Thursday, April 18

Review: LG G5 32 GB

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LG has decided to “take the road less travelled” this has taken place with a vast array of add-ons and the Magic Slot. It’s a gallant move, but that’s how innovation materialises.

Key specs

  • 5.3” IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Resolution: 1440 X 2560 pixels
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Primary camera: Dual 16 MP (29mm, f/1.8) + 8 MP (12mm, f/2.4), laser autofocus, OIS (3-axis), LED flash
  • Secondary camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, 1080p
  • Android OS: Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • LG Optimus UX 5.0 UI
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • microSD dedicated card slot (expandable up to 256 GB)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32 GB internal memory
  • Bluetooth: 2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
  • 0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
  • Removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
  • Talk time: Up to 20 h (3G)
LG G5 Unit

LG G5 Unit

 

Pros: Dual rear cameras; powerful chipset; speedy overall performance; legibility in direct sunlight; fantastic display; variety of add-ons

Cons: Expensive; have to switch off your phone each time you want to use a new module; sub-par battery life; no adaptive storage

The Magic Slot and the assortment of add-ons need to be discussed before anything else. They include the following:

 

 

Magic Slot Add-ons

  • LG Cam Plus. It essentially allows your device to feel – and functions – like a dedicated camera.
  • Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play.
  • 360 degree Virtual Reality (VR)
  • 360 degree Cam

The big question is “do you need them?”

LG G5 Magic Slot

With add-ons specifically designed to enhance your photo snapping experience, it stands to reason that the G5 should boast a great camera…and it does. It has all the features found on the G4: Laser Autofocus; OIS and a colour spectrum sensor.

Now, to take the experience to the next level, the G5 is equipped with a dual snapper setup. You have a choice of 2 viewing angles – the conventional 75 degrees or the 135 degree ultra-wide. LG has added to dedicated shortcuts so that you can seamlessly switch between cameras.

LG has definitely conceptualised a phone that goes against the grain and and has transformed the idea into a transcendent device. If you love the prospect of having different add-ons that will give you a unique experience, consider the G5.

 Verdict: 8/10

LG G5 32 GB from R7999

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