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LG G5 model: LGH831

LG G5

Quick Description

One of the most innovative smartphones of 2016, the LG G5 offers a slightly clunky but modular design. This makes battery replacement and swapping much easier than it usually is nowadays.

The modular accessories barely got released in Canada; the camera grip is the only notable one, but if you like having the option to carry extra batteries with you and swapping them on the go, the G5 is one of the few handsets to allow that.

Guillaume's pick!

This smartphone stood out to me on 7 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2018-07-27, selling for $370.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this smartphone which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (69.90% of the time to be exact).

Protective Case. Some people get a protective case for their smartphone. It can be a matter of personalization or protection, but if you get a case, try to get one which doesn't make drops more likely.$20-$90

Unusual Expenses. Some expected features are missing from the base product which will nearly guarantee that you will need to buy essential accessories. This could be external dongles to get USB ports or headphone jacks or a keyboard cover which, while optional, is shown in every single photo of the product. See description above for details.~$100

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $154.99 on accessories, for a total cost of $540.

Available at 2 locations, from $380

Based on 970 days of observation, the LG G5 usually costs ~$750 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this smartphone is $349.99. If you were waiting for this smartphone to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the LG G5 to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Newegg, Newegg or Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the LG G5 ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Smartphones

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability5/5
Power1/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power1.5/5
Memory4/5
Storage1/5
Portability4.5/5
Autonomy0/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

One-Handed Smartphones

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price1/5
Durability5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1.5/5
Graphical power2/5
Memory4/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability3.5/5
Autonomy0/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck2/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price0.5/5
Durability1.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power1/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage1/5
Portability5/5
Autonomy3/5
Ease of Maintenance2.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Android
Processor: Qualcom Snapdragon 820
Graphics: Qualcom Adreno 530
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 32.00 GB
Screen Size: 5.3"
Screen Resolution: 1440×2560(554.19ppi)
Dimensions: 14.94 × 7.39 × 0.77 cm
Weight: 0.16 kg

The features

  • Fast-Charging
  • High-Quality Camera
  • Back-Facing Camera
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Touch Screen
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • GPS

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement10/10Easy DIY project
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage4/10Can be extended but not replaced
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 2/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 3/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 3/5
    Photo Editing 2/5
    Video Editing 1/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 4/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (3 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (0 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (0 / 8)

Video Games (5 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (3 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (1 / 48)

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