LG G5 user interface walkthrough – a saunter through the modular one's apps and menus

LG G5 user interface walkthrough – a saunter through the modular one's apps and menus
The LG G5 is about to make its global debut on April 1. With a combination of powerful internals and attractive design, this is definitely one of the high-profile Android smartphones to consider this year. In this article, we're going to take you on a brief walkthrough through the smartphone's user interface.

Rather than keeping its flagship phones looking and feeling the same through each generation, LG likes to showcase visible interface updates together with its brand-new phones. The LG G3 (2014) defined a baseline design, which modernized the aging skeuomorphic icons, got rid of the inconsistent and bland colors, and streamlined the entire experience to make it easier to navigate. The LG G4 introduced a color refresh and some new icons, but not much in the way of significant changes.

The LG G5, though, boasts notable design updates. LG got rid of the app drawer for good, made theme and icon colors less eye-popping, and reduced the menus to mature shades of black and gray. Ready to dive in? Let's go!

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  • 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. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

LG's UI is very familiar with iOS.

2. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

And touchwiz.

4. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

very easy on the eyes

7. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Why? Just because of those black and white colors?

3. tyrionTheWise unregistered

LG had a super ugly UI back in 2013 days with G2. Then they made a really good looking UI with G3. The notification shade looked good and it was flat before flat was cool. They made it uglier with G4 and now they managed to make it even uglier. I mean WTF LG. Get your s**t together. Your UI performs much better than touchwiz and has a lot of features. Just figure out the looks. And if it's too hard, have a proper theme store.

10. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

LG ui doesn't look great since Android gingerbread. If you want great UI use stock nexus ui or Sony UI. I love both. HTC sense UI not bad as well. BUT honestly Sony had the best ui in kitkat and lollipop. In marshmallow I haven't used still .

13. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

UI choice is a personal choice. I just said what I feel since I have tested different ui. Some people might love the LG UI.

17. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Your name was good enough.

19. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

@xperiaZlover You rip apart LG's UI, yet you praise Sony's? LMAO... Sony UI: Gingerbread-era colourful, cartoony 3D icons lmao... Over-convoluted app drawer. Annoying clicky sounds! I shouldn't be surprised though... You are a 'xperiaZlover' fanboy lol.

5. w1000i

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Lock functiony but not beautiful

6. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

As a former user of G3, I'd love to say that my experience with it was a great pleasure. The G5 is definitely a refresh and polished version of the G series. 5.3" display makes a better fit in my palm. Being able to think out of the box, LG introduced several modules for this beast, I totally like it. The UI also got better look and simplicity. Was intending to upgrade to this little monster but my mom said NO! :(

11. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Yep G5 is great.Great innovation. Absolutely fabulous. Unexpected as well. Have to support you on this.

23. harrisvt

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

I owned the g3 and still have a g4 on my account. I tried out the v10 before returning it. I love lg phones but I always noticed their antennas are not very good. My Droid turbo 2 constantly had better signal and consequently the battery life was kind of crappy. It's was really bad on the v10. Great phone but battery wouldn't last but half a day at best.

8. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Could you show us in some of these articles or in final review how to activate app drawer and how it looks. Also, could you confirm is dual screen option gone for good or just disabled by default, like app drawer.

9. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

dont know, really can`t stand the UI, to much high contrast colors and seems a bit off with some circular and some flat jumping around.. and the fact that you cant change it with a theme either makes it even worse..touchwiz is no jump in the park either(although much better with MM update), but atleast you have a theme engine that you can change everything with.

12. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I think all 3 of the major Android players brought their A-game this year. I'm not a fan of the G5, although I do like LG, but they did think outside of the box on this device and I applaud them for that. The S7 is awesome and the HTC 10 is shaping up to be a solid device as well. G5 has 'friends' S7 has the 'edge', what innovation will HTC bring? Or will they just build a very good, solid device?

21. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Wait, who are you calling the 3 major Android players? Samsung, LG, and... HTC or Sony? Or even Motorola?

22. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Sony, no. Motorola maybe. I don't dislike Sony, but they are not major players. I admit my post is a bit ethno-centric, and I'm in America. The 3 big manufacturers with flagships available here are the 3 I mentioned. Sony has a good flagship, but it's just not very popular. And I really don't consider a Motorola device competitive with the best offerings from Samsung, LG and HTC. That's just my opinion though.

24. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Ah OK. Here in Australia, we hear lots about Samsung, LG and iPhones... but anything else is hardly relevant.

14. Sadegh462487

Posts: 6; Member since: May 02, 2014

When does come review for LG G5?

25. jonathonpower7

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

The only feature that could make me more interested in the S7 Active is a sapphire protected screen

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