The LG G5 is the successor to the very successful LG G4. What’s different? A lot. The LG G5 features an aluminum case and this makes the phone a lot more rugged than most other smartphones. The power button is built into the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. That’s a lot different from most other phones that typically put the fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone, not to mention the power isn’t normally integrated within this area. The most unique feature of the phone is that the bottom has a removable panel which allows insertion of a replacement battery very easily. I guess there’s more than one way to improve battery life, although this isn’t what I am thinking when I ask for better battery life.
While the LG G5 is large, believe it or not, the screen size is smaller than the LG G4. Usually I’m seeing phone manufacturers take their phones in the opposite direction with larger screens. Still a big diagonal screen at 5.3 inches, this phone is 5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches (149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm). These are important measurements to keep in mind when selecting your mount. I haven’t seen any LG G5 custom cradles so we are going to discuss universal mounts. As already stated, the LG G5 is a large phone, even more so if you have a case or skin so you can’t just buy any universal mount. You need a mount with a large expandable cradle. If you already have a car mount for your old smartphone, you may need to upgrade the cradle to a larger one. Be sure to measure your phone before cradle shopping and remember, if you have a case or skin, the dimensions are even larger.
As I often suggest for expensive smartphones, buy a case for it. I have always liked the Otterbox Defender series which we reviewed here, and there are other good cases from companies like Spigen. A single drop on ceramic tile that results in a broken lens will cost way more than the case. If you think insurance will cover you, think again. Insurance policies purchased from your carrier have a deductible and for newer more expensive phones that can be $169 on up. So to add insult to injury, you will not only be paying the monthly insurance premium, but you will then pay the deductible. You can read our article on phone insurance here. Get a case.
OK, now on to the mount discussion.
For the car, give the location of your mount some thought. There are lots of places to mount your LG G5. The windshield is the most popular location to mount especially if you plan to use it as a GPS. I love Waze for this purpose and it should work real well on the big LG G5 screen. A well made expandable mount is the Arkon Slim Grip Ultra Travel Mount. This mount features an expandable cradle which expands to over 7 inches using a spring-loaded top and bottom. The support arms move so that you can expose any ports or buttons. This will fit your phone with or without a thick case. The mount comes with an adhesive dash plate so that you can attach to the mount to your dash as well as your windshield. The phone can swivel into landscape or portrait mode although I find that I typically use this mount in landscape 90% of the time.
This same company also makes the very functional Arkon Slim Grip Ultra Smartphone Car Cup Holder Mount. Like the previously discussed mount, this also uses the same expandable cradle that opens to 7 inches and holds the LG G5 from the top and bottom. There is a flexible stem to get the best angle. The base expands to fit almost any cup holder. Your phone can swivel into portrait or landscape mode.
Another interesting location for your phone is the car air vent. The Arkon Magnetic Vent Mount is an excellent well made choice. The mount secures onto horizontal or vertical car air vents with added support leg for extra stability. The added support leg is unique to the Arkon mount. It enables additional stability over other vent mounts. The vent keeps your phone right around eye level and out of the way of potential thieves. Check your vent to make sure it’s well made enough to hang a lightweight device. Like most magnetic mounts, the Arkon entry makes use of a small magnet coupled with a very thin adhesive metal disk which sticks to the back of your phone or case. Easy to use. It’s a simple matter of placing your phone next to the mount and let it stick.
For motorcycle use, it’s important that you select a mount that has a well constructed cradle that is going to hold your LG G5 tightly so that it stays secure in high vibration environments. We like the RAM X-Grip line a lot. These are heavy duty mounts that are mostly constructed of metal. The mount has gone through some rigorous shake tests and holds up well on a motorcycle. Most motorcycles can use the RAM X-Grip IV Handlebar Mount. These mounts feature the expandable X-Grip IV cradle which can open to 4.5 inches which is large enough for most cases. We always recommend tethering your device for added security.