The LG G5 succeeds the LG G4 in an unorthodox manner with its modular design and metal unibody build. With the ability to extend its hardware with modules LG calls ‘Friends,' the LG G5 is a reinvention of flagship phones. The question is: does it work?
The G5's metal body is coated in a layer of primer that sits on top of its proprietary aluminum alloy frame, which explains why the phone looks premium at first glance, but feels plastic to the touch. The black panel surrounding the G5's two rear cameras breaks the design flow of the Home Button's silver rims, as well as the subtle silver Shiny Cut Edge that frames the phone's borders. The phone itself is comfortable to grip, with its light body and manageable 5.3-inch form factor. The G5 fits well in the hand, be it in use or when carrying.
Features such as the Always-On Display, removable battery, and the option to enhance the phone with modular attachments combine to make the phone feel like it's worth its weight in gold. The modular feature with its camera grip and DAC attachments may be one of the biggest things to happen to mainstream flagship phones, but with one major caveat – it won't be gamebreaking until LG decides to release more attachments.
The one Friend we did have was the LG Cam Plus camera grip module. While the physical controls are far more tactile than tapping tiny symbols on a phone screen, it's not as ergonomic as a conventional compact camera. The workable area is still too narrow for your grip. On the plus side, the attachment bestows a bonus 1,200mAh capacity if you need more juice for a long day outdoors.
Within the LG G5 is a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. The processor is far more powerful than its predecessors since it has improved performance, improved LTE support, and better power efficiency. The 4GB RAM should be able to give the phone a performance boost as well. As a whole, the LG G5 feels and works like a powerful phone, and its realworld performance is on par with the Exynos-equipped Samsung Galaxy S7.
The LG G5 has two rear cameras. One is a 16MP shooter with an f/1.8 aperture,
The LG G5's modular type design is one of the most interesting features to happen for smartphones, but the idea seems experimental as of now.