Phones LG was kind enough to send me a G4 a week ago! Here are my thoughts!

theuserjohnny

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So we all know that the G4 is on it's way to retailers this week but thanks to a tweet via Android Authority I was able to be apart of their trial program that they started last week! I've had the phone for about a week and here are my thoughts! Hope you guys enjoy!

Also I am aware of the small error I made about slow-motion it's in 120fps and not 60fps.

I'm coming for Nexus 4 sooooooooo this phone was everything and then some for me! I'm honestly a huge stock android person and skipped on both the 5 and 6 due to subpar cameras. However, I ended up being a fan of the G4s interface and liked it way more than I thought I would.

 

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It screams cheap plastic to me...this is what samsung was criticised for and lg kept there flagship phone plastic.

They are competing in a premium market right now and I wouldn't buy another plastic phone going forward.
 
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It screams cheap plastic to me...this is what samsung was criticised for and lg kept there flagship phone plastic.

They are competing in a premium market right now and I wouldn't buy another plastic phone going forward.
Does not scream buy from my stand point over the G3. Obviously others mileage varies.
 
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There's an appeal to having a remobable battery, but for those that have owned phones with removable batteries I have a question: did you carry spares around and was it a useful feature, or was it more the peace of mind that you COULD if you wanted to, though mostly didn't actually change the battery out?
 
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It screams cheap plastic to me...this is what samsung was criticised for and lg kept there flagship phone plastic.

They are competing in a premium market right now and I wouldn't buy another plastic phone going forward.
I agree with this. The screen is beautiful but the rest of the device is very ugly IMO and the skin on top is not my favorite. I am not opposed to a plastic phone but make it look premium not fake chrome.
 
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I agree with this. The screen is beautiful but the rest of the device is very ugly IMO and the skin on top is not my favorite. I am not opposed to a plastic phone but make it look premium not fake chrome.
Exactly my thoughts after playing with it in a store for 30 min.!
The G3 was lying next to it and I hate to say it, but it is much more beautiful than the G4
 
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There's an appeal to having a remobable battery, but for those that have owned phones with removable batteries I have a question: did you carry spares around and was it a useful feature, or was it more the peace of mind that you COULD if you wanted to, though mostly didn't actually change the battery out?
For me personally it means that when my phone no longer holds its charge I can swap it out. I'm not on one of the carriers so I have to get my phones unlocked and I stick with em till the end before considering an upgrade. My Nexus 4 no longer holds a charge and along side it's subpar camera (that I mention) I would still be using the Nexus 4 as my primary phone.

Also due to it being removable it allows for third party manufactures to create stuff like this...

http://www.amazon.com/Anker-7200mAh...-17-spons&keywords=galaxy+s3+battery+extender

Something I had for my S3 prior to destroying it :(
 
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It screams cheap plastic to me...this is what samsung was criticised for and lg kept there flagship phone plastic.

They are competing in a premium market right now and I wouldn't buy another plastic phone going forward.
For me premium is ensuring I have a good phone experience with great hardware. Yeah looks matter a little bit but as long as the screen is top notch I could care less about the rest of the phone. I'm not a fan of how reviews have to review aspects such as the backing because they act like people look at the back of their phones way more than they do at the actual screen.

If it feels good in the hands that's all I care about.
 
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I agree with this. The screen is beautiful but the rest of the device is very ugly IMO and the skin on top is not my favorite. I am not opposed to a plastic phone but make it look premium not fake chrome.
Yeah I've been a hater on skins and while it still isn't stock android I prefer this over HTC sense and Samsung TouchWiz. Obviously I'd rather have stock but hey for LG being kind enough for letting me keep the device I'll take it.
 
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It's that hideous LG skin with superfluous animations and god ugly icons that really freak me out. Other than the OS skin - it looks a solid device to me.
 
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It's that hideous LG skin with superfluous animations and god ugly icons that really freak me out. Other than the OS skin - it looks a solid device to me.
Yeah thats whats kind of making me turn my cheek at the device. I loved my G3 but that LG interface is just horrific. I guess I can look past that since all these reviews are saying its an excellent device.
 
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It's that hideous LG skin with superfluous animations and god ugly icons that really freak me out. Other than the OS skin - it looks a solid device to me.
That is what turned me off of the G3 was that skin. Hopefully it is better on the G4 or Nova makes it tolerable.
 
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It's that hideous LG skin with superfluous animations and god ugly icons that really freak me out. Other than the OS skin - it looks a solid device to me.
The Google Now Launcher worked like a dream on the G3, and dealing with the LG skin really isn't that bad after that (so the G4 should be the same).

I actually prefer certain LG things on it to stock, some toggles are far quicker/simpler on a day to day basis.
 
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The G4 is probably the most hideous flagship in 2015.

Abysmal design to the eye. Definitely a downgrade from the G3.
 
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It screams cheap plastic to me...this is what samsung was criticised for and lg kept there flagship phone plastic.

They are competing in a premium market right now and I wouldn't buy another plastic phone going forward.
I don't necessarily disagree with you here since I have loved seeing more METAL phones since the first gen iPhone and Nokia 6500 Slide from 2007 but PLASTIC isn't completely useless even in premium. I dislike GLOSSY plastic. Matte or soft touch plastic is fine.

Metal has its share of disadvantages. Dents, scrapes, generates more heat, unreplaceable and unfixable rear covers, and likely sealed batteries which would fill up the ocean once they get thrown away. LG G3 and G4 actually offered removable batteries and matte plastic isn't prone to fingerprint smudges like most glass rears from the Xperia Z-series and Galaxy S6 series. I would go to a S6 edge demo and that $850 looks like crap from the back after 1 min using it even in gold platinum. I like plastic because you can easily replace it and matte finish depending on the color hardly shows smudges at all.

HTC have provided metal phones for years and they are losing sales to all these cheaper, plastic phones. Same with Sony's overpriced glass-laden phones. Both HTC and Sony which are better designers than LG are losing because of price/value. They price higher for a Snapdragon 400 when Motorola or Xiaomi can offer it for under $200. For postpaid dominated/subsidized-reliance countries, FLAGSHIPS are a big deal. In the other 80% of the world, the flagship premium market is a only a small blip in volume sales.

I actually admire LG for doing some things better than more premium-designers like Apple, HTC, Sony, and the current Samsung.

- Removable and replaceable reae and battery
- Better screens than Sony for sure (includes TV)
- Cheaper than most of them
- Better sceeen/bezel ratio that isn't awkward like Sharp and Oppo
- Better cameras than found on HTC & Sony
- Their KnockOn (double tap to wake) is now imitated by others
- Rear power/volume isn't a bad idea esp if you can snap selfies
- Decent enough skin, (I personally like Q-Slide and selfie voice command and hand fist festures)

LG should target more of the midrange market though. That's where the growth spurt will be but it is crowded too. I think LG has what it takes to battle bargain players like Xiaomi, ASUS, Huawei, Nokia, Meizu, and Gionee/BLU. The only thing I didn't like what LG did was ignite the QHD revolution maybe 1-2 years too soon. Both the G3 and G4 battery life is now suffering from it with just a 3000 mAh battery when they should be packing 4000-5000 mAh on them while companies like Huawei and Gionee/BLU can pack that same capacity powering on a 720p HD phone like Mate 2 or Marathon 3/Studio Energy and their 11-14 hour SOT at a more affordable cost.
 
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The G4 is probably the most hideous flagship in 2015.

Abysmal design to the eye. Definitely a downgrade from the G3.
It's subjective, but design can also include how well a device functions in everyday usage.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a slippery back and gigantic bezels. The LG in comparison is much, much nicer in hand and more comfortable.

Yes the iPhone looks nicer, but my mummy taught me looks ain't everything.
 
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It's subjective, but design can also include how well a device functions in everyday usage.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a slippery back and gigantic bezels. The LG in comparison is much, much nicer in hand and more comfortable.

Yes the iPhone looks nicer, but my mummy taught me looks ain't everything.
I don't have a 6+ so I don't care.
 
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Great review, if only the phone was a bit smaller, although I am yet to see one I feel its going to be too big for me. But I keep seeing these rave reviews and I want a great camera. Hmmm.
Yeah at times the size is awkward for one hand usage but for the most part I'm able to get around no problem. You can customize the bottom buttons and actually had a pull down button so you can just tap that instead of swiping down to get at notifications or any quick settings which for me made it easier.

I'm able to easily text with swipe on the Google keyboard, I think the LG's keyboard has a feature where you can have the keyboard squish to one side to help with one handed texting.

Same for myself, the camera was the biggest thing I wanted out of my next smartphone and this one was the winner. Not a fan of iPhones and I'm not a fan of Samsung's TouchWiz so this ended up being the perfect choice as the Nexus 6 and OnePlus have subpar cameras.
 
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Yeah at times the size is awkward for one hand usage but for the most part I'm able to get around no problem. You can customize the bottom buttons and actually had a pull down button so you can just tap that instead of swiping down to get at notifications or any quick settings which for me made it easier.

I'm able to easily text with swipe on the Google keyboard, I think the LG's keyboard has a feature where you can have the keyboard squish to one side to help with one handed texting.

Same for myself, the camera was the biggest thing I wanted out of my next smartphone and this one was the winner. Not a fan of iPhones and I'm not a fan of Samsung's TouchWiz so this ended up being the perfect choice as the Nexus 6 and OnePlus have subpar cameras.
Thanks for the reply :) I had a look at a friends G3 and its not too bad but still big, he also said the last LG software update made be phone very slow.
So I think I'll rule out the G4 as its too big but I have been watching videos of the G2 which is faster then the G3 at present and has a nicer size.
So I'll wait to see what the LG 5.2" Nexus ends up like and consider that and the G2 or something else.
 
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