Your LG G5 wish-list: premium design, compact version, fingerprint scanning, dual speakers and waterproofing

Your LG G5 wish-list: premium design, compact version, fingerprint scanning, dual speakers and waterproofing
A week ago, we asked you, our readers, how would you improve next year's LG G5 if you had the chance to be involved in the smartphone's production! We left you to your musings, then we collected the very best of your suggestions. 

As usual, you didn't disappoint! Judging by your requests, LG has its work for 2016 cut out in front of them if they want to improve on the LG G4's foundation in meaningful ways. Here are five user suggestions the company should consider:

Premium design

Our readers made it perfectly clear that they'd rather not give another all-plastic LG flagship a chance. If the LG G5 doesn't go all-out glass and metal like the rest of its peers, then at the very least, LG should fashion its buttons and sides from something that's more pleasant to the touch than glossy plastic! Samsung experimented with a mixed plastic and metal approach in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and the end result was definitely a step above the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of aesthetics. If rumors are to be trusted, LG will introduce a new design language later in 2015, with the reveal of a new high-end smartphone.

A mini version that has the same specs, but smaller screen

Another thing about LG's recent flagship smartphones is, well, their size. While the LG G3 is unexpectedly wield-able, considering its imposing 5.5-inch display, it is still a large smartphone. The LG G4, though, is even bigger, and with a slightly worse screen to body ratio at that! LG should consider slimming down its hero device for next year, and while it's at it, why not bring a compact version of the phone with the same stellar specs, but a hand-friendly size! The Xperia Z3 Compact has been selling like hotcakes in Japan just because it's so small, yet power-loaded! Moreover, it's 2015, people - "mini" should no longer mean low-resolution screens and sub-par performance!

Fingerprint scanning

Smartphone users quickly warmed up to the idea of using their fingerprint for security and authorization instead of punching in passwords on touch-screen keyboards. No surprises here, right? So here's hope that LG will bring its own spin on Touch-ID in the next G-series flagship. Besidesm LG loves stuffing its smartphones full of technological components to make our lives good, so a fingerprint reader seems like a natural choice for the innovative Koreans!

Dual stereo speakers

Nothing like having your smartphone be your own personal, portable boombox, huh? Unlike Sharp, for example, which designs its smartphones like its television sets, LG doesn't mind leaving a bit of meat on its handsets' top and bottom. So why not take advantage of the available space and put some big ol' speakers in the LG G5? Your move, LG!


Finally, having your expensive smartphone be water and dust-resistant is a huge piece of mind. Apparently, the majority of customers don't care so much for these valuable features, considering Sony's trouble selling its excellent Xperia smartphones outside Asia. Also, this degree of protection involves complicated design and engineering decisions, which LG might not be willing to take up. Still, protection against the elements is a good fit for LG's brand, and if LG puts its mind to it, it will make it happen!



1. waddup121 unregistered

G4 barely even came out..bruhhh

5. dimas

Posts: 3420; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And let's face the reality that no matter what request people made in forums, these phone manufacturers will always disappoint people in some ways. They should listen to their engineers and designers, not to their marketing supervisors.

19. chenski

Posts: 783; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Your right, lets go tell them!

2. QWERTYslider unregistered

Fingerprint scanner, better processor, narrower body from side to side, or G2 size. G4 needs to be free on contract to sell.

3. QWERTYslider unregistered

Fingerprint scanning is obviously a necessity, if Google is including it natively in Android "M":

12. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Why would you want to give your fingerprint to the government for no reason?

17. QWERTYslider unregistered

What makes you think the government doesn't already have both of our fingerprints already, genius? I'm not a criminal. Are you?

4. dimas

Posts: 3420; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They don't need people's opinion if they're confident with their g4. Tech forums like PA are already filled with request since I don't know, years ago? All they need to do is backtrack on previous article's comments. Marketing world today is so elementary you need to spoonfeed them everything that's been said before. Gone are the times when engineering and functional designs comes first before aesthetics.

6. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'd settle without stereo speakers if LG could make G5 compact than G3. (G4 doesn't look as good as G3!) Two versions 1 - S820+2GB ram+5.5" 1080p display+16GB storage 2 - S820+4GB ram+5.5" 1440p display+64GB storage

7. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

So PA readers want an updated Z3 Compac with fingerprint-reader? If the recent rumors are true then you'll get everything you want with the next Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact.

11. QWERTYslider unregistered


8. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Removable battery, 3500mah 64gb storage 5.2-5.5" 1080p display Snapdragon 820 3-4gb RAM Near-stock Android

14. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

LG won't give up LG UX though. They feel the need to keep up with TouchWiz!

9. DroidDaddyo

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

A bright, high contrast, color accurate 5.5" screen, front-facing speakers like those on the Alcatel Idol 3, faster processor than the G4/G3 and yes, a touch-based fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.

10. ggg377

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Front facing speakers. Large screen option (5.9"). DDR4. Better software optimization.

13. Bondurant

Posts: 785; Member since: Jun 04, 2014


15. Rahmonjon

Posts: 6; Member since: May 19, 2015

LG's tryin' being the best one and it can. But, they forgot users' profit to think to be the best. LG G4's display good enough, even if fantastic. But it's made much more cooler than other flagships. So it'll be pleasure if they make LG G5's display warmer than its bros. And body: LG's got very nice and pleasure body and that's its own design. And, yeah, LG G4's body's batter than G4. So I advise They'll design LG G5 like LG G3's design, but more modern.

16. Rahmonjon

Posts: 6; Member since: May 19, 2015

Display: 5,6' inch size, 4K (maybe, 8K) high resolution; Internal storage: 128 Gb ( for user); Camera: higher than 21 ultrapixel; Battery; 5000 mAh

18. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

What i think LG should add to the g5: -a 5.5" or 5.7" screen with small bezels, the trim to be aluminum but keep the back plastic (like the note 4) -keep the 2560x1440 if still at 5.5", but if it does go 5.7" go with a 3k 2880x1620 beautiful screen to compare to Samsung's high 577ppi at a large size (3k at 5.7" would be 580ppi so LG could try to say it is "better" than Samsung) -PLEASE put in a super amoled screen like Samsung & Motorola (I have a Galaxy S5 and can't go back to LCD) -make it thin (7.0 mm-7.5mm) and still achieve a 3000mah battery (or bigger but that's doubtful at that thin size) -keep the cool brushed metal look of the g3 (the g4 plastic back looks dumb, & honestly the real stitched leather is a "meh" for me) -put a touch fingerprint scanner on the phone some where (like on the powerbutton or around the laser autofocus or something) -make the front camera F1.9 or 1.8 at 5MP or higher, megapixel count shouldnt be too big for just a front cam, it depends on how good it looks (like a F2.4 8mp front cam won't look as good as a 5mp F1.9 lense, I think the front cam resolution should match the phone screen res) -the volume control is cool on the back, and they should keep that, but if the phone is laying on its back and you wanna turn the volume up or down cant.... youre gonna have to either flip the phone or totally pick it up, add an easy volume control motion or something.... What the G5 should have that would be cool but not important: -LG UI more close to stock, not too important cuz the UI is pretty cool already, but look at Motorola's lightly customized UI, pretty sweet -Emojis. This one isn't that important but honestly, LG probably has the ugliest emojis, go stock or change it up a bit.... -I don't think front firing speakers are too important, but change where it is, maybe the bottom or a small front one like the droid turbo, nothing too crazy like the m9 -Hands-free commands like the Moto X -Active Screen like the Moto X because one, thats pretty sweet, and 2 THEY NEED AN AMOLD SCREEN!!!!!! What I think LG should keep: -Plastic removable back for SD card slot, removable battery would be cool but I don't find it as important -IR blaster, duh -F1.8 16MP camera, cuz god damn it looks soo great enough (shouldnt go overboard trying to shove like a 32 MP F1.0 inside a phone cuz if you really need that, buy a damn camera, not depend on your cell phone, cuz that'll be a overhaul for a phone) but if they "HAVE" to upgrade, just go with a 20.7MP F1.8 (or F1.7 if they need to upgrade that too...), but is really not needed -OIS..........with laser autofocus...........perfect -On screen buttons, I do like samsung's home button w/ fingerprint scanner, but the recent apps and back button get annoying to hit on accident -tap to wake & knock code, more phones need that, it's bad assssssss -led notifications That's all I can think of, lemme hear what you think of my wishlist :D

20. chenski

Posts: 783; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Dont need fingerprint, knock code more than enough. But they need better processor

21. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I would like to see a bigger battery if they can make one that doesn't add too much weight. With so many Chinese phones coming out with batteries ranging from 3400 mAh to well over 4000, (at least one over 5000) it's no longer acceptable to offer a 3000 mAh battery.

22. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Better battery life and smaller top and bottom front bezels.

23. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

please bring back FM transmitter on the G5

24. Bukatorade

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Gotta keep the removable battery. I like the leather, maybe add some more colours. The one thing that needs improvement for me is a way to control the volume from the front. Maybe a touch slider under the screen (where the logo is). Nothing you can see, but something like the knock code...maybe double tap the logo to activate the rocker. There's gotta be a way.

25. DroidDaddyo

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

There's a volume control in the drop down notification curtain, which is very easy to get to when you add the Notification button to your Home Touch buttons. Once you get used to having that home touch button you'll wonder why all phones don't have it. Or why all phones don't allow you to rearrange the home touch buttons.

26. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

wow good concept

27. driveme

Posts: 26; Member since: May 16, 2012

Please no fingerprint scanner its a waste of time. No water proofing the speakers never sound right. Front facing speakers, only if they sound better than the rear and the rear sound pretty good. A mini version, why, then it wouldn't be a LG G5. No glass design, they scratch way to easy leave that to Samsung and Apple. Metal, ok but leave the Leather it looks great and is a unique feature. Please keep the SD card. Here's a thought. Stay true to LG. Don't waste your time copying Samsung and Apple.

28. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Yes. Many of those are great suggestions. The most powerful Compact and rugged phone I could get in 2014 was Galaxy Alpha- But I would love something more powerful with a stronger Camera . Yes Alpha is one of the most rigid,durable phones ever. In a sliding door being opened I bent the USB charging metal end ( which goes to the phone) at a 90 degree angle- no damage to USB Port and the fit is still snug- Zero damage to Alpha. So the metal is NOT just for show. I question having glass on the back - metal or graphite with removable screws for Battery replacement. Also- we do NOT need lower price for a Compact G5 or a Compact Note 5 or Note 6- IF it is full featured. Also- we do NOT need a thin phone- it can be 8 millimeters thick- with large Battery and less Camera Protrusion from back.

29. MichaelRS

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Well, whatever they do, it should not make the dimensions of the phone one millimeter larger in any direction than the G4 is. Especially not make it any wider. Personally I think a phone with a 5.25 screen , thus allowing a little shrinkage in overall dimensions, would be just fine. They should work on trimming the bezels in a little bit and down. If they leave the upper and lower bezels, they should at least put speakers there.

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