Are LG smartphones underrated?

Are LG smartphones underrated?
If you take a trip through our reviews section and dig real deep, you'll find that we've consistently rated LG's finest very highly. The flagship G line in particular has never been rated lower than 9 out of 10. That's a fantastic track record! 

And yet, LG is far from anything approaching a juggernaut within the mobile space. Sure, the company reported a tiny increase in sales volume for Q4 of 2015 compared to the same period last year, for a total of about 60 million units, but avoided reporting on the profitability of the arm. Overall, the company made a few hundred million last quarter, but the majority of the dough came from its home appliances and air conditioning divisions.

Obviously, we're speculating here, but it's certainly true that the company has been unable to nibble at Samsung's share of the pie, and exotic and far-away makers from China have managed to overtake LG—in terms of sales volume if not actual profit. 

So we have a company consistently churning out critically acclaimed flagships that somehow still hasn't managed to make serious enough money—at least not enough to brag about. Does that mean that LG smartphones are being under-appreciated by the wider public? Or do you think LG sales are just about where they ought to be relative to the flagships they produce? Or is it that it's something specific that's holding them from cashing in?

Are LG smartphones underrated?

Absolutely
69.22%
It's just that they do/don't do (something) right (do share!)
21.04%
Absolutely not
9.74%

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53 Comments

50. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

LG G2 is the only phone that beat the S-series of Samsung. And after that it's a clean sweep by Samsung until today.

49. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

LG G4 and LG G3 prior to that, are perfect examples of bad design choices made by LG itself. LG G4 combines a QHD screen with Qualcomm Snapdragon 808. LG, in its effort to avoid the overheating problems which plaqued LG G Flex 2 which used Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808. Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 although marketed as a hexa-core CPU SoC (2 A57 + 4 A53 cores), essentially is a Dual Core A57 SoC with a very weak GPU (Adreno 418) which is weaker than the GPU found on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (Adreno 420) which was the last of the 32-bit SoC generation. Combine that with the increase in resolution (QHD) over a FHD display which would be far easier on the GPU and battery for that matter and the picture of total distraction starts to unfold. To be honest though, LG couldn't have done otherwise. It simply paid the price for the design choices it made with its previous flagship model, the LG G3. LG G3 combined a QHD screen with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. Although Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 is one of the best ever SoCs produced, in this specific case it was paired with a QHD screen resolution, when a FHD would have made LG G3 one of the best smartphones (Sony Xperia Z2/Z3). LG, having opted for a QHD crseen resolution on the LG G3, couldn't release its successor the LG G4 with a FHD resolution screen, since if it did so, it would be like admiting that it was wrong in the first place. This is typical of a company which is guided by its marketing department and doesn't allow its engineers to design a proper flagship martphone using peripherals (screen, SoC etc.) that are optimised in order to work perfectly together. Instead, LG for the last two years opted for impressive specs in one area (QHD screen resolution) without supporting it with a proper SoC which could handle that resolution sufficiently. With typical (isheep) consumers choosing either Samsung Galaxy S series (pen tile matrix subpixel layout) or Apple iPhone (closed OS & outdated hardware), LG was left with no obvious target market, since technology informed consumers would prefer spending their money elsewhere [Sony Xperia Z2/Z3 - FHD screen resolution with standard RGB subpixel layout, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3 GB RAM, microSD card slot, IP58/68 dust & water protection & premium materials construction (front & back tough glass panels with aluminum frame)] for all the reasons I mentioned above.

48. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

Why do LG phones have low resale value?

47. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 2014

Been rocking with LG since the G2 and Nexus 4. Currently have the V10. They make great devices. Especially at the high-end and they're now fixing the low end. V10 has the best camera on a smartphone hands down. It's funny to me how people on here only think Samsung or Apple make great phones. I can't even rock with Samsung anymore because the Sammy Stans have become worse than iSh33p. Eagerly waiting for the G5.

46. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

G2 was great but the next 2 sort of went down hill. My co worker had all 3 and currently the G4 which he had replaced because of the boot loop problem. His G3 got terrible battery life and would throttle and lag once it got hot. I think they will do better with the G5 with better build quality.

44. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I gave up LG after g3. Imo very overrated, I only experienced problems. G2 was awesome though .

43. driveme

Posts: 26; Member since: May 16, 2012

I always used Samsung phones until I finally tried the LG G4. When it was time to upgrade I tried the Note 5 and just couldn't go back to Samsung after using LG. It's just a better phone experience all the way around. So after 2 days of that got a LG V10. The V10 is by far the best phone I've owned. I hope LG doesn't fold to pressure like Samsung and change their phones to be more Apple like. I don't like metal phones and glass backs but, the removable battery and the SD card are still the best feature LG has over other phones. So are they under ratted, definitely. IM no fan boy and I will get another phone if someone makes one better. LG probably has me for life. Can't wait for their next phone.

41. Tanii

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

I've got too much confusions between different brands when I try to select a smartphone for me, but have never ever gotten any lg phone in my list, either because of unsuitable pricing or specifications, it's their fault.

53. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Well the Nexus 5 was made by LG and provided BY FAR the best value for your money at the time of it's release and for quite a while afterwards. LG also had much more competitive pricing on their G4 then Apple and Samsung's flagships. LG has lots of things to Criticize, but pricing is NOT one of them.

40. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

The state of LG reminds me of what happened to HTC. I used to prefer HTC over others because of their metal uni-body build and friendly UI. Then I bought my first LTE phone from ATT and HTC. In low signal conditions it either ran out of battery even when plugged in or overheated and reset itself. I never bought another HTC phone. The LG Optimus G Pro killed buying LG for me. My current and previous phones are Sony Xperia.

38. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

LG is over rated and has quality issues. Let alone awful design and way behind in technology and innovation. Even the SD 820 used by them and most hi ends is manufactured by Samsungs state of the art facilities, that manufactured the Faster Exynos 8890.

37. shield

Posts: 907; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG V10 battery Idle (without WLAN, min brightness) 28h 17min WiFi Surfing v1.3 5h 53min Load (maximum brightness) 3h 23min Galaxy s6 edge+ Idle (without WLAN, min brightness) 24h 19min WiFi Surfing v1.3 8h 21min Load (maximum brightness) 3h 43min Web notebookcheck.net

31. Joseph96

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

LG G5 will destroy all phones

35. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Was thinking the same. But not anymore since my G2 has touchscreen issue, G3 has microphone cracks. And my LG G4 has sudden death and waiting for the official solution from LG

29. maxnooze

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Overrated. Maybe only because IMO their phone design seems cheap and not as refined as the other companies.This is also because of how cheap LG phones were ubiquitous in the early 2000's and I'll never be able to get over the plastic-y feel of them with the tacky logo on the front. I think their logo is woefully outdated and it could stand to be redesigned.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 23127; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, LG smartphones are underrated. The V10 is proof of that, and I believe the G5 will further drive that point home.

23. steelew

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I had a G4 but I hated the screen after coming from a Samsung. I switched to the Nexus 6P and I'm happy in that department but now I kind of don't like the metal body, it feels like I'm going to wreck it at any given moment. I had to take it out of the case for a little while after getting a crappy case and I was so nervous. I do think that the plastic on the G4 was underrated and this need to have a premium feel is ridiculous. You're going to put a case on it (most people that I see do) so who cares what it looks like underneath. I just want good specs and a pretty rugged construction, without it being a samsung active (I hate the physical push buttons), oh and 128 GB internal is SO liberating. I don't have an SD card to manage. I don't need an SD card app mover. There is only one DCIM, music, pictures folder... That is the new must have for me, along with a fingerprint reader

25. ikenvape

Posts: 310; Member since: May 28, 2014

Did you know that you can achieve the vibrancy of super Amoled on an lg via Settings >Accessibility >Vision >Color management. Definitely agree with fingerprint scanners though.

22. ebfields

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

I thing LG phones are pretty good. I believe the their major drawback is their marketing budget and strategy. They waited too late to take on Samsung head on. I had a G3 and the overheating was crazy as was battery life though. I think their UI is also really good. I still like LG products just waiting for the right one that makes me drool :-)

21. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

My LG G3 sucked, so I abandoned LG. There were many issues, from not liking the screen (digitiser problem) to not being able to use my headphones cuz Google Now would start, or track would skip/pause/replay. I just don't think they are fully there yet, they are trying tho.

20. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

The last one I had was LG Optimus G Pro. It was the worst Android phone I have ever had and I have owned most every brand. It was ugly, had poor reception and lagging UI. After that an LG phone would have to be free before I would want it.

19. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

LG's budget phones: no. High-end phones: yes but I wouldn't buy because of lack of compact offering+their UI.

17. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

To me, LG is like a younger Samsung. They have nice hardware, but they are seriously lacking in the software. The LG UX is sluggish and not very nice to the hardware. When I switched to Verizon and got the G3, I was expecting greater things from the SD 801 & 3GB RAM than I was experiencing on the Note 3 I had when on Sprint.

39. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

G3 took a dip in smoothness, but with marshmallow even the 2GB-variant is smooth as silk. G2, G4 and V10 is smooth sailing, so if that is your only concern, you don't need to worry.

11. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Ui is terrible...really ugly

12. Beto_Lopez

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

actually i like the UI, i have tried android stock ui and i prefer LG UX.

15. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Lollipop material design was not even out and they were already using it, and it works better than those sharp UI found in Sense and Z!

10. ikenvape

Posts: 310; Member since: May 28, 2014

Working at t-mobile the past 2 months. I can definitively say Yes. People in the US are so wrapped in Apple vs Samsung. Disappointing to watch

52. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Also work for T-Mobile. Also can't stand how engrossed people are with Apple and Samsung.

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