The LG G4: Yay or Nay (poll results)

The LG G4: Yay or Nay (poll results)
There are very few, and very tiny chinks in the LG G4's armor, and that means friends, family, and acquaintances will all be contemplating getting it once met with it in store. Yet, weaknesses it has. It's got slightly less powerful processor and memory than the best out there, and if you don't want to cough up for the leather-clad version, you'll be met with a plastic phone – one of the last at the flagship tier.

For most users, these will be considerations that are only secondary to design and looks, or completely offset by the promising 16-megapixel main snapper with optical stabilization. For our more discerning readership, however, some of these may be a thorn in the eye. Which is why we wondered what you thought about the LG G4 immediately after the news of its announcement broke out.

As it turns out, most people (42.27%) found the G4 to be 'okay', but not compelling enough to get them to whip out their wallet whenever it becomes available for purchase, while 18.82% found it downright disappointing and unfitting (we assume) LG's reputation. The remaining 38.92% – not a small number, mind you – disagree with the rest, and give LG top marks for their work on the G4. As for us, we're still on the fence right now, and will be until we get our grubs on a review unit and poke around a bit (or a lot). 

Proof of the above-mentioned split below.

The LG G4: Yay or Nay?

Top marks!
38.92%
It's okay, but I'm not drawn to it
42.27%
Disappointing. I expect more from LG!
18.82%

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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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97 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2621; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm honestly curious: For those that voted "Yay", what was it that brought you to that conclusion? This feels an awful lot like the M9 to me; a minor upgrade. I'm curious if there's something about the G4 that I've missed.

3. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

You can't really compare it to the M9. The G4 comes with an updated design, upgraded camera and processor. And the display is better too. What were you expecting, a 4K display?

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2621; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Is the design really updated though? It's largely the same but with an option for a leather backing. The M9 also features an updated camera (though not a stellar one) and processor. I wasn't really expecting anything, but I don't see this being much larger of an update than what was done with the M9.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Be grateful that they can both run the 64 bit Android lollipop.

29. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well what the s6 brings glass and aluminum thnx I prefer the polycarbonate cause its more durable more powerful chipset not so much difference from previous one more resolution G3 have it before what more smaller battery and no SD no removable battery no water and dust resistance it loses so much to take so less well for me.

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Actually, it adds quite a bit of impressive features and only takes away some of the unecessary features. They should have stripped the heart rate sensor and the F1.9 front camera too(unless it's small) but I digress. You people just choose to ignore that Samsung killed it. They flexed their manufacturing muscles and pile of money muscles pretty damn well. Sure it might not jive with you but they applied what consumers wanted with aplomb and swagger.

36. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

This poll is yet another example of PhoneArena being Samsung's girlfriend, to put it politely. Why not make a similar poll for the Galaxy S6?? Exactly! PA is up to their shenanigans as usual, by bashing the competition and promoting the Galaxy S6 as being the "best" which it is not! If PA posts a poll for the S6, the results will be similar if not much worse.

42. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um, I think you would be surprised and I think they already did a poll.

69. smacsteve

Posts: 86; Member since: May 16, 2012

I think you need to look at what this phone is really bringing to the market... This new G4 has a completely new display! Quantum IPS Quad HD. It's really noticeably different! I've held and played with one as well as compared it's display and camera to the G3, the Flex2, HTC One M9 and it's a "Quantum" leap! (pun intended) The camera is adding an improved OIS by way of a 3 axis movement over the 2 axis movement as well as increasing it's movement by an additional .5 mm to a full 1mm movement in all three directions. Also adding the first color spectrum sensor is huge! The accuracy of it's pictures and brilliance of its colors are phenomenal!. Now let's talk about another amazing feature, it's got a f/1.8 aperture lens opening and couple that with a full manual setting capability that allows you to adjust the shutter speed from 30 seconds to as fast as 1/6000 of a second. And you get a live preview of the changes when you adjust manually on both the shutter speed and ISO speeds. As for the design. It's still a very small bezel, but it's a metal design instead of plastic in addition to it having a very slightly curved screen (not near as evident as the Flex2) All of this with a battery life that will get you more than a day's use. Now, tell me this is a "M9" upgrade?!

79. jellmoo

Posts: 2621; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

In all fairness, I haven't see a G4 in person. It could in fact blow my mind, and I honestly hope it does. That being said... Everything about a "Quantum" display screams marketing terminology, just like "Retina" display. I'm sure it's nice, but I'm less sure about needing a buzzword to describe it. The thing is, it all seems incremental. It has a nicer screen, a nicer camera and a faster processor. To me, that's evolutionary. It's what I'd say is the bare minimum of what I'd expect for an updated flagship. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. In a lot of ways it's a good thing as you don't want to completely re-invent the wheel every year. The downside though is that it's hard to get excited about incremental.

81. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Quantum dot tech is most certainly not fluff or market talk. Go look at a quantum dot LG TV before talking gibberish.

85. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Only Apple does the fluff. I think this quantum thing is as tangible as IPS and amoled. It's an actual technology apparently. How good it is should be still in question but it's a technology.

72. sunjay140

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

The M9 had an updated design and upgrades camera and processor.

5. walid

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Watch the event and you will know whats new, you are right G3 normal users wont notica a difference other than the camera and display, but in other aspects, it is a gorgeous device

7. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Performance and probably battery life as well.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2621; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I watched it. I'm just not seeing it. I don't think it's a bad device, not at all, but I'm not seeing this as being any more or an upgrade to the G3 than the M9 is to the M8.

20. walid

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Well, when you consider improved battery life, screen and camera, it is an improvement, and with the design change as well, the M9 is just a fusion of m7 &8 , in my oppinion

70. smacsteve

Posts: 86; Member since: May 16, 2012

I'm I correct in sensing that you've recently bought a G3 and are trying to make yourself feel as though you're not missing out on much with this upgrade? Either that or you're a Samsung Troll trying to stir the pot. LOL.

75. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Or he has an opinion like everyone else and gave his reasons behind it. You're clearly an LG fanboy, though. You're just mad because most people aren't receptive of the phone.

78. jellmoo

Posts: 2621; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Nope. I bought a G3 last August. Good phone. Liked it quite a bit. I have a Note 4 now because it best suited my needs, but I've been harshly critical of Samsung in the past. It's not always about trolling or fanboying dude. It's just an honest discussion I'd like to have.

6. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

The m9 didn't really improve anything on the hardware side compared to the m8. Alot of reviewers felt as if the m8 had a better camera, screen, speakers and design. And due to the 810s heating issues HTC essentially capped performance to an 801 level. I'm not even drier why anyone would buy the m9 over the m8 especially once you factor in pricing.

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2621; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I agree completely. I would pick up the M8 over the M9. I don't think that the G4 hits quite that level, but it does feel decidedly evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The M9 is 64 bit where as the M8 is 32 bit. Not to mention you can finally run the 64 bit Android lollipop. But then again the G4 can run the 64 bit version as well.

9. nemo66

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

You missed a lot boy.

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2621; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Thank you kindly for your amazing contribution to the discussion. You will go down in history as one of the truly great speakers of our time.

24. DroidDaddyo

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

For myself, it's the upgraded screen. I've was pretty hesitant about using the LG G3 due to it's poor screen (contrast is poor, brightness is fair). However, I love the customization you get with the LG phones. For example, I hate that Samsung puts the back button on the 'wrong' side of the phone for people that use their phone in their left hands. With an LG I can move the navigation buttons around and add the 'drop notification curtain' button as well. Also, I find 5.5" phones to be the perfect size for myself. And I don't know if anyone makes a 5.5" phone that's lighter or smaller than LG's. Also, the ability to choose which apps will auto-hide the onscreen navigation buttons is another plus for LG. The downside is of course the chosen Snapdragon 808 processor for the G4. My LG G3 801 is slightly laggy at times compared to current 805 phones and if the day to day use isn't an improvement over the G3, or if it's worse, than I'm going to be waiting for another phone or moving to something with a smaller screen :-(

26. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

To be honest, every flagship device right now feels like a minor upgrade. Only the S6 went pretty drastic, plastic to metal, gorgeous 2.5K display but retaining the camera res (but now with OIS and f1.9) and downgrades the battery, loses the SD card slot and removable back cover (the IP cert too).

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I was a nay voter but it has sort of grown on me. Mainly because of the display looks killer and I just revisited the G3 and the size isn't too bad at all. Still some major flags though. Not convinced about the back buttons, the larger size compared to the G3, and the SD808 yet. If it was running Sense, stock android, or iOS I wouldn't be concerned about the SD808 in the slightest but the LG UI plus QHD is a bit concerning.

86. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

First time i agree with you in a long time, owning the G3 also has me worred about the S808 as the phone can get very laggy sometimes, LG's UI is seriously unoptimized on Android 5.0

41. Mithan

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

For me it comes down to wanting a good replacement for my S4, that takes much better pictures, that is a bit faster, a bit brighter display for day time and supports the use of a MicroSD card. The S6 hit on all of these except the MicroSD, or I would purchase it. That was a big miss, and copying gigs of files through wifi this weekend on my S4, "just to see", drove me crazy and highlights why I want a MicroSD card in my phone, even if Samsung and Apple do not think I need one. The Z4 sounds interesting, but not interesting enough, and they are taking too long to release it. So I will wait and see what the G4 does, see how it reviews and maybe pick one up at the end of the month or early june when it comes out.

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