LG G4C review
The end of mini?
This LG G4C review signals the end of mini smartphones. It is still smaller than the LG G4, but larger than the Apple iPhone 6, and while we expected to hear about the launch of the LG G4 Compact, the ‘Compact’ naming has been dropped in favour of just a ‘C’. Other manufacturers are following suit, such as Huawei and the P8lite, so from now on we should expect to see flagship smartphones followed by a variant that has a lower specification as opposed to a sub 4.5” size.
As soon as the LG G4C is placed in palm, it is noticeable that the 5” display is going to offer a wicked experience. This large canvass covers 70% of the front face and the In-Cell display technology removes a layer of the display, so images are closer to the finger and therefore appear more vibrant while offering better touch responsiveness and accuracy. The resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels equates to 294 pixels per inch, which research shows is just about as many pixels per inch that the human eye can see.
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The LG G4C has a slightly curved plastic patterned body, so the distinctive genuine leather covers appear to be exclusively limited to the LG G4. However, a trio of colours can be chosen from; Shiny Gold, Ceramic White and Metallic Grey.
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Tickling the index finger on the back of the phone is the popular rear key, which is ergonomically positioned for one handed control of the volume or for quick access to shortcuts. A quad-core 1.3GHz processor with 1GB RAM handles everything from media streaming to multitasking and the 8GB internal memory can be expanded upon if needed via the microSD card slot (up to 128GB). All that is mentioned here is contained within a body that is 10.2mm thick with an overall weight of 136 grams.
Phone Set Up
Once powered up, the LG G4C greets you with the latest version of Google’s operating system; Android 5.0 Lollipop. Before visiting Google Play for additional app downloads, users may like to set up a little phone security and LG’s KNOCK codes are extremely secure with 86,000 possibilities. The next step in the set up process is to highlight favourite contacts in the Ringtone ID feature, which composes a unique ringtone for each contact.
The LG UX 4.0 User Interface sees a change of direction where convenience for all users is replaced by a more intuitive shift towards optimisation for individual users. This simpler, yet smarter UI attempts to give the user information that matches the way they live.
Lifestyle suggestions are created through analysis of the user’s daily routine, travel schedule and lifestyle habits and this allows Smart Notice to deliver, for example, personalised weather reports for all of the places the LG G4C believes the user will visit in the coming day. Smart Notice is basically the minority report for the users day!
There are many other useful features that make life easier such as the ability to drag and drop events from social media straight into the calendar. Users can also use Glance View to take a peak at the notifications list from the off screen, which saves both time and power.
The LG G4C has a rear-mounted one watt speaker that negates the need for external speakers and offline media can be enjoyed along with media streaming over either Wi-Fi or 4G. The LG G4C also has GPS for location based services and Bluetooth for pairing the device with wireless accessories.
Camera & Video
The 8MP main camera can capture extremely fine detail with up to 3264 x 2448 pixels. The camera can be quickly put into motion with Quick Shot and once activated a double tap the rear key, even when the screen off, opens up the camera to ensure the user captures more of those spur of the moment memories.
Three modes of operation cater for photographers of all skill levels with Simple Mode for full auto, Basic Mode for those developing their photographic skills and Manual Mode for the experienced photographer.
On the front of the LG G4C is a 5MP camera with a wide angle lens for capturing group selfies or solo selfies with more of the background on show. The shutter timer can be activated using Gesture Shot where an open palm shown to the smartphone, followed by the clenching of a fist, starts the countdown. Under low light scenarios, natural lighting is supplied by the screen light instead of a flash, which creates better results.
The 2,540mAh battery is well sized for the LG G4C so under mixed usage scenarios a full days use should be achievable, while a long standby is provided for those who rarely use the smartphone features. This phone is also compatible for use with QuickCircle Cases, sold separately, where the cut out gives access to six apps in mini form with a soft ambient glow around the edges.
LG G4C verdict: This smartphone offers much of the LG G4 experience but with a lesser price tag, making it a smart buy for the deal hunter.
Written by: Michael Brown