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LG G4 Review

James Shisiah

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What We Love

  • Amazing Cameras: 16MP and 8MP
  • Vibrant color display.
  • A powerful Hexa-core processor.
  • Incredible internal storage capacity of 32GB

Overview

The LG G4 was LG'S 2015 flagship, featuring all the high-end specifications you would love in a smartphone and still coming at a cost that won't break the bank. The LG G4 features a 5.5-inch vibrant color display, a hexacore processor, 3GB of RAM and comes running Android 5.1 Lollipop. Interestingly, the phone features a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. All around the spec sheet, the LG G4 is a high-end smartphone. Let’s dive into the review starting off with the unboxing.

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Unboxing

The LG G4 is available from the FreedomPop website and comes accompanied with a free basic monthly plan. More on the FreedomPop service plans later in this article. In the box are the LG G4 gadget, wall adapter charger, standard USB cable, battery, service guide and a quick setup guide.

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Design

Like any other flagship gadget, the LG G4 feels and looks premium. The textured finish on the back cover feels really nice in hand. The LG G4 maintained the placement of buttons on the back cover which has become a norm in most LG phones.

There's no button on the edges of the phone whatsoever. At the top edge are the Infrared LED and the noise cancellation mic. On the bottom edge, we have the headphone jack as well as the charging/micro-USB port.

On the front sits our 5.5-inch display. The top of the screen hosts the notification LED indicator, front camera, proximity sensor and the earpiece. This being an Android 5.1 Lollipop, it boasts the floating navigation buttons on the lower part of the display. The arrangement is typical of Android phones; with the back button on the left, home button at the center and the recent apps button on the right.

The volume rockers, power button, back camera and hands-free speaker are located on the back cover. The back cover is detachable giving you access to the battery compartment as well as slots for the micro-SIM and microSD. That sums up our tour of the exterior layout.

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Camera

For picture and video capture purposes, the LG G4 is fitted with a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. As expected from a flagship device, the specs are enticing from the word go. What are you getting from this?

The camera is fused with an f1.8 aperture hence capable of delivering spectacular shots even in low-light environments. The design of the camera app is so simple to use, with all the features and controls easily accessible from the user interface.

The camera performs well in Auto Mode. For super users and photographers, the camera is fitted with an array of control features allowing one to adjust and tweak settings to their liking. Such features include RAW support, ISO level, filters and more.

This being a high-end device with fast processing capabilities, the camera launch speed is incredibly fast. When in sleep mode, you can launch the camera app by double pressing the volume down key. This falls in the class of best cameras I have ever used.

The camera supports burst and gesture shots. With gesture shot, you can capture photos by raising your hand either in a clenched fist or open palm, then wait for the camera to detect. You may also set the front camera to automatically capture photos when it detects your face. In burst mode, the camera allows you to take multiple pictures by touching and holding the capture button until you release it.

The video capture capability is on a high. The camera can capture videos with a quality of up to 2160p at 30fps; the front camera goes up to 1080p at 30fps. The dual feature allows you to take picture or video with the front and rear cameras at the same time.

Other typical features the camera ships with are the panorama mode, digital zoom up to 8x, and HDR mode. LG really put in its all on the cameras, and I loved every feature of it.

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Display

The display on a smartphone has to stand out, especially on flagship device of a company. The display being the most used feature and probably the first thing buyers will notice, LG made sure they got it right with the G4. The 5.5-inches IPS LCD screen displays everything amazingly. The giveaway is you will have to navigate the device features with both hands, but what you are getting is awesome viewing angles.

The resolution stands at 1440x2560 pixels with a PPI of 538. The Quantum display technology embedded in the screen makes it brighter, with more contrast and a rich color spectrum that makes everything you look at beautiful.

Viewing angles are great thanks to the IPS technology. Also, due to the IPS technology, outdoor visibility is excellent since the screen becomes brighter making it easier to see characters.

The screen allows double tapping to wake up the phone from sleep mode. Also, in sleep mode, you may swipe down the screen to see the notification panel without waking up the phone. One cool thing about the LG G4 display is the 'Knock On' feature that allows you to wake the phone from sleep. You simply tap on specific parts of the screen that you set to wake up the phone, avoiding the need to find the power button on the back.

For matters durability, the screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to ensure the screen survives some accidental drops. The screen is also very responsive even to the slightest touches, and personally, I found no issues with it.

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Battery

The LG G4 is fitted with a 3000mAh battery with a talk time of up to 20 hours. This being a flagship device with high-end specs and big screen needing more power, I tend to think LG should have done better on the battery capacity. Nevertheless, the battery will give you a full day of normal usage. A heavy user will need to find a charging outlet in about 6 hours. The good thing about the LG G4 is that the battery is removable, so you can always have spare to swap with in case the primary battery runs out.

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Storage

One thing you will love about the LG G4 is the storage capacity. With an internal memory of 32GB and expansion capabilities of up to 256GB with an external micro SD card, you can store about everything on the G4. I liked the G4 because I can capture high-resolution videos without worrying about running out of memory. Even before installing the external micro SD card, the 32GB is an incredible storage capacity given we are used to seeing phones with not more than 16GB of internal storage.

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Performance

The LG G4 ships with all the necessary resources to ensure it handles anything you throw at it. To start off; it comes running Android 5.1 Lollipop which supports over a million apps on play store. The LG Optimus UX 4.0 User Interface runs on top of the Android giving you an easy to navigate interface.

The powerhouse is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 6 cores operating at 1.8GHz. Combining this with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 418 GPU, the phone will handle all your applications without freezing whatsoever.

For Gaming, the Adreno 418 GPU comes in handy giving you the best gaming experience you can get in a flagship smartphone. The screen is large and responsive combined with an ample storage space; you can load up high-end games without worrying.

For real multitasking, the LG G4 allows you to run apps in dual window mode. You can split the screen to have two apps running simultaneously. Interestingly, I didn't notice any freezing, thanks to the 6 cores and incredible 3GB runtime memory. The recent apps button lets you switch between apps easily, and you may have so many apps open in the background without any noticeable lag in the phone's operations.

The LG G4 is 4G LTE enabled so internet speeds are at the high. Video streaming is fantastic on the expansive display, especially since there's no noticeable buffering. Web pages and other apps that depend on the Internet load up real fast.

For adapting to its immediate environments, the LG G4 is fitted with a range of sensors; accelerometer, gyro, barometer, proximity, compass, GPS, and color spectrum. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi Direct and support for a hotspot. For quick online payment authentication, the phone has NFC support.

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Specifications

  • Wi-Fi/4G LTE/CDMA.
  • 5.5-inches IPS LCD.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop.
  • Internal Memory 32GB. Support for expansion with an external micro SD of up to 256GB.
  • 3GB RAM.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.8GHz hexacore processor.
  • 16MP back camera. 8MP front camera.
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 3000mAh.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum.
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS.
  • Infrared.
  • NFC.

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