At first glance, there isn’t much new about the LG G4. However, taking a second look will reveal unique things about this device. Believe it or not, the G4 continues to be one beast of a handset. If you are still on the edge of buying this device, consider these top 20 reasons to buy it.
- A Nexus in Sheep’s clothing
Dare I say it? A beast with lip stick applied to the body? Make no mistake, this is one beautiful handset, with a similar design as last year’s model. Apply the luxury equipment and you have yourself a great handset.
- Organic Leather
Well this is a first. We like the faux-leather design Samsung faded away, but we love the organic leather on the LG G4. Fine stitching never looked so good on a smartphone. Blackberry also tried the look, but I doubt that it went anywhere. (No offense to Crackberry fans).
- Quad-HD Screen
Quad HD screens are pretty much the future of smartphones. (And Smart televisions). LG continues the use of 1440 x 2560 displays show an extremely crisp picture. The 5.5 inch IPS display shows no difference than it’s predecessor, but it does boast a richer color contrast than the previous generation.
- Brightness output
Brightness output is one we all need when it comes to looking at a screen directly in sunlight. Thanks to the brightness level of the G4, you can see what your friends are texting you in the sunlight. The LG G4 produces over 500 Nits of brightness.
- 3 GB of RAM
The three GB of RAM carries over from last year’s device. While we would love more RAM, it shouldn’t matter in a phone just yet. (Unless you want your phone to do your taxes for you).
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
We almost thought the LG G4 was going to come with the highly anticipated Snapdragon 810. This is the closest competitor to Samsung’s Exynos Octa found in the Galaxy S6. The LG G4 however, will be coming with the Snapdragon 808 processor, which is actually better than the 810 believe it or not. The processor has been optimized longer than the Snapdragon 810. That means Apps in the Android app store will play better with this chip instead of the 810, which is still being worked on.
- 32 GB internal memory standard
Finally, more and more companies are jumping on the 32 GB standard. These days, 16 GB of memory will get us nowhere; especially with the massive downloading that’s going on in todays time.
- MicroSD card slot
The MicroSD card slot is still alive. Samsung has done away with the SD card expansion on their new Galaxy S6, but LG has not. While Samsung is going upscale, LG is doing the same thing by keeping their roots. Using an Android without a memory card slot may feel like using an iPhone to some people.
- 16 MP camera
LG is going with an ever so slightly better camera than the Galaxy S6, which could be personal preference based on whoever is using it. ISO and white balance can be found on the device as well. You can now adjust the shutter speed of the camera as well, which is a first for LG devices.
- Dual LED Flash
Dual LED flash is a hit or miss for some phones, however, the technology is being perfected. HTC gave up the concept, but Apple picked it up. LG is now working on this method as well. It will sport two different color flashes for different scenarios when taking shots.
- That Lens Tho!
The G4 is sporting a brand new 16-megapixel 1/2.6” sensor that features a wide f/1.8 six-element aperture lens. Laser auto focus assist is also on the device. So if you are in a situation where you have very low light, the G4 will still be able to take a stunning picture.
- Not So curved
The LG G4 is curved, but not that curved. This is great for those who want a cinematic view when watching movies on their device or playing games. The LG G4 borrows its curvature from the G Flex 2, which is for those who want a curve to the extreme. Between the S6 and the G4, the G4 could be better for movie watchers.
- 3,000 mAh removable battery
The G4 sports a much bigger battery than the S6 and always has. This is why the battery life has always been better on the LG G series. LG’s batteries are in close competition with Motorola, which is the battery life king. Even better, the battery is replaceable.
- Same form factor as predecessor
Some people get a new phone and have to get used to the new version. For those who are moving from the G3 to the G4 will be happy to hear that it feels the same, just more premium. This is because LG did not tamper too much with the form factor. (Why fix something that’s not broken?).
- Close to stock android
LG’s UX 4.0 is closer to stock Android than anything. This turns out to be far better than Samsung’s TouchWiz interface because you can expect updates quicker and expect the update to work. Ever heard of the Note 3 users getting the 5.0 update? Yeah, it’s a disaster for some of them. Keeping the skin similar to stock android makes the device feel more natural. It should fit LG’s organic display and faux leather design nicely.
- Android Lollipop out of the box
Believe it or not, there are still some Android devices out there that still comes with Android 4.4 KitKat. Trust me a KitKat is good, but you may want to try a Lollipop sometime. Thanks to LG’s simpler user interface, it doesn’t interfere with the Lollipop experience; unlike TouchWiz which can be intrusive at times.
- Refuses to follow the industry
No fingerprint scanner sounds like no deal to some people. But others may not like the idea of a fingerprint sensor. Not every phone has to follow the industry. For example, the iPhone still uses a dual core processor till this day. It seems to be selling just fine even when consumers have the ability to purchase a device with 8 cores.
- Rear buttons are still unique
The rear buttons are still unique to the G4. They are much more comfortable to use than side buttons found on must devices today.
- Simpler design than the S6
The S6 may seem like a great design to some, but to others it can be a bit busy. The S6 went over the top to find as many premium components it could to stand out. The LG G4 on the other hand found premium design in sharp edges and fine stitched leather. It works out great with its simplistic user interface as well.
- The middle of the pack option
Between the HTC M9, S6, and Motorola devices is the LG G4. If you don’t like the idea of an all metal device like the M9, or a glass phone like the S6, or the option crazy Motorola devices, you can’t go wrong with the LG G4.