If it strays from either of those paths — changed design making the G5 alone in accessory compatibility, or no other accessories are announced — it’ll be a hard one to sell to consumers, and even to reviewers.
Here’s hoping, LG. Here’s hoping.
And that brings us to value, which is an interesting area because the LG G5 is not a cheap phone.
Before its announcement, we had heard that LG wouldn’t necessarily be focusing on the high-end, producing mid-to-high-end devices that could steal the competition right out from underneath, but that’s not what has happened.
Instead, we have a phone priced almost as high as any other major flagship, and offering relatively pricey accessories, at that.
By itself, the LG G5 is $1099.
Those “friends” we mentioned before don’t come with the handset at all, and if you want a camera grip from the Cam Plus, that’ll be $129. The Rolling Bot spy drone ball thing, that’s $399. B&O’s 24-bit media player addition is $229. And the VR stuff? The 360 camera is $399, and we don’t even know how much the headset will be.
Oh, and a battery is $69.95.
Seriously, you can kit the LG G5 and spend a good $2K, which is not cheap for a phone.
It would make it a rather flexible phone, sure, but still an expensive one, and we’re not quite sure it’s worth it, at least until LG says the next version will keep the design.
It’s hard to deny that LG’s G5 is one of the more interesting phones we’ve seen in a long time, but is it the best of 2016? That we’re not sure about.
There are certainly some interesting features here, and mixed with a whole heap of customisability, it’s easy to see the LG G5 isn’t another “me too” phone, because that’s easy to build these days.
But at $1099, it’s a hard recommendation.