Last year, when LG introduced a curvy back design on its flagship smartphone, the G4, it became apparent that the South Korean phone manufacturer was on the verge of upping its design game to compete with other rival flagships.
With the release of the G5, a modular smartphone with a bunch of companion accessories in April 2016, the company appeared to be trying as hard as it can to make high-end smartphones that could be at par with the iPhone 6S or the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Over the past week, I got my hands-on experience with the device, which according to PricePadi currently retails for between N155,000 to N200,000, depending on the retail outlet, although online retail stores like JUMIA currently retails the device for N265,995.
The first thing I noticed upon holding up this 5.3-inch device was that it felt lightweight when compared to its predecessor, the G4, even though the latter weighs 155g and the former weighs 159g.
The unit I received came with a dual nano-SIM slot alongside a microSD card slot of up to 200GB, which I’m guessing that you can only fit in a single nano-SIM and a microSD card at a time or two nano-SIMs at a time. In my full review, I would be able to test the device using a nano-SIM card.
In terms of design, the G5 is curvy on the edges with an all-metal modular body that really doesn’t feel premium, but is a decent upgrade from its plastic body design on the G4. Still, it feels easy to hold, although you may need to get a cover or case to prevent scratches or cracks in case it drops on the floor.
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Although the G5 runs Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Google’s latest Android operating system, offering a bunch of new features that help improve the user experience, alongside LG’s very own latest user interface, UX 5.0, the smartphone doesn’t come with an app drawer, which for me is a downside.
In the camera department, the G5 is quite impressive, especially with a handful of camera features including a useful wide angle camera feature. The device’s battery performance is decent enough, even though it doesn’t pack enough mAh capacity when compared to its predecessor, the G4. It also comes with a battery saver feature that optimises battery life.
The G5 is laden with power, with a sizeable 4GB RAM, which means that it can run anything you throw at it, whether graphic games or heavy apps. Perhaps the most exciting feature of the G5 is its fingerprint recognition technology, which although appears to be coming late to the party of high-end smartphones, is indeed a noticeable improvement from its predecessor, the G4, which was one of its missing features last year.
Of course, this review is basically my first impression with the G5, so I won’t really give my verdict until I use it extensively as a primary device in the next couple of weeks. That said, I think that the G5 scores good points for its screen, performance and camera, although its design and battery could have been better.