LG G5 steps up the premium smartphone game

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The Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 are the two hottest premium smartphones out there now and while the iPhone SE is exciting, Apple won’t make a splash until we see the iPhone 7.

I attended a launch party last month for the G5 and I was immediately impressed but what LG showed us. We also watched the Batman vs Superman which I could have done without and I am suggesting maybe the company pair its next phone launch with a Marvel movie.

Wanting to keep the removable battery as part of its design, LG G5 took a step here keeping this and in moving to all metal materials. Like the Galaxy S7, the G5 has Always-On Display, something I’ve been spoiled with now with my S7.

The launch party team really pumped up the camera on this phone. The G5 has two cameras in the back: a 16-megapixel camera with a standard 78-degree wide lens and an 8-megapixel camera with a wide-angle, 135-degree lens. The wider lens lets you capture more space within each frame. This made sense to me and certainly makes an iPhone or Galaxy camera seem somewhat limited.

My interest really was in the modular components. The phone is great but this is what made me take notice.

The Cam Plus ads bulk to the back of the phone but also improves battery life and power. This can help as we know phones like this are often battery challenged. The Galaxy S6 is certainly one but the S7 has top notch battery life. The LG G5 is ok as well but not as good as the S7. It also has a camera grip that has a physical shutter button to record and capture video, and a zooming wheel. Pretty cool I’d say

Thought I did not get to play with it, I’d love to get my hands on the 360 VR. It looks substantially different than the Oculus VR paired with the S7. A quick visit to the LG website shows no reviews of it as of yet so I am wondering who has had a chance to use it.

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