In the LG G5, we were shocked and astonished to discover that gesture typing is super responsive on this phone, providing very speedy and mostly accurate word suggestions, at least in our experience.
We suspect this is helped on by a phone that has been tweaked for better performance, and really this just adds to the overall usability experience.
The other area you may find yourself liking is the fingerprint sensor, and it’s clear from this design that LG is borrowing from its work with Google on the Nexus 5X.
Just like in that phone, you’ll find a circular scanning point at the back of the phone, and this doesn’t just serve as a fingerprint scanner, but also a power button to switch the phone on and off, and return from standby.
Yes, there’s a click button underneath the scanner, and you’ll need to press that in to switch the phone on and off, but you won’t need to press that hard if you’re bringing the phone back from standby, as a registered fingerprint will kick the phone back into gear when your finger is held to the scanner.
And this part really works, with a great location meaning your forefinger can easily bring the phone back without adopting an awkward grip just to get the phone back, something both Apple and Samsung still struggle with.
The camera is one area where LG hopes to show off, and if you’ve been following smartphones for the past few years, it’s poised to be the area that decides whether people plonk down the cash for a phone.
As smartphone cameras signal the death knell for the standard proper compact digital camera, these have to get better to keep people on side, and in the G5, we’re seeing something that isn’t just better, but also capable of letting you get creative.
We all know that digital cameras are getting better, and developments to the sensors, increased pixel sizes, and smaller circuitry is all helping this area, as is glass capable of letting in more light, but the focal length of a lens is also a big factor for anyone taking a picture.
Most smartphones try to emulate a rough 24 to 28mm focal length, because that’s often wide enough to encompass a scene for a 16:9 form-factor, and the LG G5 can do this too with its 16 megapixel sensor.
But the LG G5 also has another trick, and it’s one that emulates more of an 8 or a 9mm focal length by providing a 135 degree lens on the back as well. This lens actually works at 8 megapixels, not the full 16, but it essentially gives you to settings to work with, because if you can fit everything you want in using the 16 megapixel camera, awesome, and if not, you have a wider camera to work with.