Buy the LG G5

The LG G5 has been causing quite the stir in the Android world so far, and it’s only been official for about a day now. LG decided to try something new with this year’s flagship and include the ability to swap out different hardware modules, opening up a big world of possibilities as to what this device can accomplish.

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One of the first modules, or ‘Friends’, that LG is making available for the handset is the LG CAM Plus, which gives users the ability to add finer controls to the G5’s existing camera functionality. On top of that, it provides some additional grip and some extra battery power. We’ve already talked in great length about the G5’s camera in our hands-on and camera feature focus videos, so you should check those out if you want more info on the camera itself. Today we’re going to talk about how to remove and replace modules on the G5, and how to use the LG CAM Plus.

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First, you’ll need to make sure the device is turned off. Once that’s done, locate the small button on the lower left of the device’s edge to disengage the locking mechanism. You’ll then be able to pull off the bottom of the G5’s body, and the battery should come with it. Once you pop the battery off of the base, snap it onto the CAM Plus module. You can then attach the CAM Plus to the G5’s body. Once you hear a snap, you should be all ready to boot up your device.

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The CAM Plus module adds an extra 1200mAh to the G5’s 2800mAh battery for a total of 4000mAh. The module is also pretty grippy which makes it very easy to hold.

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On the CAM Plus module, you’ll find a physical shutter button, a dedicated video button, a dial for zooming in and out, as well as an LED light and a power switch. When your device is powered back on, simply press the power switch on the module and you’ll be launched right into the camera app. To take a picture, you can press the physical shutter button down halfway to focus on your subject, then press it all the way down to take the photo.

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All in all, this is a cool idea. We’re really excited to see what modules will be made available in the future. Plus, LG is opening up the module design to third-party manufacturers, so we’ll definitely see a lot more add-ons for the G5 in the next few months.

Alright, now that you’ve seen it in action, are you a fan of the LG G5’s modular design, or do you think it still has a way to go before it’s worth trying? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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  • Maff Mace

    Love the idea of modular designs, hope the Nexus phones take on this idea (not moving away from Nexus, I like my updates), love the idea of a small 360 camera too, hopefully they’ll allow other phones to access it too

    • Nadia Al-Belushi

      Google’s Project Ara smartphones/phablets, which are modular, should be released this year. :-)

  • Lolno

    it’s an ugly nerdist BS.
    weird, ugly, useless gimmick.

  • balcobomber25

    That takes an ugly phone and makes it fugly. You shouldn;t need an optional ugly device to have a normal sizes battery.

  • SnakeSplitskin

    An excellent robust and improved camera experience should have been integrated into the phone and not pawned off to an external optional add-on. LG had an opportunity to wow us and have taken their eye off the ball. It isn’t really necessary to add a bulky piece of hardware to a device that should have been easy to take pictures in the first place. Perhaps they didn’t realize that their main competitor (Samsung) would be releasing phones with increased battery capacities that didn’t require an additional piece of hardware to achieve. It’s really a shame that LG missed out on a big opportunity. They will now have to hope a 3rd party manufacturer makes a more amazing add-on but by then it will be too late. This phone needed to be a “win” out the gate.

  • Shemploo

    @JOSHUAVERGARA – You actually didn’t power off the device before you pulled the battery, watch the vid. Unless the always on time display shows up with the phone being powered off.

    I was really hoping for a AMOLED, but oh well.

    Also, I think the whole LG Family thing is a bit gimmicky, unless they do some really cool stuff with it like FLIR, or long range motion sensor, other sensors like chemical/bio sensors. That would be really great!

    Update: I mentioned in another comment, this battery swap tech should come with an integrated very small battery, so you could hot-swap the battery while keeping the phone on, that would be a huge selling point to a lot of people I think. A bad design oversight.

    • wettitab

      Completely agree. When I initially heard of the swap thingy I hoped for this minor internal battery that lets you keep the phone switched on … On a different note, is it confirmed that the manual video shooting control found on the V10 are not present in the G5? This would result in another drawback

  • Özgür Akbaba

    I’ll buy G5 and its cute friend Rolling Bot :)

  • cdm283813

    Just not digging it. Other than adding extra battery capacity there is no must have feature. If they added some type if larger camera sensor with optical zoom I could understand it. Just a waste of money for this module.

    • cyric0

      Doesn’t mean that a 3rd party can’t come up with a module that uses larger sensor/optical zoom. Think that’s the idea..if not then it’s rather pointless as you said.

    • Kyng

      I wouldn’t be surprised if such modules popped up soon. This would be perfect for a flir module as well.

    • XerxesYO

      The article is about modular phones

  • love innovation! I loved ARA…this just makes me happy to see! I hope its not priced too high tho

  • silkdog

    The G5 appears to be an excellent smartphone choice apart from the modular “Friends” add-on aspect. No one says a person has to purchase anything beyond the G5 itself but I can see where these other options would appeal to many. Besides, you know if Apple had thought of this first, everyone would be yelling their praises from the hilltop.

  • dajabec

    Missed opportunity for a xenon flash

  • Jason C

    Great idea but ruined by terrible industrial design. This can’t be the same guy who designed G4….

  • madcanada

    gimmick, lemme change the actual lens and the sensor.

    • xifi

      you are right, it is a stupid usb hack. for fotographers(“Canon” users) there are allready exciting extensions of their usb otg capable phones available, like the “dslr controller” app.

  • aaloo

    looks good.

  • thatguy

    While some may find the modules gimmicky,I think LG G5 is foreshadowing what we may expect from future android phones…I also agree with people who are saying that if apple had brought this out first, everyone would be heaping praises on them but I think Apple would have done it much better especially with the designing of the phone….for all the innovation going in favour of LG, they have botched the design (both hardware and software)….Now I am looking forward to what HTC is going to offer. If nothing impresses me, I will have to wait for the next nexus.

  • Six6Sicks

    Your shallow depth of field photos to show products are annoying. Wrong place wrong time.

  • Please use a video source that doesn’t buffer for 3 minutes and can be casted to chromecast. How about youtube?

  • Don Giovani

    its fugly. the succesor of the gorgeous G4 is a fugly phone.

  • phissith

    I have to agree with many here I will wait and see if there any other add on that actually look good and are useful. S7 Edge look promising alternative.

  • nereus

    for me it seems a good innovation… this is innovation not just a fucking cpu boost or pseudo camera improvement.. to the face of that crappy project losers Ara

  • Don

    Isn’t this what USB(c) is for? I remember 20 years ago when “hotswappable” was the big thing. Never thought we would go backward to turning off a device every time we plug something in. Just make a quick release near the bottom and connect to the USB. Can still add extra battery capacity inside the “friends” too and charge through USB at same time.

  • Jeremy

    Do you have to charge the module before it will work. I attached camera plus hit the power switch and nothing. I have power to the phone from the regular battery but when I hit the camera switch it does not go into camera mode.

  • Jen

    Thank you for this video tutorial! On the box it’s definitely not clear that you need to attach the phone battery to the add-on, and it was getting a lot of nasty reviews about not working!