LG absolutely is underrated (poll results)

LG absolutely is underrated (poll results)
Get cracking and dig out our reviews of LG's flagship G line. What do you see? Excellent scores throughout. Indeed, we've never rated an LG G series flagship lower than 9 out of 10. That's pretty darn impressive, to say the least.

And yet, LG isn't Samsung. And it sure isn't Apple. For one reason or another, sales of LG-branded devices have been decent, but not exactly a raging success, especially in comparison with its cross-town Android rival. How come? As much everything else in life, it's a complicated mess of interfering and sometimes juxtaposed factors that are never quite in equilibrium for long enough for anyone to really call it. Some say LG's marketing is weak, others claim it's got to do with the product itself, while others still complain that employees in carrier stores are always quick to recommend a Samsung or an Apple.

Whatever it is, it's hard to really tell, and that's the truth. But that doesn't stop us from polling you and getting your opinion on the matter. And according to our yesterday poll, the vast majority of our readers (that also participated) say that LG's devices are absolutely underrated. On the other end of the spectrum, just under 10% said that LG is right where it should be. About a fifth think that there's something in particular that's holding LG back, and as far as we could tell after going through the comment section, interface, design, and display are the most commonly dissed parts of the equation. And if we have to be completely honest, we can't disagree that all three need work.

Let's hope the LG G5 delivers on these.

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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46 Comments

39. jellmoo

Posts: 2721; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

And yet PA gave the V10, a device heavily lauded by tech enthusiasts and review sites and essentially a much better G4, a score of 7. Makes you wonder...

30. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

on the other hand lg isn't that underrated in korea, that even their low to mid range devices there are selling well

24. Shocky unregistered

Common LG G4 issues Glitch: Touchscreen unresponsive Problem: Lag Bug: LED flashing, but no notification Issue: Bluetooth won’t connect or not working properly Problem: Wi-Fi won’t connect or very slow Issue: Portrait photos rotating Glitch: Green spot on photos Issue: Slow charging Problem: Overheating Glitch: Screen splitting vertically Problem: Battery life is poor Glitch: Random rebooting Issue: “Unable to save changes” when photo editing Problem: Images on auto are oftern over processed and colors can appear inaccurate Problem: Leather back wear and tear looks a bit cheap, will affect resale value Issue: Poor audio recording quality Issue: Low bit-rate for recorded video. Problem: Display, inaccurate colors OVERRATED!.

28. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Htc is underrated because my m9 has: An unresponsive touchscreen So many bugs on the ui that even when I contacted htc help on twitter, they didn't give me a proper answer and didn't know what to do Overheating(the only phone I've ever had that I had to put on a fan for it to cool down) Paint chirping off that it made the sides of my phone ugly and uncomfortable to hold, which would also affect my resalve value I feel you @shocky

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

As for HTC here the list of issue from same website used by Shocky. Problem : Poor battery life Issue : Overheating Glitch : Auto-rotate not working Problem : Cracked camera glass Glitch: Double-tap to wake not working Issue : bluetooth not connecting Problem : Slow charging Its interesting to see its has even less issue than S6 or G4. At the store i work not a single device was returned for overheating. I been using it since its came out ( just switched to a moto x play a few weeks back wanted to try something new ) i play lots of games never had a slowdown or lag and yeah the device get warmer than plastic or glass devices thats because aluminium is good at conducting heat and in a way its help because the SD810 do make lots of heat. Still end result is the phone is super smooth keep app longer in memory than the S6 or note 5. But the camera is crappy... really crappy. First time i ear about bug on the UI on the other hand maybe you installed something you should not? As for paints chipping off also first time i ever ear this on ANY htc device..

36. Shocky unregistered

A lot of that is due to popularity, a huge number of Galaxy S6 are sold in comparison to a relatively small number for LG and HTC devices. The end result will be more issues reported, even if the chance of users experiencing any of them is ridiculously low.

45. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

http://imgur.com/Rxz9IOg this is my phone's side paint chirpping off. I event sent htc this but they seem to have ignored me. While my phone overheats, it does usually only happen when I play games and I could just ignore it but when my friends play and use it, they can't believe how hot my phone is. As for the ui, I contacted them the theme app is not downloading any new themes from the store ever since I had my phone and they told me it might be my internet connection but I highly doubt so as I have tried downloading from other places and it won't work. I do agree with you that the double tap to wake sometimes doesn't work and I do feel that it has to do something with the temperature of the phone. As for the camera on the back, it is still flawless and I didn't know it had an issue as you mentioned. For the slow charging, just turning the phone off or restarting does the trick

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Common Samsung S6 issues as reported on digital trends same website you gone to check the G4 : Problems : Refreshing and restarting apps Issue : Battery life is poor Glitch : Wi-Fi slow , won't connect or drops Problem : Signal stregth is weak Issue : GPS not accurate Problem : Won't turn on Bug : Flash always on Glitch: Fingerprint scanner not working Issue : Screen sensitivity Problem :Persistent pop-up Glitch : Unfortunately, contacts has stopped. Problem : Call volume too low Glitch : Unfortunately, the process com.google.process.gapps has stoped Bug : Missing quick toggle for mobile data Problem : Email not working properly Problem : Performance is slow Problem : Overheating issues ( i had a client with S6 edge thats the gel case even melted on the device lol ) Issue : Screen won't auto rotate Glitch: Bluetooth connectivity issues Problem : Auto brightness turns off. And thats whitout counting thats many S6 , S6 edge , Note 5 and S6 edge + Came with bad screen thats give green and orange line when brightness is high. So to be truthfull you really say the G4 has issue and S6 is superior when S6 has as many if not more issues? Thats quite pathetic sorry.

32. Shocky unregistered

You're a self proclaimed Samsung hater so why should anyone take you seriously? You're a joke. They weren't all from digital trends. Any Galaxy S6 users get any of these? I had apps restarting a few months after launch but not anymore.

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well if you dont beleive me not my fault. Here the link :http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/galaxy-s6-problems-and-fixes/ Also the link where you got your list from for the G4 :http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/lg-g4-problems/ You know you need to stop been an ass. The only reason ppl should take me seriously is because i work directly with those device all day long and the return speak for themself. Its dont take away the fact thats Samsung sell more android device than any others OEM at the store i work ( sometime some device will sell more for a few weeks or months but mostly its samsung the king ) Still they have the highest return ratio of all OEM. Try to open 4-5 big 3d games and switch between them its will reload after 1 or 2. M9 reload after 4-5 or even more sometime. Each OEM has good and bad by example the moto x play has its issues as well. anyway wont respond to more of your reply on this news i have other thing to do lol

37. Shocky unregistered

Have you actually tried one yourself recently? because based on this your experience is based entirely in youtube videos from almost a year ago. Your information is either inaccurate or out of date. I didn't doubt were you got the information. Again , open question to Samsung users here, does anyone get any of these issues? because I don't.

46. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

man are you serious !!! I've G4 phone for more than 4 months ,, not a single word u mentioned in this post exists in my G4 ,,, Samsung fanboy detected

20. Shocky unregistered

Overrated, NOT underrated. Samsung had them easily beat but sites like phonearena made their products appear far more competitive than they really were.

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I disagree with you. By example the Camera on the G4 if far superior in the hand of someone who know how to use it.

27. Shocky unregistered

The manual mode is great, but most users will use auto and professionals who know what their doing won't be using a smartphone. Auto is what users will use 95% of the time and more often than not the LG G4 fails to deliver, which is why it did fairly badly in recent camera comparison. .

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

In fact even au auto its give as good result as the G4 in real life comparison. If techwebsite cant be neutral its not my fault :) Even the new moto X series get as good pictures in most case on auto. Still look bellow for your beloved S6 common issues.

38. Shocky unregistered

Priceless comment from the #1 Samsung hater.

19. chenski

Posts: 802; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed my g3 before it blue screened on me, lg g series definitely underrated, they are not marketed as well as Samsung

18. wergi

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

The button placement and their UI

15. techietech

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 24, 2016

LG's issue is their UI. Not every user will change the launcher or whatsoever. Some user just want to use it as it is. So, changing the launcher is not always a good option, atleast for everyone. G4 and V10 are good phones imo. But the UI keeps on pulling them behind. Marketing is also an issue of LG. Nevertheless, LG is good on their hardware and software updates.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Changing launcher is as easily as installing an app. So stop giving excuses. If someone find this as an excuses to not get a phone well its there own lost. For me if Samsung would not have such a high ratio of return compared to phone sold ( nearly 30% of them return in same year with issues ) i would get a samsung device. The hardware on them is amazing as well as the design. I hate touchwiz deeply but 2 min and i can have something else like google now launcher thats is almost identical to what found on nexus device.

11. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

I fell in love with LG when I purchased my Nexus 5. It was a lot of value for my money at only $350.00 when it was a brand new device on the market. Of cource, I'm also quite bias what with it being my first smart phone. Eventually it crapped out and, being the cheap guy I am, wanted to see what the next flagship device was that offered the most value for my money. What I fould was that the LG was still offering some of the best value for your money on the market with their (at the time) brand new LG G4. The fact that it had a removable battery and expandable storage wasn't something I was specifically looking for, but definitely found to be nice things to have. It was necessary to pull the battery on my Nexus 5 at one point and was really disappointed to find that I had to disassemble the phone to do so.

17. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

G4 almost $150 cheaper than S6 and much more cheaper compared to 6S in my country, so yeah i guess it's a good deal for those who want a branded flagship at cheaper price. I also considering a G4 for a while but they didn't include turbo charger inside the box which for me is important cuz i'm tired to spend more than 2 hours to fully charge my m8, plus i didn't like their ui.

10. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Probably they need to invest more money on ads. The compitition is more like duopoly between Apple & Samsung. I think LG doing right since the G2, but they failed to outshines the Galaxy (i simply said Samsung flagship is simply better overall).

12. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

I think that LG did a good job with their advertising for the LG G4. At least, living in Canda, I found myself seeing ads for it all the time. I think the phone lagged behind Apple and Samsung because it doesn't quite have the already established brand loyalty that these two command in the market. The G4 also wasn't quite as powerful as the competition, but also provided more value for your moneny. I guess that isn't so important to other people though.

16. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Mostly agree with your statement, but on the other hands i think both Samsung & Apple spend more on ads including celebrity endorsement. Again i'm not a fan to spesific brand but to be honest i feel the same about LG phones/flagship it feels not as powerful although it's cheaper they must compete against chinese company like xiaomi, oneplus, meizu who dare to offer best specs at aggresive price point.

7. StanYuu

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

The issue with LG smartphones is the UI. Maybe they should try stock android

13. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Going from the Nexus 5 to the G4 I have to absolutely agree. I love LG phones, but unadulterated Android found on the Nexus series is WAY better then their own UI. Infact, most reviewers seem to agree that the Android found on the Nexus series is better then ALL the manufacturers in general.

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Never really liked the look of touchwiz skin, but Samsung has many themes to chose from so thats not a problem anymore. LG on the other hand their skin looks bloated and looks too childish for me, aswell as they dont have the powerful themes that Samsung has.

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Jason there is like 20 different launcher thats have themselves hundreds of theme so the look of the UI is irrelevent.

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