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Reviewed by Max Parker

19 April 2016


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Great in so many areas, but the LG G5's modular system misses the mark

Key features:

  • 5.3-inch, quad-HD resolution LCD screen
  • 16-megapixel, f/1.8 rear camera w/ a wider angle lens too
  • Fingerprint scanner on the back
  • Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM

LG has really tried to stand-out from the pack with the G5. It's new modular design means you can pull off the bottom and swap out the battery, but you'll also be able to add extra bits to the phone. The initial two are a DAC for improving the audio and a grip that gives you physical camera controls and an extra hit of battery. This system does damage the clean look of the phone and while LG claims it's metal, it doesn't feel as sturdy as the HTC 10.

On the inside though, it's a better story. The Snapdragon 820 CPU and 4GB RAM takes care of everything you throw at it, while the 32GB storage is assisted by a Micro SD card. Android 6.0.1 is onboard but it has LG's UX 5.0 on top. It's a little bit heavy, but it's an improvement over last year.

The two cameras on the back, yep two, are fantastic. One is a regular 16MP lens with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS, while the other is an 8MP wide-angle lens that's great for landscape shots. The battery should get you through the day and there's USB-C fast charging too.

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At time of review the LG G5 was available for £529.

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