LG is hoping the G4 will turn the heads of folk that love snapping great pictures, so we decided to take the gadget for a spin to see what it's capable of.
LG G4 Review
Value for money
Great phone, stunning screen
If you're willing to overlook a couple of minor issues then you'll still be treated to a snappy mobile with a brilliant camera.
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LG is hoping that the G4 will turn the heads of folk that love snapping great pictures on the go, so we decided to take the gadget for a spin to see what it’s capable of.
Look and Feel
The LG G4 is a pretty smartphone.
LG offers a number of interchangeable back covers which give the gadget a unique look, and easily the most eye-grabbing of these are the leather options.
According to the smartphone group, each genuine leather cover takes a total of 12 weeks to produce, and we think that the end result looks rather swish.
Our pre-production review unit arrived with a grey plastic back and we must admit that although the look wasn’t too bad, the material felt slightly cheap. It didn’t pick up fingerprints, however, and was gloriously easy to remove and swap over. We’re told that the leather option offers ‘optimum grip’, which is good news considering one of the gripes we had with the plastic back cover was that it slipped through our hand quite abit.
Our favourite aspect of LG’s latest smartphone is easily the vibrant 5.5” Quad HD display, which looks undeniably gorgeous. The very subtle curve to the phone means that placing it face down on a table won’t result in the screen actually touching the surface. Even on bright days, the display (with a resolution of 2560 x 1440) is easy to navigate with, especially if you disable auto-brightness and boost it to the max.
The LG G4’s display looks undeniably gorgeous
In terms of audio, the G4 has a solitary speaker on the bottom corner, which we found was covered by our hand most of the time we were watching content on the go. The sound has a habit of seeming ‘tinny’ at its highest volume, but for the most part we thought it was adequate.
The LG G4 runs on the UX 4.0 OS, which is a relatively bloat-free version of stock Android, paired with a couple of enhancements and alterations.
A Snapdragon 808 chip and 3GB of RAM power the handset, which also boasts 32GB of internal storage (along with a Micro SD slot for expanding) and a 3000 mAh battery. One of UX’s key features is the Smart Bulletin board, which is accessed by swiping to the far left of the homescreen. Here, a number of toggles are kept that include LG Health, Calendar, Music, Smart Tips and Quick Remote.
During our time with the phone we didn’t really end up making great use of the Smart Bulletin board, although on a couple of occasions the feature came in handy. Quickly swiping to the left to check your steps taken for the day, for example, is a neat feature. Lazy phone users will make the most of QRemote, which allows you to use the G4 as a substitute controller for your TV, set-top box, CD player or air con system.
Taking photos on the LG G4 is a joy for both casual snappers and DSLR veterans alike.
The smartphone comes equipped with a 16 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an 8 megapixel front-facing camera, both housing iOS technology for steady pictures. Selfie lovers have lots of features to get stuck into, including an impressive option we enjoyed that automatically ‘airbrushes’ images taking with the front camera. Opening and closing your fist in front of the camera also begins a picture timer, which is neat.
Selfie lovers have lots of features to get stuck into
According to LG, the F1.8 camera aperture takes in ‘around 80% more light’ than the average smartphone, which means brighter images all around. RAW pictures are also supported. Even after a fortnight with the G4 we’re still impressed by the power of the back camera, which is ultimately the best we’ve seen all year. Laser autofocus and colour-spectrum sensors help to improve white balance, whilst swapping to full manual provides an almost daunting level of customisation.
The G4 isn’t without its faults. As we mentioned earlier, the OS feels fairly dated in parts and isn’t the quickest to navigate through, the plastic back feels cheap and the handset gets very warm during gaming sessions.
In saying that, none of our issues with the LG G4 were deal breakers. It’s almost impossible not to be remarkably impressed with the smartphone’s beautiful screen and clever features that help users cut corners and save time.
LG has crafted a fine smartphone here. If you’re willing to overlook a couple of minor issues then you’ll still be treated to a snappy mobile with a brilliant camera.
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