presentation. Not to mention that the biggest selling point--the modular add-ons--only offer two options at release. Gizmodo notes, “It’s hard to convince people to buy a product based on what it might eventually be able to do, but that’s the number one selling point the LG G5 currently has going for it: potential.“ The Verge echoes this sentiment, saying, “I applaud LG for bringing modular phones into the mainstream limelight. I only wish the company's execution was as great as its courage and imagination.”


Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)


Mobile Syrup

A device that aimed to reorient what a smartphone could be

from Mobile Syrup
The G5 is a solid phone, despite the identity it is saddled with. The fingerprint sensor is great, the camera is superb, the software much improved and the feel of the handset more than comfortable. The main trappings are there, however many didn’t get to experience them so far... Full review
AndroidPIT

The modulator

from AndroidPIT
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Whether the LG G5 is an aesthetically pleasing smartphone, well, that’s for you to decide. WhatI’ll say is that it is a flagship that can take on a Samsung Galaxy S7 and probably also with the HTC 10. Although these two competitors have arguably manufactured better phones, LG has a removable battery and its Friends modules. Unfortunately, the modules present a risk: Firstly, the modules are not incredibly good. Secondly, G5 buyers do not know if LG will also offer its Friends even in a year. It could simply end production... Full review
Fone Arena

It is still a great phone overall but has more shortcomings than the other phones in this segment

from Fone Arena
The LG G5 is a really interesting smartphone. The modular setup and the dual cameras really make it stand out from the rest of the crowd. It also performs really well when it comes to the camera, audio and display departments. However, it lacks that sort of refinement and premium feel that we get from most flagships these days... Full review
Reviewed

A fantastic smartphone

from Reviewed
If you look at the G5 as a powerful smartphone with some added functionality and a pretty good set of cameras, you might start to see it as a smart investment. Looking at it this way, the modularity is more of a bonus; you’ll always have the option to take advantage of any modules that come along in the future, and in the meantime, you have the freedom to change the battery... Full review
The Indian Express

Buy it for the camera, not the modules

from The Indian Express
This is not a full review, considering that I have not really played around with an extra module. But from what I have seen the LG G5 is a great flagship phone even without the modules. I would buy this just for the camera. I wouldn’t buy this for the modules, not yet... Full review
tech2

A flagship contender that needs some spit and polish

from tech2
The LG G5 is priced like a true flagship, and on paper, is also built like one. Unfortunately, reality paints a different picture. The phone holds a lot of promise. It’s rare to find a phone that performs this well and offers so much. If only LG had taken the trouble to really work on the fit and finish of the device and put some more thought into their “primer,” this would have been a real contender for the flagship throne... Full review
LaptopMedia

A slightly different flagship with many friends

from LaptopMedia
Many people find LG’s G5 as a risky attempt because of its striking changes from last year’s model. Undoubtedly, there is something charming about this design and additional modules. We can’t be sure though how customers will receive these novelties. There is no doubt that the fans of smartphone photography will be happy to find the camera module, bringing hardware buttons and extra battery, in the box... Full review
Brighthand

Excellent camera, modular design

from Brighthand
The LG G5 is one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. Its camera and innovative modular design are appealing, as is its powerful and stable chipset... Full review
TechSpot

Solid hardware, but the modular slot is a complete dud

from TechSpot
Having used the LG G5 for a little while now, I think some of the heavy criticism that was thrown at the device when it first launch is partly unfounded. There are some aspects to the G5 that are disappointing and worthy of critique, but in general, LG’s flagship for 2016 is a decent enough smartphone with some compelling features... Full review
Android Community

Different to a fault

from Android Community
At its current UK SIM-free price of £475, the LG G5 is a tempting package for anyone unimpressed by what Samsung's offering right now. It's a little cheaper than the regular flat Galaxy S7, and what it lacks in overall polish it makes up for with unique value propositions. While Samsung might well have brought a better core experience this time around, the G5's removable battery, wide-angle camera and higher-resolution main camera are enough to warrant consideration... Full review

Patricia

Nice phone but...

Nice phone - and I was really sold on the 16mp camera. However, I have a Macbook Pro computor and unable to upload my photo's on it from this phone without a hole lot of hastle and time. (I was 8 mins over the 30 minute allowed time to exchange for a differnt phone yet I have spent well over 30 ho... More

Nice phone - and I was really sold on the 16mp camera. However, I have a Macbook Pro computor and unable to upload my photo's on it from this phone without a hole lot of hastle and time. (I was 8 mins over the 30 minute allowed time to exchange for a differnt phone yet I have spent well over 30 hours researching a way to upload to my computer) and bottom line - the phone is not compatable with Mac. I wish I had been told that because I had an iPhone, and got sold on this. Very disappointed

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