Review: LG G5 for AT&T
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.
LG revealed the G5 today and it marks an impressive change of direction for the company in terms of design, materials, and functionality. The new metal chassis is impressive and so is the modular hatch that supports a handful of accessories.
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