LG G5 actually a plastic phone? Yes and no – better check out this video

Right from the start, LG has been marketing the G5 as a smartphone with a 'sleek, metal uni-body' design. Back at its announcement event, however, when we first got hold of the G5, we thought it does feel somewhat... plastic to the touch...
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62 Comments

20. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I'ts not that bad like you describe. The point that LG claim about metal body still stands because it's made of metal and plastic.

24. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

But since the part you actually touch is plastic, apparently the phone feels rather cheap in the hand.

28. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

How does it feel cheap when it's apparently lighter than the pure metal body?

31. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Since when did feeling light automatically mean it doesn't feel cheap...? Besides many other reviewers have mentioned that the phone doesn't feel particularly premium.

33. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Feeling light is definitely part of it. Ever wonder why most makers want their phones getting lighter and lighter? The thing is that even though it's a mix of metal and plastic, but it's constructed solidly and rigidly. And I don't need to read all those crappy reviews because I already spent couple minutes with it in a phone store and I can judge it, it's a really premium smartphone.

34. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Except most flagship phones haven't gotten lighter and lighter. The iPhone 6S is heavier than the iPhone 6, the S7 is heavier than the S6, heck even the G5 is slightly heavier than the G4. Also in my opinion, a very light phone doesn't feel premium. I had an iPhone 5 and the weight of the phone made it feel not as sturdy or premium as the iPhone 4.

49. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well feeling in hand depend on your taste right? Personally i hate lightweight phone i like when they are heavier and feel metalic so another reason the G5 not for me but the S7 as well is not for me its feel fragile in the hand. All questions of taste.

48. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nope modular design is something thats can be usefull depending on your need. I could say having a pen like note serie is useless but thats for me as i dont need it.

8. redmd

Posts: 1917; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Only htc can do metal phones perfectly.

9. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Huawei? Apple?

12. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

One m7 didn't have a unibody and had poorly fitting speaker covers. I really wanted to like that phone but had to send it back.

13. Stoptryingtobanme

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 23, 2016

At least it was ALL metal - as advertised!!!

15. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Except it wasn't because it had a plastic frame.

51. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its had plastic yes but the main frame was metal.

50. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Unibody = no removable battery cover. End of the story. We had some return on first batch of the M7 for this issue all the following batch where flawless.

64. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

unibody cars...means non removable doors, hood, trunk, roof (with sunroofs etc)....

56. M.O.A.B

Posts: 317; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

yeah you are right .... http://imgur.com/CrbXHMx

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Isn't it the same case as was with G3?

19. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Kinda, except the G3 was mostly polycarbonate, but had a thin layer of metal somewhere on it (not on the surface).

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Wow, that's just bad practice on the part of LG. Calling something a metal uni-body when it just isn't is bad form. It was really a terrible idea to get caught in such an easily discovered lie.

17. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

That is very deceptive and it's a boldface lie. For phones it's the material you touch that determines if you can call it plastic, metal or glass. If I put a tpu or plastic case over my iPhone 6S I'm not going to say that I'm touching metal. How can LG sit there and call this naked phone metal?

23. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

But, you iPhone is still not all metal.lol

52. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well the reality is the metal powder they used to cover the plastic is metal so you are in fact touching metal..

30. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

at least it is easy to be repaired . one enough reason to buy this phone when it is around 350 dollars a couple of months later .

35. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

anyway its better than iPhone bending problems ,,

36. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

April Fool's, guys! It's just a prank, bro.

53. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

humm now you make me doubt.

57. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Maybe LG will enter the smart phone game next year. There's still hope they can learn and bring us a great V10 successor?

61. alizawi

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Who cares.. those who like the phone and were convinced from day one will still buy it, those who were hating from the start won't! Simple as that.

62. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

This is kind of big news. LG has 100% marketed this as a metal bodied phone. Even the reviews from Barcelona and pre-reviews didn't say it might be plastic. At least I didn't see any suggest it. Wow. It's a plastic phone. There ya go.

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