6 things that could have made the LG G4 better


Well, the LG G4 is finally here with its classy looks, arched body, and upgraded display and camera. The new flagship definitely sports a few unique features up its sleeve and is even the first to rock a brand new SoC from Qualcomm – the Snapdragon 808.

The LG G4 features a 5.5" screen with a QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution. It is powered by a 64-bit hexacore Snapdragon 808, 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and has 32 GB of internal (expandable) storage. It sports an upgraded 16 MP camera on its back with a wide F1.8 aperture and assisted by a superior OIS 2, which balances the sensor across the x, y, and z planes. The juicebox that keeps the lights on has a 3,000 mAh capacity, and Android 5.1 (skinned with LG's UX 4) is what drives the whole package.

The G4 will be available in two different styles – the ceramic-finished plastic model will cost somewhere around $680, while the leather-clad edition will cost around $50 more (on-contract prices are going to be more in the ballpark of $200 for the ceramic and $300 for the leather edition). It will come in a few different colors – Metallic Gray and Ceramic White for the plastic model and Black and Brown for the leather-covered one. Official pictures show some other colors, though, these will either become available later, or will be sold in limited numbers.

So, the G4 looks like a solid smartphone all around, but is there anything that could've made it better? Let's see if we can nitpick some issues!

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G4
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18.5h talk time)

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32 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Let's hope they improve on the issues that plagued G3 users.

11. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

what happened to g3 users?

26. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Am I the only one who think that this phone is ugly as hell? maybe it looks better in hand, but I think if LG used the same self-healing metal brushed back cover of the curved one, it will surely look better. Regarding the internals, mmm 2014 flagship!, the camera's hardware look promising but I will wait to check the processing software, but I really like the G series screen-to-body ratio, I was waiting for this phone, but I got the S6 because I was so excited about it, but now I don't feel any regret.

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Lol, you have to pay extra for the leather back? Fail

5. gaming64 unregistered

Lol, you have to pay extra for an S6 with gimmick edges? With no micro sd and removable battery? Fail.

15. ppaattrriikk

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

You must be really, truly, dumb if you're comparing a thin back cover to an edge'd screen. Read up on the process of how they make the S6 Edge, and then get your s**t together.

18. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Your leather doesn't need to be made on a specially crafted process, anyone can make leather. That glass is special, and only Samsung can make them. Leather has been used for ages now, have you seen another phone with such a glass? There is a price you pay for something new, something different. How many curved displays have you used so far in life? No wonder why Samsung is struggling to meet the demand, they are now forced to open a new factory now.

23. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

anyone can make leather? can you make for me please?

12. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

why wouldn't the more premium material cost a premium? You're not very good at the logic are ya?

20. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

edge is abit different. the leather back on the lg g4 is pretty much removing a back cover for a new one.

32. RushFan2112

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

If I have to pay extra for a leather back, it better come with Qi charging!

3. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

6 things that could have made the LG G4 a true flagship.

4. gaming64 unregistered

When I see your face Its like the whole world stops Cause your amazing Just the way you are Cant wait to buy this. Goodbye iPhones.

19. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Goodbye? You weren't with them to begin with lmao

6. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sony Sensor is the only thing that's right with this phone.

7. TBomb

Posts: 1563; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I disagree with number 6... I don't see the need for multiple storage options if you have a microSD card slot. If anything, it should be a plus that LG wasn't going to charge an extra $100 per level you move up.

8. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Waterproofing.If apple went waterproof with iphone suddenly everybody will want it

10. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

just like nfc payments? i get it now. ;)

9. carlemillward unregistered

I'm yet to understand the buzz about fingerprint sensors. Isn't that why wearables and NFC work together with phones? Well someone could steal both and unlock your phone.

13. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

that's pretty much where I'm at also. Doesn't seem that convenient, yet.

22. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

on screen fingerprint sensors will come in 1 or 2 years.

30. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I agree. You need to protect your weiner pics with fingerprint security? It seems like overkill to me.

14. waddup121 unregistered

Wow it doesn't have LPDDR4? interesting.

16. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I think the 6 improvements you mention are pretty trivial. I'd be most impressed if they put a 4000 mAh battery in it. However, I don't think anyone could have improved the G3 more than in a few small ways so we can't expect much better at this stage of technology. I"m coming around to the view that I'd be happy with a lower res display in exchange for longer battery life.

17. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

To much BS to say on my part. :/

21. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I will things that will improve LG G4, and make it a real flagship. 1] Use Exynos, anyone using Qualcomm in 2015 is a flop 2] LPDDR4 RAM. 3GB/4GB doesn't matter. Then can also do with 2GB as well. But LPDDR4 is essential. 3] Higher memory bandwidth for QHD. 12.8GB/s is just midrange in 2015 4] Better design, this looks so midranger. Nothing special about that design now. 5] A much better GPU for that QHD display. We will see how that display, camera and batterylife works.

24. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

LG just pulled a HTC.

25. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

G4 looks amazing !!!! :D Cant wait to look at it.

27. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

The #1 reason I'm having to switch off recommending the LG G4 to customers and fans is the snapdragon 808. Not because of the CPU, but because that GPU is so horribly crippled for a flagship device. If they could have had adreno 430 it would have been so much better, but since ghe 418 is slower then even the 420 in the snapdragon 805 that makes the G4 a bust

28. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The LG G4 performance benchmark results are in and they are not stellar http://blog.gsmarena.com/lg-g4-performance-benchmark-results/

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