Even with this revamped design and change in build quality it's pretty awesome that LG still managed to figure out a way to keep the core features of their smartphones intact. So last year LG did a dual camera setup with the LG V10 on the front facing cameras but this year LG decided to bring that dual setup the rear of the LG G5.
The main lens is a 16 megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization and an aperture of F/1.8 and the second camera is a wide angle 8 megapixel sensor at F/2.4. The wide-angle camera is easily by far my favorite featuer about the LG G5, it's totally awesome and a lot of fun and even though its lower resolution than the main sensor I actually found myself using it more because I just love how the photos turn out and you can really see how much of a difference it makes over the standard angle of the main camera.
You can easily switch between the two cameras within the software by either tapping the two icons on the top of the camera interface or it will automatically switch cameras for you when zooming in and out, the camera software is still pretty much the same as it was on the LG G4 or the LG V10 you can keep it as simple as you want with a simple or auto modes or if you want for DSLR like controls over these settings such as white balance ISO and shutter speed you can still do that with a manual mode.
Picture quality has pretty much been exactly what I expected from a company like LG, the photos from the LG G5 are some of the sharpest and most well detailed photos you can get from a smartphone. The color reproduction is very pleasing to the eye and with that F/1.8 aperture you can get some really clean looking depth of field especially close ups or macro shots.
There doesn't seem to be a ton of crazy over shopping going on but I do notice that the camera has a tendency to really crushed shadows and a lot of daytime shots but the HDR mode does a solid job of compensating for that. It also doesn't over saturated colors so picture still come out looking pretty natural low-light performance is decent but it's simply not the best that I've seen over expose a lot with the highlights and there's a very noticeable amount of noise reduction going on especially in night time shots, also because the LG G5 doesn't have that laser focus anymore it doesn't focus quite as quickly in low light.
As far as the front-facing camera go it's an 8 megapixel sensor with F/2.4 aperture and it takes pretty good selfies wether it be during the day or at night if you're into that sort of thing.
Now the software is actually pretty interesting it's running on Android 6.0 marshmallow with LG's usual skin but it's changed quite a bit for the LG G5 and is probably the cleanest and least intrusive that LG's UI has ever been. It's got a much nicer looking color scheme with the white and light green colored accents in the nerve occasion shade and settings menu by default.
The settings menu is still a four panel set up that I've always found difficult to navigate but LG gives you the option the surrounding switch to a more traditional list view that falls in line more with what you normally get on stock Android.
Many of LG's features like smart bulletins and QS light after all still baked in but they're not quite as in your face as before and smart bulletin is actually off by default but they are there if you dig deep enough into the settings to look for them. One feature the LG got rid of is the door window feature which was kind of a strange decision says a lot of people really like that feature but considering that Android N we'll be bringing this feature natively it may not be that big of a deal.
The biggest change the LG software is the lack of an AppDrawer with the new launcher which makes it feel more iOS like and if you've never used an Android phone without an AppDrawer before you might find it to be a little bit jarring at first, obviously if you don't like this change you can easily swap it out with a third-party launcher like the Google Now launcher or if you want to stick purely to LG software LG recently released their Home 4.0 launcher that's available for download in the smart rolled application to bring back the AppDrawer.
Pricing for the LG g5 is pretty typical for a flagship smartphone it ranges anywhere between $600 to $700 off contract depending on carrier with options to finance the cost of each respective carrier. The LG G5 is a step in a completely new direction from LG it's offers a brand new metal design a very impressive dual camera setup and it's modular capabilities makes it one of the most unique smartphones we've seen in a long time.
While other manufacturers are focused purely on making a good smartphone LG wanted to create a product that stood out and they've certainly been able to do that without sacrificing features like expandable storage and a removable battery so even though this is a very different phone from what we've seen from LG in the past they've still managed to stay true to themselves but the most intriguing part about the LG G5 isn't what it's capable of doing now but rather what it's capable of doing in the future and that alone makes the LG G5 one very compelling smartphone.