LG G4 review
The LG G4 is Simply awesome!
Let’s make things clear from the start, the LG G4 is absolutely awesome and you can find out why in my LG G4 review. I think it is time to forget your dreams of owning the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Apple iPhone 6 and instead you should set your sights firmly on the LG G4!
The LG G4 has a stunning design and yet there are two options which give the phone radically different looks. The first is a premium back cover in metallic grey, gold or ceramic white with a textured hammered-array pattern, The second option is a back cover made from high-quality genuine leather in three colours with a threaded stitch down the middle.
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The slimline arced design (6.3 - 9.8mm thick) feels very natural when in the hand but tap that power button and the visual treat is about to explode. The 5.5” IPS quantum display is 25% brighter, has 50% more contrast and produces 56% improved colour accuracy compared to the LG G3. The LG G4’s display is also easily visible in daylight and has extreme high definition with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (538ppi).
I was equally impressed by the other hardware characteristics that include a 32GB internal memory that be expanded upon with a ridiculously large 2TB micro-SD card! The power behind the experience comes from the new 64-bit hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor which lets you stream movies three times faster than before.
The 3GB RAM is a true indicator of this speed and it is couped with X10 LTE 4G internet connectivity and a HDMI SlimPort for mirroring content onto a 4K (super high definition) display or TV screen.
Phone Set Up
The set up process for the LG G4 is a little more interesting than usual but you will love the Smart Notice feature that allows you to create action formulas to automate routine tasks. However, you can begin the process by checking out the Smart FAQ feature that lets you get to know the device and personalise it with the weather, travel and other widgets.
The Android Lollipop v5.1 operating system delivers the very latest Google experience and of course gives you access to Google Play for downloading apps or Play Books, Play Music or Play Newsstand for other downloadable content.
The features of the LG G4 are pretty typical for a premium smartphone and include the LG Health app, GPS navigation software and wireless file sharing with your PC via the Air Drive feature.
I love Glance View that allows you to peak at notifications, the time and date when the screen is off by dragging a finger down from the top of the screen. I also thought it was pretty nifty that you can create unique ringtones for your contacts based on their phone number.
Further features of note that caught my eye on the LG G4 included the Event Pocket feature where you can drag and drop events into the calendar and get suggestion for venues and things to do based upon the event. The Photo gallery has also been updated and now organises your imagery by date and location as well as periodically giving you occasional reminders to look back on fond memories.
Camera & Video
Photography is all about light and the 16MP camera on the LG G4 makes more of this than any smartphone before. The ultra-bright f1.8 lens lets in more light which is particularly important under low light scenarios.
The lower the ‘f’ number the better and even a change of 0.1 can be dramatic. To put this into context it is worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a f1.9 lens and the Apple iPhone 6 and HTC One M9 both have f2.2 lenses.
The features of this dream camera continue with an infrared-sensitive colour spectrum sensor that measures all visible light, pre-shot, to ensure perfect results. If you want to go pro then switch to manual mode and take control of the shutter speed which can be adjusted by up to 30 seconds, the exposure level, white balance, ISO and manual focus.
Creative types can paint with light using the Light Trail Effect and images can be saved as a standard JPEG or as an original RAW image that holds all of the original data for professional image mastering in post production.
The G4 once again features LG’s laser detection for auto-focus at a speed quick enough to capture any moment and I am delighted to see that the selfie experience hasn’t been forgotten. The secondary 8MP camera now features the updated Gesture Shot feature where clenching one’s fist instigates the shutter timer or clenching it twice instigates four consecutive shots for selecting the best result.
The removable 3,000mAh battery is powerful enough on its own but some will find an advantage in being able to swap out the battery for a fully charged one. Charging the LG G4 can take a unique twist if you purchase a Quick Circle Case for wireless charging.
LG G4 verdict: My LG G4 review has uncovered a smartphone that is supreme in every area and delivers what I think is the best camera/photography experience available today. Needless to say that the LG G4 gets my seal of approval!
Written by: Michael Brown