Mini review video: Our verdict on the LG G5 in about a minute

A for ingenuity; C for execution.

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    LG's latest flagship phone, the G5, is a fascinating device. Just plug in optional modules -- excuse us, "Friend" accessories -- and you can enjoy extra functionality when you need it: everything from a camera grip with a secondary battery to an audio DAC that upscales sound quality. It also offers fast performance and a dual-camera setup that's actually a lot of fun to use. But while the phone wins points for innovation, the first modules fail to impress in real-world testing. Meanwhile, it's clear LG cut corners in other areas, with the forgettable design and middling battery life being the biggest offenders. As our reviewer Chris Velazco notes, the device has the potential to improve over time as new and improved Friend modules come out, but for now, it's a work in progress.

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    G5
    81
    Pros
    • Great performance
    • Dual-camera setup is fun, fascinating
    • Modular design has potential
    Cons
    • The first add-on accessories aren't great
    • Fit and finish doesn't impress
    • Middling battery life

    Summary

    LG's choice to build a modular flagship smartphone is so brave it borders on nutty -- too bad the phone doesn't live up to its potential. It's a powerful smartphone with an inspired approach to photography, but it feels like LG made too many compromises to make the G5 work with its swappable modules. What's worse, neither of the so-called Friend modules we tested are game-changers. This phone's modularity means it might actually get better over time, but for now, it's still very much a work in progress.

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