05-08-2016 02:04 PM
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  1. the tall guy's Avatar
    For the past week, I've been using the LG G5, which I bought after selling my S7 edge. Although I can find more faults in the G5, I prefer it - here's why.

    When both phones were released, I was really excited about the G5, the idea of a modular phone was exciting - even if it was just to remove and swap out the battery, but I've always been a Samsung guy, so the S7 edge seemed like a safer bet. Based on all the reviews I've read and all the hands-on videos I've watched, it seemed like I made the right decision, that was until I had a shot at playing with the G5.

    Overall design

    The G5, to me, feels much better in the hand than the S7 edge - it's easier to hold and I can more or less complete any task one handed. I also don't need to worry about finger smudges. I've read quite a lot of complains about quality control on the G5, thankfully this didn't impact me - my phone is flawless with no dents or chips. I wen't with the Titan colour, which looks awesome.

    Software

    Touchwiz was a joy to use, so much so that I didn't feel the need to install a 3rd party launcher, with the G5 I instantly installed Action Launcher 3 as I needed an app drawer (my brain doesn't work without one) I've also replaced the stock LG keyboard, which wasn't good. With the S7 edge I didn't feel the need to change the keyboard. These are all minor things to me though, as much as I enjoy my phone working out of the box perfectly - I'm still going to install a launcher eventually.

    As for lag, there was none on my S7 edge and there isn't any on my G5 - if I had to choose, which one was faster, I would say the G5 feels more snappier.

    Battery life

    I couldn't fault the S7 edge battery, it was excellent. I didn't need to worry about charging it through the day. I can also say the same for the G5 - considering this battery is much smaller, it still manages to last me throughout the day, with about 30% left before I charge it overnight. Obviously the S7e battery is better, but for what I use my phone for, the G5 is more than capable.

    In the morning, I usually remove my phone from the charger about 6 am (my 6 month old Son is my alarm) I don't tend to use my phone until I get to work about 8:30 am. The G5 has amazing standby. So far, after having the phone for just over a week, I've removed my phone each time around about 6 am and by 8 am I'm still at 100% battery life - this wasn't possible with the S7 edge.

    Camera

    Both cameras are brilliant;

    1) I miss the double tap of the home button to launch the camera, I just can't get used to the double tap of the volume rocker.
    2) I miss the instant focus that the S7 edge had.

    These two features are very much missed, but what the S7 edge camera doesn't have that the G5 does is a brilliant wide angel camera. This is such a brilliant feature. One I didn't think I would as much. So much so that my next phone needs to have this feature.

    Conclusion

    I honestly couldn't fault the S7 edge - the battery life was excellent, the camera was great, the screen, as always, was bright and vibrant and Touchwiz good. I had the S6 edge for the best part of 2015, the S7 edge improved in all the failed areas, but after almost a month of using it, I got bored. The G5 is a breath of fresh air, it has a decent build quality, an excellent camera, excellent battery life and excellent screen. I don't care too much for the UI of LG, but that's easily changed. I'm also happy to be supporting a phone that dares to do something different, sure the modular part of the phone seems rushed, but I'm hoping, that in time, more developers jump on board to support this great idea.
    04-25-2016 07:09 AM
  2. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Nice review

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    04-25-2016 10:02 AM
  3. KoukiFC3S's Avatar
    I'm also coming from the S6 Edge and am loving my G5.

    The battery life is very good and my free battery is coming today. I am looking forward to swap batteries when traveling and camping.
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    04-25-2016 10:15 AM
  4. the tall guy's Avatar
    Nice review

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    Thank you
    04-25-2016 10:16 AM
  5. the tall guy's Avatar
    I'm also coming from the S6 Edge and am loving my G5.

    The battery life is very good and my free battery is coming today. I am looking forward to swap batteries when traveling and camping.
    Yeah the free battery is a good thing to have, here in the UK we don't get the free battery unfortunately, but I do get the free cam plus module so I can't complain
    04-25-2016 10:19 AM
  6. IBJammin's Avatar
    Totally agree with the handling. We have the s7 edge and the g5. The s7e is like a slippery eel in the hand while the g5 just rests comfortably. The s7e feels more premium but function is better than form in this category.

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    04-25-2016 11:59 AM
  7. the tall guy's Avatar
    Totally agree with the handling. We have the s7 edge and the g5. The s7e is like a slippery eel in the hand while the g5 just rests comfortably. The s7e feels more premium but function is better than form in this category.

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    Totally agree, I prefer the S7 edge for the more premium feel, but as it's so slippery I had it in a case. With the G5 I'm going naked.

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    04-25-2016 12:23 PM
  8. kraze4u's Avatar
    The S7 is slippery because a protective coating was added to reduce scratches to the glass and metal body.
    04-25-2016 02:36 PM
  9. the tall guy's Avatar
    The S7 is slippery because a protective coating was added to reduce scratches to the glass and metal body.
    I felt it was a little slippery, not overly though.

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    04-25-2016 03:43 PM
  10. Cool Guy's Avatar
    This is exactly what I needed. Nice review and I appreciate the insight. I bought a S7 Edge and used it for a little but kept thinking to sell it and get the G5. My concern was really battery life. Thanks!
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    04-25-2016 10:22 PM
  11. the tall guy's Avatar
    This is exactly what I needed. Nice review and I appreciate the insight. I bought a S7 Edge and used it for a little but kept thinking to sell it and get the G5. My concern was really battery life. Thanks!
    Don't get me wrong, the battery life on the S7 edge is way better than the G5, but considering it's a much smaller battery, so far I haven't managed to run it out of juice before I would normally charge my phones.
    04-26-2016 03:39 AM
  12. FutureMech's Avatar
    I actually considered moving to G5, today i'll go and test it, i have S7E and root is must have, something not all G5 will be getting, as seen by G4.

    Not really convinced with the phone, but i love G3 and G4, i still think there is no phone that can top S7E, it's not perfect but it ticks all the right boxes.
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    04-26-2016 11:31 AM
  13. SteveyAsp's Avatar
    I have both the S7 Edge and the G5 and love using them both.
    It's nice to see good reviews from actual users after it's been slated so badly by so called mobile journalists/bloggers
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    04-26-2016 12:03 PM
  14. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I actually considered moving to G5, today i'll go and test it, i have S7E and root is must have, something not all G5 will be getting, as seen by G4.

    Not really convinced with the phone, but i love G3 and G4, i still think there is no phone that can top S7E, it's not perfect but it ticks all the right boxes.
    I have the G5 but I may also look at the HTC 10

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    04-26-2016 05:18 PM
  15. Cool Guy's Avatar
    I have both the S7 Edge and the G5 and love using them both.
    It's nice to see good reviews from actual users after it's been slated so badly by so called mobile journalists/bloggers
    Both? Wow that would make my decision easier. I just wanted to have something different and really considering the G5.
    04-26-2016 05:59 PM
  16. FutureMech's Avatar
    I actually was in the store, there was annoying demo running and i needed every couple of seconds to hit back... anyway phone is actually attractive, on photos it looks bad, in reality it looks awesome and even more appealing than S7, the screen is good though i couldn't test really anything at the store, but it did catch my eye.
    04-26-2016 06:09 PM
  17. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I actually was in the store, there was annoying demo running and i needed every couple of seconds to hit back... anyway phone is actually attractive, on photos it looks bad, in reality it looks awesome and even more appealing than S7, the screen is good though i couldn't test really anything at the store, but it did catch my eye.
    I think the S7 especially in that shiny chrome looks hideous

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    04-26-2016 08:45 PM
  18. the tall guy's Avatar
    I have both the S7 Edge and the G5 and love using them both.
    It's nice to see good reviews from actual users after it's been slated so badly by so called mobile journalists/bloggers
    I honestly couldn't understand why the phone got so much hate in the reviews. I might be in the minority, but I think the phone looks amazing. I love the screen and the slight dipped curve at the top of the phone.

    As for the modular part, I've taken my battery in and out twice as a demo to other people, I don't see myself using that part of the phone all that often, but it's handy to have.
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    04-27-2016 03:27 AM
  19. the tall guy's Avatar
    I have the G5 but I may also look at the HTC 10

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    For some reason the HTC 10 didn't do anything for me. I'm hoping HTC design the Nexus 2016 through, that'll be my next phone for sure.
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    04-27-2016 03:28 AM
  20. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I honestly couldn't understand why the phone got so much hate in the reviews. I might be in the minority, but I think the phone looks amazing. I love the screen and the slight dipped curve at the top of the phone.

    As for the modular part, I've taken my battery in and out twice as a demo to other people, I don't see myself using that part of the phone all that often, but it's handy to have.
    Agreed

    A lot of people won't buy this or other phones that don't have wireless charging. I used to consider it a deal breaker but then came high speed charging. I have it up and I invested in two high end chargers. Some also worry about the charging port going bad. If it does, it's easy to repair or simply replace the module. You could also charge the battery outside of the phone as an interim measure.

    Then there is that whole water resistant argument. Most people don't go around dropping their phones in the water. Sure it can happen especially if you hang around with people who push you into a pool or aren't very careful but again not a deal breaker. I say that despite actually being involved in an overturned boat incident where I was in the water for at least ten minutes waiting for rescue but I had insurance anyway at the time that covered my two day old phone.
    I didn't buy insurance but I think I'll be OK.

    Then there that whole LCD argument. Honestly the only light bleed I saw was in a dark room under test conditions with a black screen and full brightness. Also I can actually see the screen even in sunny conditions..... My old phone I couldn't.

    There are other things I could get into but in the end it doesn't matter. We should buy what makes us happy.

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    04-27-2016 05:58 AM
  21. CSOReaper's Avatar
    I posted about this in another thread, but the G5 is 10 times the phone that the S7 is.

    The screen is much better. I have never had a screen bleed issue period.

    Wireless charging, it doesn't even work that well on the S7. You have to make sure the phone is unlocked most of the time for it to recognize it is charging.

    Waterproof, yea it is ok, but how many of us actually get out phones wet? It is a nice feature to have, but definitely not a deal breaker.

    I was worried as well about all the negative reviews, but they are totally unfounded. The G5 is a homerun in my opinion.
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    04-27-2016 11:56 PM
  22. gendo667's Avatar
    I posted about this in another thread, but the G5 is 10 times the phone that the S7 is.

    The screen is much better. I have never had a screen bleed issue period.

    Wireless charging, it doesn't even work that well on the S7. You have to make sure the phone is unlocked most of the time for it to recognize it is charging.
    Some people prefer AMOLED screens. Some people like the over saturated colors. And I'm sure the wireless charging thing isn't a deal breaker for those that prefer that feature.

    I own a G5, I'm with you. Just playing Devil's Advocate.
    04-28-2016 05:20 AM
  23. barondebxl's Avatar
    I have been using a Galaxy S7 Exynos variant for a month now and it is absolutely outstanding to say the least. It honestly is the best phone I have ever used and that Is saying a lot considering that I have pretty much used them all. I sold my S7 simply cause I wanted to switch things up so I was considering the HTC 10. I even preordered it but something about the G5 just keeps calling me. When I ordered the HTC 10 it felt like it was a purchase based on impulse but ordering the G5 today felt satisfying. Can't wait till I receive it.
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    04-28-2016 08:13 PM
  24. barondebxl's Avatar
    I posted about this in another thread, but the G5 is 10 times the phone that the S7 is.



    The screen is much better. I have never had a screen bleed issue period.



    Wireless charging, it doesn't even work that well on the S7. You have to make sure the phone is unlocked most of the time for it to recognize it is charging.



    Waterproof, yea it is ok, but how many of us actually get out phones wet? It is a nice feature to have, but definitely not a deal breaker.



    I was worried as well about all the negative reviews, but they are totally unfounded. The G5 is a homerun in my opinion.

    Honestly your post is extremely bias. You try to discredit the S7 to make the G5 look "10 times better" but I highly doubt that it is.
    04-28-2016 08:15 PM
  25. gendo667's Avatar
    Honestly your post is extremely bias. You try to discredit the S7 to make the G5 look "10 times better" but I highly doubt that it is.
    That's fine, and it's all up to the opinion of the reader. But I think many G5 owners/appreciators will argue the opposite. Many reviews of the G5 do nothing but sing the praises of the GS7 when that's all well and good, but people that don't want a Samsung device just look at this and scoff. Some of us don't want a Samsung phone.

    I'm so sick of people comparing this to the GS7. It's obvious LG is going for something else. Something different. Everyone needs to let this go. Get what you want.
    04-28-2016 08:44 PM
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