Careful of the camera cover glass

Started Jun 23, 2016 | User reviews
Doug Pardee
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Careful of the camera cover glass

Overall, a fine smartphone with fine cameras.

The wide-angle isn't up to the quality of the main camera, and it doesn't have the laser focusing or image stabilization. But the competition has nothing similar.

The main camera is essentially identical to the G4 and V10. Some of the features, like laser focusing, can only be accessed through the supplied camera app. Other features, like scene modes, cannot be accessed through the supplied camera app. The "film simulations" other than B&W aren't very pleasing to me.

Both of the rear cameras -- the main camera and the wide-angle -- are 16:9 sensors. The front "selfie" camera is 4:3.

Apparently the glass (crystal?) cover over the two rear cameras is very fragile, especially around the wide-angle lens (the smaller one, on the right when you're staring at the phone from the back). I managed to break mine somehow while it was in my pocket, and a web search turns up many instances of broken camera covers where the camera wasn't dropped or anything. Perhaps due to high demand, it's difficult to get a replacement camera cover glass right now. I waited over a month for mine.

GPS is pretty good, especially compared to the junk GPS in my old G2.

Android Marshmallow is a bit of a shock... there's no app tray. All of your apps are on the home screen, except for those you've specifically hidden. You can't launch any that are hidden; you'll have to unhide them first. Folders are your friend... make lots of folders to organize the apps you don't need one-touch access to. Or use a custom launcher.

For most of us, the modular feature is a gimmick. I happen to find it quite useful for swapping batteries, so that I don't have to wait for a recharge -- although I do have to shut the phone off while swapping. But none of the "friends" modules appeal to me. (I've heard only great things about the B&O HiFi DAC module, but it's not available in North America. Not yet, anyway.)

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5.3 screen • 16 megapixels (rear) • 8 megapixels (front)
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TomBW Regular Member • Posts: 217
Re: Careful of the camera cover glass

Doug Pardee wrote:

Android Marshmallow is a bit of a shock... there's no app tray. All of your apps are on the home screen

Are you sure? My Moto X Pure runs Marshmallow and it has an app tray. It's a little different in that it scrolls vertically instead of side to side, but otherwise looks about the same as past versions. Either LG decided Android should work more like iphone, or there is a setting somewhere to remove the app tray from home screen

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Doug Pardee
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Re: Careful of the camera cover glass

TomBW wrote:

My Moto X Pure runs Marshmallow and it has an app tray.

Thanks for the comment. It looks like there's more to this story.

Some Googling tells me that Marshmallow went to the new vertical-scrolling "app drawer," but LG elected to remove that entirely from the G5, reportedly to give a more iPhone-like experience. There were rumors that the app drawer was to be deleted from Android Nougat, too, but it looks like Google thought better of that.

A couple of months ago, LG rolled out its UX 5.0 update for the G5 that added a third option to the Home page configuration: one with an app drawer. At least for my US-based Verizon phone, that change wasn't included in the update. Other Verizon G5 users are saying the same. I've also seen some complaints that the AT&T version doesn't have it, either.
Ref: http://www.androidauthority.com/lg-g5-now-official-app-drawer-689624/

There already was a workaround in the form of an LG-provided launcher called LG Home 4.0 that gives an Android 4 experience. That launcher has to be downloaded directly from LG -- it's not available on the Google Play app store.
Ref: http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/04/04/lg-releases-app-drawer-equipped-home-4-0-launcher-for-the-g5/

I've long since reorganized everything into folders, and I'm leaving them that way rather than seeking out a new launcher and rearranging yet again.

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Doug Pardee
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Just got the app drawer update

I just got a notification that an update is available to provide the "home screen with app drawer" option on my Verizon LG G5. I'm installing it now.

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