LG G5 Hands-on: Modular is the playground


  • Allan

    what an ugly phone.

  • southerndinner

    Neat features but that’s the ugliest phone I’ve seen in a long, long time. Especially with the modules attached and good luck LG getting people to carry the modules.

  • Theros

    Selling a camera shutter button a la carte. Clearly LG has never done any research on how addons fared with literally any game consoles…

    • Keppay

      It also adds additional battery (4000mAh). Think of it as Lumia 1020’s Camera Grip

    • zanzee

      no it adds 1200mAh of battery, 4000mAh total.

  • thereasoner

    It’s not without its draw backs but I’m impressed! So much nicer design than previous G models and the modular approach should be a money maker for LG as well as nirvana for the removable battery crowd.

    You’re turn Samsung, you have your work cut out for you.

  • G.P.

    The back with fingerprint sensor is very nexus’ish the same for how the case folds up near the camera.

  • Crossed

    People call it ugly… Do you enter your phone into a beauty pageant or something? Get over yourselves.

    • GPman

      Yes, and Samsung won. But then Patrick came back in, said he made a terrible mistake and said Samsung was runner up then gave the top honors to iPhone. 🙁

    • Jaycap4

      The Samsung S6 Edge was one of the worst phones I’ve ever used.

    • zanzee

      I agree as a device I value usability over prettiness. The craze over making the slimmest “premium” material has made me skip two generations of phones. My note 3 is getting old and has no replacement in sight. 🙁

  • Brad Fortin

    I guess the accessories won’t be hot-swappable if they’re attached to the battery.

    • mobilesugar

      It would be a great idea to do so on the next model, but I doubt it will appear again soon. If the battery stayed in place and you could pop an add-on, it would be awesome. A speaker/kickstan might be nice for some but BT equipment is widely available….

  • John Marshall

    LG and Samsung have not come out with anything groundbreaking or must have with their new models. Minor upgrades at best. Sticking with my G4. Excellent camera, removable battery and sd card. Don’t need this other crap.

  • SC

    It’s missing wireless charging. I’d take wireless charging over USB C any day.

    • h2oflyer

      Wireless charging is slow and is really for people that have problems figuring out the plug end of the charging cord.

    • SC

      Says the person who never used both. Wireless charging is not slow. See the Note5 wireless fast charge it’s only 25 minutes longer than compared to wired

    • h2oflyer

      Says the person that took 7days to realize how slow his wireless charger is and somehow learned to plug it in without help.

    • Miles Harbord

      Have you tried USB C charging yet? I can get a full charge in about 35 minutes on my 5X.

    • SC

      No you can’t stop exaggerating. I have a 5X at work it doesn’t go from 0 to 100% in 35 minutes. it seems weird that your 5X is charging 3 times faster than everyone else’s…

    • Miles Harbord

      Let me guess, you swapped out the cable that came with it.

    • Miles Harbord

      Oh, and this isn’t a Nexus 5x feature, the 6p does the same thing. Not sure if it’s purely a patent thing, or just because USB type C carries more power, either way you need a a seat belt when you charge with the cable it comes with.

  • TP

    A lot of innovation, but I still do not see how LG will lead and prosper the ecosystem of this ‘modular’ accessories. Both ‘Cam Plus’ and ‘B&O’ are very niche products. Most people who choose G5 over other strong contenders will not even bother with them, as long as the phone works out of box. And without popularity, the ecosystem will die in no time. I do like the phone as-is though, sounds like a very competitive device against Samsung or other Androids….though the design itself is a huge step down from G4 or V10.

  • FlamesFan89

    This will never ever happen, but just imagine if LG, Samsung, HTC, Sony, and others, all sat down and decided that yes, this modular thing is a good idea, but you know what would make it better? If we all used a standard connection/size/type. It would create a 3rd party market of modules that could be used on any of our flagship phones.

    One can dream.

    • kaostheory

      Already had that with windows desktops and I still had to change the case with every upgrade. Sure I could add more memory and I could sometimes port the hd to the next system but most of the time I just replaced everything. Phones are too small and it will never work.

  • JD

    Modular won’t do squat. Most of the modules for mobile devices are always stupidly priced eg “by time I get the phone and those modules I could be have bought 2-3 flagship phones…” So it won’t fly. The other part is Phone life cycles are wayyyy too short, in some cases 6-9 months. So it’s not you’ll own the phone for 6 months and feel yeh I’ll get the camera to make it better or to extend the life of the unit.

    • TP

      Exactly my thought. These modular accessories are designed to fit this phone with a very specific dimension. What if G6 comes out with a 5.5″ screen and hence wider but thinner bottom? All these expensive modular accessories become obsolete.

  • Humbre

    That’s a cool phone

  • GNS

    This is the phone I was waiting for. Snapdragon 820, 4gb RAM, removable battery, micro SD card slot and the best part: IPS LCD display. The new generation of AMOLEDs are very good, but they still can’t beat LCD screens on all categories, particularly when it comes to screen longevity.

  • Electrify85

    I feel that LG and Samsung have switched places this year. Last year Samsung was doing everything they could to copy Apple, while LG doubled down on what makes Android great. This year the S7 brings back expandable memory, a larger battery, and the skin looks very much like stock Android. Meanwhile LG removes the app drawer (seriously WTF?!) and overlay apps, and puts out a smaller screen and a smaller battery as well. Also as someone with a Sony Z3, though I keep it in a case most of the time, when out glass finish like Samsung’s choice really feels high end and premium – not to mention a nice way to differentiate yourself from iPhones.

    That said, it does have some pretty cool features. The modular add-ons, which I haven’t seen as well described as I have here, sound really cool with lots of potential. The dual camera setup and the fingerprint sensor on the back also are pluses. Not to mention the removable battery, which while I don’t care about it, I know that many out there do.

    I’m not in the market for a new phone this year, but if I were, I would go with price. Personally I really like the S7, but if it is more than about $100 than the G5, I would pick the latter over it. Put on the Google Now Launcher and use the money saved towards that audio enhancer, and that more than makes up for it.

  • kaostheory

    Would rather have bt devices I can use with any phone or with my next phone. Problem is (this is why I gave up on 2nd battery in lieu of a battery backup) is I don’t want to pay hundreds for accessories that won’t work with my next phone, that are sometimes upgraded in a year.

  • Justin Steen

    The modular design would be cool if they made an oversized battery for it.

  • Simon Cohen

    32-bit audio? Where would one even acquire material encoded at this spec? We’ve barely come to terms with hi-res 24-bit audio!

  • Miles Harbord

    I actually love the plastic body of LGs 5X, it’s nice and light, and it feels nice.