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20
May

LG G4 impressions: 10 days later


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Last year’s LG G3 was one of my favourite devices of the year as LG showed that they were capable of really innovating in their smartphones; the Quad HD display brought a new standard to the market and the handset looked fantastic. Improving on that very good smartphone was always going to be a challenge for LG.

This year’s G4 brings an all-new curved design that’s inspired by the G Flex 2, and, rather than bring a raft of innovations, LG have fixed a few faults, added an upgraded camera and optimised the experience by working closely with both Google, on the software, and Qualcomm, on the processor.

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Is the LG G4 good enough to challenge the all-new Galaxy S flagships? Our own Josh has already reviewed the LG G4, but after 10 days with LG’s new flagship, here are my impressions of the LG G4.

Hardware

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The LG G4 looks a lot like the G Flex 2 but actually this isn’t a bad thing; given the screen measures 5.5-inches, it’s quite a large handset compared to other smartphones measuring between 5.0 and 5.2 inches. The curve becomes useful as most smartphones that size are difficult to use in one hand but the curve ensures the G4 remains ergonomically friendly.

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The front has the same design as the G3 and is dominated by the 5.5 inch Quad HD display, which although identical to the G3 in size and resolution, is superior to its predecessor in every way. The key difference between the two displays is the use of Quantum Dot technology in the G4, which refers to the way molecules are manipulated as they pass through a phosphor layer. The result is a screen that’s fantastic and shows that LG’s TV display pedigree is ushering in a new era for its smartphones.

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The other part of the display is LG’s adherence to the DCI standard, which is normally reserved for television and cinema. On Samsung devices, the Super AMOLED display often exceeds the standard with over-saturation of colours, but, in comparison, the G4 achieves 98% compliance with the standard. As a result, content appears more realistic and especially in the case of films, appears closest to the colours offered in a cinema screen.

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On the back, the G4 uses the same rear button design as the G3 but while Josh was happy with the new buttons, I personally do not like them. On both the LG G2 and the G3, the buttons were easy to locate but more than once, I’ve found myself accidentally switching off the display when trying to turn the volume down while watching a film or show. That being said, the volume keys have a different finish, which does make it somewhat easy to tell them apart from the power button and the button is located exactly where your finger rests when holding the phone in your hand.

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My one main dislike of the G4 design is the titanium finished plastic version, which is the model I’ve been using. Designed as a somewhat cheaper alternative to the leather back, the titanium finished plastic is satisfactory but makes the handset feel a little less premium. That being said, the leather back G4 is actually only a few pounds more in the UK (and presumably the same elsewhere) and I would definitely recommend that; I went hands-on with the leather cover at the G4 launch and I like it a lot more than the plastic version.

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The removal of the back cover offers access to the removable 3,000mAh battery and for me, is one of the key selling points of the G4. I’ve been a massive fan of removable batteries and this was one of the reasons I’ve primarily used a Samsung device as my daily driver for the past few years. I’ve already covered my thoughts on the Galaxy S6 Edge including the battery life and I can safely say that the G4 beats the S6 Edge (and the S6, as I also have one of those) by a considerable margin. Over the past ten days, the battery has lasted a minimum of 24 hours with medium to heavy usage and at least 3.5 hours screen on time.

Camera

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The camera is one of the key features that LG have promoted on the G4 and there’s good reason for this; the 16MP sensor is backed by a color spectrum sensor, optical image stabilisation and laser autofocus and takes fantastic images. The Simple and Auto modes take fantastic images but manual mode is where real magic can happen, as you’ll see in the video below:

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I’ve previously used the Nokia Lumia 1020 and while other devices between that and the G4 have offered manual controls, the G4 is the first to offer it with the same simplicity. Using manual mode on the G4 is as simple as firing it up and playing with the sliders – the image automatically (and quickly) updates in the viewfinder and offers instant gratification that you’ve taken a great photo.

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There’s more to the G4 camera than just manual mode as gestures make taking selfies simple; raising your hand and closing it to make a fist will trigger a countdown from 3, doing the gesture twice will take a burst shot of four images in quick succession and lowering your phone immediately after a shot lets automatically review the selfie you’ve just taken. These make taking selfies surprisingly easy and will appeal to anyone who uses their phone as a portable mirror.

Here’s some images I captured on the G4 (all 100% crop):

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We’ve also got a blind comparison against the Galaxy S6 Edge, iPhone 6 Plus and Lumia 930 coming up where you decide if the LG G4 camera is better than its rivals, so stay tuned to see just how good the G4 camera is.

Software

From camera and hardware to the software, and here is one of my key issues with the G4; while LG have optimised the software a lot, the handset still stutters and lags when running resource intensive tasks or having multiple apps open. That being said, the software experience is still vastly superior to past LG G devices and has been achieved by LG working closely with Google.

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Instead of random LG bloat apps, there’s only a handful of pre-loaded apps and instead of creating apps to replace Google’s own, LG has instead used Google apps as default in many parts of its interface. There are still some LG features that come pre-loaded onto the handset, including the Smart Notice widget, Smart Bulletin information aggregator and updated gallery and calendar widgets. You can read more in our review.

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Overall, the G UX 4.0 is faster than previous versions and offers an experience that enhances stock Android. There are still things that seem downright odd – such as the Sound & Notifications tab name that has to scroll in the settings menu – but these small things don’t impact the overall experience too much.

Verdict

The LG G4 is very much a handset that aims to do everything for everyone and mostly, it achieves this. Where LG haven’t innovated too much with the overall handset, they have fixed small things and added new features to improve the handset.

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While the LG G4 is certainly not perfect, it does offer an experience that’s worthy of a premium price tag and for LG, it’s their most competitive smartphone yet. The Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and the HTC One M9 have had trade-offs between design and some of the specifications – in the case of the Galaxy S6, it’s certainly the battery life – but LG has managed to keep everything that all customers care about.

The G4 might be the perfect smartphone for you..

At first glance, the G4 may not appeal to some users but you should definitely consider it; LG doesn’t have the marketing budgets of some of its competitors, but the G4 is a handset that can stand tall against any rival. I personally would probably buy the Leather version as I don’t like the titanium finish but you may find you prefer the plastic rear over the leather finish. If you’ve been looking for a new device and have found others lacking, the G4 might be the perfect smartphone for you.

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12
May

Looking back at the LG G3


Over the last couple of years, LG has gone from being somewhat of an underdog to an top tier contender in the crowded Android smartphone market, something that was very apparent with the launch of its 2014 flagship, the LG G3. Released last summer, the LG G3 became an instant challenger for the best smartphone of the year title. Being the first mainstream device to boast a Quad HD display, along with a further refinement of the design language, LG certainly had a winner on their hands, but that was then, and this is the LG G3……now!

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LG’s focus on great design really shone through with the G3, with its ultra-thin bezels around the display and impressive screen-to-body-ratio making for a device that much smaller than it could have been. The G3 continues to be very appealing, with some unique design aspects such as its rear button layout, and is still a great looking phone, even when compared to its successor and other 2015 flagships. Being made of plastic, the device may not offer as much of a premium feeling as those made with metal and glass, but the faux metallic finish of the plastic back certainly made a difference, and also helped it avoid being a fingerprint magnet.

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As mentioned, the LG G3 was one of the first smartphones to feature a Quad HD display and at the time was considered one of the best in the market. As Quad HD became the flagship standard, releases that followed the G3, including its successor, the LG G4, brought to the fore some of the shortcomings of the G3 display. The high resolution and resulting pixel density meant there were no issues with sharpness, but when compared to the competition, the display is found to be lacking in color reproduction and brightness.

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As expected from a flagship, the LG G3 packed the latest and greatest processing package of its time, the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 330 GPU and 2 or 3 GB of RAM, depending on the storage option of choice. General performance was as good as expected, but it did suffer from overheating issues when pushed to the limit, or while having the screen on full brightness, which resulted in the phone slowing itself down to stay cool.

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Following several software updates, including the official one to Android 5.0 Lollipop, a lot of the performance issues that first surfaced don’t seem to persist anymore, and the Snapdragon 801 is still a very capable processor. Granted there are still some instances of lag and stutter, even while performing a task as simple as swiping down to open the notification shade, but that is likely due to a lack of software optimization, as opposed to any limitations of the processing package.

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Another big highlight of the LG G3 was with regards to its camera performance. It may not have offered a whole lot in terms of manual controls but it wasn’t particularly required, with the G3 capable of taking some great shots, helped along with the then brand new laser guided auto focus system. It was easily one of the best smartphones cameras of 2014, and while the current crop of flagships pack some really impressive cameras, the G3 should still be able to hold its own and make a lot of people happy.

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Upon release of the G3, there were some concerns with regards to how the Quad HD display would affect battery life, which were, unfortunately, justified. Despite packing a large 3,000 mAh unit, the battery life proved to be just about average, which wasn’t enough to satisfy power users that required a lot of screen-on time. Of course, with a removable back came a replaceable battery, a feature that is mostly unavailable nowadays, and you do have the option to carry around a spare.

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On the software side of things, the G3 has received an official update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, and while some of elements of Material Design have made its way over, noticeable mostly in the notification dropdown and the Overview screen, the general aesthetic of the G UI remains unchanged. The G UI does feel a little bloated, and despite some useful features like Knock On, Knock Code, and Dual Window, the software experience does pale when compared to the rest of the competition. Those who prefer a more streamlined experience will have to depend on third party launchers from the Google Play Store to get the job done.

So there you have it for this look back at the LG G3! Overall, the G3 has aged very well, and is still a solid smartphone. The upcoming release of its successor will bring about a price drop that makes the LG G3 a great option for those not looking to spend an arm and a leg on the latest and greatest. If you’re looking for a phone that offers features like a great camera, beautiful display, fantastic design and build quality, expandable storage, and a replaceable battery, while looking to save a little bit of money, the LG G3 should definitely be under consideration even today.



7
May

AT&T LG G3 receiving VoLTE update and surprising bloatware additions






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AT&T posted up a new bit of information about an update that is being pushed out to their LG G3. The AT&T G3 picked up Android 5.0 Lollipop back in February, and unfortunately this isn’t a push for anything over the current Android 5.0.1 update that it received. Instead, this update is turning VoLTE (Voice over LTE) on.

VoLTE is a welcoming addition to the device, however it is what else the update brings to last years flagship that might leave some with puzzled faces. Along with HD voice, you will also find that Uber will now be in your app list. For the uninitiated, Uber is the associate app to get rides from people in over 50 countries across the globe. It is like a taxi service, but provided by average people with average cars. You will also find another new app installed to your device from AT&T in the form of AT&T Mail. This app is another free app in the Play Store that you could easily get your hands on if you happen to have/use an AT&T or Yahoo email address.


The update is being pushed out in the traditional over-the-air style offering. This means it will probably land in stages, requires over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill for it to download and install. AT&T lists the update as weighing in between 172 and 768MBs. The variance is probably to offset for those devices that still haven’t gone through with the Lollipop update.

Source: AT&T LG G3 support page

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30
Apr

A bold claim: LG plans on selling 12 million LG G4’s




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LG‘s latest flagship, the LG G4, was made official earlier today and it looks to be every bit as good as we expected (because we knew everything already). Not too long ago though, analysts were spinning a sad tale for the LG G4, saying that it was not going to sell as many handsets as its predecessor, the LG G3, did. The analysts attributed this largely to the unfavourable market conditions thanks to barnstorming sales by the Samsung Galaxy S6 and its curvy brother, the Galaxy S6 Edge. Furthermore, the Snapdragon 808 processor would be a key differentiator for some consumers. Even so, LG is confident that it is going to sell 12 million LG G4’s  – the LG G3 sold around 10 million handsets, for reference.

We’ll have to see whether LG’s bold prediction can, or will, come true, though the device has a lot going right for it. A fantastic new camera and probably the best Quad HD display on the market at the moment immediately jump off the page, but most everything else is similar or a marginal upgrade over its predecessor, and that’s not a bad thing. And for the fashion conscious, genuine leather back covers are now available for the LG G4, and in more colour options than the plastic variants.


What do you think of the LG G4’s chances to sell 12 million handsets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Yonhap News via Phone Arena

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29
Apr

LG expects to ship 20% more G4 units than its predecessor


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LG seems confident that the G4 is going to sell way more than ever before.

Just a day ago, LG announced its 2015 flagship. Formally that is. The standard one. Despite leaks of all sorts coming in for weeks now and even LG itself getting in on the action, the phone’s specs were somewhat of a mystery until the last few days. When all the dust and commotion settled, some felt a bit disappointed with the presence of a Snapdragon 808 instead of the beefier 810. The manufacturer, on the other hand, doesn’t seem concerned in the slightest; if anything, it’s actually more confident than ever that the G4 will be a super success.

The Korean conglomerate has gone on record to state a projected global shipment estimate of 12 million G4 units. For those keeping track, that comes out to be 20% more than last year’s G3, which was no doubt a major factor in LG’s recent good news. To some, this might seem shocking; to others, it might be perfectly logical. At the end of the day, assuming the sales numbers are on-par with the shipments, it will mean some major financial fortunes will be coming LG’s way.

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Now that the G4 has been unveiled, smartphone aficionados eager for LG’s next big thing must hold their breath a bit longer for the upcoming G Note to arrive. Presumably, that is the other major device that “stands above the G series” the company plans to release this year…or is it?



29
Apr

A bold claim: LG plans on selling 12 million LG G4’s




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LG‘s latest flagship, the LG G4, was made official earlier today and it looks to be every bit as good as we expected (because we knew everything already). Not too long ago though, analysts were spinning a sad tale for the LG G4, saying that it was not going to sell as many handsets as its predecessor, the LG G3, did. The analysts attributed this largely to the unfavourable market conditions thanks to barnstorming sales by the Samsung Galaxy S6 and its curvy brother, the Galaxy S6 Edge. Furthermore, the Snapdragon 808 processor would be a key differentiator for some consumers. Even so, LG is confident that it is going to sell 12 million LG G4’s  – the LG G3 sold around 10 million handsets, for reference.

We’ll have to see whether LG’s bold prediction can, or will, come true, though the device has a lot going right for it. A fantastic new camera and probably the best Quad HD display on the market at the moment immediately jump off the page, but most everything else is similar or a marginal upgrade over its predecessor, and that’s not a bad thing. And for the fashion conscious, genuine leather back covers are now available for the LG G4, and in more colour options than the plastic variants.


What do you think of the LG G4’s chances to sell 12 million handsets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Yonhap News via Phone Arena

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29
Apr

A bold claim: LG plans on selling 12 million LG G4’s






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LG‘s latest flagship, the LG G4, was made official earlier today and it looks to be every bit as good as we expected (because we knew everything already). Not too long ago though, analysts were spinning a sad tale for the LG G4, saying that it was not going to sell as many handsets as its predecessor, the LG G3, did. The analysts attributed this largely to the unfavourable market conditions thanks to barnstorming sales by the Samsung Galaxy S6 and its curvy brother, the Galaxy S6 Edge. Furthermore, the Snapdragon 808 processor would be a key differentiator for some consumers. Even so, LG is confident that it is going to sell 12 million LG G4’s  – the LG G3 sold around 10 million handsets, for reference.

We’ll have to see whether LG’s bold prediction can, or will, come true, though the device has a lot going right for it. A fantastic new camera and probably the best Quad HD display on the market at the moment immediately jump off the page, but most everything else is similar or a marginal upgrade over its predecessor, and that’s not a bad thing. And for the fashion conscious, genuine leather back covers are now available for the LG G4, and in more colour options than the plastic variants.


What do you think of the LG G4’s chances to sell 12 million handsets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Yonhap News via Phone Arena

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28
Apr

Spec Showdown: LG G4 versus LG G3


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LG on Tuesday introduced the latest iteration of its flagship Android smartphone, announcing the G4. Slated to arrive in the coming weeks, the phone looks very much like its predecessors on the outside. But, on the inside, however, things are considerably different. Indeed, LG balances both revolution and evolution for this next-gen model and pushes forward with the specs.

Here’s a quick breakdown of how the 2015 model compares to the 2014 edition. Note that we’re not including every little detail, only those that are most relevant to most users.

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5.5-inch Curved IPS LCD display 5.5-inch IPS LCD
Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution
Android 5.1 Lollipop with UX 4.0 Android 4.4 KitKat with UX 3.0
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
3GB RAM 2GB/3GB RAM
32GB internal storage 16/32GB internal storage
3000mAh removable battery 3000mAh removable battery
16-megapixel rear camera  f/1.8, laser auto-focus, optical image stabilization 13-megapixel rear camera, laser auto-focus, optical image stabilization
LED Flash and Color Spectrum Sensor Dual LED Flash
Ceramic and leather rear cases Plastic rear cases

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24
Apr

The leather back could make the G4 more expensive than we thought


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That “vegetable-tanned” leather back on the G4? It’s costing LG extra, and the company is passing the buck to customers.

Ahead of the official unveiling (if there will be any veils left to lift by then) on April 28, the LG G4 went up for pre-order in its native South Korea. The G4 is sold by SK Telecom, KT, and LG U+, even if the device won’t be available in stores for customers to try out until next week, with actual availability rumored to start on April 29.

Interestingly, the G4 is priced by Korean carriers at a slightly higher price than we expected. Korea Telecom is offering the device for the equivalent of $825, compared to $795 for the Galaxy S6 32GB, but lower than Galaxy S6 Edge 32GB ($910).

This isn’t actually the official unlocked price, but an LG representative confirmed to ETNews that “it will stay in that range.” According to Korea Times, LG’s pricing strategy is actually targeting the Galaxy S6 Edge, as the company sees the vegetable-tanned leather back as a luxury offering worth paying a premium for:

“Among the various tanning methods, vegetable tanning is the most traditional and the most recognizable. It is the only form of tanning that is able to give leather unique characteristics, retaining the natural flaws and markings. That’s why only a few luxurious brands such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton applied the tanning technology to very high-level products.”

LG confirmed that, carrier subsidies not considered, the G4 will be pricier than previous models.

The G3 launched last year at a rather high price (900,000 won/$880) in South Korea, but the device was more affordable in the rest of the world. In the US, the 5.5-inch device could be had for as little as $450 unlocked last fall. That, and the fact LG has minimized the hype by releasing details ahead of the launch, made us think the G4 could go a bit down range.

It remains to be seen whether LG will market the leather-backed G4 as an Edge-competitor worldwide or just in in South Korea. It will be interesting to follow how the price changes in time; the Galaxy S6 shapes up to be a sales hit, which may force LG to lower the G4’s price fast and hard. Then there’s the “more premium” device that LG said will come later this year, which could put more pressure on the G4’s price.

Stay tuned for the official details coming April 28.



23
Apr

Spotted in Iran: A dual-SIM LG G4 in plastic and leather variants






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There’s a lot going on in Iran right now, so it’s probably the last place we expected to get our first real-life photos of the new LG G4, and a dual-SIM LG G4 at that. In a series of photos posted next to tissue and juice boxes for scale, we get a glimpse of both the plastic and leather back covers of the next LG flagship. In particular, you will notice that the plastic version’s pattern is different to the LG G3‘s and that the leather version is looking very much like real, supple leather. You can also see that this is definitely the dual-SIM version by the SIM switching soft key found alongside the other usual Android soft keys. This will come as no surprise as the LG G4 is expected to be available in almost all markets globally.

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The LG G4 is due for announcement on April 28th and while its specs aren’t as mouthwatering as they could be, there’s still a whole lot of phone to enjoy. The LG G4 is rumoured to be powered with a Snapdragon 808, with 3GB RAM and a new f1.8, 16MP camera and has significantly upgraded the front camera to 8MP. We’re interested to see if LG has done anything specific with the Android Lollipop running on the LG G4, so we’ll have to wait a few days to find out.


What do you think about the LG G4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Zoomit.ir via Phone Arena

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