LG G4

 

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The LG G4 is striving hard to compete in the flagship battle of today’s smartphones, but for all its prowess, falls slightly short of the main contenders. Fortunately, the phone has plenty of thought and features into it, keeping it at a good, leveled position in the market. In some considerable respects, it even manages to push itself as the best alternative


 

 

The Design

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LG G4 design & size

The phone comes in two version, the regular one, whose removable battery cover is a diamond-pattern polycarbonate and the “premium” one, on which LG seems to place its bets, which sports a leather dressing in both light brown and black. It might look like a sales gimmick but truthfully, it’s a nice departure from established trends.

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LG G4 all color options

The screen shifts the G4 more towards the phablet zone at an imposing 5.5 inches as with its predecessor, but remains relatively easy to control, although not necessarily with one hand. Size aside, the display is simply astonishing. LG is talking the cinematic quality images selling point up to high heavens. And for good reason, as the slightly curved Quantum IPS display’s vividness of colors and amazing contrast ratio give the AMOLED a serious run for its money, a most welcome and pleasant thing to see coming from an LCD.

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LG G4 leather

As far as button placement goes, there’s nothing new coming from the G4. Placed at the rear, just below the camera, they make utilizing such a large phone more comfortable and have a well detailed texture to them.One thing to note is that the phone is a bit bulky. It comes naturally considering LG opted for a removable cover and battery, which in itself might be a plus to some. Even though the back is nicely curved and rounded, it’s not quite slim, a noteworthy caveat.


 

The Hardware

Whilst no Galaxy S6, the LG G4 is a powerful phones nonetheless. It comes with a smooth and cool running hexacore processor and the now norm of 3Gb of RAM, making sure that pretty screen isn’t put to waste. The main camera is more or less equivalent to that of the S6 or the M9 and a quality wise comparison is hard to make and best left to subjective preference. Now, regarding the secondary camera, the G4 shines with 8 MP at 1080p, as powerful as the main of a budget phone, but still the camera is not quite as outfitted as the 5 MP of the S6 but is about twice as powerful as the one on the HTC M9. Storage wise it only comes in 32Gb but offer SD card support to up to 128 Gb. Some may view this as a plus while some may view this as a security issue, which, in case it’s stolen it may very well be.


 

 

Technical Specifications

DISPLAY

Type:

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen – 16M colors

Size:

5.5 inches at ~72.5% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution:

1440 x 2560 pixels at ~538 ppi pixel density

Protection:

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Custom UI:

LG Optimus UX 4.0 UI

BODY

Size:

148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3 – 9.8 mm

Weight:

155 g (5.47 oz)

Colors:

Grey, White, Gold, Leather Black, Leather Brown, Leather Red

Battery:

Removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh

USB:

microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort 4K), USB Host

SIM Card:

Micro-SIM

HARDWARE & OS

Operating System:

Android OS, v5.1 Lollipop

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808

CPU:

6-Cores: Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57

GPU:

Adreno 418

MEMORY & STORAGE

Card Slot:

microSD, up to 128 GB

Internal Storage

32 GB

RAM:

3GB

CAMERA

Primary:

16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash

Secondary

8 MP, [email protected]

Video:

[email protected], [email protected], optical stabilization, HDR, stereo sound recording

Features:

1/2.6” sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR

COMMUNICATIONS

Network:

GSM / HSPA / LTE

WiFi

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot

Bluetooth:

v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X

GPS:

A-GPS; GLONASS;

Infrared:

Yes

Radio:

Stereo FM radio with RDS

NFC:

Yes

SENSORS

Sensors:

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum

AUDIO/VIDEO

Video Playing Format:

MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/WMV

Audio Playing Format

MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/WMA

Video Playing Resolution:

BATTERY

Capacity:

3000

Talk Time 3G WCDMA

20 Hours

Internet Usage Time 3G:

8 Hours

Internet Usage Time Wi-Fi:

10 Hours

Audio Playback Time:

Video Playback Time:

9 Hours

The Conclusion

There’s little to say as the quality of the phone speaks for itself. Refined, powerful and feature-packed it can hold its own against the rest. Noteworthy is the fact that for “only” 3000mAh and large 5.5  inches, the battery is a staunch survivor, and user replaceable. The screen is utterly gorgeous and a more than worthy adversary to the AMOLED and, if you want more screen without the phone being unwieldy, weak, or a Samsung to be honest, the LG G4 is the only reasonable option so far.