11-06-2015 12:52 - edited 11-06-2015 13:18
After having the phone 2 weeks, I now feel it’s adequate time to give my impressions.
By now everyone knows the specs, 2K screen, awesome camera, expandable memory... I’ll try focus on actually using the phone.
First impressions for me coming from a Z3 compact was this is a big phone, it’s definitely not a one handed phone unless you’re a basketball player but still very manageable for most tasks using just one hand.
The camera is amazing. The optical image stabilisation is a must have and the camera takes fantastic pictures in low light conditions. The combination of the large aperture (f1.8), optical image stabilisation and the laser focus has meant only a handful of pictures have come out slight out of focus, taking into account I’ve taken over 1000 pictures its truly impressive. With my Z3c I was having to retake pictures more often than I’d like to admit. Manual mode is fun to play with, I’d recommend a Joby tripod or similar if you’re planning on long exposures. Also take the pictures using one of the voice prompts as this will avoid any shake on the camera. The results you can achieve are stunning. Everyone who has played with the phone and viewed the pictures have been truly impressed. Displaying them on the stunning 2K screen also helps as the detail you can see is eye candy. Someone mentioned the double tap of the volume buttons not always working to fire off a "quick" picture without waking up the screen first, its worked everytime for me barring when you have headphones or bluetooth devices with volume controls connect as the volume buttons are obviously now set to control the volume.
Performance is snappy and lag free in normal day to day use. Everything opens quickly and transition between apps is super quick. The only time I ever had lag was when I was doing ALL of these at the same time, updating loads of apps, copying videos to the phones sd card, downloading my Spotify playlist and using the phone normally. Doubt any phone could handle all of that and still be super snappy. Even under load it handled all those tasks at once pretty well. As mentioned, during normal daily activities it is smooth as.
The knock knock feature for waking up the phone by tapping on the screen helps immensely due to the power button being on the back of the phone. While in your hand having the volume and power on the back is very convenient and better than the sides as they are where your index finger normal lies and you don’t end up pressing them while holding the edges, while the phone is flat on the table not so much. This is where knock knock comes in. TIP: You can also put the phone back to sleep by double tapping the top status bar or free space on any home screen. While the phone is unlock the volume options are easily accessible by pulling down the status bar but sadly these are not available on the lock screen so you’d still have to pick up the phone to change the volume which isn’t an issue but just an omission/oversight perhaps.
Battery life, the number one feature everyone wants but hardly any phone delivers... Over all I’ve been impressed, coming from a Z3c which was voted best battery life of 2014, the LG G4 is on par or better considering it has a 5.5 inch 2k screen vs the 4.6 inch 720p on the Z3c. On a normal day I’d be home in the evening with enough spare capacity I wouldn’t be worried it was going to die on the train home. I do use the phone a fair bit so that is impressive. On days I used the phone lightly I had > 50% by the end of the work day. Days I went out taking pictures nonstop I burnt through the battery in about 7 hours, which doesn’t sound great but I’m talking about taking 200+ pictures with hours of onscreen time in bright sunlight so the phone needed to bump up the brightness high. Taking that into consideration and other phones I have used would be dead in about 4-5 hours so it’s definitely got some stamina. You could carry a spare battery around if you really needed to as the rear cover is removable, would be handy on a holiday.
The plastic back does feel like plastic, surprise surprise. I like putting a cover on my phones so that’s just fine with me as I’d rather have a removable cover with access to the battery and memory card slot than a sealed back which you can’t see once the cover is on anyways. I haven’t seen the leather backed version of the phone so can’t comment. I think the leather back with a tampered glass screen protector (nillkin or the like) would give it a great look yet still feel its adequately protected.
Over all I think it’s a fantastic phone and have had great time testing it. Everyone who has used the phone has been really impressed with the screen clarity and camera quality which in my opinion are two mayor components phones need to get right these day. As mentioned before, battery life has pulled through and I haven’t had any days going home empty. Check out www.trylgg4.co.uk to view the photo archives of real people using the phone.
Forgot to add if you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer them as best I can.
on 11-06-2015 13:11
Very good review covering most of what people are looking for.
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on 11-06-2015 13:16
Great review and some good photos ☺
on 11-06-2015 14:06
Fantastic review @Anonymous
Lovely to see some LG reviews!
FYI, I've moved this to the 'Discussions and Feedback' section
on 11-06-2015 15:53
I'm a dyed in the wool Apple fan ( no sheep jokes please ), but that's the sort of review that would persuade me to move over to the dark side. I know absolutely nothing about Android, but I've read somewhere that the LG handsets enjoy better support from Google as far as updates are concerned. I know you can't future proof anything nowadays, but it's important to me that I'd get a couple of years use out of it.
But I do like the thought of getting a better camera phone, and the specifications on this one sound very impressive. My only nagging doubt is that it is much larger than anything I've owned previously. I take it that LG don't do anything with a slightly smaller screen size, without compromising on quality too much?
on 11-06-2015 15:55
I'll reckon I'm going to buy next phone straight out rather than monthly payments. LG G4 is one of the handsets on the list or the next Google phone whatever it may be.
on 11-06-2015 17:41
I was using a Z3 compact previously (4.6" which is still a great phone if that size suits you) as I thought most phones with 5+ inch screens were too big. It does take a little getting used to as some tasks require both hands or are a lot safer doing so as you could drop the phone trying to do one handed hand gymnastics across the 5.5" screen. Saying that you can add a button to the bottom bar where your back/home/app draw buttons which pulls down you notifications bar so you dont have to try stretch your thumb up to the top. Once I got used to the bigger screen it feels so funny using 4-4.7" phones. While at gym it barely fits into any of my shorts pockets so thats a pain but otherwise haven't had any issues. My girlfriend has a Samsung Mini and now that I have the LG G4 she is often reaching over to use my phone instead as the screen really makes browsing and using apps that much easier.
on 11-06-2015 20:24
I have to agree there, my Nexus 4 looked huge when I got it, not quite so big now........
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