- Michael Andronico , Tom's Guide
The LG G4 offers a crisp quad-HD display and an excellent camera within an attractive leather design, though its battery life disappoints.
- Display brightness and color reproduction
- Case design
- Camera quality
- Removable battery
- MicroSD support
- Low light performance on front facing camera
- Awkward button placement for instant camera mode
The hype around the LG G4 has been immense. With the flagship race heating up, the G4 has finally entered the fray. But does it live up to the hype with its color sensors, vegetable tanned leather and Quantum display? Let’s take a look at the reviews!
When it comes to options on customizing your phone, LG has offered plenty with their newest handset. With both ceramic-coated plastic and leather bodies from which to choose, reviewers are already lining up to give their opinions. While marketed as the lower tier option, the plastic back with its diamond design received good reviews. AndroidPit called the curved back and treated plastic, a “Really nice detail.”
However, reviews all indicate that the leather back is the real star of the show. AndroidPit called it the “First thing you're going to notice.” Virtually every review raved about the backing, though a few questioned whether it would attract scuffs after extended use.
Coming around to the front of the G4, you’re greeted with a 5.5-inch 2,560-by-1,440 pixel IPS Quantum display with curved front glass. LG claims that their proprietary screen technology will allow a level of color accuracy previously unseen in the mobile market. Overall, reviews agree. Expert reviews noted that it offered, “Lovely rich, vibrant colours and eye-searingly bright whites.” Later calling it, “Easily one of the most subjectively pleasing screens we’ve seen.” Reviews in sunlight are also great, indicating it might be a good choice for on-the-go use.
Unlike many of its competitors, the G4 is powered by a six-core 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM. Reviews initially questioned the lack of an eight-core option. However, most found nothing lacking. Expert reviews called the interface and web browsing “Beautifully smooth with no signs of judder whatsoever.” Stuff put it through its paced and concluded, “Everything seemed very snappy and fast.”
Another feature that LG is quick to brag about is the 16MP rear camera with color sensor, laser auto-focus and image stabilization. Reviews indicate that their bragging is justified. Expert Reviews applauded the camera, stating, “Colours looked very natural.” If you’re looking for more than a simply point-and-shoot experience, reviewers loved the level of customization in manual mode. From long exposures to 104MP panoramas, it’s packed with features. Stuff tried many of them and called the camera, “Certainly impressive.”
For selfies and video chat, the phone includes an 8MP front-facing camera. Reviews loved the Gesture Control and burst mode features, though many noted that the beautification mode blurred details and that low-light shots were less than stellar.
LG chose a removeable 3,000 mAh battery to keep everything running. Wireless and turbo charge features are available through accessories. The removable battery also allows for
microSD support, making it easy to add up to 128GB of storage at an affordable price.
Overall, LG’s newest release appears to live up to the hype. Stuff summed it up well, stating, “The leather-clad G4, with its truck load of camera smarts, removable battery and expandable storage, has a lot to offer. The G4 is, if you'll pardon the cliché, an evolution rather than a revolution, but that's not to say it isn't exciting.” Android Central predicts, “This is going to be a phone a lot of folks are going to want to put in their pockets.”
Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)
Performs quite admirably with sexy and sophisticated design
Beautiful screen, excellent camera
A better Android experience
Brilliant display, fast performance
Overall, the LG G4 is a worthy successor to the G3. Even though the UX is not attractive and the smartphone doesn’t have an eye-catching design apart from the premium leather back, the display is just brilliant and the camera offers several features, including a manual mode that the competitors don’t offer. This time LG decided to launch the smartphone only in 32GB variant, unlike the G3 that came in two variants. It also comes with dual SIM support in India, which is an added advantage. Even though the smartphone was launched for Rs. 51,000, the price has come down gradually. O... Full review
A step back compared to its predecessors
A worthy top contender
Choosing a high-end smartphone to purchase from the wide variety of options on the market today can be tricky, but you really can’t go wrong by choosing the LG G4. The handset is solid across the board, featuring decent hardware and the latest software, and a competitive price that keeps it in the running against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6, the HTC One M9 and the iPhone 6.
The LG G4’s best feature is easily its camera. The combination of a 16-megapixel optically stabilized sensor with an f/1.8 lens and competent software results in some truly awesome photos in... Full review
The LG G4 is a jack of all trades, yet master of none
Provides incredible experience
LG has once again hit it out the park with its flagship. The G4 is quite possibly the best flagship of 2015, with incredible hardware, a mind-blowing camera and battery life that makes you giddy just thinking about it. The only things keeping it from a perfect 10 are the unchanged software, which could stand to be improved on, and the small performance issues that come along with animations and other small software tasks.
If you’re searching for a flagship, take a long, hard look at the LG G4. Try one out if you can. You’ll fall in love with the LG G4 and the incredib... Full review
Close, but no cigar
The LG G4 is an interesting smartphone that ticks many of the right boxes. It has a unique design, an excellent display, and a camera that's up there with the best in terms of image quality. However, it's let down by a few flaws - the large battery doesn't translate into equivalent real-world usage, and the software could use some improvements.
In theory, LG could fix both problems with an update, which would make the G4 an excellent alternative to Samsung's flagships, especially for those who value expandable storage and a removable battery. Until then - if that day ever comes - th... Full review
LG's flagship plays it straight and doesn't miss its mark
While processor speed and spec wars are fun, for most people they're not the most important aspects of a smartphone. For most people, the list is short: They want a phone that's fast, looks good, takes high-quality photos, and offers a long-lasting battery.
While it's not aesthetically the most pleasing phone in the world, and the battery isn't much to write home about, we can safely say that the LG G4 has nailed the camera. Though we're not ready to crown it as the best just yet, it's easily among our favorite smartphone cameras. It's fast, good in low light, and offers the kind of... Full review
pathetic after sales service
Please don’t buy LG's mobile phones from Canada. Their after sales service is worse than any other company. They do not have their own technical team. Their authorized service center (Future Tel) is doing unethical and unprofessional business practices. Most of the times they are returning REFURBISHED phones after servicing. They do not even bother to answer your phone calls or reply to your e-mails. LG's own customer care is also not recommendable. Think twice before making a decision to buy LG Mobile in Canada. You may lose your passion for a gentle smartphone.Less
Manuals / User Guides
- LG G4 Manual (PDF)
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