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Full Review

LG has pulled out all the stops for the LG G5, delivering a phone that’s not only more powerful and stylish than the LG G4 but packed full of never before seen features.

From its innovative dual-lens camera to its unique accessory slot and all the core features you’d expect from a flagship this is a phone that has it all, but does it all come together. 

Screen

LG G5 Review: First Impressions

The LG G5 has a 5.3-inch 1440 x 2560 screen. That’s a slight drop in size from the 5.5-inch LG G4, but the same resolution, giving it a pixel density of 554 pixels per inch. In other words, it’s very sharp.

Otherwise it’s much the same as the screen on the LG G4, with one difference- it’s always-on. This is a trick which is starting to look like it could become commonplace, as the Samsung Galaxy S7 offers it too, but it means part of the display remains lit up so you can always see the time and any notifications without having to hit the power button.

It’s convenient and if you’re checking your phone hundreds of times a day it could even save battery, though if you don’t feel the need to check it that often this will instead be a battery hit.

Design

LG G5 Review: First Impressions

LG has ditched the leather and plastic of its previous flagships and finally embraced metal in a big way, as the LG G5 has a full metal body with gently curved edges.

The shape is different do previous LG phones too. The back is flat rather than curved for example and while there’s still a rear-mounted power button the volume buttons have been moved to the side.

It’s one of the best looking phones LG has ever made, but it still can’t rival the likes of the Galaxy S7, HTC One M9 or iPhone 6S. As while it looks premium it also looks a little plain. Still, it’s a big improvement for the brand.

Power

The LG G5 has a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. That’s the same spec as the Samsung Galaxy S7, so you can expect a serious amount of performance from it.

That’s also a huge improvement on the LG G4, which was stuck with a not-quite-top-end Snapdragon 808 chip. It remains to be seen just how smooth the LG G5 is once it’s loaded up with apps, but early impressions are promising.

Camera

LG G5 Review: First Impressions

The camera is one of the most innovative parts of the LG G5, as it has two sensors on the back- a 16MP one and an 8MP one. The 16MP one is a fairly standard camera, while the 8MP one allows you take extremely wide angle shots of 135 degrees. That’s a wider field of view than even the human eye can see. So essentially you have two main cameras to play with depending on the situation, which makes it a photo fan’s dream.

The LG G5’s camera also sports optical image stabilisation and can shoot 2160p video at 30fps. Plus, there’s an 8MP snapper on the front for selfie duty, which itself is higher spec than most front-facing cameras.

Features

 Aside from its dual-lens camera the main big feature of the LG G5 is its accessory slot. This allows you to plug in hardware expansions to augment the phone. So far two of these exist, one gives you a camera grip and an extra 1200 mAh of battery life, while the other adds a Hi-Fi DAC audio player to the G5, for 32-bit 384KHZ high-definition audio playback.

Presumably more modules will be made over time, making your LG G5 even more customisable and versatile if you invest in them.

The LG G5 also has a fingerprint scanner built into the home button on the back of the phone for speedy unlocking.

Battery life, memory and connectivity

The LG G5 has a 2800 mAh battery, which is fairly sizeable but not enormous. It’s too early to say how its life will pan out, but LG claims that it uses power far more efficiently than the G4 or most other phones, which bodes well. The G5 also supports fast charging to get you powered up again quickly.

Plus, LG has given the phone a removable battery, so you can even carry a spare if you really need a lot of juice.

There’s 32GB of built in storage along with a microSD card slot with support for cards of up to 200GB. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC.

Early verdict

The LG G5 makes a hugely impressive first impression. While the Samsung Galaxy S7 is sure to steal more limelight the G5 is the more innovative flagship.

The dual-lens camera is enormously useful and the accessory slot holds a lot of potential, while the power and screen are both as high-end as you’d hope and the design is better than ever, though still shows room for improvement.

If the LG G5 delivers on battery life if could really give Samsung’s phones a run for their money.

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Specifications

Specifications

Dimensions (mm): 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7

Weight (g): 159

Battery capacity (mAh): 2800

Colours: Silver, Titan, Gold, Pink

Screen size (inches): 5.3

Resolution: 1440x2560 pixels

Pixels per inch (PPI): 554

Processor: Quad-core

Processor make: Snapdragon 820

RAM: 4GB

Internal storage: 32GB

Expandable storage up to (GB): 200GB

Camera: 16/8-megapixel dual-lens and 8-megapixel

Operating System: Android 6.0

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