LG G5 availability – what we know so far (Updated: Best Buy pre-order on March 18)

by: Jimmy WestenbergFebruary 24, 2016
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Mobile World Congress 2016 is well under way, and LG has already taken the wraps off its new flagship, the LG G5.

This new device is kind of odd, very experimental and boasts some of the best specifications available on the market. Its 5.3-inch Quad HD display is great for viewing all types of media, the Snapdragon 820 processor will be able to perform pretty much any task you throw at it, and that 16MP camera seems like it can shoot one heck of a photo so far. So, is this going to be your next smartphone? If you’re wondering when and where you can get your hands on one of these devices, we’ve got you covered.

Since the G5 was just announced hours ago we don't have all the availability details as of yet, but we'll definitely update this list as we learn more. We do know however that it will arrive to U.S. carriers sometime this Spring. Also, no carriers have given pricing information yet, so we might need to wait awhile before we know how much it will cost.


AT&T

AT&T has announced it will carry the LG G5, but has yet to announce an exact date or price. It will also carry a few modules for the smartphone, including the 360 CAM virtual reality camera, LG 360 VR, and the LG 360 Sound Bluetooth speaker. If you'd like to keep up to date on LG G5 news at AT&T, you can check out more details at this link.

Verizon

Verizon says it will carry the G5 sometime this Spring in both Titan and Silver color options, along with "select LG companion device modules and accessories."

Sprint

Sprint has revealed that it will also carry the G5 and the LG 360 Cam, though no price or availability details were given.

T-Mobile

T-mobile has reached out to us to confirm that it will also carry the LG G5, though they will be sharing "pricing and more later on down the road".

Other retailers

Best Buy: Best Buy has confirmed the LG G5 will go up for pre-order on March 18th, though no firm word on pricing or what date it is expected to ship.

U.K. carriers

Vodafone, EE and O2 have all announced plans to carry the LG G5.


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  • Munchic Pham

    I hope it’s ~ $500 …

  • n11

    Definitely excited for this phone. I haven’t been excited for any smartphones in at least well almost 3 years now. That camera system has me breathing hard.

    • saksham

      yep the module thing is all well and good

      everything else is SHIT

      • 3165dwayne

        Lol, no

    • You mean carrying around a module so you can hold the phone in landscape easily? Having to turn the phone off and back on to swap them really kills it.

      • n11

        Nope. I’ll be leaving the module on. Why would anyone take the module off and on? The size doesn’t change that much. You’re getting extra battery out of it as well. How should I say this, “you’re imaging it using it wrong”.

        • Not everyone wants to double the thickness of their phone. Plus, you rule out the ability to use a lot of cases.

          • n11

            Yes there is that drawback, but then again that’s sort of the purpose of a grip… It’d be interesting if they could make it an “inflatable” sort of grip, but I don’t think the tech is there yet.
            Depends if you find the trade-off worth it. For many people, putting it one for a longer battery session and photos it’s worth it.

  • Bharath BS

    Any news about international availability?

  • wwsalmon

    typo “sometime this Sprint”

    • Jimmy Westenberg

      Good catch!

  • Scott Ricketts

    T-Mo…. T-Mo…

  • kreemer

    For the first time in a long time, I’m genuinely excited about getting a new phone because – A new phone.

    Software aside.

    The Lg G5 changes everything. Never mind the modules – the innovation around the replaceable battery will bleed off on all other competitors.

    If the experience with the Lg G5 remains solid – no squeaking, rattling, gaps or breakages – for the whole year, guaranteed, everyone will have to rethink. Particularly if the materials and build manage to pull ‘premium’ off properly – we’ll have to wait to get it in our hands on it to see.

    The modules? That’s Lg’s. If they execute well, it’s fantastic.

    That VR headset? Nothing like it at all out there. If VR is VR – like CDs were CDs and USB drives are USB drives, look to everyone going for just the headset, regardless of whether your piece is the Lg G5.

    LG played for the win here. And I think, at the very least, it will double its sales.

    Onward.

    • Žiga Štupar

      Just two things:
      -Most people do not carry spare battery plus i belive most people would choose bigger battery over removable
      -As for doubling sales too soon too tell, but design is love/hate, but Samsung upped the Game with S7 so we will see.

      • 3165dwayne

        People who intend to keep their phone for a while will want that spare battery.

        • Žiga Štupar

          or they will send phone to shop for battery change

          • 3165dwayne

            Or they won’t spend $200 on sending it back to LG. Sending it to a local shop would also cost a lot and would also void the warranty. Replaceable battery is the best option

          • Žiga Štupar

            well if you send it too offical shop warranty would not be voided.

          • 3165dwayne

            It would also cost a lot and what if there are no official shops nearby? You would also be without a phone for a good while

          • Žiga Štupar

            well cost is not too high for example replacement of battery for S6 costs 45dollars in Offical shop so unoffical shop could do it cheaper

          • ASYOUTHIA

            I had my G2 for 2 years and I was still getting 5-6 SoT from it when I upgraded. That stacked battery showed no signs of slowing down

          • 3165dwayne

            It will eventually and sometimes batteries die faster than some. If I want to keep my phone for 10 years I can do just that with a removable battery.

          • ASYOUTHIA

            You can still keep your phone for 10 years with a sealed in battery too

          • 3165dwayne

            Lol, no, my battery got swollen up like a blimp while the other just didn’t take a charge anymore so I don’t believe that one is always true a all.

          • ASYOUTHIA

            I have an old messaging phone from back in the day, probably 8 years old that still works, same battery too

          • Reed

            Wow a simple Google search would teach you that all batteries fail over time. This is a non debatable fact. The argument is that by being able to change batteries, you don’t have to worry about your device ever becoming inoperable due to time.

          • ASYOUTHIA

            Sounds like you’re in the business of nostalgia. You don’t want a sealed battery not because you can easily swap out them for a new one. But you want to be able to use a phone from TEN YEARS AGO if you want to, and when you do, you want it to hold the same amount of charge as you remember!?

            HAHAHA

          • 3165dwayne

            I want to use my phone for however long I want to not how long you say I should. Sealed batteries also degrade in quality over time. I would also rather to have a removable larger battery. What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with liking to have options instead of being limited?

          • ASYOUTHIA

            Nothing, I like options. I said that I would go for a higher mAh battery that’s sealed over a smaller removable battery.

            I don’t use phones that’s more than 3 years old

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Does your google search say that a majority of sealed phone batteries will fail within 3 years? Probably not because there is not an epidemic of sealed batteries failing in people’s phones. Thanks for trying to float that myth in order to support your delusion.

          • 3165dwayne

            What myth? Battery performance does begin to degrade after 1 year.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            If that’s true, then all the Nexus 6 owners who bought their phones 2014 are raving at how well their batteries are performing, especially now that they have Marshmallow are all wrong. But is it right to say that they are all wrong since they are the ones that actually own these phones that are well over 1 year old?

          • 3165dwayne

            That’s how the tech works. It doesn’t get downright awful as soon as the new year steps in. It’s a more gradual process

          • SnakeSplitskin

            But the New Year has already come and gone yet those devices are still rocking hard. Perhaps now you’ll qualify it further and say degradation won’t start until 1 year and 3months out. lol give it up.

          • 3165dwayne

            I said it was a gradual process. Anyway, I just showed the pros of a removable battery. I asked you to list the pros of a sealed in battery and I noticed how you dodged the question. Tell me why sealed in is better and what it can do that removable can’t.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            I just laid out 10 points why. Keep looking in your inbox and you’ll see the response.

            As for “it’s a gradual process”, it doesn’t seem to be gradual as these N6 owners are saying their batteries are going strong. When does this gradual process begin, 1 year 3 months, 4mths, etc.? You can’t just come up with something arbitrary.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            You’re hoping that this is the case for most people but in actuality this is not the case for most people. You are part of a dying minority who is still clinging to the idea that replaceable batteries are best. We know you won’t be keeping your phone for 10 years so why even bother trying to use that as an argument. While we’re enjoying our phones we’ll be laughing at you with your pockets stuffed full of batteries. You’ll be dropping them as you try to change out the battery and then you’ll realize you’ve put in an already spent battery and have to do it all over again. We’ll still be texting because we didn’t need to turn our phones off. Our 8500mah battery cases will keep us juiced throughout our flight and travels.

          • 3165dwayne

            What are you talking about? I carry one extra battery with me. You actually think that you know me, huh? I actually might keep my phone for ten years (batteries degrade every year though). While you would just deal with the poorer performance I just swap batteries. I still hold on to my BlackBerry storm 2, Palm Centro, Nokia N8 and a few others and use them from time to time. Since the v10 has an excellent DAC I’d like the idea of using it as portable music player for around the house listening.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            That’s great! Keep all your obsolete devices. More power to you. If you have to carry one spare battery that’s one too many. But more power to you for doing that as well. Most of the world doesn’t want to. You definitely need additional juice for that LG V10 because it’s battery life is horrible. I still have my Blackberry 8320 but I never use it. There’s just no reason to not even for nostalgia.

          • 3165dwayne

            Ha! I get 5 hours of screen on time. I just happen to use my device harder than you do.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Who cares how much sot that you’re getting. You probably should be getting more. Fact is, there’s way too many V-10 owners complaining about battery life.

          • 3165dwayne

            Way too many S6 owners complaining about battery life

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Agreed! 2550mah was definitely a bad decision on Samsung’s part. Thankfully Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus were properly powered.

        • I’ve replaced zero batteries on any of my phones over the years. Sure on my G3 and G4 I had a spare for the rare event that I had to swap them when not near a charger, but that was maybe once a year at most. Having a much larger (3600 vs 2800) is much more ideal in day-to-day use than a removable one.

          • 3165dwayne

            I have a 3000 mah battery and I deplete that thing constantly. 3600 mah still won’t be enough for me and battery tech hasn’t even come close to what it should be. The phone will be super thick and heavy in order to house 4000 mah or higher. I also like knowing that I can simply replace the battery should anything happen to it. Either way, removable trumps sealed in any day.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            You just argued against swappable battery. Basically you’re saying it doesn’t matter how much battery juice you have you’re still going to deplete it. The only difference is that your life of carrying several batteries and changing them will be more inconvenient than for the rest of us who refuse to go back to that archaic lifestyle. A larger battery, wireless charger, and battery pack for weekend days when we’re out all day lends itself to a more relaxed and worry-free lifestyle.

          • 3165dwayne

            Is that what you got? I don’t know how you got that. What I’m saying is that a larger battery is good, unfortunately, battery tech isn’t where it should be and a larger battery currently would mean that the phone would be much thicker and heavier. Manufacturers know that most consumers will want the phone to be sleek and slim so most of the time what you will get is a slim phone with a small sealed in battery. I would much rather that battery be removable then. I would like a bigger battery, but not at the cost of the phone becoming disposable. I’m not against bigger batteries. I’m against sealed in batteries. The LG G5 is an excellent design solution (I think the Nokia N8 did this first) now all we need is for battery tech to catch up so we can have a bigger battery in a smaller form.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            The market has already spoken that it wants a phone to last all day on one charge. With the release of the S7 and S7 Edge, the market will speak whether it’s okay to have a phone that’s slightly thicker if it means a bigger battery. I believe Samsung will score big on this bet. What you can not deny is that an overwhelmingly super majority of smartphone owners have accepted sealed batteries as the desired hardware configuration. Face it, you’re a dying breed clinging to this fake notion that batteries fail in short time.

          • 3165dwayne

            So it’s right to accept less, got it. The s7 has a sealed in 3000 mah battery which is better than having a 3000 mah removable battery because most people say it’s better even though they don’t really have a choice. That makes perfect sense

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Who said anything about accepting less? Are you high? Are you confusing my comments with someone else? Most people aren’t saying a removable battery is better. Most people are buying phones without a replaceable battery. Those people are speaking with their hard earned dollars. No one spends this kind of flagship money just to say they’ve made the wrong decision. They did have a choice and they chose not to go with an LG phone and their replaceable batteries. That’s a fact. I know that doesn’t make sense to you. It’s hard to accept that the rest of the world doesn’t agree with you. But feel free to remain on your own little world of denial.

          • 3165dwayne

            Lol, just because most people do it doesn’t make it right. Most people buy whatever is advertised the most, like beats headphones for instance. That doesn’t make it right. Your Weak argument fell apart when you started basing it on a popularity contest.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            LOL, you just killed any credibility with your first statement. “just because most people do it doesn’t make it right”. I guess you don’t understand how the free market works. Companies spend big money to make products strictly for the hopes that most people buy it. There is no other reason these companies build and release their devices. Profit is the motive and profits can only be achieved when a large volume of customers buy your products. This is why Blackberry has moved into the Android space. Once they hit that level of volume where profits from their BB 10 devices could not sustain the company they switched up to where the largest volume of customers are: Android. So Blackberry fans can argue how much better the BB10 operating system is compared all other mobile OS’s, but would they be right? Who cares! The market has already spoken as to which OS is the preferred OS. All other considerations are meaningless.

            Face it, popularity = profits. Therefore OEMs will chase profits where the profits are. LG would be wise to understand this and not follow your delusion. 5 years from now every phone will have sealed batteries but you will be proudly using your Storm 2 while the world laughs at you every time they see you remove the back plate to replace the battery. (Hint: we’re already laughing at you)

          • 3165dwayne

            Lol, you just keep saying “most people”. Once again, just because most people use it doesn’t mean that it is the best option. I showed why that kind of thinking is flawed as well. Most people will use Windows on an out dated machine and will struggle with it instead of just putting a lightweight OS on it. Is that the right thing to do? I gave you analogies and instead of disproving my point all you can say is, “we are laughing at you”. Is that all you’ve got? In response to the question I posed, ” is one thing better than the other?”, all you can say is, “who cares”. What you’ve essentially done is say that I’m right but that doesn’t matter. You’ve already conceded defeat and burried yourself.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            If I’m interested in buying a product but want additional input to make my decision, I go to Amazon to read the reviews and then go to tech sites to look at editor reviews. Sometimes I can also find user reviews on other sites. I look to find out what “most people” are saying about the devices I’m interested in. If most people are saying the device sucks, then it’s probably going to be a no. If most people are praising the device and its features, then I’ll probably buy because opinions by “most people” are a good indicator of what is right about the device compared to competing devices.

            I don’t need to know what most people think of replaceable battery versus sealed because I’ve used both and have discovered that there’s more value in going with a sealed configuration vs. replaceable.

            Your “Windows on an old machine” is a terrible comparison because most people WON’T go through the hassle of adding a lighter OS on it because IT IS A HASSLE and also because they don’t want to have to go through the process of finding the apps that they have grown accustomed to using.

            I’ve countered every point you’ve made with substantive, rational points but you’ve come back with the same outdated thinking which is why we are definitely laughing at you. If you still need me to explicitly answer “is one thing better than the other” the explicit answer is YES, SEALED BATTERIES ARE BETTER THAN REPLACEABLE BATTERIES. I put that in all caps in hopes that it sinks in given that all of my previous answers didn’t get the point across. Would you like me to bullet-point each reason why sealed batteries are better? Would that make it easier to organize and make sense in your head?

          • 3165dwayne

            no, you haven’t given any reason as to why they are better. All you’ve done is say that they are. There’s a reason why road warriors lamented the note 5 new design. You go off of most other people’s opinion. I go off of my own. We are too different people. You like to fit in and will do something so long as it is popular. I will do it if it benefits me. Sealed equates to me not being able to easily replace it or swap it out if I’m out of juice. Non sealed means I have all the options that sealed in has plus I can replace it. What was your reasoning again?

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Wow. So now I’m doing something just to fit in and be popular. I thought I used a wireless charger and my Zero Lemon battery case because they actually made my life easier with less worry about being out of power versus how I used to live carrying around spare batteries in my pocket, dropping my phone,inserting spent batteries, having to power off my phone just to change the battery, etc. I don’t have those headaches any more. Okay, so I just gave reasons but I’ll bullet point them for you just to make sure you catch them.

            REASONS WHY SEALED IS BETTER THAN REPLACEABLE:
            1) No more cheap looking plastic phone design
            2) No more having to cycle my phone off to replace a battery
            3) No more having to carry spare batteries in my pocket
            4) No more accidentally inserting a spent battery in my phone
            5) No more having to keep track of re-charging my spare batteries
            6) No more having to buy and plug in spare battery chargers
            7) No more having to risk dropping my phone while trying to change spare battery on-the-go
            8) No more having to remember to bring my replaceable batteries to work
            9) Ability to leave work with 100% battery power
            10) Ability to go 2 full days using my Zero Lemon battery case

            If you read each one you’ll begin to see that you can’t have achieve every single one of these advantages if you go with any of the current phones with a replaceable battery.

          • 3165dwayne

            Ok, point one: LG G5 is made out of metal. Many phones in the past with removable batteries were also made from metal.
            Point 2: pretend it’s non removable and don’t touch it, lol.
            Point 3: pretend it’s non removable and carry your much bigger external power case.
            Point 4: don’t replace the battery if you don’t want to. Just pretend it’s non removable and don’t take advantage of the replaceable battery
            Point 5: see 4
            Point 6: see 4
            Point 7: lol, see 4 ur really reaching though. It’s actually sad.
            Point 8: see 4 or buy 2 replaceable batteries and leave one at work
            Point 9: plug your phone in since you are at a desk. And you can get extended batteries soo… Lol.
            Point 10: see point 9 and you could go longer because you can replace said battery with the stock one if it gets depleted.
            11. I can do everything you can but you can’t hotswap. I win, lol.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            You lose! You still have to remove the plate and put the battery in. I already pointed out to you that this exercise is unnecessary and inconvenient yet you insist that there is value in this action.

            I can’t remember any phone that was metal that had a replaceable phone that actually looked good. The G5 fails because it has a replaceable battery that is even more inconvenient than the regular back-plate removal method.

            Why would I want to pretend that I have some other phone when I don’t have to. I told you that there’s no way for a phone that has swappable battery to be able to check off all 10 items I listed but yet you come back saying I should just plug my phone in to charge it up. I don’t want to do that. That’s the old way of doing things. I just want to put my phone down and not have to even think about it. By the time I leave work I’m already at 100%. I’ve told you that already. I can still pick my phone up to use it without having to unplug it or be bothered with a plug hanging off of it. But I already told you that.

            Your whole point is to just keep going back to the same old inconvenient method of living simply out of fear that my battery will no longer work after 2 years if I keep my phone that long. Why should Igive up my new found convenience and worry-free living by just pretending the whole time I have the phone I actually wanted? Is that what you do, pretend you have another phone just because you fear your battery may not operate after a year or two? I still have the original battery to my Blackberry 8320 and it works fine even after owning it 10 years so I don’t live in fear that my sealed battery will somehow stop working after a year or even 2 years. That’s how I live.

            Fear does not rule me and convenience and care-free living is king.

          • Eric Jensen Michels

            I have an s5 and 3 battery, I can always have one charging and never need to plug my phone in directly, it great, I am an unlimited heavy user, 40g + a month and burn though a battery in 4 hours, not needing to be constantly plugged in is fantastic. I wish I did not need to do that, and could have a battery then would last for 20 hours with the screen on 100% of the time, but that is not feasible yet. So this is the next best thing. I just wish it was water resistant. Also it has an ir blaster, which I know sounds like a dumb feature, but I user it just about everyday. No need to find the elusive remote at friends houses.

          • Eric Jensen Michels

            It is just annoying that they had the right combination 2 years ago and left from it

        • jasonlowr

          Removable batteries? Lol. There’s a reason why xiaomi’s PowerBank sold a whole lot more than all LG’s phones combined

          • 3165dwayne

            Better to have removable batteries than a power bank that slowly recharges the battery. I’ve had many cases where I get home from work and want to go out again and the battery is almost dead. I don’t want to have to sit there and wait for the battery to be recharged and I certainly don’t want to carry my heavy power bank with me with a an annoying usb cable…all that in my pockets? No thanks. Removable battery once again wins here.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Why carry any batteries at all in your pockets? Why bother with a power bank? That’s a total waste of money. Just get a wireless charger. You can charge your phone while still looking at your notifications as they come in. You won’t have to connect your phone to anything. By the time you leave work you’re at 100%. If you are going out all night after work then slip your phone into a Zero Lemon battery case. You’ll have 2 days worth of juice.

          • 3165dwayne

            Those options sound terrible. A free charging port is hard to come by at times, I would have to leave my phone in that position while I go off to do the rest of my work, and do you see how thick those extended batteries make a device? All I heard was compromise, compromise, compromise. If I don’t have to compromise, I won’t.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            they sound terrible? What’s terrible about it? And who is looking for a free charging port? What are you even talking about. Get a wireless charging pad. Set your phone on it when not in use. Pick it up if you want to use it. It’s not tethered by a cord. If you want, leave it on the charging pad and just glance at the notifications. Heck, you can still reply to notifications without removing the phone off the charger. What better way to charge your phone than when you set it down on your desk. It’s literally that easy because there’s nothing to plug in. All you have to do is set it down.

            I would rather have an extended battery case on my phone for when I’m away from my desk/home for an extended period of time than have 3 extra batteries in my pocket. I can have an 8500mah extended battery pack case on my phone giving me the juice of 3 extra batteries. I don’t have the hassle of cutting off my phone, removing a back plate, and removing a battery, putting in the fresh battery, snapping the back plate back on. You’d have to do that a total of 3 different times! Talk about inconvenient! And you still have to carry 3 spent batteries in your pocket for the rest of the night. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE!

            You are definitely compromising by sticking to the replaceable battery lifestyle. So much added effort, so much inconvenience, and just a clumsy way of going about your day to day life. No thanks. I prefer to keep things simple, quick, and convenient.

          • 3165dwayne

            Not reading the all of that but I did see the first point you made. “get a wireless charging pad” I just said that I’d have to leave my phone at a certain spot. Don’t you get it? At my type of job I’m not in the same place at all times.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Wow, you’re so intent on being thick-headed that you can’t accept the reasonable solution that a wireless charger adds. No one said you had to sit at your desk for an entire day. Most of us don’t considering all the meetings, lunch, etc. But if you do have a desk as a base of operation, I would imagine that would be the place that YOU or at least most of the office working smartphone owners have their chargers plugged in whether it be a wireless charger or other.

            By claiming you are not at the same place in your job at all times you have just reinforced why having a wireless charger is so much more convenient. I’ll say it again, if when you return to your desk, instead of setting your phone on your desk you would just set it on the charging pad–no need to waste time plugging something in. No extra effort to begin charging your phone. When you gotta get up and go to the next meeting, just pick your phone up like you always would. Don’t forget that when you sit at your meeting you won’t have that battery or batteries digging into your leg.

          • 3165dwayne

            Where would I put that charging pad? That’s not a solution for me at all and how do you know that I even remain in the same building? You’re thick headed for not understanding that me setting my phone down is not an option.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            You’ve only commented twice regarding your work situation. Here’s what you said:

            “At my type of job I’m not in the same place at all times” and “while I go off to do the rest of my work”

            Given that all of my comments referred to having a desk in an office it is understood that the charger would be on the desk. Not once did you say you didn’t have a desk or work station that was yours to periodically go to when you were not out and about.

            So let’s compare the prospect that neither of us have a desk or work station that’s dedicated to us. That means a charger be it wireless or charger brick waiting for us is out of the question.**** For me, I’d have my 8500mah battery case. Even though y Note 5 could get through the whole day on a single charge and leave me with 25% by the time I go to bed, I’d still use my battery case because I never know if I’ll choose to be out all night. *** For you, one single swappable battery in your pocket. At some point you have to swap your battery. That means down time and fumbling around with your phone. You’ll also still be carrying a spent battery in your pocket, which you’ll certainly feel each time you sent down. I’ll never have to worry about those problems.

          • 3165dwayne

            I find those things to be really ugly and I think you mentioned design or it might have been someone else. Those ugly cases spoil the design and if I wanted to do that I still can get a larger battery for the phone with the removable battery. You still have not shown how sealed in is better. This is the part where you give up. Removable does more.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            There’s that “ugly” word again. It’s okay if you prefer style over actual value. When I absolutely need to go beyond the power provided by the standard battery in my phone I have no problem hiding its beauty with a battery case. The value lost by the covering that beauty is negligible. I used to stand all day in a vendor’s booth at Comic-con processing transactions on my phone. Having the battery case allowed me to get through non-stop transactions and texting without worrying about power. No one cared how my phone looked and neither did I. You don’t like ugly battery cases so in this scenario you would have had to stop using your phone just to swap in a battery. And since you only carry one you would have been out of juice long before the evening ended. That’s unacceptable performance at a time when I absolutely need it.

          • 3165dwayne

            Huge, ugly extended battery cases lmaof. I carry one slim battery in my pocket. You’re crazy. You made all those assumptions about how I do my job then tell me to use a hideous huge case or carry around a power bank. Those are all much bigger than my one small extra battery. That’s why I said they all sound terrible.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            One slim battery. ONly one? So you’re good to go for two days on with one slim battery? I’m sure that slim battery bulging through your pants is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. No thanks. I’ll take an ugly battery case for a weekend spent bar-hopping and partying than try to keep track of which spare battery is spent and which isn’t. Face it, you’re on the losing side of this argument. If all you could come up with is that something is “ugly” then you’ve already lost because the phone you purchased is probably ugly if it has a replaceable battery.

            Take my advice and stick to the issues that really matter for this topic: Convenience, ease of use, duration of use. You would need 3 spare batteries to equal my battery/case pack. You would also need to carry those 3 spare batteries in your pocket. You would also need to replace those batteries 3 separate times and still hold onto the spent batteries. I can’t see any convenience or joy in living like that.

          • 3165dwayne

            Lol, no, I don’t stay out for 2 days. I go home after one day of work. How thick do you think a battery is?

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Is your battery thinner and as flexible as a dollar bill or a stack of bills? If it isn’t then it’s too thick to be stuck in the pocket. That’s how thick I think it is. I’ve used replaceable batteries before, I know what exactly how they are and how comfortable it is not to have them in my pocket.

            That’s great that you go home after work. I do too sometimes. My phone is always at 100% when I leave work. Is yours? Did you have to swap your battery before you left in order to get it to 100%?

          • 3165dwayne

            Lol, I don’t wear pants that tight so since other things need room to breath I never notice the tiny battery. It’s just too slim for me to notice. But I asked you what could sealed in do that replaceable can’t. I can use charging pads and everything else that you’ve mentioned. Sealed in still can’t be swapped

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Neither do I. I still hated having spare batteries in my pocket. I’d rather just have money and a wallet. Even with cargo pants I still hated carrying batteries. It seemed a necessary evil but I’m glad I discovered I didn’t have to live that way.

            There’s no need for a swappable battery for the 10 reasons I already listed. Swappable means having to forego on a great design made with excellent materials.

          • 3165dwayne

            Good for you. But I think the G5 looks great with its removable battery.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            On that we can definitely agree it looks better than the G4. The true failure of the G5’s swappable battery is that it requires you to first detach the spent battery from the bottom piece, then attach the juiced battery to that same piece, and then slide it back in. That’s an extra two steps to replace a battery. Why they would make it more difficult to swap a battery than it was before confounds common sense. A better solution would have been to make the battery a true spring-action cartridge similar to how the S-pen is stored on the Note 5. So ultimately, the G5 isn’t really looking too great.

          • ruggerd

            Hey nitwit, people with removable batteries also buy powerbanks. Your point is silly.

        • Chris

          So you are speaking for everyone?

          • 3165dwayne

            No, of course not to people like you who are ok with not having options.

      • ASYOUTHIA

        I’d take a 3500-4000 mAh battery over a phone with a removable battery and 10 free 25-2800 mAh batteries

        • 3165dwayne

          Where do you get that 2800 mah battery Stat from?

          • ASYOUTHIA

            The G5

        • 3165dwayne

          Which flagship has such a big battery? Can you tell me why they don’t have large batteries? It’s simple… They still want to keep the phone relatively thin. Since your phone doesn’t exist, I’ll stick to removable batteries. Oh, and I’d rather to have a removable 4000 mah battery since we’re just making stuff up.

          • ASYOUTHIA

            The OG G Flex had a 3500 mAh battery

          • 3165dwayne

            Lol, how many years ago was that? Didn’t that thing have a 720p display?

          • ASYOUTHIA

            Yes and yes. The battery life for that was a monster. I’d love a 3500 mAh battery for my V10

          • Chris

            As long as you keep it charged.. If not you are sol.

            And if you forget to bring it with you………

      • taq

        I love carrying my spare battery for my V10. 0 to 100 just like that.

        • Chris

          As long as you keep it charged.. If not you are sol.

          And if you forget to bring it with you…

          • 3165dwayne

            Lol, yeah, funny. he’d be in the same crappy position as those who buy the S6 or s7.

      • caucasionally

        You said it. Most people would just prefer a bigger battery.. Last year Samsung had such a small battery in the S6 because they thought that fast charging and wireless charging would make up for it. In the end everyone wanted a bigger battery and so they delivered that on the S7. Modular design or not in the G5. I would have loved if the standard battery size was at least 3200mah. So let’s say the G5 matches the G4 in battery life. That would have been OK I guess, but extraordinary battery life would have been amazing. Point being, I get your point.

    • Ichibanmugen

      You sound very optimistic!

      However mentioning that VR is like CD’s or DVD’s or USB drive is not really true. since there is still no market standard for VR each device has their own advantages and disadvantages. In this case I would say it could be the same as a Toyota, Volkswagen or maybe a Ferrari? same essence but different approach/market.

      LG for the win?Only time will tell, if they market this device well and it is well priced yes they will definitely be competitive. Otherwise they’ll start to fade like HTC which is a shame.

    • SnakeSplitskin

      Sorry, but the replaceable battery won’t bleed off onto other competitors. A completely sealed battery will actually bleed off onto LG because users will realize it’s more inconvenient to use this new modular battery system. You now actually have to first insert the battery into the bottom plate and then insert that into the phone. They just made replacing a battery more inconvenient. Very dumb move.

      VR headsets will not drive sales of LG G5. The phone itself will need to stand on its own and if it does then it will drive VR sales. Samsung’s VR will become more ubiquitous than LG’s version because more people will buy and like Samsung’s phones. The S7 and S7 Edge will definitely outsell the G5.

      • 3165dwayne

        That literally made no sense. To remove the battery in the S6 /s7 I’d need a heat gun and tremendous amounts of patience.

        • SnakeSplitskin

          I never said you’d have to replace the battery in the S6/S7. In fact, no consumer ever expects to do that. Aftermarket companies might do that when they buy up a lot of used S6’s for resell.

          I used “bleed off” phrase as you did but this time meaning the success of sealed battery phones will eventually be adopted by LG phones. LG has created the end of the replaceable battery by creating this modular battery abomination.

          • 3165dwayne

            That’s your opinion, I actually think that it’s a good design choice given what they are trying to do with the accessories. You don’t HAVE to remove the original module. I don’t know what most of you have against removable batteries anyway when they offer so many pros over sealed in batteries. If you want to pretend that the battery is sealed in then just never remove it.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            You’re missing the point. You keep saying the “pros” of having a removable battery but you haven’t persuasively offered any pros at all! There’s no compelling reason to get an LG G5 just because it has a removable battery. The phone itself has to be a winner before it’s even considered worth buying. Obviously LG has finally realized that the market wants a better designed phone which means unibody design with better materials. Unfortunately LG decided to stick with the outdated concept of replaceable battery and created a frankenstein design of a battery cartridge that is more inconvenient than the old back-plate method–using a smaller battery at that. Like I said, the market has already spoken: replaceable battery design is unnecessary.

  • Ichibanmugen

    LG has been a real pain in showing some pricing information. Good device so far but super bad marketing. There is no wow factor whatsoever..

  • Jeena Bittenbender

    waiting for word about availability on Verizon. I love the G5

  • jasonlowr

    With that ugly design I’d throw it away even if they give me free.

    • Cybertech

      It’s not ugly at all, it’s beautiful and cool looking.

      • Chris

        Nerds

  • Any word if you can record video using the ultrawide lens? No one mentions it.

  • King_Android

    I hate AA ads. These ads make your site damn near unusable.

    • Reed

      Yup. I’ve stopped feeling bad for ad blocking because at this point, websites are begging for their users to block them

    • b

      Ads? What ads?

  • S7 edge for me!

    Reports of LG G5 explosion incident because of dodgy battery in 3… 2… 1…

  • FlyingFiddle

    Dear Jimmy, according to official color options, they have Pink, Gold, Titan (Charcoal) and Silver. What you are showing in the photo is a light blue kind of color. Is this the fifth color option? Thanks!

  • Eric Jensen Michels

    I have an s5 and 3 battery, I can always have one charging and never need to plug my phone in directly, it great, I am an unlimited heavy user, 40g + a month and burn though a battery in 4 hours, not needing to be constantly plugged in is fantastic. I wish I did not need to do that, and could have a battery then would last for 20 hours with the screen on 100% of the time, but that is not feasible yet. So this is the next best thing. I just wish it was water resistant. Also it has an ir blaster, which I know sounds like a dumb feature, but I user it just about everyday. No need to find the elusive remote at friends houses.