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LG G5 (2016)

Android OS v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976
Adreno 510
3 GB / 32 GB
5.3 inch (1440 x 2560 px)
16 MP, 5312 x 2988 px, autofocus, optical image stabilization

The manufacturer offers this phone with a 5.3 inch IPS display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976 chipset, and 3 GB of RAM.

Is this phone a good value for its price? My review aims to answer that question by the end.

Table of Contents

This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the LG G5 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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LG G5 specifications

BrandLG
NameG5
ModelH840
Release date2016

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.61 oz
Dimensions5.88 x 2.91 x 0.3 inch
Colorsgray
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of the LG G5 is still considered to be lightweight and portable. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a subscriber identity module (SIM), which is a chip card.

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976
CPUOcta-core, Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 510

The LG G5 comes with Android OS v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) out of the box. Google regularly releases new versions of Android. They have new features, improvements, and security updates. This octa-core CPU consists: Octa-core, Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices use Adreno GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size5.3 inch
Resolution1440 x 2560 px
Multitouch supportyes

People know IPS for its wide viewing angles. It also has accurate color reproduction. The 5.3 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM3 GB
Internal storage32 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. The needed RAM amount for good performance depends on factors. These include the OS, the apps, and the services we use. Generally, a smartphone should have a minimum of 32 GB of internal storage. The G5 has 32 GB. We can expand the internal storage of the G5 (32 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera16 MP, 5312 x 2988 px, autofocus, optical image stabilization
FlashDual LED
Selfie camera8 MP

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The G5 offers optical image stabilization (OIS) for their rear camera systems.

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Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCyes
FM radioyes
USBUSB Type-C
Headphone3.5 mm jack

Worldwide, people use 4G networks. They have become the standard for mobile networks in many countries. The G5 supports the latest Wi-Fi standards. We can use Bluetooth to connect our G5 smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. The G5 has a GPS receiver. Many fitness and activity tracking apps rely on GPS. It is used to accurately measure and record outdoor activities. The G5 has a built-in NFC chip, which allows it to support various NFC applications and services. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

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Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2800 mAh

The Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. We can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by ourselves.

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Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, fingerprint, hall, light, proximity
SpecialsCorning Gorilla Glass 4

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The G5 smartphone has an accelerometer. The fingerprint reader is a biometric security feature found in G5 smartphones. The light sensor is a type of sensor in a smartphone. It lets the phone measure light intensity around the device. Corning Gorilla Glass is a type of chemically strengthened super-glass.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this LG phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot
  • optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass shield

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • single camera setup
  • no 5G support
  • low-capacity battery
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Updated: June 20, 2024

Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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