Did you know that LG had a modular phone before the LG G5?

Did you know that LG had a modular phone before the LG G5?
Many consumers, members of the media and even phone fanatics are looking at the LG G5 as though it were the first handset to come from LG with a modular design. We will let you in on a little secret; LG had an earlier handset with a modular design. More on this later. Let's talk first about the modular features on the LG G5. With the LG G5's "Friends," you can improve the camera using the LG Cam Pro. This turns your phone into a DSLR camera with a shutter button, an improved grip and 1200mAh of additional battery life.

Another pal, the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play, will jack up the audio on the phone. There are other Friends including the LG 360 Cam, the LG Tone Platinum headset, and the LG Rolling Bot. Not all of them are available everywhere, and some of them have yet to launch.

As we said, the LG G5 is not the manufacturer's first modular handset. Back on March 1st, 2009, the LG Versa was launched as an exclusive for Verizon. The featurephone had a resemblance to the LG Dare, but with a major difference; various modular accessories could be added to the phone. One such option was the physical QWERTY keyboard that came with the handset out of the box. It was attached to the LG Versa by using the docking system found on the rear of the phone once the battery cover was removed. The front had a small 56x120 pixel blue OLED screen that revealed signal strength, battery status and more, foreshadowing some of today's high-end cases for flagship phones.

There were other modular accessories produced for the device. One for gamers that included an 8-way d-pad and four controller buttons, went on sale for $29.99. One that was supposed to offered enhanced audio never was produced.

Move ahead seven years, and LG has taken the modular concept, improved it greatly, and made it a core feature for the LG G5.



Related phones

G5
  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Versa
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.31 GB
  • Battery 1100 mAh

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22 Comments

1. Rafishant

Posts: 390; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

OMG! Did we really used those phones years ago! Look at those bezels LOL! Nokia 5800 Xpress Music was my first touch screen smartphone

3. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

LG are true innovators. They had an early smart watch too, but now one cared. Kudos tho! Kudos LG!

12. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

No doubt G5 is a sleek, powerful smartphone with a great camera, and an exciting new modular system. Unfortunately, every new phone has some issues and the G5 is no exception. here are 10 annoying LG G5 problems, and how to fix them http://goo.gl/7XXs2a

17. theo14461 unregistered

My G5 has none of those problems.

19. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Samsung had a wristphone even earlier.... :p

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Definitely not the 'first' modular phone though. Modular concepts go even way back to 2001 with the Ericsson T68, where you can attach a camera.

5. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

For me my first touch screen smartphone was 5530 Xpressmusic,great one.

6. checkmymike

Posts: 213; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

LG Versa LG Bottom LG Top

9. aegislash

Posts: 1427; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I wish I could +100 this brilliant comment.

11. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Let's laugh?

15. JMartin22

Posts: 2311; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

lol aren't you cheeky

7. robertdenaro116

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

Made me remember something :)

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i had the samsung instinct. hehe.

10. xperian

Posts: 416; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

My first touchscreen smartphone was XDA Atom, with Windows Mobile

14. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

My first touchscreen was actually the n900, then HTC hero while others one later

16. droidboy

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I had this phone ans I loved it! I thought it was so cool that I could take off the keyboard... haha oh how times have changed.

18. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

I feel as though a modular phone would more benefit someone on a trip more then everyday use, unless you carry a backpack or lord forbid, a fanny pack.

21. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I never understood why they made this phone brown with a poo brown themed ui.

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