When it was announced, the LG G5 got a lot of hate for its - let's face it - ugly design and poor build quality. But those things, which are easily alleviated by a case, overshadowed a lot of the G5's good qualities. While its exterior downfalls made its $600-700 MSRP a little ambitious, the story changes when the phone is just a fraction of that price. And with this T-Mobile/unlocked model's $199.99 sale price, the G5 is definitely worth a look.
In case you've forgotten, the LG G5 came with a 5.3" 1440p LCD, a Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, a 16MP/8MP sensor combo on the rear, an 8MP selfie cam, and a 2800mAh battery. Even over a year later, those specs are nothing to scoff at. I used a G5 for a few months, and loved its performance, its cameras, and the quick fingerprint sensor. Plus, the G5 was the second-last major flagship to come with a removable battery, with the very last one being the V20. The Friends modularity thing was a massive failure, but those didn't really affect the use of the phone.
If you're interested, an eBay seller with a feedback score of just over 140,000 is offering brand-new T-Mobile H830T models that have been unlocked for GSM use for just $199.99, which is a steal for the power you get. If you asked me to choose between a G5 and something like a BLU R1 Plus, I'd take the G5 any day of the week. The dreaded "limited quality available" sign is already there, so don't wait too long if you want one.
As a few of you have pointed out in the comments section, these G5s are unlocked because the seller, BuySPRY, is flashing different firmware (H83020i_un) onto them. So when you attempt to update your device or flash back to T-Mobile firmware, you'll lose the unlock. We'll make sure that this isn't the case for unlocked devices in the future, and we won't post about any more devices sold by BuySPRY.