LG G5 SE review
Save cash & choose the ‘SE’ version of the LG G5
The LG G5 SE has a few very minor differences to the original LG G5 but choosing the ‘SE’ will save you a bucket load of cash, over the 24 month contract period. If you opt for a free phone, then our mobile phone deals comparison tool shows the LG G5 SE from £19.50 per month versus the LG G5 from £26 per month.
The LG G5 SE has a fantastic IPS Quantum display and this can be flicked into Daylight Mode to enhance the brightness to 850nits. One nit is equal to the light given off by one candle and in comparison, this Quantum display out shines almost every other smartphone screen.
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Sized at 5.3” the QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display crams in 554 pixels per inch, which is pretty remarkable. For durability, the screen is protected behind super-tough Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Design and hardware
The LG G5 SE blends metal and glass together almost seamlessly and the smooth curves wrap around a frame that is only 7.7mm thick. At the bottom, we find a speaker that won’t be muffled when the phone is placed on a hard surface or held in the hand.
Here comes one of those differences between the LG G5 and LG G5 SE. On the LG G5 SE a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8GHz and 3GB RAM has been used. The original LG G5 has just a pinch more processing power with a clock speed of 2.15GHz and 4GB RAM.
The processor differences are minor and really shouldn’t concern 99% of consumers. Both LG phones have a 32GB internal memory and a microSD card slot.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint recognition secures the LG G5 SE and the sensor is located on the back and positioned for the index finger. A fingerprint can also be used to protect locked items in QuickMemo+ or the Gallery.
During the set up you can activate KnockON, where a double tap on the screen turns it on. You might also like to edit the Home touch buttons, which are visible at the bottom of the display. Here you can add buttons for a choice of functions, such as switching on QSlide (more on this later) or for accessing the notifications panel, without having to drag it down.
At this time, you can either activate or deactivate the Always-on Display. If you choose to have it on then you can expect to see a little more battery drain. The Always-on Display can show the date, time, notifications or your signature, which might be useful in houses with more than one phone.
OS and LG apps
The LG G5 SE comes with Google’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS pre-loaded. You can download new apps from the Play Store or visit SmartWorld for LG apps, themes, games and audio content.
LG has been quite generous in pre-loading its own apps and these includes:
- Smart Notice - This widget analyses your time and location to give you useful information. Most Notices are reminders for adding frequently used numbers to your phone book, adding birthdays to your calendar or calling back a number that you did not call back after sending a reject message.
- Smart Doctor - With this app you can check and optimise the device’s condition by closing unused apps, cleaning up temporary files and analysing the usage patterns of apps.
- QuickMemo+ - This is an advanced note taking app, where notes can be written (typed or by hand) over screenshots and images.
- QSlide - use multiple apps in smaller windows
- LG Health - LG’s health, fitness and lifestyle app.
- Smart Bulletin - This can be set for displaying in the left-most canvass of home screens and much like other similar services, such as HTC BlinkFeed, it collects and displays useful information in one place.
The LG G5 SE has a modular design where the battery slides out from the bottom, so that other modules can be plugged in. There are a range of modules on sale and these includes specialist camera and sound modules.
Camera & Video
Dual camera photography
The LG G5 SE has a dual camera system that pairs a 16MP camera with an 8MP camera that has a 135-degrees wide angle lens. This combination means that you can zoom in as well as zoom out. Together these cameras offer 0.5x zoom through to 8x zoom.
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The two cameras can also be used to create professional photographic effects not seen before on a smartphone. These are grouped together in a feature named Pop-out Picture, which takes a wide angle photo and a standard photo at the same time.
With Pop-out Picture you can then use the two images to create differing background effects such as Vignette, Fisheye, B&W and Lens blur. Along with this you can use LG’s Multi-view feature that uses all three cameras (including the selfie camera) to create a collage, and you can do the same to create a video collage.
Further camera features includes laser detection auto-focus, Steady recording to minimise motion blur when shooting on the move, Panorama, Slow-motion Video, Time-lapse and Burst shot.
The 8MP selfie camera works with Gesture shot to ensure a more natural pose and can be used with Interval shot to snap continuous selfies.
Quick Charge 3.0
The LG G5 SE has a 2,800mAh battery, which can be charged through the symmetrical USB Type-C port. Quick Charge 3.0 technology is enabled and this allows you to charge this LG phone to 83% in 30 minutes.
You can save power when needed by turning on Battery saver or the Game optimiser, which adjusts the video quality to minimise battery consumption when gaming.
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Written by: Michael Brown