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Review: LG G5 for AT&T

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LG is taking a bit of a risk with the G5. I wholeheartedly appreciate and respect that LG is going for something completely different with this phone. The company could easily have played it safe and churned out a bland metal-and-glass phone to take on the S7. Instead, it's taking a chance on the modular design and accompanying Friends to offer a unique experience.

At launch, the modular aspect of the phone is somewhat hamstrung by the lack of actual modules. I mean, there's the CAM Plus and the DAC. Wheee? LG needs more snap-in modules ASAP.

If you completely ignore the modular design and look at the G5 as just any old smartphone, it still packs a punch. The metal chassis is a big step up for LG, the screen absolutely kills, and the phone does a great job with data and voice performance. Battery life is on par with its competitors. The camera is better than most, but not without issues.

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The Android UI works fine, and extras like Always-On Display, Smart Bulletin, and QuickMemo round out the phone's toolset. I'm not happy with the carrier-added bloat, and some people may cringe at the missing app drawer.

If you're in the market for a high-end Android phone, the G5 should be on your shortlist. I like that LG is forging its own path rather than following a more well-worn road. The G5 isn't perfect, but the promise of the swappable modules and all-around good performance make the G5 worth recommending.

Our Ratings

4
Overall
4.5
Reception
4
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
4
Hardware Quality
5
Display
4.5
Interface Speed
4.5
Audio Volume
4
Camera
 

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