LG G5 Q&A: your questions answered!

We gave you the opportunity to have your LG G5 questions answered, and here they are! Have in mind that as we have a pre-production LG G5 unit on us, we have not answered any questions related to:

  • display measurements
  • audio quality
  • camera image quality
  • battery life

These will all be addressed in our final review of the phone, which is coming soon. Until then, you will have to satisfy your hunger for information with the following bits, but first make sure to check these out:

PA: The Galaxy S7 feels a bit more comfortable in the hand. Part of this is due to the chrome edge on the frame of the G5, which digs into the hand a bit. The back is a bit slippery, but that's the case with most of the aluminum phones out there.

PA: No, there doesn't seems to be such a limitation. Once you put more than 9 apps in a folder, an additional page is automatically created. Yes, we guess you can use this as an app drawer of sorts!

PA: Sadly, there isn't such a toggle. The only way to disable the always-on display is by heading to the Settings menu. We know, we are not fans of this either. LG should have taken a page of Samsung's book, as the Galaxy S7/S7 edge have such toggles.

PA: The auto brightness on the LG G5 is a bit aggressive, yes. You should know that the brightness slider doesn't have any offset in auto mode, meaning that even if you have automatic brightness enabled, you can also manually adjust it from the dimmest to the brightest setting. 

PA: We are pleasantly surprised with LG's UI this time around. The UI feels rather snappy and quite responsive, with no hiccups here and there. Certainly a performer, that LG G5! 

PA: Well, you'll have 4,000mAh at your disposal.

PA: It looks pretty sleek and minimalistic with the new outline iconography. The interface itself is pretty intuitive and pleasant to look at. It's a bit different from what was found on the G4 and the V10, and we really like it. 

PA: Yes, you can bring back the app drawer by enabling the stock "Easy Home" launcher.

PA: Our pre-production unit did not have a wonky module mechanism. On the contrary - it actually fits in pretty snug and you have to exert some force to actually move the lower part of the module around. It doesn't feel like it's about to become loose anytime soon, but it really depends on the way you use it.

PA: Well, the phone will get warm after an intense 10-minute gaming session, but in mundane everyday usage it's rather unlikely to get unpleasantly hot. Overall, the heat dissipation is good.

PA: The phone undoubtedly looks better in person than on photos and press images. Certain design elements, like the chrome edge for example, are not exactly standing out on pictures, but in real life, it really makes a difference, though it's debatable whether it's a good or a bad design element.

PA: G5's fingerprint reader is very fast, probably on par with the Nexus 6P. You should also know that placing your finger on the reader will automatically wake up and unlock the G5 without even showing the lock screen. 

PA: Double-clicking the volume down button launches the camera. You can also quickly snap a photo with the volume down button, too. There won't be any shutter sound if the phone is muted.

PA: Being a bit wider and taller than the Galaxy S6, the G5 is a bit harder to use with a single hand. It's also a bit more slippery than the S6.

PA: A rather important question! No, it doesn't. 

Related phones

  • 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(25h talk time)



1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

4 questions taken from one single alexp999 user? WTF is alexp999 the most important one?

2. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Where is my own question I ask: How practical is the G5's Modular Design? Can I swap modules without turning off the phone ?

4. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

This is like asking if you can change a car's engine without turning of the car, lol :x

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

*can change a car's fuel tank without turning off the car Since the module houses the battery (and possibly a DAC), not the 820 Hot swapping isn't that unrealistic, Project Ara can do it LG just needs to put a small battery in the main phone But that takes up very valuable space, so not surprising why LG haven't done it

5. tyrionTheWise unregistered

a) subjective. b) No, you can't. Battery comes out of phone with the modules.

6. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

You won't be taking these out very often, so practical enough in my personal opinion. The phone shuts down once the module is ejected, as the battery is attached to it.

7. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Thanks, Chris! But I thought LG could put in a small 200mAh internal battery in the phone, so that it doesn't turn off whenever you want to swap modules. Just saying.

9. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Similar to Project ARA, right? I like the way you think!

13. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@PeterK. I just thought of a possible way to keep the G5 on for a minute or even for a few seconds when swapping modules. What if I'm shooting some memorable pics at a wedding, then I suddenly need that 360 Cam for wide-angle shots of a group of people? I'll have to turn the phone off, hence miss some price-less scenes. But with the extra 200mAh battery in the G5, I can just remove the modules slot, attach in the 360 Cam and start shooting on-the-go! I mean, powering the G5 off each and every time I want to swap modules - it kinda limits the appeal of this Modular Design stuff.

14. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

You don't need to remove a module or turn the G5 off to use the 360 cam. It is just an accessory which pairs and communicates wirelessly. The only time you'll need to power down the phone is to either switch batteries (in which case the first battery was empty anyway), or to use a different module, like the camera controls (and extra battery) or DAC - or anything other modules in future.

18. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@alexp999 Thanks. So I must turn the G5 off when in need of more juice or DAC? I hope LG fixes that inconvinience with the V20 (or whatever the same).

19. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Edit: (or whatever the NAME.) my keyboard sucks, bruh.

21. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Only if you want the 32-bit DAC over the 24-bit. Good luck trying to hear the difference though, lol. You don't have to change the battery, you can just charge it, but having the option to change is nice. I also like the fact you can charge it every day and not worry about wearing the capacity out, because you can just replace it, rather than the whole phone.

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

CMOS battery for phone? lol

15. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@natypes Why not?! I mean, as long as the CMOS battery prevents the G5 from shutting down whilst swapping modules... It's worth it, IMO.

17. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I'm not saying it's a bad idea.

20. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Alright, mate. I misunderstood your "lol" then!

8. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

The 4th "alexp999" question isn't one of mine, it was from fancollo. So I only got 3, lol. But I wrote a list of 5 questions, and I was one of the early posters so I guess they referenced my questions if there were any repeats. A lot of other questions (like my other 2), also fell in to the categories they are not going to cover until they get a final retail unit.

3. tyrionTheWise unregistered

One question i forgot to ask: I've been hearing that the back doesn't feel cold to touch like other metal phones. Is it true?

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

The option to turn the app drawer back on being limited to 'Easy mode' is terrible.

12. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It also comes with the google now launcher installed, which is what I'll be using. Or you can just drop all your apps in to a folder.

16. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Well, let's hope it gets updates like a Nexus since it seems to be following suit in other areas too.

22. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Save me NOVA launcher, youre my only hope!

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