So after spending about a week with the G4 my overall experience with the device is very positive and it lived up to LG’s See the Great. Feel the Great slogan. The G4 is LG’s flagship device for 2015 and it seems what worked in the last two generations of the G series have come to stick around and join together to create this brand new phone.
Although the dimensions of the G4 is comparable to most other phablets out there, it’s this subtle curve, inspired by the G Flex 2 that makes the device very manageable in the hand and also comfortable to hold. The phone is still pretty big for me but one handed use is still very possible. The sides of the G4 has been treated with a glossy coating although it’s a little slippery, it’s a very nice touch to improve the in hand feel. Aside from that slight curve, the G4 mostly retained the design language of its predecessors. We have our usual suspects such as the microUSB port which does support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology as later confirmed by LG. Microphone hole, and the 3.5 mm headphone jack. It would’ve been nice if LG had included front firing speakers, but this mono speaker on the back gets the job done and is reasonable in terms of sound quality and volume. Both spines of G4 are clean thanks to LG’s signature rare buttons. On the G4, it’s easier than ever to distinguish between the power button and the volume rockers as the controls are treated with very different materials which is why I have absolutely no problems accessing those controls. And ever since using them on the G2 I’ve liked them more and more since that’s where my index finger would naturally rest. Moving upwards we have 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization 2.0 in between the laser autofocus and the LED flash with the color spectrum sensor. The back cover is removable not only for customization with LG’s other back covers, but it also contains the 3,000 mAh battery. And surprisingly the battery is removable unlike many other flagships. The G4 also supports microSD expansion up to 2TB on top of the 32 gig of internal storage. Now the actual usefulness of these features can be debated due to the quick charging technology and the wide availability of portable chargers. And on the storage side of things, most people are quite satisfied with cloud storage services like Google Drive and by the way you do get a 100 GB of free Google Drive for two years with the purchase of the G4. And as part of LG’s push to encourage you to use an extra battery and expandable storage, LG’s giving away a Free 32GB microSD card, an extra battery and also a battery charging cradle for all new purchases of the G4. All you have to do to take advantage of this offer is to fill out an online form and submit the necessary documentation. So overall I think the G4 has a very attractive design and definitely feels like a premium flagship phone. The G4 has 1440p Quad HD Quantum IPS display with a resolution of 2560×1440 and a pixel density of 534 pixels per inch so the bottom line is the display is extremely sharp and vibrant. It’s bright and the colors very accurate and this device has hands down one of the best displays ever for a smartphone. The LG G4 is running the latest and greatest version of Android, Android 5.1 Lollipop. But of course it’s running under LG’s UX 4.0 UI. Overall the LG’s skin has ran very smooth and fast, I’ve had no hiccups with it so far and that shows LG optimized the software very well. Some of the notable features of LG’s skin include Smart Notice, which gives you periodic weather updates, smart bulletin which curates information from LG health, the calendar and music to give you on stop shop for all your needs. Quick Memo which allows you to take screen shots, draw, and write notes. Another one of my favorite features double tap to wake and Knock Code which allows to unlock your device with a series of taps. LG’s UI is probably one of the most customizable one in the industry, you can rearrange the on screen buttons, and add two additional buttons for a total of 5 touch buttons and having the ability to that is very nice. You can also change the image of app icons with LG’s icon gallery or you can add your own. Perhaps the most convenient offering in LG’s UI is the ability to adjust the keyboard height so you can find the most appropriate size to match your typing style. Dual Window is also on board and it allows you display two apps simultaneously I just wish there’s support more apps. A new feature offered with the G4 is called Glance View and with a simple swipe, it gives you a quick glance at the time and notifications without having to turn on the display. These are just a few of the many useful features on LG’s skin in my opinion so overall I am very satisfied with the LG’s skin since it doesn’t affect performance and adds a few advantageous features. The G4 runs like a beast and is very snappy even without the Snapdragon 810 processor, it’s no joke when it comes to performance. The hexacore Snapdragon 808 with three gigs of RAM breezes through everything I’ve thrown at whether it’s video, web browsing, or gaming. No delays whatsoever and multitasking is absolutely fantastic on this device as well. Overall I’m personally very satisfied with the performance of this device and so if you’re a power hungary user running the most intensive applications look no further than the LG G4. And of course the feature that is spear heading LG’s campaign is the camera. Both the 8 megapixel front facing and rear 16 mega pixel cameras are great sensors. Scientific terminology aside, the camera is absolutely amazing and it’s one of the best cameras we’ve ever seen in a smartphone. Though whether or not it’ll replace your dslr is up for debate, the quality of the camera is excellent. Images taken are sharp, with great detail and contain accurate colors. The camera interface itself is also very clean three different viewfinders simple, auto, and manual. Manual mode gives you the ultimate control over controls such as white balance, manual focus, iso, shutter speed and LG even included a histogram. While Auto mode allows the user to simply just tap and shoot. The camera does shoot 4K video and also has a built-in mode for slow motion recording. Overall a fabulous camera that is definitely setting standard for mobile photography. For more photo and video samples, please click on the annotation to check out my LG G4 camera test. Battery life on the G4 is average which is understandable since the G4 has to push a lot of pixels and usually I can get about 12 hours on a single charge with moderate usage so it’ll definitely get you through well before running out of juice. Call quality is very good on H2O wireless which runs on AT&T’s network, and I can hear the person on the other end clearly but I just wish the earpiece was little louder and less muffled. And of course the G4 being a flagship device supports NFC, 4G LTE, Bluetooth low energy and a host of other connectivity standards. The only other feature I wish it had was qi wireless charging out of the box but you can still get it on here with accessories. The G4 will be available on most major U.S. carriers including Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in the first week of June and the pricing scheme is expected to be the same with the other flagship devices. Overall, the LG G4 brings a lot to the table in terms of functionality and performance. It has a killer camera backed up by yet the another iteration of Android in a body that remains recognizable and unique due to LG’s signature design language. If what are missing in other flagships kept you from buying them, the G4 might just be the phone you’re looking for. It isn’t a revolutionary upgrade over previous the G3, but then again plenty of other flagships this year haven’t been either. But if you want something unique, the G4 is among the best choices you have to date with expansion options and a removable battery to sweeten the deal. Thank you for watching this video. Are you panning on getting the LG G4? I would love to hear from you!