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LG used to be better known for making televisions and household electronics than phones, but their mobile division is probably one of the company’s fastest growing segments. And with their newest release, the LG G4, LG have shown us that they really know what it takes to compete against the likes of Samsung and Apple. High end specs, great styling, and mid range price tag all combine to make the LG G4 one of the best mobile deals around at the moment.
What have you got to look forward to? Some of the best screen specs on the market, as well as one of the best cameras around. Add in a whole bunch of power, as well as a few little surprises, and you’ve got a winner. The LG G4 is a killer phone, and one that any mobile owner would be proud to own.
The LG G4 is unique from the first glance. A slightly curved back as well as a curved screen make the phone stable in the hand and easy to hold. And LG are giving us two G4 versions: a smooth leather backed model (yes, leather), as well as a polycarbonate diamond patterned version. Both are high quality, feeling sturdy and well built, and both have the elegant curves and lines that we expect to see on a high end, good looking phone these days.
Looks aside though, the G4 is more than just its great design. There is some serious power here, and some very impressive specs. Compared to the older G3 model there isn’t a lot of difference in the appearance department, but screen and camera spec upgrades mean that the G4 is definitely worth the higher price tag.
If you’re looking into high end phones but you’re scared off by those huge prices, then the LG G4 is for you. It’s really got all that you could ask for in terms of power and performance, and the fact that it’s a couple of hundred pounds cheaper than models like the Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6 is really a bonus. You’re not making compromises here, you’re getting an awesome phone with brilliant performance.
Okay, full disclosure, we’re getting used to seeing octo core processing power at the top end of the market, but LG have made the unorthodox decision to feature a six core CPU on the G4. That doesn’t mean you’re missing out on power though, since you’re getting a dual core 1.82 GHz processor as well as a quad core 1.44 GHz, along with 3 GB of RAM. The average user is unlikely to notice any performance difference between this and an octo core processor, and the LG G4 is lightening fast and super responsive- which is what we’re all looking for, after all.
This is an Android device, as we’ve come to expect from LG, and it’s running the latest Android Lollipop 5.1 version right out of the box. If this is an upgrade for you, you can expect sleeker and better graphics as well as some nice little tweaks like dual profile mode and lock screen notifications from the newest incarnation of the operating system. Plus, as always, you get better speeds and stability.
Performance wise there’s nothing that we can really criticise about the G4. Speeds are fast, the phone is extremely responsive, and the Android operating system is as intuitive and customisable as it always is. You’re looking at a great mobile that’s more than capable of doing everything you need it to do.
You’re getting a massive screen here, at a full 5.5 inches. Strangely though, that doesn’t make the LG G4 unwieldy, mostly thanks to its curved design. The screen itself is also slightly curved, which is supposed to make it easier to look at (though to be honest, we didn’t really see much difference). What is a difference though is all that screen space. Five and a half inches means that video watching, on screen typing and reading are all comfortable and easy to do.
What about resolution? Well, you’re looking at 1440 x 2560 pixels, which gets you about 538 PPI. Yes, you read those numbers right. This is one of the brightest, clearest, sharpest screens around and it shows (particularly if you’re into HD video). It’s an LCD screen, and does come with IPS, so viewing angles are wide and frankly, excellent.
The LG G4’s display is one of its finest features, and we’re loving it. No matter what it is that you’re looking at, the G4 has great colour resolution and a fantastic picture. Obviously a screen is important on a smart phone, and the G4 has one of the best around.
Camera specs is really where the G4 comes into its own, but you might want to hold onto your hats because we’re going to have to get a bit techie here. Firstly, that front facing camera is a full 8 MP device, which means you’re getting the best selfies around, since this is higher resolution than we’re used to seeing on forward facing cameras.
But it’s the rear facing cam that’s the beauty. It’s a 16 MP affair, so you’re getting lots of detail. But the G4 also has the same 1/2.6 inch sensor size as the Galaxy S6 has, as well as a super fast f/1.8 lens. If you know your cameras, you’ll know that’s awesome for a mobile cam, and if you don’t, then all you need to know is that you’re going to get fantastic pictures quality, with crisp, clean shots even in low light.
Add in all the extras, like optical image stabilisation, LED flash, and a very cool laser autofocus function, and you’re looking at what is probably the highest quality mobile camera around. If you’re looking to get great shots, then the LG G4 is a clear winner.
There are a few more things that bare mentioning about the LG G4. The first of these is that whilst this isn’t a unibody build phone (the back panel is removable unlike, say, the Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6), that does come with its advantages. The battery on the G4 can be removed, which is useful for quick restarts if necessary, and always means that you can carry a spare battery around if need be.
We’re also big fans of the new Smart Bulletin, which is a feature of the user interface that LG lays over the Android operating system. This feature uses one of your home screens as basically a “news centre,” keeping info from different apps, such as your calendar, music player and fitness tracker, all in one place so you can be updated at a glance.
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3 - 9.8 mm|
|Weight||155 g (5.47 oz)|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.5 inches (~72.5% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~538 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|- LG Optimus UX 4.0 UI|
|OS||Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 128 GB|
|Internal||32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash|
|Features||1/2.6'' sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, optical stabilization, HDR, stereo sound rec.|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, 1080p@30fps|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort 4K), USB Host|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|- Optional Wireless Charging (Qi-enabled)|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/WMV player|
|- MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/WMA player|
|- Photo/video editor|
|- Document editor|
|Battery||Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 434 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 20 h (3G)|
|Colors||Grey, White, Gold, Leather Black, Leather Brown, Leather Red|
The LG G4 is certainly a high class flagship phone, price tag aside, and it’s a beautiful device. Powerful performance, elegant design, and quite simply one of the best cameras around, not to mention that awesome screen, all come together to make a seriously fantastic device. If you’re looking for the best, then the G4 has to be in the running.
You’ll also get all the normal connectivity options that you’d expect, including WiFi, 4G, 3G and Bluetooth. Memory wise you’re looking at 32 GB of built in storage, which is a fair amount. However, there’s also a Micro SD Card slot, so you can add up to 128 GB of additional memory should you need it.
So, anything that we didn’t like? Well, battery life isn’t quite as good as we’d like to see, and there’s no quick charge option (allowing you to charge your phone in a short amount of time). But given that the battery is removable we’re willing to make that sacrifice. On the whole, the bottom line is that the LG G4 is fairly close to perfection. It’s a fantastic mobile, and one that should be high on your shopping list.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.