In light of the LG G6 redefining what LG started last year with the G5, I thought I might post a throwback to an earlier article that I wrote about the G5, and how it set the pace for the G6.
The LG G5’s design: Refinement is the keyword
The LG G5 is finally out in circulation and it’s making splashes in the mobile market, but not in the way that LG intended. There’s been a fair amount of controversy about whether it’s truly a metal phone or not. Controversy aside, the main story is about the radically new design as a whole and what it could mean for the future of the G line. LG has succeeded, yet again, in sticking out like a sore thumb compared to other OEM’s; Samsung’s new flagship offering is staying true to the design of its predecessor, and it’s looking as though the story will be the same for Apple and HTC. LG, however, has overhauled the anatomy of its flagship line to the point where no one would guess that the G5 is an LG product. Arguably not as pleasing to the eye as the Galaxy S7, the G5 still has a nice design, and the eccentric camera setup on the back is actually growing on me more and more.
LG has experimented with the design of the G5, and we can say that they did a great job with making it work, but experimentation has its price- and that price is roughness. There are a few areas where the G5 could have been constructed a bit better. For starters, there’s a hair line gap between the removable bottom and the actual phone; while minuscule, it allows for dust and lint to accumulate, The removable bottom doesn’t line up exactly to the phone, the microdized primer coating has a tendency to chip rather easily, the chamfered edges make for less comfortable holding experience, and the buttons are a bit too flush with the body.
These design uh-oh’s don’t make the LG G5 low quality by any means, it just means that it needs polish. Refinement is the key word, as there is much potential here. Last year, Samsung shook the word with taking a sledge hammer to the design of the Galaxy S line and presented us with a metal and glass S6. The change was well received despite its obvious drawbacks. This year, Samsung tweaked and knit picked the design of the S6 and really gave us a stellar and well crafted device. Think of the G5 as like 2016’s Galaxy S6. LG took a step in a wildly new direction and did well. The only thing is that it’s LG’s first try at this particular design, and first tries are never perfect, so it will do LG well to refine it. It may be hard for most to understand, but designing a device is an art, even though we’re dealing with cold hardware. A painter develops his or her craft by painting that flower the first time, learning from their mistakes, and painting it again with improvements. That’s what we saw with the transition between the Galaxy S6 and the S7, and that is what we want to see with the next G phone. It’s a bit silly talking about the next generation of a device that JUST came out, but the other keyword here is potential, and the LG G5’s design has, perhaps, the most if it out of what we’ve seen so far in 2016.