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LG G5 - Transform Your Flagship Experience

LG G5 - Transform Your Flagship Experience
How do you make a standout device in a world where most components are standardized? It’s no secret that manufacturers share components from suppliers like Qualcomm, yet spicing things up involves more than simply stuffing more processing power. Innovative as they are, LG is spearheading the concept of modular smartphones with their latest flagship, the G5. Are we ready for it? Let’s take a closer look!

LG G5


Past few generations of LG’s flagships involved a large degree of experimentation in terms of design. Starting from volume keys placed on the back, all the way to the leather finish on the G4. For many users it was an adventurous journey, always experiencing something new in the process. This time around however, LG’s designers were unusually conventional not taking into account removable modules. Volume buttons have been moved to the side and the whole design is very unlike LG. We’re just surprised to see LG taking a step in a different direction. Featuring aluminum unibody design, G5 feels exquisite to the touch and as robust as its competition. Having dimensions of 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm and weighing 159 grams, one-handed use is fairly comfortable, as we didn’t feel overly strained using it for longer periods.
 

LG G5


In terms of display, LG opted for a 5.3-inch IPS LCD screen producing 1440 x 2560 pixels for a total density of 554ppi. Keen readers will notice that screen size has taken a 0.2-inch cut from last year’s G4, yet the viewing experience has remained equally fantastic. Besides being comfortably large, LG’s screen features vivid colors, excellent contrast, and ample brightness. A new always-on feature enables users to check their notifications without fully turning on the screen. You don’t have to worry about running out of power because of it, as LG claims that it only uses 0.8% of battery per hour.
 

LG G5


Avoiding last year’s sizzling Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 meant that G4 featured the less powerful Snapdragon 808. While that’s more than enough power for 90% of users, G4 was beaten by its rivals in many benchmarks. Determined not to have that situation repeated, G5 features Qualcomm’s latest and most powerful Snapdragon 820. Paired with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 530 GPU, there is nothing that can push this phone to its limits. Users will enjoy a very fluid experience on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) and LG’s customized user interface. Unlike previous versions of LG’s UI, developers decided to remove the app drawer for a more iOS-like experience. Those who can’t get used to the new look can download a custom launcher, solving any clutter issues. One of the most interesting aspects of this device are removable modules which add functionality. Currently there is a camera module featuring an instant record key, shutter button, a scroll wheel to zoom in and out with and a 1,200mAh battery. Taking photos with the module is definitely more comfortable and enjoyable. LG’s second module is a DAC converter tuned by Bang & Olufsen.

LG G5


Innovating on the camera front as well, LG decided to feature two main sensors on the back. Their motive? Wide-angle photos when you need them and regular photos at other times. The 16-megapixel sensor packs more detail, but the 8-megapixel sensor fits 135 degrees into a photo which is more than the human eye can see. It’s excellent for times when you can’t back up far enough to capture entire objects on a single photo. Both cameras balance perfectly other elements such as color, sharpness, and contrast.

Spoiled for choice in the flagship segment, picking up a new device might seem confusing, but manufacturers like LG are doing their best to come up with features that users can cling onto. We love the fact that LG is always trying something new, constantly venturing into uncharted territory. Modular phones are the future, and LG G5 has brought us one step closer.

 


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