This entry in LG’s G series comes with a powerful processor and one of the best cameras to date. Accompanying these additions, are a ton of new features that will certainly delight the users. Of course there are some shortcomings as well and we will be discussing both the good and bad in our detailed LG G4 review.
LG G4’s display is slightly curved. The curve is actually so steep that you would have to pay attention to it specifically to even notice it. Due to this seemingly non-existent curve, you will be holding a full-length mobile device, which of course is not very comfortable. The phone is available in two versions, leather and polycarbonate. The former is apparently the manufacturer’s attempt at offering a premium feel, though it doesn’t quite accomplish that. The plastic version of course feels cheaper, though it gets saved by the metal brush finish. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel too good in the hand.
As expected G4 runs on the latest version of Google’s OS, i.e. Android 5.1 Lollipop. This means that you will be able to access new recent apps features such as Overview, lock screen with notifications, and the Guest Mode. Almost all the Google-related apps come pre-installed in G4, saving you a whole world of trouble. Yes, plenty of bloatware comes along as well.
LG G4 boasts Qualcomm’s 64-bit, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor that comes with a clock speed of 1.8GHz. Accompanying this powerful processor is 3GB of RAM. Everything on the phone runs pretty smoothly, including latest video games.
G4 comes with a 5.5-inch LCD which supports up to 1440×2560 (538ppi) resolution. Everything on the screen looks sharp, especially the images and HD videos. The screen is quite bright, and can even be used under the sun. With Quantum Display tech applied on the display, the colors are quite vibrant and make everything on the smartphone look great.
Camera is one of the best features of LG G4. The 16 MP rear camera is merged with an f1.8 aperture, which is a great feature as it allows you to take high-quality pictures even in low-light settings. To make it the best possible deal for the users, LG has added a bunch of new settings to the camera that will enable users to use it in any way they see fit. Even the newcomers will be able to get a hang of these features quite easily. Front camera is of 8 MP and can record full-HD videos.
On paper, G4 has a juicy 3000 mAh battery. However, when it comes down to the usage, it doesn’t last as long as it should. Just by doing ordinary tasks on it for 10-15 minutes, you will realize that you have lost 10% of the battery already. If you really go all in with the phone, then forget about it lasting you even 12 hours. Mostly, we use our smartphones at office where Wi-Fi usually is always on. Even if you just check messages every now and then with minimal possible interaction, you will still have 20-25% battery left when you are leaving the workplace. This in no way is a viable option for the people who like to perform almost all their activities on their phones.
LG G4 comes in just one size of 32GB. However, if you want more storage you can just get an SD card which is supported up to 128GB. One size means that the price will more or less stays consistent over the coming weeks.
Almost all the connectivity options are available in G4 including Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, hotspot, USB, Infrared.
All in all, LG G4 is an amazing phone, but the unimpressive innovation in design and inadequate battery timing really holds it back from being the one of the best in the market.