LG has attempted some serious innovation in the LG G5 flagship with interchangeable battery add-ons.
LG G5: Specs
While many smartphones tend to be iterative updates, adding slight design tweaks to generational hardware updates, the LG G5 tried to innovate a modular ecosystem into the everyday smartphone. With a unique slide-out bottom that accesses the removable battery, LG paired the launch of the G5 with a series of add-ons that change the functionality of the phone, like an extended battery/camera grip and a digital amplifier from Bang & Olufsen.
LG also added dual cameras to the back of the G5, giving the option of super wide 135-degree shooting angle, as well as features like an always-on display and a daylight mode that makes reading the screen in full sun easier.
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LG G5: Buy outright
The LG G5 has a fairly pricey $1,099 RRP, but when you consider some of the more attractive G5 accessories, that price can easily jump up. The question is whether you think the unique offerings of the G5 are worth the price of admission.
LG G5: Review
The LG G5 manages to do something truly different in a market of devices that quite often appear to be slight variations on the same thing. That makes this phone worth a look if nothing else.
"The LG G5 is something new, with a stripped-down, modular design. The first time you pull out the battery from the bottom of the phone, prepare for people’s eyes to boggle out as though you’ve just disembowelled the phone itself."
While the unique features are nice, there are some flaws to be found – the dual camera can be slow to switch between lenses, and removing the modular battery bay isn't as simple as you might expect. There's also been no expansion of the accessories, so unless you're an audiophile or camera phone enthusiast, it's an unnecessary feature.