The LG G5 is a phone that’s desperately trying to set itself apart from the crowd. It has the specs you’d expect from a 2016 flagship

  • 5.3-inch IPS QHD screen
  • Snapdragon 820 processor & 4GB RAM
  • 32GB onboard storage and microSD slot
  • 2,800mAh battery
  • USB Type-C v3.0 port
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 16MP rear camera & 8MP front camera
  • Additional 8MP wide-angle rear camera
  • Expandable Memory upto 2TB

This is one of those phones that swiftly glides anywhere you take it. The phone jumps in and out of apps, games, and streams video with the best of them. The performance of this phone is an area I haven’t had one second thought about or maybe better put, there hasn’t been one instance where I thought I needed a reboot or full app-close due to lag or stuttering. The only reboots this phone gets are from battery swaps when I need a fresh battery.

Thanks to all of that RAM (4GB) and the Snapdragon 820, LG has fine-tuned the G5 to be one of the more memorable phones to use because of how easily it is to get things done


5.3-inch, IPS LCD, quad-HD display with always-on mode

LG’s last few flagships have had impressive displays.

They’ve not been perfect, but they’ve always adopted new tech and utilised it well. LG was one of the first manufacturers to really bring quad-HD, 2560×1440 panels to the mainstream, for example, and since the G3 it has gone from strength to strength.

I’m happy to say the LG G5 is the best yet. Even though on the surface not a whole lot has changed.


The LG G5 is capable of capturing some pretty cool photos. let’s talk about the camera software. Once again, LG is giving you all the controls you could want in a camera experience. You have ratio choices, full manual controls (ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, etc.), simple or auto modes, picture-in-picture modes, multi-view shooting with all three cameras, panorama modes, time-lapse and slow-mo features, and more. You could spend a heck of a lot of time in the G5’s camera just learning and testing

I would say that I came away mostly impressed with what the G5 could do. I tried to capture low-light, good light, daylight, and even a night shot or two. The G5’s camera is somewhat flexible, but I wouldn’t say that it excels in low light.

SD Card Slot

As has been the case for years, LG is once again including a microSD card slot. This time, they are bragging about 2TB expansion, even though 2TB cards don’t really exist. Still, you can toss in a 200GB or 128GB card and likely never need to worry about storage again.

Since the G5 only has 32GB of internal storage, you are going to want to invest in an SD card. After setting up my G5 with my 80 or so standard apps, I quickly cut that 32GB in half and was thankful to have an SD card on hand. And remember, that’s after setup, not after taking hundreds of photos over a year or two span. I know that cloud storage is all the rage these days, but a high-capacity SD card in your G5 will let you not have to worry so much about storage management.


The LG G5 is a really good phone, overall, just not the best phone at the moment. LG is introducing some interesting ideas with it, like modules and dual cameras.

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