G4by LG

  • G4
  • G4
  • G4
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
84%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The screen is crystal clear with bright, vivid colors.
  • The G4's camera can shoot in RAW format, which is of particular interest to diehard photographers.
  • Despite forgoing the latest and greatest silicone, the G4's performance and appearance isn't affected..

CONS

  • The lack of a fresh design on this year's model screams 2014.
  • Battery life isn't impressive, but LG includes a removable back to make it easy to swap batteries in the middle of the long day.
  • It often takes far too long to open and capture the shot you want.
The LG G4 is more a refinement than an upgrade to its predecessor, the G3. Add a few camera tweaks, an improved screen and a new leather back option, and you have LG's latest flagship smartphone. Photographers in particular will be thrilled with the G4 camera’s capability to shoot in RAW format.
NameG4iPhone 6S PlusiPhone 6 PlusDROID Turbo 2G Flex 2
ManufacturerLGAppleAppleMotorolaLG
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List Price$550$750$650$624$399
90%

This is a phablet screen in a smartphone’s body. That means that you can use the G4 one-handed as easily as you’d use a 5-inch phone.

This is a phablet screen in a smartphone’s body. That means that you can use the G4 one-handed as easily as you’d use a 5-inch phone.

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90%

The G4 isn’t perfect. And if you’re already using last year’s G3, you probably don’t need to upgrade to the G4.

The G4 isn’t perfect. And if you’re already using last year’s G3, you probably don’t need to upgrade to the G4.

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87%

... I'll spare you the rest of the breathless jargon. Long story short, the screen here is lovely, if still a few steps from perfection.

... I'll spare you the rest of the breathless jargon. Long story short, the screen here is lovely, if still a few steps from perfection.

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80%

LG's flagship also offers a larger screen, for about the same weight, as the HTC One M9. Though HTC's phone is undoubtedly better looking, w…

LG's flagship also offers a larger screen, for about the same weight, as the HTC One M9. Though HTC's phone is undoubtedly better looking, we're partial to the G4's camera...

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80%

At 5.5-inches, it's not the easiest to navigate around with one hand... in fact, it's impossible.

At 5.5-inches, it's not the easiest to navigate around with one hand... in fact, it's impossible.

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79%

It’s not a bad smartphone — it actually functions just fine — but you’re not going to see it in the hands of every person at the state fair …

It’s not a bad smartphone — it actually functions just fine — but you’re not going to see it in the hands of every person at the state fair this summer.

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The plastic G4 backs hint at more exotic materials, but in the hand it's clear they're just plain old polycarbonate.

The plastic G4 backs hint at more exotic materials, but in the hand it's clear they're just plain old polycarbonate.

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The best part of the G4 is the camera, which feels like only a small step down from the Galaxy S6.

The best part of the G4 is the camera, which feels like only a small step down from the Galaxy S6.

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But we just aren't seeing many "go buy this phone!" selling features here.

But we just aren't seeing many "go buy this phone!" selling features here.

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It handles low-light photography particularly well too – especially in comparison to the rest of the market barring the iPhone 6 and Galaxy …

It handles low-light photography particularly well too – especially in comparison to the rest of the market barring the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6.

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The G4 absolutely kills the competition in daylight photography. There may be no better Android smartphone for taking well-lit shots.

The G4 absolutely kills the competition in daylight photography. There may be no better Android smartphone for taking well-lit shots.

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The power/sleep and volume buttons on the G4 are on the back just under the camera, but there's no real reason why they're there, as it does…

The power/sleep and volume buttons on the G4 are on the back just under the camera, but there's no real reason why they're there, as it doesn't make those buttons more accessible. It's merely a different way of doing things and can be awkward to use.

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Positive Reviews
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High Performance Phone w/ Options and Flexibility
I previously had the Samsung Galaxy S3 and decided to go with a new brand for my upgrade. I am absolutely loving the LG G4. The phone is quick, I was able to easily remove bloatware, and the camera is fantastic. Samsung lost me as a customer when they took away the SD card alot and removable battery from the Galaxy S6. Those are absolute must have features for me. Plus, the price point is great, and LG is always offering great incentives such as rebates, extra batteries, or SD cards. Buy this phone!

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