For so long, phones have been about being sleek, being elegant, or just so well built that a drop wouldn’t knock any confidence a phone may or may not have. But LG’s latest is more about playing, and that’s good news for consumers keen for something new.
That’s an important thing to remember, because most phones these days are about improving the tried and tested formula of delivering the internet and phone capabilities in the best possible way, with a better camera, sharper screen, and a design that makes people swoon.
LG has done that before, and this year wants to do that and something else at the same time, with a design that lets you be a little more playful with your phone.
What does this mean?
You might want to have a little more control over your phone camera, so you can bring a grip. Or you might want to grab 360 degree images for that whole VR side of life. Or control a drone in the shape of a ball.
For LG, smartphones in 2016 are about pushing the limit of what a smartphone is known for, with accessories that connect and talk to the smartphone natively.
“We wanted to try and bring back fun into mobile phones,” said Gino Casha, General Manager of Mobile Communications for LG in Australia and New Zealand.
Outside of the fun stuff — and we’ll get to that in a moment — the G5 is still an eye-catching modern phone. It has to be to compete in today’s market, especially when you have such flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 6S.
To that end, the LG G5 delivers a 5.3 inch IPS screen with a Quad HD resolution, sticking a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor underneath just like the HTC 10 has, pairing this with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. If 32GB isn’t enough, a microSD slot will let you expand it with as much as 2TB provided you can find the microSD card in that size.
Connections for the phone are pretty standard for a flagship, with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Near-Field Communication, and USB Type C at the bottom, with Category 6 4G LTE on offer delivering speeds as high as 300Mbps down and 50Mbps up.
The camera is very interesting here, though, bringing two cameras for the price of one to the back of the LG G5, consisting of a 16 megapixel standard camera with a 78 degree lens and optical image stabilisation sitting next to a second 8 megapixel camera with a wide 135 degree lens.
You can shift between the two cameras depending on what you need, allowing you to get the whole scene when the standard camera just won’t do it.
On the front, there’s also an 8 megapixel camera for those selfies, because more megapixels is always going to be more useful for capturing you and the rest of your friends.