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81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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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
81 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
This 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.
 
80
The Verge
I 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.
 
70
DroidLife
If 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.
 
80
phoneArena
The 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.
 
90
Android Authority
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.
 
100
Stuff
To 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.
 
80
PC Mag
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.
 
80
Digital Trends
While 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.
 
60
Android Police
I 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.
 
100
Expert Reviews
I 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.