One of the most underrated, underappreciated, and misunderstood smartphones of all-time. This is a phone that deserves a cult following as time goes by...
Critics can bash the design but the Google Pixel is far uglier. The matte iPhone 7 is now dealing with Scuffgate Part 2. The G5's build quality isn't prone to smudges or shatter either like the S7 edge or any phone with a glass rear will have. Has LCD which last longer than OLED and less potential burn-in.
This is one of the most perfect phones I have ever used with microSD slot up to 2 TB and a removable battery for future proofing to boot. I have very few qualms with it. So glad this phone is ranked #9 as the most favorited on this site. It was simply overshadowed by the Samsung S7 edge and Note7.
Look beyond the failed modular, rear camera, and poor sales and LG did the basics right. Fast, smooth, great camera, good price, loud, easy to hold, easy to repair, rarely gets hot, etc. Again, an overlooked phone perhaps too ahead of its time for the masses to fully grasp like the Sega Dreamcast but will accumulate a cult following over time...
AnonD-579705, 21 Feb 2017Two questions please guys. Is there any boot loop issue yet?
What do you recommend me more g5... moreThat will depend on your preferences ans habits. G5 is naturally cheaper than the V20. It's also smaller, so one hand usage will be much better.
I never experienced a bootloop on my G5, btw. Buy one! Just put a case around it. Also protect it with a tempered glass. Scuffs and scratches almost always give heartaches to phone owners.
AnonD-646777, 22 Feb 2017If I buy this phone now, could it last for 3-4 years? I mean without serious problems.. Or sho... moreGo for LG as long as the battery is user-replacebale, and the screen is IPS-LCD. I admit that this is mainly my preference, but the advantage is already stated by the two other people who replied to you (especially regarding battery).
AMOLED screen is great, if not the best, in contrast, but it does burn in depending on how long your screen-on time is. No exceptions. I owned a Nokia C7 and a Galaxy S4. They both had burn in after just a month. I checked other people's and store's Galaxy S7 units. They have burn in. It is just a matter of time.
I bought a G2 in 2013. It retired only last year because it was conpletely shattered after it got hurled to a concrete floor. Otherwise, it would have been working fine even now (except the slightly shortened battery life after years of use).
Don't buy an hTc. The price is high compared to LG (at least between flagships). Their design is good, but not their updates. I owned the One X, and its bluetooth connection with my bluetooth headset then was terrible at best. I owned a One M9+ which wasn't updated to Marshmallow. Good thing it was stolen LOL.
Now, I am typing this on an unrooted LG G5. It works fine. It's even more reliable than my laptop for browsing the web (largely subjective). It's nice to be on LG territory again. Get this phone. Just put a case and tempered glass protector on it if you want it to look as good as new after 4 years. Looking forward to your choice.
AnonD-646777, 22 Feb 2017If I buy this phone now, could it last for 3-4 years? I mean without serious problems.. Or sho... moreThis this could easily last you 3-4 years. Since batteries degrade a lot over that period of time, you could just take out, and replace the battery of the G5, since its battery is removable, where other phones have their batteries sealed in
AnonD-646777, 22 Feb 2017If I buy this phone now, could it last for 3-4 years? I mean without serious problems.. Or sho... morePhones with user-replaceable batteries can always help prolong a phone's life since the most likely component to give out is the battery.
If you want a Samsung or Xiaomi, get a lower end one with removable battery. I have Xiaomi but didn't like how each software update ruined my battery life and Mi PC Suite isn't compatible to my MacBook. That's the balance you get when wanting new features and faster performance. You sacrifice efficiency.
Samsung is known to have laggy phones after awhile thanks to having the poorest software optimization among all Android OEM's. The Snapdragon 820 is actually a pretty powerful chip as seen as how smooth and fast the OnePlus 3, G5, and HTC 10 have shown. Samsung made it look pale in comparison to their Exynos with terrible RAM management.
I am also reluctant getting an iPhone X because OLED will have burn-in and think curved displays and bezel-less are useless, uncomfortable, trendy, cosmetic gimmicks. Go with the G5. It will last and last years. I have owned all kinds of brands from Samsung, Apple, HTC, and so forth. LG is the only brand that knows what I usually want. The rest keep making the same mistakes every year to appeal to the fashionista tech crowd.
If I buy this phone now, could it last for 3-4 years? I mean without serious problems.. Or should I go to samsung or even xiaomi?
lg_g5 (h860), 21 Feb 2017well my phone is ruined in my view after done the "nougat version" the battery doesn't work as... moresurprised.. i have same model and updated to naugot smooth performance try to reset device.
lg_g5 (h860), 21 Feb 2017well my phone is ruined in my view after done the "nougat version" the battery doesn't work as... moreI always keep it in the original firmware it came with. I just disable Google Services once in awhile unless and block any annoying "software update" notifications. I couldn't root my phone, so I figured out how to block it but would enable Google Services again when I need to use the YouTube app or any other app that needs it enabled.
I read that Nougat is supposed to use more battery life even with the improved Doze feature for standby. Check the tests. The S7 edge gets a minimum of 10% worse battery life although that is a year old battery and naturally would degrade. And I noticed Nougat uses more RAM. Project Svelte V2, I don't think so. Nougat was supposed to be what KitKat was. If KitKat was the most stable in the Holo era, it seems Marshmallow is the best for the Material Design era. Not as problematic as either Android 5 but not quite battery and RAM heavy as Android 7.
For others thinking of updating, stick to Android 6. Nougat is both problematic in both battery life and RAM. My RAM usage on my G5 hits to 59% used at most. I go to check out the V20 with Nougat and it is hitting over 80%. I know unused RAM is wasted RAM but I prefer keeping it up to 30% free after being stuck with phones with only 1 GB RAM for years.
Ice Cream Sandwich
Marshmallow is definitely the best to stick to in this Material Design era.
Anonymous, 21 Feb 2017same here, i am very happy with my phone which is running now with nougat, no hiccups at all a... moreExactly! LG thinks different. When they tried doing it last year, they got bashed for it because all these so-called tech reviewers who know nothing about tech who needs a pretty design to boost their low self-esteem. Apple and now Samsung are brainwashing people for flash over substance.
I just never understood the bashing this phone got. Poor build quality? Since when is having glass rears considered better build quality? The metal on the G5 might have been painted on but even the matte iPhone 7/7 Plus is known for scuffing. Mine is silver anyway which is the best neutral color to hide smudges on matte plastic or metal. And another quality that the G5 has - IT RARELY GETS HOT!
I also own a Note 3, Mi 3, Moto E2, Lumia 640, and gold LG G3 Beat. I love having both my LG's next to each other and the G5 perfectly matches with my silver MacBook. The G5 easily surpasses them all my phones. My only qualm isn't the light bleed or screen retention. It is how quite dim it is. I need to put it to 100% brightness to match my Moto at only 60%.
The problem with the critics and blind haters is they were only devoted pointing out the G5's flaws like the gimmicky LG Friends and modular design. They called it a flop or couldn't get over the rear design when it basically looked like the Nexus 6P. But they never pointed out what the G5 did right which were the essentials at making a great phone.
- Decent battery life
- Comfortable to hold
- Great camera on par with S7 edge
- Excellent IPS screen
- Loud external speaker
- Good audio all-around
- Great price value
- MicroSD slot and removable battery for future proofing storage and usage.
The basics. That's what the G5 got right but all the critics lie to us like the liberal media and want SEXY toss away devices. Skip the G6. No removable battery, no thanks! When LG wanted to be different last year, they got criticized. When they want to be the same ol', same ol' like the rest of them with this G6, they will be criticized. D*mn if you do, d*mn if you don't.
Think about it. The smart money is on the G5. I got mine for only $240 which I paid off entirely two days later after I got it. The S7 edge is considered the best of last year but still goes for $700 and Americans get the Snapdragon 820. The SoC isn't the problem because the G5 and OP3 flies. It is Samsung's lame skin and poor optimization on the Qualcomm's. The camera and battery life might be better on it by a little over the G5, but not $460 better. G5 is a better deal than all those Chinese makers. Mi 5, Axon 7, OnePlus 3, it beats them all...
G5 = Most unique, most underrated, most misunderstood, and best all-around flagship of 2016. Ahead of its time. But a flop because it wasn't pretty enough by fashionistas who judges designs from the rear!
well my phone is ruined in my view after done the "nougat version" the battery doesn't work as long as before, the battery finish so fast even if im not running anything @ all.
i read so many people facing the same problem especially with battery life, after done this update, and if i wish to return to old version just to make my phone work as usual.
Two questions please guys. Is there any boot loop issue yet?
What do you recommend me more g5 or v20? for me after I check them at a store, I tend to g5. What do you think guys? Thanks
Dekdek029, 21 Feb 2017Hi sir.. ive already did it before.. but the problem still on my phone.. any other option sir?... morehow big the problem is, it matters ....try to play some videos on youtube that has longer than one hour videos to fix this issue the channel is 'screenburnfixer' it might help but i cant assure , if the problem still persist try to reset device, yet if it remains replace your screen.
lgg5user, 21 Feb 2017download app named blue light filter and make 1800k colour temp and 5% intensity it will help. Hi sir.. ive already did it before.. but the problem still on my phone.. any other option sir? tnx for the response..
Dekdek029, 21 Feb 2017hi guys need help.. any solution for screen rentention?? this phone is very good.. i have S7 e... moredownload app named blue light filter and make 1800k colour temp and 5% intensity it will help.
So I've had the phone for a month and had to replace it 3 times already!!!! The back button to turn the phone on and off keeps breaking!! I'm very upset about the poor design and sturdyness of the phone. Other than that its a smooth phone, but if it happens again im getting a different phone.
this in one of the best phone i have ever used after 6s plus. i have used samsung flagships like note3,note4,note5 and s7 edge for few days only. the reason i returned s7 edge in overheating other note devices did good for me about 7 months because i never use same phone more than a year. lg g5 in the first phone i'm using longer. i bought it on the same day available in qatar and got extra battery and charging case along with camera module; the camera is far better than s7 edge if you know how to use manual mode otherwise you cant have best image with auto mode. battery is better than note 3 and note 4 and note 5 but s7 edge and 6s plus have better battery life than it but it never matters as i have two batteries i charge one while using other and does for a full day. i swap it in the morning with the charged one and never plug my phone itself till now. its faster than samsung devices but 6s plus is faster than it. image retention in very unnoticeable but app called blue light filter fixes it 100%. sd card slot removable battery ir blaster are awesome features. put a good case to avoid uglier back design anyway you rarely look on back of phone. speaker in far better than s7 edge notes and 6splus. charging also faster than any other devices i have used. dont hesitate to go for it. never lagged in past 8 months and sometimes messenger stopped and just uninstalled and installed it and fixed. best phone after 6s plus for me loved it.
hi guys need help.. any solution for screen rentention?? this phone is very good.. i have S7 edge .. but i will choose LG G5.. only problem is screen rentention.. plss help.. tnx
Savor , 20 Feb 2017Thanks! The silver one of the G5 is gorgeous. I use grayish wallpapers with an Android logo fo... moresame here, i am very happy with my phone which is running now with nougat, no hiccups at all and very customizable, both in hardware and software. I also love LG very much because they always able to differentiate their phones from the rest, year after year.
Anonymous, 20 Feb 2017I could not agree more...
Thanks! The silver one of the G5 is gorgeous. I use grayish wallpapers with an Android logo for the lockscreen. I simply never understood the hate for this phone. It has a great camera, screen, feels comfortable to hold in the hand removable battery, inexpensive, excellent external speaker, charges fast, and doesn't overheat. No bootloops so far.
Ugly design? I don't pay attention to the rear as most of us don't look at that side and we can cover it with a case anyway. The iPhones of the last three gens in any color has an ugly rear too. At least the G5 doesn't attract smudges like the overrated S7 edge. And both the G5's build quality and battery life have been rock solid so far.
I noticed most people who actually OWN this device is very happy with it or simply love it. The haters who bash it just want to troll. With my spare battery tucked away, I know I can use this for at least 3-4 years while my future iPhone X battery should be dying by that point. This phone will be appreciated as time goes by users who actually own it for years...