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SMART­PHONES, AS A WHOLE, BE­CAME UN­O­RIG­I­NAL OVER

the last cou­ple of years. Even LG’s big­gest Korean ri­val avoided try­ing to rein­vent its de­sign this year, and LG took the cue to bring in some­thing that has only been largely ex­per­i­men­tal by phone mak­ers from the West. The LG G5 is a mod­u­lar smart­phone with swap­pable at­tach­ments that can en­hance a phone’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties based on your im­me­di­ate needs.

Right off the bat, LG brought on the LG CAM Plus, a cam­era mod­ule that con­verts your al­ready-flag­ship smart­phone into a stand­alone one-handed cam­era, thanks to the ex­tra grip and con­trols it pro­vides. They also worked with B&O to bring the LG Hi-Fi Plus, a DAC (dig­i­tal to ana­log con­verter) mod­ule for au­dio en­thu­si­asts that up-sam­ples au­dio to 32-bit Hi-Fi qual­ity through the at­tach­ment. It mat­ters very lit­tle that the mod­u­lar cam­era and mod­u­lar DAC will likely cost a pretty penny since it sat­is­fies a unique de­mand – smart­phone users want more perks, but they want to have a choice in the perks they can keep, while shed­ding the rest.

Sam­sung’s new flag­ship may also have Al­ways-on Dis­play, but LG wins in this de­part­ment be­cause the G5 of­fers re­mov­able bat­ter­ies for its phones. Both brands claim that the AOD will ex­pend less than one per­cent of bat­tery charge per hour, but Sam­sung’s phones force the user to choose be­tween ex­tra 20 per­cent for the next 24 hours, or the con­ve­nience of time/date on your lock screen. G5 users sim­ply have to pop the phone open and re­place the ex­pended pack for a fresh mag­a­zine, and it’s good to go with AOD tog­gled on.

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While Sam­sung up­graded the low-light qual­ity of the rear cam­era per­for­mance, LG chose to give their users more shoot­ing an­gle op­tions in­stead. An ad­di­tional 8MP sen­sor with a 135-de­gree, wide-an­gle lens sits next to the stan­dard 16MP rear cam­era. This adds a hu­man touch to the G5 – the wide-an­gle lens pro­vides a field of view that’s 15-de­grees more than the av­er­age hu­man eye. This re­sults in two things – en­vi­able wide shots of scenery and im­pres­sive build­ings for any In­sta­gram pro­file, and the ease of tak­ing we­fies (group self­ies) with­out wor­ry­ing about leav­ing a friend out. Ul­ti­mately, great specs like ‘bet­ter low-light per­for­mance’ is not as mean­ing­ful to the ev­ery­day user who wants tech­nol­ogy to work for them, and not the other way round.

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