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LG G5 review: The modular phone we weren't quite dreaming ofAs far as its swappable capabilities go, the LG G5 fails to blow us out of the water. But it still excels as a top-tier Android phone with a removable battery.
[MUSIC] With a bottom bezel that you can completely remove and accessories that attach back onto the device, the LG G5 takes a stab at the modular fantasy users have dreamt about for For a long time. But if you want the handset solely for this feature, you may be disappointed. LG only has two add-ons that take advantage of this capability. A camera grip and a digital to analog audio converter with no plans to make more. Though these phones are fun the phone's modularity is limited in this narrow capacity and for the time being LG will have to depend on third parties to build out this feature even more. But a G5 is still a great device, in and of itself. It has USB type C port, a Fingerprint scanner, and an Always on display that will continuously display the time and date and any missed notifications. There are Two cameras in the back, a Standard 16-megapixel camera, and an 8-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens. The latter let's you capture more space within the frame and LG included some camera tools so that you can have a little fun with it. Perhaps the handsets biggest straw however is that it has a removable 2.8 amp hour battery. During our lab tests for continuous. Video playback, the phone lasted an impressive 12, and a half hours. And if that doesn't satisfy you, you can still swap out an extra battery in the middle of the day. Plus reselling it comes easier if you can promise a fresh battery inside. The LG G5 isn't water resistant, Like the Samsung Galaxy S7, nor is it as powerful in terms of processing speed and battery life. The G5 also isn't as cheap as, say Google's flagship, the Nexus 16. But the G5 unique modular design, however limited it is, Retains the benefit of the replaceable battery. For many Android users, not having this is a deal breaker. So if it is important to you, the G5 should be your top choice. It's not the all around best of the best but it is the best Android phone right now that still has this feature. [MUSIC]