The LG G5 may have its critics, but a new LG G5 review sheds some light on why the critics may be right this time around. The LG G5 has been praised by tech sites such as Android Authority for its bold, daring nature to “think outside the box” and go beyond the basic form factor we’ve come to expect of smartphones (the “thin and light” mantra). And yet, there are a few problems with the new G5. We’ve discussed that one of these problems pertains to the pricing of the modules, but there are 4 new problems discovered by the source below that we here at Aptgadget believe consumers should be aware of before making their decision to buy or not.
The LG G5 Hi-Fi Bang&Olufsen module (B&O) will not be available in the US
Yep, it’s true: if you were interested in the LG G5 because of the hi-fi module, prepare to be disappointed: it’s not coming to the US. LG gave a statement about the module and its lack of appearance in the States: “At this time, we don’t have an availability date set for the Hi-Fi DAC, and so don’t have timing to share. As soon as we have an update, we will follow up,” LG said to the source in an additional piece.
Well, for US customers, at least, the LG G5 won’t be as modular as it will be for other countries. Oh, by the way, Canada, Puerto Rico, and even LG’s home country, Korea, will also be left out of the Hi-Fi B&O module crowd – so US customers are not alone.
Dual Window Mode has been removed from the LG G5
You may be waiting anxiously for Android N, but for some LG G5 users, Android N can’t get here fast enough. The reason? LG decided to go and, in addition to removing the app drawer from the experience (which leaves the G5 to function like the iPhone), the company has also eliminated dual window mode from its Android “skin.” This means that LG G5 users won’t get to enjoy multitasking capabilities as they’ve done with LG devices past.
Now, even Android Authority tries to explain it away by saying that LG may choose to bring it back in Android N, but does this mandate its removal because Android N will bring it? Not at all. Of course, that could explain some things about the various Android OEMs and their decisions to make some renovations to their software (making the app drawer optional, as Samsung has done with some international Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units), but this doesn’t explain away everything. If Google intends to bring something new to LG’s dual window mode, shouldn’t LG G5 users get the right to decide which they like most? LG’s evading its responsibility as a manufacturer here in the wrong direction.
LG G5 battery life is worse than the G4 and V10
Are you a current user of the LG V10 or the LG G4, LG’s 2015 flagship?
If so, you may want to keep them.
That’s the word from the source, who says in its LG G5 review that the new smartphone has worse battery life than either the V10 or the G4 (the flagship from 2015 with the Snapdragon 808 processor). Though battery life is sufficient for a flagship, the site says, it’s not good enough for a high-end flagship. I’m not sure that 4 hours of on-screen time for a device is really top-performing for a flagship device, considering I usually get about 2-2.5 times that (8-10 hours of on-screen time) with all my high-end smartphones.
Low-light LG G5 performance makes 2016 a very bad year
Finally, in what may prove disappointing for many an LG fan, the LG G5 won’t have the lowlight performance you’re hoping for. The source says in its review of the G5’s lowlight performance that “Low light performance is on par with most smartphones but it isn’t the best on the market. The G5 has a tendency to overexpose the highlights and there’s a noticeable amount of noise reduction, especially in shots captured at night. The G5 comes equipped with laser autofocus, but this doesn’t really show in lowlight, where the camera can take longer than you’d expect to focus on a particular subject.”
The review is certainly worth taking a look at, for those who are dying to know whether or not the LG G5 is their next smartphone. For now, though, we’ve seen too many quality control issues and defects in reviewer smartphones to encourage anyone to buy it at this point. And, we think that if LG wants to sell its G5 as a modular smartphone, then it needs to make all modules available worldwide for all customers. To fail to do so will send the impression that the LG G5 was just “marketed” as something it isn’t in reality.