While I’m a diehard iPhone person, I must admit when another phone has some merit. The LG G5 is looking like an incredible device that I am eager to check out in person. It’s got some pretty sweet features that set it apart from the Samsung Galaxies and iPhones, making it a huge draw for many.
The LG G5 will be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the Snapdragon 820 processor. It is slightly smaller than the G4, moving from a 5.5” screen down to 5.3”. If the 32GB of internal storage isn’t enough for all your data, you have no need to worry. It has a slot for an SD card, so you’ll be able to expand your storage. You’ll also have color options of gold, pink, silver, and titan. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy devices, it also sports an Always-On display. Now that I’ve prattled on about the basic specifications, let’s get to the good stuff.
One of the most interesting features is that it is a partially modular device. Different modules for the phone to add a variety features. By simply pressing a button on the side, you release the bottom of the phone so you can pull the bottom (and the attached battery) away, switch the battery to the new module – or simply swap out the battery for extra power – and reinsert.
One of the featured “Friends” (accessories to enhance your LG G5 experience) is actually a module for the G5, the LG Cam Plus. This Friend provides you with a more comfortable grip for taking pictures along with some analog camera functions including a record button, shutter button, and a wheel for zoom. Combine this with the second built-in rear facing lens (a wide angle lens of 135 degrees) and you’ve got a pretty amazing camera on your phone. You can even use the lenses at the same time to make a crazy “Popout” effect (sorry, no 3D capabilities yet).
Other Friends include the LG 360 Cam and the LG 360 VR. The LG 360 cam allows you to take photos and videos in 360 degrees. The LG 360 VR is a virtual reality headset, setting itself apart from the Samsung Gear VR by connecting to the phone via a USB Type-C cable rather than placing the phone in the device as the display.
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