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Android Central 282: All things LG G5


The G5 is not the same price as the S7, and certainly not even close to the S7 Edge.

T-Mobile $630 v $700 (10% cheaper)
Sprint $576 v $649 (12%)
Verizon $624 v $672 (8%)

Only on AT&T are they the same price, but nobody should buy an AT&T phone anyway (I say this being a DirecTV subscriber!).

Take into account the screen size difference and I just don't get the comparison.

Where can I get a snapdragon 820 with a 5.3" inch Quad HD display for $400? Let me know and I'll take this phone back.

The performance of this phone is fine - outstanding even. Everyone is hung on the Friends, which you don't have to use. I'm looking forward to the 360 Cam, though, and it was free, with this phone, which makes it an even better deal.

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You don't have to be butt-hurt because they didn't care for the phone. It is pretty obvious they have the 'ass' about the modules. Lots of reviewers do.

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I'm not butt hurt. Phil's a pretty rationale guy and can handle a reasoned argument. If it were Andrew though ;)

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The point was, that the G5 is priced similarly to the S7, and in their opinion (I'm assuming) not as good. Not that you could buy an equivalent phone for $400.

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Yeah, i see a lot of people breaking the "friends" module and not holding up over time. I also see people scratching the "primer/paint" concoction all to easy.

As far as the launcher, i know putting apps in folders is a great workaround, but stuffing apps into folders in a drawer, out of the way, not seen unless i want to see them is the way to go. I know different launchers work the way i would want them too, but me personally, i don't want to use a third party launcher. I want to use what's on the phone. Sorry, that's just me. So i will vote with my wallet. And if all go that route, i guess i'm screwed and will be forced to use Nova....but i shouldn't be forced to use something i don't want too when this feature has been a key differential between ios and android.

Great, now I've gotta listen to the podcast and find out what she's talking about...
I don't know whether to laugh or blush ;)

I don't get the part at the end where they recommend waiting for an accessories bundle to be offered. I got a bundle with pre-launch.

Don't know just yet. When LG gets things working on US models (don't wanna compare using hacks if I don't have to — if anyone hacks it to work even) that's the first thing we're looking at.

So you plug the DAC into the USB port of your phone and plug your headphones into the DAC, and you carry the phone tethered to the DAC with an umbilical cord between the two, and also the cord for your headphones because if you care enough to use a dedicated DAC then you sure as hell are not going to be using Bluetooth.

All that effort, and nobody can come up with ANY audio specifications? Unless, of course, they don't want you to know...

Yes, for the G5 of course, but for other phones... I guess my point was that it's not an easy setup for non-G5 phones, and with the G5, you have to buy a module to get the sound that other phones already have, like the V10 and M8.

One positive thing about the G5 design is that it is easy to take apart and change any and every part of the phone if damaged. That can be huge down the line. Also phil if you love stock androids drop down settings. You should give good lock a shot. I have been a nova prime user for every phone i have but I have switched to Good Lock and no app drawer. It's crazy with a few quirks but it's lightning fast (fingerprint ,ui ) has a very stock setting. Can't believe i have no app drawer and i like it.

I miss the podcast in video, but know Phil was out of town. By the way, Google is not the "only one" doing notifications that way.
I do hope LG gets build quality issues sorted out. There are variations like you guys say, but it should not be distracting. Antenna lines sticking out on one side and not the other? That would be an issue. I'm not entirely confident in LG's coatings, as my last three LG phones turned ugly in short order once the coating was scratched. I almost felt like scratching the coating completely off so the phone would look decent again.
The big question for me would be the same as you guys had: What do I do with my investment in modules two years from now? I've been burned before, not only with proprietary accessories for phones, but for other items like tools. Had hundreds of dollars worth of Black and Decker cordless power tools (saws, drills, drivers, vacuums, flashlights), only to see them change battery technology. The entire collection is in a landfill now.

I just want to say one thing about the horrible DirecTV remote in the notification area on at&t phones now, and compare it to new T-Mobile phones:

I was shocked and offended when I booted up my s7 Edge and saw that, but there's a button right on it you push, then disable. Literally two touches.

The last few phones I've seen unboxings on from T-Mobile had full screen pop ups during setup where the T-Mobile app makes you configure options. I'm pretty sure it took more than 2 clicks to get through it.

Why does T-Mobile get a pass on this stuff? The T-Mobile account app in my opinion is worse than bloat it's a virus. Maybe that's not the best comparison because a virus is usually designed to do harm and the T-Mobile app doesn't have such ill intentions. It actively monitors every aspect of your device to try "helping" you take care of it. Some of their phones you can disable it, but some you can't. It's monitoring CPU, battery, etc. And the last time I had a T-Mobile phone it was an LG g3 and it couldn't be disabled, and it was a HUGE pain digging into the apps settings to try getting it to stop doing things. In the end there were still tasks it just would not stop and the best i could do was hide the permanent notification icon. So it's still running in the background using RAM and battery.

The at&t account app by comparison only allows you to look at and make changes to your account. It does nothing else. I'm sure there's some carrier software hidden doing certain things but that's unavoidable. Even unlocked phones like the Nexus have software that keeps track and monitors things. But T-Mobile does extra things, it shows up in your notifications and can't be swiped away, and requires a much more painstaking process to hide.

As someone who hates bloatware as much as you guys, I'll take the two click at&t DirecTV remote over the
T-Mobile complete system highjacking.

I could not be more happy with the T-Mobile G5. My wife is getting sick of me telling her how much I love this phone. By far best phone I ever owned and this is my first LG phone.

I can't even bring myself to listen to this podcast since AC has been ripping on the G5 and hanging on Samsung's samsack ever since MWC.

Can somebody tell me if it is it as bad as I think it is? I don't need to roll my eyes for an hour.

I understand and to a degree I feel the same way. I love my G5, but you've seen those specs. I'm sure it's every bit the great device that the G5 is. Truth is, most flagships are gonna be great. It's just a matter of finding the right one for you.

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There's a whole lot to like about the G5! And there's also some stuff that LG needs to work on. If it's the phone you want, then get it! But there are some concerning little things — in my case it's the durability of the paint-on-metal thing, and whether we're investing in modules that will be worthless when the next phone comes out.

tl;dr: This phone ain't the devil. I could easily use it all day. (And have for a while now.)

Thanks for the reply. I'll give it a listen. If LG does a refined G5 for the G6 and keeps backwards compatibility, I expect AC to give it a lot of love next year just like the S7 this year. And if LG changes everything again, I expect a told you so coming my way. :)

I think it's worth noting, if you have no interest in the modules it's a freaking great phone. The modules is where I'd gets tricky. I'm not interested to begin with, and I'm not interested in putting something on my phone that didn't come in the box that I bought it in. I know it's designed for the phone and made by the same company, but it just sounds like more potential for problems. Strictly as a smartphone, it's exactly what I wanted.

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Was the cracking of the paint just a result of the battery being out and the material being flimsy?

With the battery in, does it seem to provide enough support to stop it flexing and cracking?

Any indication as too whether it's easy to chip the paint elsewhere from general day to day knocks and scrapes? I'd probably put a thinish case on there if I end up getting this phone.

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