The LG G4 is LG’s latest flagship device and the successor to the already impressive LG G3. But can it outshine the improved Samsung flagship or even their flashy curved display model?
LG have been facing increasingly stiff competition in the mobile market as of late. With Apple having the ability to release any old tat and have millions flocking to their stores; Samsung deciding that bloatware really isn’t a good selling point; and HTC who have repeatedly been awarded the best Android device; LG has a lot cut out for them, but with the LG G4 I think they’ve done it.
When looking at flagship devices, the past couple of years have been big for LG. A couple of years ago you could barely hear LG over the noise being made for Apple, Samsung, and HTC, but now they’ve come kicking. The LG G3 was an impressive device which we considered the best Android device of 2014. It had the power, it had very little in the way of unusable stock apps and it’s intuitive design was a turning point, at least for me, when it came to Android devices.
The LG G4 offers much of the same in an improved package. It might not necessarily look all that different. But the mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind. At a glance the LG G3 and the LG G4 could be confused as the same device, but once you’ve started using it, you’ll feel the various improvements on the device compared to its predecessor.
Comparing the LG G4 to its predecessor, you’ll immediately see that the LG G4 has opted for a much squarer design. The edges are a little sharper than its predecessors rounded corners. The phone looks a lot sleeker too with its black carbon fibre-styled bezels. Size-wise both devices are much the same with the LG G4 having a slightly smaller form factor than the G3. It is however a little heavier than its predecessor, this likely isn’t helped by the new leather clad back being added to the device.
Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to trial the leather-backed device, but what we did receive was the standard gunmetal backed device. The back case was once again made of plastic, though overall it didn’t cheapen the device and for those worried about a slippery plastic, like its predecessor it’s more of a brushed plastic which has much more grip than a smooth plastic case. It also had some sort of fancy grid-like styling which wasn’t too hard on the eye.
As for the front of the device, it comes with a similar 5.5-inch display as its predecessor but with slightly thinner bezels on the edge of the device. The screen itself is much brighter and crisper too, but we’ll get to that a little later.
Onto the back, once again the LG G4 has the power and volume buttons on the back of the device, which I’ll still say is incredibly user friendly and comfortable to use. My only issue this time around is that the buttons are much sleeker and it’s fairly difficult to define the power button from the volume keys. Above the buttons is the camera, which is a damn sight larger than what was on offer with the LG G3, it also protrudes from the device too which can be a little worrisome considering the lens is also a lot larger this time around.
As rumoured, the device also comes with a slight curve, but it’s not as drastic as the LG G Flex2, it’s actually hardly noticeable. The reason for this, according to LG, is because it fits more comfortably with the human form. This is something I definitely have to say rings pretty true throughout my use with the device. The slight curve was more comfortable, offered more grip on the fly, and it didn’t feel like I was asking for trouble whenever I placed the phone face down.
Much like the LG G3, the G4 has an absolutely incredible display. Despite it being the same size and ratio as before (1440 x 2560), LG has looked deeper into the device to offer a more visually stimulating experience. On paper the LG G4’s display is pretty disappointing for those expecting some insanely amazing resolution or PPI, but LG has looked passed that, the technology behind the display is what’s important and that’s something you’ll instantly see.
With the display LG has added improved colour reproduction capability based on DCI Specification. Simply put, the colours in the display are more natural and vivid. In addition to that, the devices Quantum IPS Display adds even more to the display standard making colours better as well as the overall brightness and contrast ratio. In short, though the specifications remain largely the same, the technology behind the screen on the LG G4 is what makes it impressive.