Earlier this month, LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its highly anticipated LG G5 smartphone. I was looking forward to its brand new design with sleek metal uni-boy featuring a slide-out battery and a Modular Type design that gives a greater smartphone experience. It comes complete with LG Friends, a collection of companion devices that can transform the G5 into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more! LG is constantly looking for current and innovative ways to create smart technology that would be more efficient and consumer-centric.
Encased in a sleek metal aluminum body and Slide-out Battery to easily swap out a depleted battery for a fully charged one in seconds, the LG G5 surpasses the visual experience of its predecessor, the LG G4.
Let’s look into the transformation possibilities of LG G5 and Friends:
LG CAM Plus
The LG CAM Plus is a versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, LED indicator and comfortable grip. It also offers intuitive auto focus and exposure lock, features usually found on standalone digital cameras. When attached to the LG G5, it provides an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh to allow for longer shooting times for more fun and enjoyment.
LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY
The LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY is an innovative portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY to meet the needs of those who seek to enjoy top-notch sounds that have traditionally only been available through high-end audio devices. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY stands out for its simple yet elegant Scandinavian design as well as premium sound technology. In addition to the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsampling technology first introduced on the LG V10, LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY can be used either as a module with the LG G5 or as a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC.
LG 360 CAM
The LG 360 CAM is a compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13MP 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. The LG 360 CAM can be easily connected to the LG G5 allowing users to create 360-degree content. The LG 360 CAM provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones to help users effortlessly create high-quality 360-degree contents. Thanks to the partnership with Google, images taken with the 360 CAM can be uploaded to Google Street View and YouTube360, adding the fun of sharing creative contents with others. The images will also be available to view on the LG 360 VR or other smartphones or devices that are capable of 360-degree content.
LG Rolling Bot
The LG Rolling Bot is a companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8MP camera. Not just a toy, the LG Rolling Bot can be used as a monitoring system for the home, pet care companion as well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances. With an IP camera connectable via Wi-Fi, users can remotely monitor the interior of their homes with the LG G5 via live streaming.
LG Tone PlatinumTM
The LG TONE PlatinumTM (model HBS-1100), the latest in the LG TONE Series, is a Bluetooth headset that has earned the Harman Kardon® Platinum grade for its superior sound quality. With a Balanced Armature design for minimum distortion, LG Tone PlatinumTM delivers exceptionally sharp and clean sound. What’s more, it is the world’s first Bluetooth headset equipped with aptX™ HDcodec, delivering lossless 24-bit audio for sound that is unrivaled in a wireless device.
LG Smart Controller
The LG Smart Controller allows users to easily control certain drones. With the LG Smart Controller, users can check the video stream from the drone through the LG G5 in real time and control the unmanned aircraft with the LG Smart Controller joystick.
LG Friends Manager
Only available in the LG G5, Friends Manager is the hub application that allows the G5 to connect with LG Friends with minimal fuss and effort. LG Friends Manager automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly and easily in three simple steps, eliminating much of the hassle of pairing devices.
Winning features of LG G5 which is what I look for would be:
1> Extreme Wide Angle Lens and Advanced UX
2> Always-on Display for Enhanced Convenience
3> Diverse Range of Companion Devices
As a frequent traveller and explorer of new ideas and opportunities, I like to capture them in pictures or videos to be reviewed at a later time or to research and study more into my findings. So having a phone to not just be able to communicate, it plays a part of me to connect and access to information readily online. Most of the time, I am travelling with just my smartphone and I am totally dependant on one device. So there are a lot of instance when the pictures I took are not really true to my eyes (either due to space or colour). Having the extreme wide angle lens and advanced UX, is definitely an advantageous factor.
Talking about battery conservancy, just like everyone else I turn on my screen hundreds of times per day (am I exaggerating?) to check for messages or any missed calls (or even to see time). With the always-on display, it allows the phone to save up to a notable difference in battery life. How cool can it be that the LG G5 can show me time and date continuously even when the phone is in sleep mode?
Smartphones, mobile devices, apps, they evolved everyday, every moment. There can no longer be the best phone fits all. But we have to look at what we want and find the BEST phone to match our wants.
The official launch of LG G5 just happened recently, the prices and availability are as follows:– LG G5 $988 (April)
– Module Bundle (CAM Plus & HiFi Plus) PWP $274 (April)
– 360 Bundle (360 CAM & 360 VR) PWP $590 (May)
– Rolling Bot PWP $398 (June)
Before I end, here is a cool video of the LG G5, enjoy!
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