The LG G4 is a cracking smartphone, offering up a glorious screen, pretty design, a healthy collection of unique OS features and a fantastic camera. Whilst the LG G4 is a great performer overall, the smartphone isn't without its faults. With that in mind, we're taking a look at 7 features we'd love to see in the LG G5.
One of our biggest gripes with the LG G4 is the smartphone's disappointing battery life, which will last around 18 hours before a charge is needed. LG seemed convinced that the 3,000 mAh battery stuffed inside the LG G4 would justify the slightly bulky feel of the mobile, but instead we were left grasping a gadget that didn't stay on for long enough.
The LG G4's QHD display did most of the damage in terms of reducing battery life, so we'd like to see some improvements in this area when the LG G5 rolls around. Heavy users may not last the entire day without juicing up the LG G4, and that's really not ideal on a smartphone that's otherwise very solid. Our fingers are crossed that we can spend a good amount of time playing with the LG G5 without having to end the fun too early.
The mono speaker sat at the bottom of the LG G4's rear isn't exactly mind-blowing, becoming noticeably worse at high volume. Bumping up the LG G4's rear speaker to the max during playback results in a tinny sound that isn't pleasant on the ears, so we'd like some top-notch speakers on the LG G5.
LG G4 owners watching content on the go may find their hand covering the speaker some of the time, which obviously means that playback takes another hit. Whilst we'd appreciate improved audio quality for the LG G5, some speakers placed in a position where they're free to sing without being muffled would also be great.
Back in our full review of the LG G4 we found that the smartphone's speaker wasn't up to scratch when compared to HTC's stereo blasters on the One M9, which could easily take on the Samsung Galaxy S6 in the same category. All in all, the LG G4's playback quality is adequate and not much more. Let's hope the LG G5 knocks sound out of the park.
Few would argue that the LG G4 is a pretty smartphone, complimented by its curved shape and customizable leather and plastic covers. Whilst the smartphone's eye-catching leather option gives LG's handset a fresh look, the material gets worn down over time. LG spins this as a positive thing by saying it gives each owner a truly unique LG G4, but the reality is that the damage can look ugly.
Our wish is that LG decides to keep leather as a cover option for the LG G5, but we're keen to see a stronger, more resilient leather that doesn't rub away so much over time. LG claims that each genuine leather cover found on the LG G4 takes 12 weeks to produce, so it seems a shame to see it spoiled.
We're interested to hear your feedback on the leather-wearing LG G4. If you've had the smartphone for a while and have noticed significant damage (or not, as the case may be) then let us know.
We're prioritizing other wishlist entries over this one, but we'd still love to see a fingerprint sensor attached to the LG G5. Ideally, we're hoping for the technology to be found on the back of the device where one's finger naturally rests when gripping the smartphone.
The LG G4's back panel inputs are one of our design highlights of the smartphone, and the fact that the buttons are so well positioned is the cherry on the cake. Being greedy, we'd love LG to take things a step further with the LG G5.
A fingerprint sensor isn't included in the LG G4 and although the omission hasn't caused a great deal of upset, it would be nice to see the feature present in LG's next release.
We were left underwhelmed by the battery found inside the LG G4. Assuming LG manages to improve capacity and performance with the LG G5, we'd like to see wireless charging implemented in the group's next flagship device. If the LG G5 truly wants to compete with other premium smartphones then it needs to have plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
It's actually possible to add wireless charging to the LG G4 if you're the creative type, done by buying a QI sticker and a protective wireless charging sticker and playing with the placement of the LG G4's NFC plate. Still, it's fiddly work and not for everybody.
Interestingly, the LG G4 did include support for Quick Charge 2.0, although the smartphone's makers chose not to brag about the feature. An evolution of the same technology would be a great alternative if wireless charging inside the LG G5 was a no-go.
The LG G4 is bloatware-free and for that we're grateful, but the LG G5 should see some changes made to the somewhat uninspiring OS found on its older sibling.
Whilst LG bought some interesting features to the LG G4 such as Smart Notice and the Smart Bulletin board, the skin wasn't to everybody's tastes. Ultimately, the UI looked slightly messy and didn't really include too many headline-grabbing features. We'd like to see an evolved OS powering the LG G5 that genuinely impresses with functionality that sets the smartphone apart from its competitors.
A selection of LG G4 users have reported issues with their smartphone overheating, particularly during heavy gaming sessions where the gadget's Snapdragon 808 chip is put through its paces.
Our full review of the LG G4 didn't flag up anything major in this area, but overheating is a well-known issue affecting the LG G4 that's regularly mentioned online. Even standard video playback through YouTube has been known to cause the back panel of the LG G4 to heat up, and it's a nuisance.
We hope the back of the LG G5 is just as eye-pleasing as its predecessor, but also brings some changes to banish the problem of overheating.
Which features would you like to see on the LG G5? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.