LG G4: All Smoke No Fire

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As smartphones have advanced, it has become progressively more challenging for companies to appropriately distinguish their merchandise from the competition. One brand that has accomplished this with mixed intensities of success is LG, whose flagship products have been following a design that’s very much their own.

LG has finally unveiled its 2015 flagship, G4, in the Indian mobile market. This expensive smartphone takes the finest experience of the LG G3 to the subsequent level with an enhanced, curvaceous model, leather back, improved camera and performance enhancements while offering the flexibility of a removable battery and microSD card slot. So is LG G4 the best high-end smartphone out there? Let us have look.

Design and Display

G4‘s basic look and feel is similar to its predecessor G3.  Button-fewer sides are certainly the most unique feature of the G3, and LG’s new phone upholds this practice. If you are not comfortable by the fact that the power/ lock button is on its back, then the G4 is not the phone for you.

While the phone appears marginally bigger (148.9×76.1mm) and thicker (9.8mm at the thickest point) compared to the G3, the curved back gives a comfortable grip and the slightly concave display panel improves touch interface on the big screen and alleviates damage from fall to some extent.

Since it is a big phone you get a wider viewing angle and readability under the sun is excellent. We have to agree the G4’s display is awesome.

Software

LG G4 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with the trademark new LG UX 4.0 on top. LG claims the innovative UI is ‘simpler’ and if you think there is something new in for you, then you will be disappointed. In terms of software, the LG G4 is similar to its predecessors, other than a few improvements here and there.

The Gallery app, for example, now comes with features like Memories, which stores group pictures and videos from an event like a trip. Also included is a Timeline view that offers a preview of all your pictures at a glimpse. It has a feature that indicates Years, Moments, and Collections similar to iOS, and this idea has been seen on other phones and apps as well under various names.

Camera

LG G4 supports a 16MP rear camera with f/1.8 fast aperture lens and an 8MP front facing camera. Similar to the G3, LG G4 has a laser autofocus system and optical image stabilization. Nevertheless, the wider lens allows 80% more light to enter, compared to the G3. It also has a colour spectrum sensor for better white balance. Quality wise, the LG G4’s camera performs well in adequate light showing brilliant detail and precise colour reproduction. The G4 outshines in low light as well, with the wider aperture certainly proving to be a big help.

The Camera app has Simple, Auto and Manual modes with the Simple mode being fantastic and understated, with smooth settings. The Auto mode lets you switch between different shooting modes and alter a few more settings, while the Manual mode is the splendid with easy access to innovative settings such as ISO, shutter speed, white balance, metering and others.

The selfie mode even has gesture controls for easy functioning of the shutter. The Beauty mode also aids in removing flaws depending on the level you select.

Performance and battery

LG G4 is power-driven by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor and 3GB RAM. It has 32GB storage and a microSD card slot for expansion. It does not have Snapdragon 810 processor following performance anxieties due to over-heating.

You can play videos of popular file formats without any glitches. Additional file formats can be played through third party video player apps. The sound output through the phone’s rear stereo speaker grill is also excellent and in spite of being located at the rear, sound does not get subdued when the phone is on its back.

LG G4 is certainly a unique flagship smartphone, merging cutting edge hardware including one of the best optics on a smartphone and the delicately curved design, with the flexibility of an exchangeable battery and expandable storage. Still priced at Rs 51000, it falls short of achieving the reputation of the flawless high-end smartphone chiefly because of its very okay battery life in spite of the thicker frame compared to LG G3.

Picture courtesy- mega.pk and amazon.in


by techtalks @TechTalks July 29, 2015 8:55 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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