LG G5 Review: Reasons To Buy & Reasons To Not Buy [With Video]

LG has finally launched its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G5 in the Indian market. The highlight of the device is its modular design that lets users to swap the battery with some accessories which LG call as Friends. Priced at Rs. 52,990, is the LG G5 worth putting your bet on? We got to spend some time with LG’s latest flagship smartphone and in this post we have listed all the pros and cons of the device. Read on to find out LG G5 review with reasons to buy and reasons to not buy (with video).

LG G5 Review

LG G5 Review: Reasons To Buy

Following are the 11 reasons why you should buy the LG G5:

1. Design

It is the first smartphone from LG to feature all metal design. It is a sleek phone with smooth edges and comes with matte finish on the rear that offers good grip. Overall build quality of the phone is great.

2. Display

The phone features a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS display with 1440p resolution. The display impresses us with its brightness, sharpness and sunlight legibility. It comes with an Always On panel that shows time, date and notifications even when the phone is locked.

3. Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Third reason is that it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection against scratches.

4. Battery

It comes with a modular design that allows users to swap batteries. In case you phone runs out of battery, you can simply take out the battery from LG G5 and replace it with another fully charged battery.

5. LG Friends

Users can also attach different modules to the LG G5. The modular design of the G5 allows users to customize the phone according to their needs. Users can simply slide the battery of the phone out and replace it with LG Friends such as LG Cam Plus, which is a camera module and LG Hi-Fi Plus with Bang and Olufsen Play for enhanced music experience.

6. Camera

LG G5 comes with an impressive dual camera set up on the rear. There is a 16 mega pixel camera on the rear which is assisted by an 8 mega pixel camera. It is capable of taking great shots with 135 degrees wide angle view. If you don’t want to capture a wide angle image, then you can simply tap on the triangle icon in the camera interface, which will reduce the view. There is also an 8 mega pixel camera on the front that takes great selfies. It takes good quality images with decent detailing and clarity. Overall Camera quality is good but there are some aspects which need improvement.

7. Performance

It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor which is currently one of the fastest chipsets available in the market. Paired with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM, it makes sure that the users get super fast performance. On testing it on AnTuTu benchmarks, we got score of around 98000 points. Multitasking experience is smooth and it plays moderate to heavy games with ease and shows no signs of lags or stutters.

8. Fingerprint sensor

It comes with a fingerprint sensor on the rear for additional security. It unlocks the phone very quickly and accurately.

9. Fast charging

It comes with a 2800mAh battery and supports fast charging. With LG G5 supporting fast charging, users will not have to keep waiting for long for its battery to get fully charged.

10. MicroSD card

It supports expandable storage up to 2TB via microSD card. If you find 32GB of internal memory insufficient to take care of your storage needs, then you can expand it using microSD card.

11. Speaker

It comes with a single bottom-firing speaker that offers great audio which is surprisingly impressive for a single speaker.

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LG G5 Review: Reasons To Not Buy

Following are the 4 reasons why you should not buy the LG G5:

1. Design

Although it is the first phone from LG to feature an all metal design, yet it is not as attractive as other flagship smartphones available in the market. The design of the phone is not very exciting and due to the swap-able module, it doesn’t look smooth and consistent from the bottom.

2. No Friends in the box

Although the G5 comes with a modular design that allows users to replace the battery  with LG Friends such as LG Cam Plus, and LG Hi-Fi Plus, yet it doesn’t come bundled with LG Friends in the box. These companion products have to be purchased separately.

3. Camera

Overall camera quality of G5 is good but there are some aspects which need improvement. Despite sporting dual camera set up on the rear, it sometimes fails to produce high quality images. Some of the images taken with the G5 show considerable amount of noise and also we face focusing issues. Its camera is not as good as other flagship smartphones in this price range.

4. Overpriced

The LG G5 is priced at Rs. 52,990 which seems to be a bit overpriced, for the specifications and features that it offers. For nearly same price, you can get Samsung Galaxy S7 that offers better camera and display.


Despite all the flaws, the LG G5 is an impressive flagship phone that offers great camera, beautiful display, modular design and more.

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