What better time to look back at the successes and failures of a device than on the eve of the announcement of its successor.
Last year LG unveiled the G5, and it was a huge change over its predecessor. The G5 introduced a new design language equipped with metal, and modules. Unfortunately there was quite a bit of negativity towards both. Many reviewers bashed the G5 for having a coating of primer over the metal, and LG’s answer to a modular smartphone wasn’t well received by the press or the public. Modules couldn’t be hot swapped and they were clunky to get on and off the device, and LG only released a small number of different modules, all of which cost an arm and a leg. The criticism didn’t stop there though. Out of the box LG’s home screen UI didn’t have an app drawer, butit wasn’t all that difficult to enable it.
The G5 wasn’t all bad though, at the time it had the latest specs, and ran like a champ. The 16 megapixel, and the 8 megapixel wide angle lenses on the rear are a blast to take pictures with, and the quality is top-notch. The G5’s manual mode was pretty fun to use as well, especially those few times the automatic mode couldn’t deliver. LG’s UI does still need some work, but the Android 7.0 Nougat update did bring some welcome UI improvements such as better theming capabilities, and support for multi window.
The point is, the LG G5 was a big leap for LG. The G5 was a huge departure from previous devices, and LG was definitely taking a risk with the modules, and it may not have been a huge success, but it led to the fairly successful V20, and it will hopefully help lead the success of the G6.