How do you cover a phone which effectively comes apart? Well, it is possible. The boys from MobileFun.co.uk sent us a few to try and, with the aid of video and some lovely photos, we’re going to have a look at them.
First, for those of you who want the “instant hit”, here’s my totally professional video showing you the various cases and covers in action..
Right, let’s take a closer look shall we? First of all – the Caseology Skyfall Series LG G5 Case. This is the gold / clear one and cost £17.99. They also do the rose gold and a black version too. It’s a transparent case with a gold reinforcing strip around the edge to ensure that the case itself doesn’t go “floppy” at the edges and let and dust in.
It also ensures that all the cut-outs are neatly and precisely positioned. It’s very slim and looks pretty fashionable too. I found it suited the LG G5 well and didn’t take too much “away” from the design of the handset.
Next up, the actual official LG G5 Crystal Guard Case for £14.99. As you’d expect from an official case, everything about this one is ultra-precise. The holes for the camera and the volume controls and exactly where they need to be and this is very unobtrusive and see-through. It also has a protective UV coating to guard against scratches. Nice and smooth on the outside this. It’s slightly more rigid that the Caseology unit.
This one is the VRS High Pro Shield G5 case. It feels proper swish this one and has been reduced down to £14.99 as I type. As you’ll have seen in the video, I have a bit of trouble describing the smooth-yet cushioned rear panel.
It’s apparently an “air space cushion” which has a dual layered construction (I’m totally not reading this from the box. Basically what that all means is that it’ll absorb shocks better. I really liked the styling of the rear panel and, when coupled with that reinforcing outer section, it looked like a part of the G5 and added a little something to the style. Well worth the cash.
The cases from Olixar are next and first we have that Olixar Leather-Style Case in brown. They do it in black and red if that’s more your flavour. It folds over the front of the phone and still maintains the full functionality by having holes for all the buttons and ports.
Not only that, but on the inside you get space for credit and debit cards. This is just £12.99 and, if you train into work and back, you can prop it up and watch a movie with the in-built stand. Nice touch that. The inner holder kept the phone in position perfectly and I had no worries about the phone falling out should I accidentally let the case flop open.
At the lower end of the scale is the Olixar FlexiShield Ultra Thin LG G5 case. It’s just £5.99 and is flexible, see-through and – if you ensure that it’s placed onto the phone properly – all the ports and buttons meet up well enough. However, without that extra outer strap to keep things in place you’ll find that the holes sometimes go out of alignment and dust can get in the edges. My advice? Pay a bit more for another one.
When we were in Barcelona ogling over the LG G5, we were contacted by most of the usual networks to say that they were ranging it.
We got in touch, and they told us that they weren’t ranging it. We bought the PR guys some beer, but they still said they weren’t ranging it. We sent them an ice cream van, but still they said they weren’t ranging it.
Luckily, enough of their own customers started asking, and now the G5 will indeed appear online and in store as of…. right now
Three tell me that they will begin ranging the LG G5 from today, following customer demand for the device.
Pricing starts with a £29 upfront cost on all contacts, then it’s £25 per month for 500MB data, £30 for 1GB and £36 for 4GB of data. There’s all you can eat calls and texts on all packages apart from that 500MB one, plus Three are also offering an 8GB and 30GB package.
Full details below, including their “Feel at Home” benefit and further pricing. Don’t forget to have a good old look at our hands-on in Barcelona.
LG G5 COMES TO THREE
Three to offer the LG G5 from today
Three is very excited to announce that based on customer demand it is now ranging the LG G5 instore, via phone and online from today.
The LG G5 will be available to own complete with all the benefits of the Three, the UK’s most reliable network*. This includes 4G at no extra cost and Feel at Home, where you can use your phone abroad at no extra cost in 18 destinations worldwide including the USA, France, Spain and Australia.
You can therefore make the most of the G5’s impressive 16MP dual-camera capabilities that includes magnified zoom and a wide-angle lens for creating great pictures perfect for when you are on your holiday. Plus if you are in a Feel at Home destination you can happily keep people updated with all your pictures of sun, sea, skylines, and hot dog legs without worrying about bill shock when you return home.
Pricing for the device begins at £25 a month with £29 upfront cost on a 24-month contract on Three. There are a range of other price plans to suit varying needs, including:
£29 upfront cost on all 24 month contracts
The smartphone’s Always-On display provides you with all your essential information without having to wake up the screen – perfect for those constantly on the move needing a smartphone to match them every step of the way.
For complete details on pricing and availability, please visit www.three.co.uk.
I don’t know about you, but the one thing I want more than anything is a playful interface. I mean, an interface alone is great, but let’s make it a playful one eh? Let’s make it fun. Let’s make it lively, cheerful, impish and a little bit frisky shall we?
Yeah. I want me some of that.
LG are here with “UX 5.0” for their LG G5 and upcoming handsets. The new user interface is will give additional power, convenience and enjoyment to users. It includes the “LG Friends Manager” for detecting, pairing and managing accessories. This will give you a different experience based on the device you’re connected to, so with the 360 CAM it’ll show you photo previews and different shooting modes etc. It’ll also help with the Rolling Bot, which we got to play with in Barcelona…
The user interface for the camera has been improved too, adding a simpler switching system between the regular and wide-angle lens. You now just zoom in and out. There’s also a host of additional features for the 360 CAM and a “pop out picture” system for combining the rear camera lenses on the G5 itself.
Other features include a new home screen, health system, updated always-on system and much more. Full details can be found below.
LG Introduces More Playful and Innovative User Interface ‘UX 5.0’ for G5 smart phone
Karachi, April 22, 2016: With the imminent consumer rollout of the new LG G5, LG Electronics (LG) will also be introducing a new version of its mobile user interface, LG UX 5.0. Designed for a more playful and innovative mobile experience, LG UX 5.0 will offer advanced features and greater convenience not only for LG G5 users but owners of upcoming smartphone models as well.
Based on Android’s latest Marshmallow OS, LG UX 5.0 conveys LG’s philosophy on the future of mobiles. LG UX 5.0 is an enjoyable, enhanced and user-centric UX that supports easy connection for optimal control of LG Friends and delivers a more convenient and powerful experience by adding new functions that allow users to enjoy the G5 to its maximum potential.
“We analyzed the lifestyle of smartphone users to provide a superior mobile experience and greatly expanded the usability with LG UX 5.0,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG UX 5.0 and G5 were designed to provide an innovative user experience that reflects the needs of our most demanding customers.”
An Enjoyable UX for Connecting with LG Friends
The highlight of LG UX 5.0 is LG Friends Manager, a versatile application that enables users to easily connect with and control the modules and accessories known as LG Friends. LG Friends Manager intuitively detects nearby accessories for easy pairing with LG G5, easily downloading and installing all the required apps from the Google Play Store. No hassles, no hunting. With LG Friends Manager, the process of connecting the LG G5 to its Friends couldn’t get any easier.
LG Friends Manager generates a different display for each LG Friend. When paired with the 360 CAM, the screen on the G5 will display photo previews and the available shooting modes. The Friends Camera Album in the Gallery enables users to categorize and manage images captured with LG Friends such as 360 CAM and Rolling Bot.
An Enhanced UX for a Powerful Visual Experience
The greatest advantage of LG UX 5.0 is its enhanced support for LG G5’s extremely powerful camera. Image and video capturing has never been so enjoyable with features such as:
• Zoom In & Out – Seamlessly switch between the standard 78-degree lens to the 135-degree wide angle lens by simply pinching the screen.
• Auto Shot – An enhanced version of Gesture Shot, take the perfect selfies with this smart feature which triggers the shutter as soon as the users’ face is recognized.
• Multi View – Captures different angles of images at the same exact moment using the front and rear cameras of the G5 and the LG 360 CAM.
• 360 Wallpaper – Images taken with the LG 360 CAM can be displayed as a 360 panorama, shifting in sync with movements of the G5.
• Pop-out Picture – Combine two images taken simultaneously with the standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect.
• Film Effect – Raise the level of effects with this set of filters that deliver an “analog” feel to photos. Use Camera Preview to preview and change a filter on the fly before taking the shot.
A User-Centric UX for Greater Convenience
LG refined its user interface and included several new smart features on LG UX 5.0 to enhance usability and convenience, such as:
• New Home – LG combined its Home Screen with the App Drawer in LG UX 5.0 to simplify the user experience. Users who prefer the traditional style can download the Home & App Drawer directly from the settings menu on the LG G5.
• LG Health – Upgraded for UX 5.0, LG Health provides a Beginner as well as Advanced mode matched to the user’s profile. Start with Beginner and switch to Advanced once your activities reach a certain level, staying motivated along the way with visual details of your progress.
• Always-on – Avoid the hassle of turning on the smartphone display just to check the time. With Always-on, all your key information including the date, notifications and SMS icon are displayed on the screen at all times.
• Smart Doctor – Keep your G5 performing at its optimal level with solutions and tips based on your usage habits.
• World Clock – Enhanced with an attractive graphical user interface, this smart clock displays the time in selected cities around the world and immediately syncs them to whatever local time you set for easy scheduling of phone calls and meetings.
• File Manager – Navigate the G5 as easily as navigating your PC with direct access to any folders or files indicated by the directory path at top. Use the new search filter to find documents, videos and images anywhere on your G5.
• Quick Help – Find answers to any questions about the G5 quickly and easily or request feedback by e-mail.
• LG Backup – Use LG Backup and NFC to restore conveniently from other Android phones and now record conversations from your favorite messenger app.
Diverse Security Method – In addition to LG’s familiar Knock Code, accurate fingerprint recognition is now built into LG UX 5.0 to provide added convenience and security.
Here’s a British actor with a stack of style and panache. He looks a lot like me too, which is good. Anyhow, I like a lot of his films, including the “Transporter” series. The first one was probably the best, but by “Transporter 3” we were in a world of insanity, where he seemed to have a lot of America trucks driving around “Europe” and started making phone calls underwater. What was that all about? And don’t talk to me about those “Crank” films… insane.
LG have signed him up to pimp the new G5, and you’ll see him appearing in TV ads very soon. After pocketing a substantial amount of cash in the deal, Jason happily stated…
I think the concept that LG is putting forward with the G5 and its modular design is going to catch on with consumers. I enjoyed partnering with LG and working on this commercial, so I hope that shows through in the final piece.
OK, I’m only messing. The phone is really good. We took a look at it in Barcelona here.
Head to the LG Facebook page to see the full video or just watch it below (this is the Korean version because it’s only 7.50AM here in the UK and this appears to be the only version online as yet, plus we’ve not had any breakfast)..
I’m not sure what the take-away is from that. Perhaps, by switching and swapping the modules on my LG G5, I can save / attack people randomly .. or something..
LONDON, 29th March — Jason Statham, the popular high-flying, high-octane star of action movies such The Transporterand The Expendables series, will star in LG Electronics’ latest TV spot for its revolutionary G5 modular smartphone. Fredrik Bond, the creative, passionate filmmaker who has directed many global campaigns for well-known multinational brands, will be behind the camera.
LG’s newest commercial will highlight the fun and playful experiences possible with the G5 and its versatile Modular Type design. With the ability to attach various companion devices and transform the smartphone into an easy-grip camera or a Hi-Fi audio system, the G5 is perfect for anyone who appreciates great technology and innovation that improves lives.
Produced on location in Los Angeles with creative agency partner Energy BBDO, the commercial will portray Jason Statham experiencing the G5 in exciting and fun ways. Every character in the commercial is portrayed by Mr. Statham, an amusing mise-en-scene consistent with the G5’s Life’s Good when you Play More tagline.
“I think the concept that LG is putting forward with the G5 and its modular design is going to catch on with consumers,” saidJason Statham. “I enjoyed partnering with LG and working on this commercial, so I hope that shows through in the final piece.”
“Since its unveiling at MWC, we’ve heard from many who say they’ve been waiting for a phone like the G5,” said Chris Yie, vice president and head of marketing communications for LG Mobile Communications Company. “With the G5, our intention is to show how smartphones can go beyond just being a communication device and deliver a playful mobile experience that can enrich our lives.”
The commercial will be shown worldwide in key markets including North America, Latin America, Europe and East Asia and posted to LG Mobile’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LGMobile) starting 1st April (Korea Standard Time).
LG have already announced their new X screen and X cam, but availability is now known and it will only be initially available in South Korea followed by Europe, Latin America and Asia. At this stage we don’t know if they will be available in the UK.
Additional features that are expected are dual cameras or a second screen (available with the X screen). The X cam inherits a similar 120-degree wide angle lens like the LG-G5 to complement the standard lens.
The X cam offers Pop-out Picture feature which combines the two images taken with the standard and wide angle lenses to create a picture-in-a-frame effect. Available only on the X cam version, Animated Photo delivers a hybrid video and still photo, one framed by the other (http://on.fb.me/1pPxEd5). As well as Panorama View which automatically scrolls a wide image instead of a static image and the Signature feature allows users to add a caption or byline after taking a photo.
A bit more about the X screen and its second screen which has been inherited from the LG-V10. The Always-on Display allows users to check basic information such as time, date and notifications without having to wake up the phone.
“What’s appealing about the X screen and X cam is that each offers one great feature in a complete package that doesn’t break the bank,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Starting with the X series, we’re introducing the best in camera and display technology in a mass-tier device, something that has never been done before.”
Further details can be found in our earlier article, or you can check the specs here..
X cam Key Specifications:*
- Display: 5.2-inch FHD In-cell Touch
- Chipset: 1.14GHz Octa-Core
- Rear) 13MP Standard Lens / 5MP Wide Angle Lens
- Front) 8MP
- Memory: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM
- Battery: 2,520mAh
- Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Size: 147.5 x 73.6 x 5.2mm~6.9mm
- Network: LTE
- Colours: Titan Silver / White / Gold / Pink Gold
X screen Key Specifications:*
- Main) 4.93-inch HD In-cell Touch
- Secondary) 1.76-inch LCD (520 x 80)
- Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core
- Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 8MP
- Memory: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM
- Battery: 2,300mAh
- Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Size: 142.6 x 71.8 x 7.1mm
- Network: LTE
- Colours: Black / White / Pink Gold
* Specifications/Features may vary depending on the market.
Newly-released high-end phones are always going to be expensive, and the LG G5 is no exception. If you look on most online stores and want to get the SIM-free version it’s going to set you back around £529. However, there is a way to get it for £391.99 – albeit locked to O2.
First you need to head to the O2 website and choose a contract. This in itself probably isn’t what you want, but the people at HotUKDeals have found out that you can cancel O2 airtime contracts and then pay off the remainder on the phone.
So, head to the O2 site and choose a deal where you pay something upfront, like the 1GB deal for £31 per month. This has a £79.99 upfront fee and is a two year contract. Now, as you can see above, the £31 per month is split up as follows – £13 per month for the phone and £18 per month for the airtime plan. Now, you can either stick with that plan (which actually isn’t too bad) or you can call up O2 after the device arrives, cancel the airtime contract and then just pay off the cost of the device. Those 24 payments of £13 add up to £312, then add on the £79.99 upfront payment and the phone costs you £391.99. Even with a £5 unlock on eBay it’s still cheap.
Looking into this, on O2 Refresh you can pay off the device at any point, so you can maybe run the contracts for a few months if you can’t afford to pay the lot right now.
Thanks to Nigel Hoar for the tip on this one.