LG was bold, change the cards on the table in the mobile market is not easy, especially if you do it from a top range. The idea is to stand out from the crowd and G5 succeeds in full, with a few minor compromise. The differences with his predecessor G4 are varied, the Korean House has literally opened a new cycle, greatly reducing the thickness (from 9.8 to 7.3 mm) and completely changing the character Terminal.

Materials, manufacturing and assembling

The metal body offers the right durability and resistance. And the fact that it was applied a primer to bond the paint does not change my opinion tactile perception, indeed, aluminium devices ‘ alive ‘ can also be annoying.

The lines are well catered for, the glass display that turns slightly at the top gives it a different air, aggressive. The two rear cameras with lens slightly in relief are one of the compromises that LG has fielded, matter of taste, but given the excellent skills of the modules I’m just fine. Don’t ruin then your listing, however slight, and play very well their job opening at a range of unusual features.

Good the biometric fingerprint recognition sensor placement, is easily accessible and is not too close to the camera module. Finally the bottom, the one generating more ‘ discussions ‘: according to Shopareview.com, G5 was born as a modular smartphone, even if we are far away from Project Ara or Fairphone, a discontinuity in frame is therefore inevitable. LG has done well, the detachable portion doesn’t move in his quarters, is firmly, but not always perfectly aligned with the rest of the profile. Other small compromise, but they speak of fractions of mm, practically impossible to see unless you look for the detail.

Display
The Panel is a fantastic LCD IPS Quantum by 5.3 inches with resolution 2 k (1440 x 2560 pixels), probably one of the best seen on the market: exceptional chromatic band played, very deep blacks and extreme viewing angles, but never as an AMOLED.

LG has put the exclamation point on his brightness, 800 nits declared and excellent readability even outdoors. I can only confirm what has just been said, but in my opinion the automatic handling is not the best. Which is why I removed the check mark and set to 50% fixed, at least by day: it happened to me two or three times to have it automatically to a minimum, which is just fine in the evening when the external brightness is very low. I think just one of the first firmware update to fix some minor things like this. On the other hand the model we all tested are of pre production.

The other protagonist is the Always-On. LG wanted mark close Samsung entering the function on G5, although you have an IPS. The advantage is that you don’t risk the so-called burn-in and the location should not change continuously as on S7/S7 Edge. Ago certainly save revivals too but the readability is not the best of day: the brightness of the Always-On widget is limited, controllable here either and certainly lower than seen on top Samsung range.

The thing that I was not impressed at this Always-On is that the entire display is slightly turned on when running, but I noticed only after days in the pitch dark: something inaudible, but I prefer to turn off if I don’t want any light around when I sleep.

Under direct sunlight all Always-On I’ve seen so far are struggling to show up and not a little. On LG, if you look at the front you have a good response, but by varying the inclination readability suffers. Good yield under low light outside, but there is a discourse on the angle made a moment ago. Appreciable ultimately the idea, hopefully in some ‘ nits ‘ in more soon.

LG changed the angle of polarization of the display, and for the better. On G4 were the classic problems for those with polarized glasses, with an angle that makes it almost completely dark when in portrait, but on G5 what happens (as always on LCD) but with different angle.

Performance

I will not dwell too much on this aspect, G5 is a top range with one of the best mobile chip on 1.8 GHz, Snapdragon 820 to square, and as expected it’s really perfect. No Burr, lag or delay: 4 GB of RAM also provide the right amount, put it in crisis is really impossible and the interface spins smooth as best you can.

Web browsing with Chrome is perfect, how else to define it: opening pages with a good connection, great page scrolling, pinch-in/out, double tap for scaling and switching on other browser pages. You can’t get any better, as on almost all the top range 2016.

Also anything connectivity: Wi-Fi ac of last generation and download up to 300 Mbps LTE 6 for Cat and upload up to 50 Mbps. Actually the Snapdragon modem could go further, but it happens that producers restrict them according to the true potential of the networks. Particularly stable and quick Bluetooth 4.2, I was never logged out of all accessories connected as headphones and smartwatch.

Finally, brief reference to 530 Adreno GPU, again one of the best on the square, capable of handling without compromise all games more challenging. Highest level of detail and an exceptional gaming experience, thanks to the Nice Panel 2 k. Too bad for the speaker at the bottom on the left, if I pay attention the ostruisco easily, it would have been more congenial port at the other end.

Good audio playback, the sound is loud and clear, we arrive at a high decibel level, perhaps even excessive given that at most slightly distorts the tracks (played by Spotify). For those who want something more will opt for the additional module ES9028C2M Bang & Olufsen 32 bit Sabre DAC made by. The audio capsule is very good, not very high on speaker instead.

  • SYSTEM: Android 6.0 + UX 5.0
  • PROCESSOR: 64-bit Quad-Core 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Adreno GPU 820 and 530
  • MEMORY: internal: 32 GB (up to 2 TB)/RAM: 4 GB
  • DISPLAY: IPS Quantum 1440×2560 ”/5.3 pixels, 16M colors/554 PPI, 800NIT
  • CAMERA: 16 MP (1.8 f)/8 MP (f 2.4 wide angle 135°) rear-8 MP front/30 fps HD Video: Ultra
  • NETWORKS: 4 g: Cat 6 (300/50Mbps) Penta-Band (800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz)/3 g: HSDPA/HSUPA 5.7 Mbps 42.2 Mbps
  • WIRELESS: Bluetooth: the 4.2/Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/NFC
  • CONNECTIONS: 3.5 mm/Audio Jack USB Type-C
  • GPS: GPS/AGPS/Glonass
  • SENSORS: digital compass, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, light sensor, proximity sensor
  • BATTERY: 2800 mAh
  • WEIGHT: 159 grams
  • SIZE: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm

Autonomy

The choice to integrate 2800 mAh battery is not entirely detrimental, the direct competition does not generally goes beyond the 3000 mAh. Using G5 I enjoyed a good autonomy, without infamy and without glory: the days I stressed with video, timelapse and prolonged ignitions for Rite I managed to get through my day. As soon as I pushed a little things have change and before dinner I had to resort to quick charge, a common scenario to other devices.

Some days I averaged 3.20 h of screen on, others I stopped around 3 hours, but little change since the operations weigh differently and this may not be a real yardstick. G5 has a range average for its category, besides LG has reduced by 2.5 mm the thickness of his new top range than its predecessor (7.3 mm versus 9.8 mm) and this I think is one of compromise. If you need a terminal with autonomy much longer then it is better to focus on other terminals, those from 4000 mAh and maybe HD display.

Cameras

Exceptional Fund. Doesn’t count only full detail, have two image sensors with different Optics is like having interchangeable lenses on a mirrorless camera. Depending on your situation can change rapidly, using the primary one for the traditional shots, or opt for the one with wide angle lens (135°) when it comes to shoot landscapes. All topped off with an interface simple, practical and fast.

How to take the 16 MP?
Definitely the best of the three image sensors mounted on G5, the photo quality is superb, both day and night, with colors always very faithful to reality and brightness of the shots with a lens with Aperture F 1.8. I can’t wait to put it in comparison with other top range, without a doubt one of the best cameras for smartphones I’ve tried so far, thanks to a laser autofocus fast and precisely. Really great macros, the optical light allows some fantastic shots with bokeh effect.

And the 8 MP?
This is the real surprise, though the detail level is lower, the color rendition is very similar and can shoot with a wide angle lens (135°) completely changes the perspective. Slowly I became addicted and automatically snap pictures using this camera: in short, knowingly sacrifice some detail for a more engaging.

LG has met the needs of people like me who loves to take pictures in any condition. Either is fine for all subjects, but now it only takes a few moments to choose one or the other and get the most out of every situation. At night this second camera is not the best because of an aperture f 2.4, always good, but not up to his older brother’s place in the side.

Software

I think it’s one of the most simple and minimal customizations Android, at least in this latest version. There is a drawer and all the applications are on the home, but you can hide all the ones you want through settings. At the base we have Android 6.0.1 Marshmallows and it is evident, as for other manufacturers convergence is clear: the section for memory, one dedicated to the battery and others are very much similar to those of stocks.

However on G5 the UX 5.0 runs perfectly, without any snagging: multitasking, notifications and quick toggle pull down in the ability to display the settings in category rather than about single list. Software that makes sense, but you can’t choose your home, it is always the one on the left and it is unnerving, trifles that we hope will resolve soon.

For those who want absolutely the drawer you can download an alternative launcher or LG Home official 4.0, on LG Smart World found the APK .

The interchangeable battery is undoubtedly one of the plus. LG sells the secondary, identical, to 49€, and the ability to replace it in a few moments on a top range is an objective. I always have a powerbank with me, it would be easier to have a subtle replacement battery in your backpack ready to give new life to the Terminal.

The Qualcomm chip boasts support for rapid recharging Quick Charge 3.0, which translates to reach in 30 minutes the 51% charge (test tried directly on two occasions), in 60 minutes the 89% and 81 minutes on 100%.

Development below mentioned points and not touched in the rest of the review. For Pro :

  • Smart Lock allows you to use a paired device such as headphones, PC or device without any unlocking smartwatch, password or fingerprint, a big plus for those who, like me, does not like to block your smartphone. Trusted sites can be used for the same purpose, face, voice and unlocking when in contact with our body.

For Against :

  • LG has dug in his heels almost everything on the modular character, on so-called Friends, but those visas are few and have convinced me completely. Clear that this is just the beginning and in the near future will arrive perhaps even those of third-party manufacturers. That would be modularity.

Conclusions

G5 succeeds well in all areas, with the great advantage of ‘ Friends ‘ that it will extend the possibilities. Although this is our reviewer, I omitted the word ‘ complete ‘ entitled, will be that as soon as we have thoroughly tested the main modules, which will give greater meaning to the project, ambitious and courageous. A breath of fresh air in an industry that is slightly flattened: everyone is able to use the most powerful chip, put 4 GB of RAM and designs that often converge towards a common idea.

I therefore welcome the effort by LG, aware that such a shift will not be understood immediately by all consumers. As you know G5 will be available in a few days at the price of € 699 (list price), but online, Web on the most famous store, already stands at around 100 euros less, and the coming weeks will go on sale the first modules or Friends. Important to note tha those who will buy a G5 by April 30 will receive as a gift the form LG Cam Plus.

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