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

1. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

They are good with their hardware but have one of the worst Android skins in the market. So, nope, they are definitely not underrated.

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Advertisement, Marketing and they throw a lot of models of the same name. You could put Sony as well as an underrated OEM too.

5. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

You can change skins as you like. Yes it's underrated but that's good for buyers because holds the price of a fine phone low. I can find here brand new black leather 32gb G4 for 342€ / $385. I hope other flagships to be underrated, too :)

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but only if you want a 5.5 inch phone. That literally excludes 90% of the market. Their flagships only come in one size and that is why they are not underrated, they are rated just fine.

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

5.5 inch phone thats is the about same size ( half a centimeter wider and higher) as a Samsung S6 and hold better in hand.. Yeah its really crappy! ( sarcasm. ) Next ppl will say moto x play is big ( when its slightly smaller than the G4 and same size as the S6 )

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"worst Android skin" This is purely subjective. But yeah, I don't like the UI.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also I'd say LG arent underrated among enthusiasts Lots of people here prefered the G4/V10 over the S6/Note 5 LG are underrated among average user But then again most phones are underrated by average users Since average users go for iPhones and Galaxys Whereas many enthusiasts prefer LG, Sony, Nexus, Blackberry, ...

14. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Yes, LG retaining the expandable storage and removable batteries is specifically to appeal to the "enthusiast" crowd. The Nexus series is also popular amongst this crowd for their unadulterated Android. Now if only I could get a new Nexus device that offers removable battery, expandable storage AND unadulterated Android… The value for your money that the Nexus 5 offered would also be amazing.

43. Shocky unregistered

"Whereas many enthusiasts prefer LG, Sony, Nexus, Blackberry" Of course, Has nothing to do with the AMOLED display which is both brighter and more colour accurate, the faster SoC with faster CPU, GPU and Memory performance, faster internal flash storage, better battery life and build quality. Enthusiasts generally go with the best hardware, this year that was clearly Samsung.

44. Jason2k13

Posts: 1440; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

You must be living in a cave if you think tech enthusiasts are not interested in Samsung flagships and iphones. Almost in every phone review websites, it's either Samsung or iphones that's number one rated, and these reviewers are considered tech enthusiasts. If there's a poll of what's there daily driver, I bet you a majority are Samsung or iphones.

40. Shocky unregistered

Poor Battery (due to SN808) Poor Performance ( compared to competitors) Overheating (due to SN808) Inaccurate display ( Thanks to LG) Inaccurate camera (auto mode) (Thanks to LG) Plastic build quality (LG) Poor audio recording quality (Hardware issue) Low bit-rate in video ( compared to competitors) (Thanks to LG) Hardware is generally good, but they ruin it with their software,

2. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

They always had some problems in their flagship line. I think it's one problem Another is they didn't updated their flagship smartphones frequently 3 years ago.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Samsung also always have issue with the flagship line. So do Apple and most others OEM its called manufacturer defect. What is sad is Samsung and Apple issue are very rarely reported on tech website only the one from others OEM.

41. Shocky unregistered

The main issues are hardware related or down to LG's software. Defects should be taken out of the equation. Lets focus on issues ALL LG G4's have. Poor Battery (due to SN808) Poor Performance ( compared to competitors due to SN808) Overheating (due to SN808) Inaccurate display ( Thanks to LG) Inaccurate camera (auto mode) (Thanks to LG) Plastic build quality (LG) Poor audio recording quality (Hardware issue) Low bit-rate in video ( compared to competitors) (Thanks to LG)

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1440; 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.

33. Jason2k13

Posts: 1440; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Yes thats true, but some of the launchers can be buggy or eat up more ram... the average person also dont know or heard about launchers, so LG better implement a good theme engine inbuilt to the system for the average person to find.

42. Shocky unregistered

That's not true, not all elements of the interface can be changed. Settings and notification bar will look ugly regardless.

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.

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.

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.

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.

18. wergi

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

The button placement and their UI

19. chenski

Posts: 731; 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

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.

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