A phone with a difference: LG’s G5 reviewed
4.0Overall Score

Price (RRP): $1099; Available on plans from Telstra and Optus;
Manufacturer: LG

LG’s quest for the ultimate flagship phone has been all about constant evolution, and for its 2016 attempt, we’re seeing the best one yet. Is it enough to unseat Samsung and Apple?

Specs

LG has come up with some interesting smartphones over the past decade, but the G5 is different to anything we’ve seen out of the company prior.

On the surface, you might see a standard phone, but when you get down to brass tacks, the LG is about evolution. Specifically, LG wants to let you make the G5 into something else, with a way of taking out the battery and popping on other ends, such as a camera, a new audio system, and more.

We’ll get to how that happens later, but for now, know that the LG has still made the G5 a high end machine, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon four-core 820 processor, much like the HTC 10, with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, plus a microSD slot in case you want room to move.

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Google’s Android 6.0 runs here — the version known as “Marshmallow” — and while it looks a little more like iOS in this incarnation, you’ll still find support for a fingerprint scanner like other Android 6.0 installations, which is great since one is included on the phone.

A fingerprint scanner isn’t the only extra feature you’ll get, as you’ll find an infrared port for controlling home entertainment devices and appliances, as well as Bluetooth, GPS, Near-Field Communication (NFC) and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, as well as the typical assortment of Category 6 4G LTE offering speeds as high as 300Mbps if you need them.

Wired is handled via a USB Type C port at the bottom of the phone, while the top offers a 3.5mm headset jack.

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Cameras can be found here — it’s a smartphone, after all, and that’s pretty important these days — so expect at least one, and closer to three. Specifically, the front offers up an 8 megapixel camera with support for Full HD, while the back delivers two cameras via a 16 megapixel camera and 8 megapixel camera, each with varying lenses for a standard and wide angle respectively. Ultra HD video can be captured from the rear cameras, too.

All of this sits under a 5.3 inch Quad HD display offering a resolution of 2560×1440, with Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 protecting everything.

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You’ll need a nanoSIM if you want to play, though, as LG has finally jumped ship to the smaller SIM technology, but the tray here does support both.

Finally, you’ll find a 2800mAh battery under the hood, and for a change it is removable.

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