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.
- Great performance
- Dual-camera setup is fun, fascinating
- Modular design has potential
- The first add-on accessories aren't great
- Fit and finish doesn't impress
- Middling battery life
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- 82AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsPC Mag80LG G5 (AT&T)The LG G5 for AT&T is a powerful smartphone with a semi-modular build, making it a unique alternative to more typical flagship handsets. But heavy software changes won't please Android purists.CNET80LG G5 review: Mix-and-match design can't beat SamsThis is the phone to get if you want a removable battery, but it fails to live up to its world-changing Swiss Army Knife potential.Android Authority90LG G5 REVIEW!The G5 is a step in a new direction for LG ... With the new modular concept, it’s not just about what the G5 can do now but rather, what it’s capable of doing in the future, and that alone makes the LG G5 one very compelling smartphone.The Verge80LG G5 reviewI applaud LG for bringing modular phones into the mainstream limelight. I only wish the company's execution was as great as its courage and imagination.phoneArena80LG G5 ReviewThe camera is overall very good, and the secondary, wide-angled sensor does add some intrigue, though don't expect to make use of it regularly. Despite this, we're still drawing the line at a short distance behind competing devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 6s.Expert Reviews100LG G5 review - the modular wonderphoneI love the wide-angle camera, superior gaming performance and the potential of those interchangeable modules. All that makes the LG G5 just as much of a Best Buy as its Samsung counterpart.DroidLife70LG G5 ReviewIf the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge didn’t exist, I’d consider it ... The G5 doesn’t best either of those phones in any situation, outside of timely potential future software updates and having a removable battery. If those two things are must-haves, then the G5 could be for you.Android Police60LG G5 Review: A Bit Of A Mess, FranklyI simply can't recommend the G5. ... I rarely - note I didn't say never - come out of a review disliking a smartphone on the whole, and this wasn't an easy review to write. I hope LG can "wow" us again with the V series later this year, as the G5 simply doesn't stack up.Digital Trends80LG G5 REVIEWWhile its competitors play the game, the LG G5’s modular design changes it. ... The LG G5 is a great buy, but isn’t our favorite Android phone yet.Stuff100LG G5 reviewTo spearhead the mobile vanguard, you have to either be a near-on perfect product ... or offer something new entirely. So the LG G5 has gone for the latter option, while still being an awesome phone to begin with. It’s a big, ballsy move, and one that we hope pays off in the long run.