LG Refutes “Erroneous” Reporting of the G5 Being Plastic

The LG G5 is supposed to be LG’s first all-metal, unibody phone. It is, of course, but because a guy on YouTube who likes to break Nexus 6Ps for a living, scratched a G5 a bit with a razor blade after mistaking the phone for plastic and found a whole fat layer of non-metal, sh*t sort of hit the fan over whether or not the G5 really is metal. Again, it is metal, and LG has issued a response to the “erroneous” reporting over it not being metal.

In the statement, LG says that the G5 is “composed of a special aluminum alloy, LM201.” They have a patent pending on it, by the way.  (more…)

Your Retail LG G5 Doesn’t Have a Launcher With App Drawer, So Download One That Does

The LG G5 doesn’t have a home launcher with an app drawer and it’s kind of a big deal, for some. Kind of. An Android phone without an app drawer, in a way, is a phone without a soul since the app drawer has been a standard on Android from day 1. Taking the app drawer away is like taking the bench away from a basketball team and forcing everyone to stand in whatever arrangement they happen to fall into on the side of the court (or on it, in this case), throughout the stands and maybe into the concourse. Could your team survive without one? Yeah, probably. But is life a hell of a lot easier and simpler, if everyone can sit down, off to the side, in the order you choose, in an easily accessible manner, so that the court and playing surface is there for all of the action to take place? Yep.  (more…)

The Droid Life: Episode 105 – LG G5 Day!

On this return episode of the Droid Life Show, we’ll recap the latest on the LG G5, since we have had one in house for a couple of weeks now and it is also in stores. After that, we will share our mostly-final thoughts on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, now that our reviews have been posted. Finally, we’ll wrap up with any other hot Android topics from the past couple of weeks.

Join us at 1:30PM Pacific (4:30PM Eastern) for the fun.

If you miss us live, feel free to subscribe to us by following one of the links below. We have a video embed as well and will be chatting it up over at the YouTube page for the show. You can find it here.   (more…)

LG G5 Now Available at Your Favorite US Carriers

It’s LG G5 day! I know that doesn’t ring as loudly as it did on Galaxy S7 day, but the G5 is still a big phone, a big deal, and worth your consideration now that it is available for purchase and in stores. We’ve unboxed one, done a non-unboxing and tour, compared it to the S7, and given you our seven favorite features. We have actually talked a lot about it leading up until today.

So if you have seen enough and are ready to purchase the G5 before our review is up (which should arrive next week), you will find all of the links below to your US carrier of choice.  (more…)

LG G5 Unboxing!

So, we have another LG G5 in house. Excited? Confused? I say “another,” because we have had a pink, non-retail unit around these parts for a good couple of weeks now that we were really only able to toy and tease our inner tester-selves with. But with this new arrival, we have a retail unit to finally do some dirty work to. That’s slick talk for, “We can finally test things!” You know, like the camera, battery life, performance, etc. That’s pretty exciting.  (more…)

LG’s UX 5.0 on the G5 Further Detailed, Will Include App Drawer at Launch

Over the weekend, LG sent out a press release detailing the UX 5.0 experience that users will see when the G5 launches this Friday. The list of changes, along with an accompanying video, talk about the experience being “more playful and innovative,” making it easier to keep track of your “Friends,” which is what LG calls anything you pair to the G5 over Bluetooth. The new UX also adds new camera features and a “refined” skin to “enhance usability and convenience.”

The video below details every single new change, most of which are options that you would only use in special situations that aren’t necessarily headline grabbers. Feel free to take a look.  (more…)