Torture Friday: LG G5 gets scratched, burnt, and bent on camera

Torture Friday: LG G5 gets scratched, burnt, and bent on camera

So, in case you've missed the memo, let us loop you in: the LG G5 has just been launched and is now available on all major US carriers. Yes, you can now head to a store of your choice and get LG's modular flagship, which is unlike anything we've seen in the past few years.

As usual with new phone launches, scratch and bend tests are oh-so-hot right now, and it's totally not surprising that a lot of G5 units will suffer an ill fate in the hands of a random buff YouTuber. Just like JerryRigEverything, popular for his torture tests, who has taken it to himself to test out the sturdiness of the new LG phone on the block.

The device gets scratched, burned, and bent, and it fares pretty well in all of these torture tests. Sadly, however, it seems that only a fraction of the build is metal. The finish of the back looks like metal, but it's not - it's actually plastic, with real metal right beneath it. Anyone who has already handled the G5 has probably felt surprised that the device does not feel like you regular metal phone. First of all, it is warmer to the touch, and secondly, handling it is not that "premium"

This does not mean that the LG G5 is not a metal phone, it's just a metal-plastic hybrid. Probably part of this is due to LG's desire to hide the not-so-appealing antenna bands, which mar the exterior of many metal devices. And thus, plastic on metal.

What do you think, yay or nay?


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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)

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34 Comments

1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

"The device gets scratched, burned, and bent, and it fares pretty well in all of these torture tests. " Did you see the video at all? It did way worse than pretty much any smartphone I ever saw. And the back is plastic lol, not metal as LG claims.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it only survive the burn part actually, lol and bent test iis just no go.. modular part is really easy to break (kinda expected tough)

21. donrox

Posts: 199; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

here is android authority's article regarding this topic. They do accurate and meaningful reporting and without resorting to click-baitshttp://www.androidauthority.com/lg-g5-made-of-plastic-not-metal-683460/

2. Intrepid_wiz

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

Boring

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Not at all. If I was shopping for a flagship this season, I would strike the G5 off simply based on this video.

37. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO some of it was interesting e.g. The plastic + metal body Fingerprint reader working after being scratched heavily The chin bending but phone still working

3. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

The secret is that LG G5 is made up of S**tty Cheapo Plastic

6. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It's not a plastic phone, it looks like the phone is metal, then a plastic outer layer goes on top which must contain the antennas, then a final thin paint/metal layer on top. So it is plastic and metal, to provide the antennas. Instead of a seam of plastic for the antenna like on other phones, they have it under the skin. The main structure of the phone is still metal for heat dissipation and strength. Then they embed the antennas without unsightly lines just under the paintwork. Also means it insulates your hands slightly from the heat produced by the SOC. If they are painting the metal anyway, it doesn't make a lot of difference other than that "cold metal feeling".

9. talraz

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 27, 2016

Thats not the issue. I will still order the G5 but Im mad cause they lied when they said all metal uni-body. I find this construction actully better but why in hell would you lie to your costumers

11. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I don't see it as a lie. The phone is a metal unibody, with a layer of plastic over the top almost certainly do house the antennas, with a final finish on top.

22. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Check the video in comment 3 and comeback saying that it is a metal unibody phone, because it is none. The G5's has basically the same finish as the 2015 Samsung's A series.

26. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

The main body of the phone looks metal to me?

31. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Check out androidpolice.com review. The lg g5 battery life might make you really disappointed for the price.

34. talraz

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 27, 2016

I saw it. But there are couple of things that make me stay. Some people in reddit said they get great battery life from this phone. I will use the phone for the next 2-3 years so replacable battery is very very important to me, or I will stuck with balls sucker battery life for god (no matter if its the Gs7E after year and a half it will suck) and I really dont care carrying a replacable battery. I guess there are alot of flaws in this phone but none is a deal breaker to me. Im pretty sure those flaws are deal breakers to others.

16. tyrionTheWise unregistered

you will never touch the metal. So what's the point? Metal feels high quality in hand. And even Samsung plastic phones had metal midframes for rigidity. So will you call them metal phones too? I'm all about feel in hand for metal phones. And I'm sure most of others feel the same way. That's the reason metal is considered premium.

19. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Your not touching the metal on any phone which has a painted or anodized finish either...

36. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Technically, yes. But that finish is much much thinner and they feel like metal. Whereas this feels like plastic because it's much thicker layer, and that too of plastic. Not to mention that the plastic will wear off with use on this phone.

7. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Wow $688 for a 2016 flagship with small battery and now this s**tty false advertisement of being all metal? Congrats lg you just digged your own grave. No way I'm going to trust any of your products anymore, you just lost a home entertainment buyer.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at least they make some interesting G5's commercials.. hope they didnt mess V10 successor.. or they'll do some downhill race alongside HTC

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

here are some news for this slow news days.. (somehow I stuck there when watching above vids) youtube snoopavision -https://www.youtube.com/snoopavision?v=SyP_cEpp2Zo Its a new feature to celebreate today's date

14. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

https://youtu.be/1Exi1eHSEFs Now check Erica Griffin's unboxing, and head to XDA when you're done. The phones back panel have some sort of bubbles, there is a gap between the friend's slot and the phone which we all thought it was only a problem on the demo units and that it will eventually get fixed in the retail units. Then comes the horrendous light bleeding which is the worst I have ever seen on a flagship phone. LG got busy with this modular concept, that they ruined up everything else on this phone.

18. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

She clearly got a duff unit. The gap for the modular unit looks much better on other retail units I've seen unboxings for on youtube.

24. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Dude, check the G5 forums and stop living in denial.

27. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I have been reading them, not in denial, just seems to be a lot of hate on here (not you specifically).

32. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

cant wait for submerge test vids.. maybe that video will be over in 10 second, lol

15. Gadgetex

Posts: 193; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Then it probably gets returned back to T-Mobile for a new one lol...

17. submarinerz

Posts: 32; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

Fanboy will say : iphonearena hate LG .... LoL

28. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Pa can give lg g5 a 5/10 review and I'd say that is generous. 3-4 hours sot for an expensive phone? Get real lg, you're following the apple wall-hugger trend now.

30. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

OMG yes xD

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