LG G5 hands-on

In the smartphone kingdom, South Korea lays claim to two of the most notable makers in the industry. It’s a one-sided affair to tell you the truth, as Samsung has continually been the premier manufacturer out of the country. Conversely, there’s LG, who has been trailing its competitor for as long as we can remember. Don’t get us wrong, Samsung has clearly earned its spot in the business, but LG also deserves some credit for being innovative in its own way...
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48 Comments

1. legiloca

Posts: 1674; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Ugly duckling of the year awardee

2. Ghost04

Posts: 515; Member since: May 03, 2014

Ugliest G-Series phone ever .

15. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

I wouldn't call it ugly, but I wish people would stop associating metal with beauty.

37. TerryTerius unregistered

The associate metal more with quality and price than immediate beauty. From a certain perspective that makes sense. Whether you're talking about accessories, appliances, electronics or cars the more expensive something is the less likely you are to run into plastic.

44. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You are in a confusion my friend, ISO 8402-1986 standard defines quality as "the totality of features and characteristics of a product or service that bears its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs." A plastic phone proved to comply with the above more than an metal phone. The metal, glass, etc materials are more into beauty. But people often mistakes one for the other. But you don't want to have an utilitarian object that will not shine, now haven't you? This is why you appreciate more a Mustang than a Corola ;)

3. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

UI looks like cheap chinese ripoff....

4. htcforlife

Posts: 73; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Why can't LG build a true successor to the G2?

18. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

Exactly, just give us a modernised G2, concentrate on the core aspects and a decent screen to body ratio. I like some of the wild ideas LG bring, but I think it's better to keep them to specialist devices like the G-Flex and the V10.

5. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

its better than the leaks , but it's still not beautiful nice idea about the removable battery but 2800 mAh for a 5.6 inch screen in 2016 !! I think LG dont have a chance to compeate with the s7 by its 5.1 inch screen 3000 mAh battery , and also the edge with 3600 mAh battery and 5.5 inch screen

14. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

In fact, it's 5.3 inches screen. They wrote it wrong in this article.

17. mahima

Posts: 714; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

5.3 inch.

22. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

thanks for the correction guys

25. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Also with the Samsung s7 edge, you get a Bigger size screen but smaller size phone, you get a bigger battery removing the over time damage with ease and without turning the phone off, if you running out of battery you just put that wiresless battery charger CASE on and singing in the rain

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

G4 was much better IMO. This is a downgrade in hardware and in software.

27. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The only downgrade is the screen size.

7. Anonymuse

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

This is htc year Same ugliest samsung galxy s7 Fail lg nd samsung This year was htc and apple

11. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Are you kidding me ? HTC ? Lol have you seen the leaked images it looks like a gs4 and they removed front facing speakers there is nothing special about htc m10

34. Totse2k15

Posts: 475; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

"This is htc year" Lmfaol irl!!

8. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

"albeit, it’s now fashioned into a slightly larger 5.6-inch display" Isnt it actually a smaller 5.3" display?

9. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Thats a really ugly phone.

10. uvaman

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 14, 2013

Yo, PA, What is that about!? http: //prntscr.com/a63igp, LG G5 announced 7 hours ago? LoL Show us S7 hands on :P

12. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

looks pretty nice to me

13. therons

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Come on guys.. Give some credit to front look. Meanwhile, i agreed it,s not a something makes you "wow". But let,s see the interesting removable battery sliding concept. Dual camera is cool. But yes back design is ruin everything. When we are amazed front sides, at the same time we are going down when look at the back sides. Thats in my opinion.

16. CHECHEN

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I was waiting for LG G5 or S7....and I already removed G5 from this waiting list. sadly.

19. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The UI got a big problem

20. aegislash

Posts: 1437; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I just can't get over that rear dual camera area. All that black space just makes it look so...I can't even think of a word to use, but it isn't a good one that's for sure. They should have went with this leaked rear, because at least the camera area would look a bit less terrible:http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/228772-thumb/LG-G5-LG-U-varaint-leaked.jpg

21. knoxred

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

The back looks so ugly...

23. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Looks like a decent back up phone.... That is all...

24. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

The question is will it pass the bend test? Since its kinda hollow inside being removable battery

26. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

So let's be honest here, this is what I think about the G5 based on this article... I'm a long time G2 user and has been very happy with the G2. However, I am looking for a real successor that can replace my phone. 1. The design is meh at best. Maybe not necessarily ugly, but not a good design by any means. The previous 4 phones from the G line has a better design than this. 2. The top bezels! That is huge man... For LG's standard. They're going backwards in this term 3. The UI, judging from what I see is better than previous UI on previous LG flagships by look. But the removal of the dual window and app drawer is a stupid decision. The UI is mostly a downgrade instead of an upgrade in case. 4. The Modular slot is a way to go, but is a bit too gimmicky for most consumers. 5. The dual camera is a good addition but if there are no improvements at all on the main camera, they went the wrong direction. Whatever they add, they must improve the main camera. 6. It's good that they chose 5.3" instead of 5.6" but I hope it can rival AMOLEDs in terms of quality like the G2's screen did to the S4's screen. 6. The fingerprint scanner is a good addition. I have been waiting for LG to add it on their flagship since the G3. 7. Specs wise, can't complain... So what is my overall thoughts on this? I don't want to speak too soon on this, I would first look at the S7, then look at the full review on this. The display, cameras, battery life, speed, UI must be tested first. Then I would make a conclusion. However, would I say this as the 'true successor' to the G2? No, not at all.
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