Overall, if you spend more money then you will get a better and stronger phone, great camera quality, design and look experience.
Today we will review the new addition to the list of flagship smartphones, the LG G5 priced at Rs 52,990. This smartphone is claimed to have everything that a user would expect from a flagship smartphone. There are many new features in the phone. With a completely modular design, the LG G5 marks a new beginning in the flagship category. Learn why buy this flagship modular smartphone.
look and design
LG G5 Made of metal body with a separate frame and rear shell. However, we did not like it the first time we held the phone in hand. Taking the phone in hand, it felt more like a mid-range plastic phone than a flagship metal device. But later the G5 turned out to be a little better, but this phone does not feel like we have seen in many devices of the same price reviewed recently.
The metal shell is very nicely curved at the edges but due to a different frame, the phone does not always feel good when held in the hand. Also, the phone looks like a heavy phone despite the G5 having a 5.3-inch screen. Apart from this, there is also a problem with the removable modular base which does not fit perfectly and hence looks strange.
There is a dual camera setup on the rear, with laser autofocus window, flash and color sensor. The power button also acts as a fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor unlocks the phone very accurately and quickly. And unlike other devices, you can unlock the phone by touching the power button with your fingers even if the phone is not activated.
The screen occupies 70 percent of the front part of the phone. The glass on the front is very good in our eyes. But it doesn’t have any special function. Its most important feature is modular and removable at the bottom of the phone. Its appearance looks very attractive when viewed from the front. It looks like it is a removable unit and with this you remember that you have a phone with a better approach in your hand.
The hybrid-dual SIM slot is placed on the right side and the volume and module rock buttons are on the left. The 3.5mm socket and infrared blaster are on the top. The standard module that comes with the phone is a simple phone base that is equipped with a USB Type-C port, microphone and speaker. Removing the rear cover of the phone will reveal the removable battery.
LG has announced two optional modules for the G5. The Rs 6,500 LG Cam Plus is a camera grip with separate shutter, camera on/off and dial buttons for video recording, zoom. There is also a 1200 mAh battery, which increases the total battery capacity of the phone to 4000 mAh.
Hi-Fi Plus has been given as a second option. This is a DAC module made by Bang & Olufsen. The device is claimed to improve the audio output coming from headphones or wired speakers. But, we didn’t get a chance to use either of these modules. During our review, we could only test the standard module and it didn’t help us with any additional features.
The LG G5 sports a 5.3-inch IPS LCD screen of 1440×2560 pixels with a density of 554 ppi. Because of this, the screen is quite sharp and there is a pleasant feeling during pictures, video games or surfing. The colors on the screen look quite vibrant and with detailing.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor is being given in many devices these days. but in india Xiaomi Mi 5 ,reviewAfter ) LG G5 is the second smartphone to come with this processor. These days it is the flagship processor of Quacom and also one of the most powerful processors available in the market today.
The LG G5 features 4GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage (expandable up to 200GB with microSD card support), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and 4G connectivity on both bands (TDD Band 40 and FDD Band 3) Support has been given. Along with this, USB 3.0 and 2800 mAh battery have been provided with Type-C connector. Many sensors like compass, barometer and color spectrum sensor are also provided. Talking about the audio, this device also has Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity with A2DP and Atex HD support.
We found the weakest in specification to be 32 GB inbuilt storage. Nowadays most of the devices in this category are coming with 64 GB storage. Although the phone has microSD card support, it is a hybrid SIM support phone. This means that the user has to choose between two SIM or one SIM and one microSD card.
The LG G5 runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 with LG’s Optimus UI 5.0 on top. One is a single layered UI. Most of the Chinese smartphone companies provide similar UI in their devices. However, you can switch to the traditional dual-layered user interface on the LG G5 as per your convenience. The software is very well designed giving it a clean, clear look.
The G5 has a handy screen called Smart Bulletin which can be activated by going to the Settings app. This allows users to access calendar, health tracker, quick remote app and other apps directly from the home screen. Apart from this, you can download other additional features to use this feature.
In the Settings app, you can control many things, from SIM handling to Android soft key layout, Quick Launch gestures for the camera. The Quick Settings menu can also be customized.
LG has provided an always-on display in the G5 which keeps the screen active even when the phone is on standby mode. The phone comes pre-installed with several LG apps, including apps like Back Up, Friends Manager, Health, Quick Remote and Smart World. The LG G5 also comes pre-loaded with Evernote which cannot be uninstalled.
Talking about the camera of LG G5, it has a dual rear camera setup on the rear. The phone has a 16-megapixel main and 8-megapixel support sensor. Along with this, an 8-megapixel front camera has been given in the phone. The rear camera can shoot 30 frames per second video up to 2160 pixels while the front camera can record 30 frames per second video up to 10080 pixels. The rear camera has a slow motion mode which records at 60 frames per second in full-HD resolution. Apart from this, optical image stabilization, laser autofocus and color spectrum sensor are also present.
The camera software is well designed and the layout is quite convenient. The layout has all the buttons needed. Recording video is a one-step process with the l-separate button on the camera’s viewfinder screen. Apart from this, there is also a button for quick exit from the app. Apart from this, there is also a standard toggle for flash, camera switching and shooting modes. Resolution, HDR setting, self-timer among other things can be controlled from the detail setting menu. Along with this, there is a special toggle through which one can quickly switch between the normal and wide angle lens.
Focusing is easy with the camera, whether you are autofocusing or manually selecting the focal area. And with the help of laser system, good close shots can be taken. The pictures taken indoors are amazing. But that doesn’t mean that the G5 can’t take good pictures in natural light. Shots taken from the phone come with focus and detail and clear.
Photos taken in low light are also good, especially when it comes to color and detailing. Taking shots at wide angles is a lot of fun, especially when you’re taking natural landscape photos. Most of the pictures taken with the G5 are good. The front camera is also fine and it takes great selfies.
Optical image stabilization works well when you’re shooting video on the go or in a vehicle. It is good to have 4K video option in the phone but due to the large file size, you will be able to use it very rarely. Videos are excellent even on full-HD.
LG G5 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It is one of the most powerful processors currently in the market. With 4 GB RAM, LG G5 is included in the best performing smartphone. From booting to opening apps, running games and heavy apps, even when opening multiple tabs in the web browser at the same time, the phone works great. Multitasking is also better and you can work on multiple apps at once without any hassle.
In the benchmarking test, the LG G5 scored pretty decent figures. If you want to buy a powerful smartphone, then G5 is one of the most powerful smartphone in the market.
The phone does get a little hot while playing games or using it a lot, but it remains convenient to use. The battery lasted for 13 hours and 6 minutes in our video loop test. During normal usage, the phone runs smoothly throughout the day. Coming with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, this phone also gets charged quickly.
Network connectivity is also good and works well not only on 4G networks but also on weak Wi-Fi signals. Good sound quality is available from a single speaker but the sound quality is much better with headphones.
LG’s G series smartovs are either always a hit or not a success at all. Last year, the G4 smartphone disappointed in many features, especially in terms of battery life and software. Apart from this, the laser autofocus was also not up to our expectations. All those problems have been solved in the LG G5. But apart from this, it now seems that a smartphone is finally on the market to challenge Samsung’s dominance.
The most attractive feature of the LG G5 is the LG G5 which allows you to add additional features and functions to the phone. Currently, only the Cam+ module is available but we expect LG to make other modules available in the future as well. Good software, strong battery life, great performance and great cameras make this phone a true flagship smartphone.
However, the build quality of the phone could have been better. Although LG has given a completely metal body to this phone, it does not feel like many other flagship smartphones. The alignment between the G5’s body and module makes the phone’s design feel a bit clumsy. Barring that, apart from the high price tag, the LG G5 hardly has any other drawback. We would recommend the LG G5 to every user looking to buy a premium flagship Android smartphone.