Test: LG G4

LG G4 is doing a pretty good job as this year’s alternative top model.

When Sony was waiting with her our launch and HTC One M9 emerged as an extremely uninspired sequel to M8 opened suddenly more doors for LG G4. LG made no secret of the fact that would launch it in late spring and in the role of “Option for Samsung Galaxy S6”. It is actually a role that fits it well. Those who teased on Samsung in the name of quality feel abandoned the replaceable battery and the memory card slot can find both in G4.

As regards the quality feeling sold G4 with plastic back cover for 6000 kroons and with leatherback in different variants for 500 kronor more. If you are not completely immune to the design features, we recommend leather variant, which not only gives your phone a unique and interesting look. Leather will age with far more dignity than plastic or metal and leather is just a thin layer glued-on on a plastic shell and therefore the correct hard, but neither the phone thicker.


LG has good and evil have chosen to provide their top models with 5.5 inch big screen. Personally I prefer something a little less, more hand-friendly, but it is of course a matter of taste. LG G3 came away with that with the small frames around the screen got a phone that was only marginally greater than the erstwhile rival Galaxy S5. But there the S6 has become smaller and sleeker than its predecessor have G4 become both thicker, wider and higher than the G3 for no apparent reason, and it’s no longer possible to claim other than that G4 is a much larger phone than Samsung’s top model.

The thickness is partly due to the fact that you have chosen a rounded shape at the rear that provides a comfortable grip and the nature of the appearance. LG announced at Mobile World that going forward, all their models with screen sizes of 4.7 inches and above also have the curved screen. I like the curved screen on LG G Flex 2, which I think adds something. It becomes easier to reach across the screen and the risk of getting scratches if you lose your mobile phone with the screen down decreases significantly. The G4, however, it is mostly lip service to the concept of curved screen. With the naked eye is the curvature barely noticeable and adds to the cell phone with the screen down at an table stands up from the table screen in half with maybe half a millimeter. It does not take a large grains of sand to scratch the screen. The LG would have liked to have a go the whole hog here, but it is nevertheless a phone with a little character and quality feel, especially with leather shell.

Press start screen you will be greeted by a sharp reproduction with good brightness. LG, screens, and they don’t fall for the temptation to reinforce image impression by turning up the colour contrast, color rendition, it feels natural. It is clear, however, that it is not an oled screen that blacks often don’t feel quite black. But overall it is an excellent screen.
LG surprised with not putting in the fastest chipset, which was on the market in G4, but chose Qualcomm something simpler variant Snapdragon 808, with two fast and four slower processor cores. Big brother Snapdragon 810 has omgetts by rumors of performance problems and overheating, but LG is claiming that it has nothing to do with it but give a vague answer that it’s about when the various chipsets become available on the market.

LG G4 thus becomes the first cell phone with Snapdragon 808 we get the chance to drive through our performance tests, and it grows roughly as expected. It is placed just below the mobiles with Snapdragon 810, and not in the vicinity of high-performance Samsung Galaxy S6, but over former top models. The field, however, is right. Snapdragon 810 offers no great performance increase compared with last year’s top models, which in turn means that the Snapdragon 808 is not much worse than the top model Snapdragon 810. In daily use, you will perceive the G4 that really fast.

Backside buttons. has become a LG-thing. From the beginning referred to it made it possible for LG to minimize the frames around the screen instead of buttons and moved-the volume buttons to the back of the phone. The G4, however, thicker frames around your screen than the G3 and had certainly a place with buttons too.

It’s always fun with a gimmick, but I have really hard to get used to me at backside buttons. It is difficult to know what to press when you don’t see the buttons and you have to have a tighter grip on the phone to be able to shoot. The function that you can tap twice on the screen to turn on the cell phone had at most other mobiles seemed redundant, but here becomes a real tool.

The system is Android 5.1 (one of the first handsets to reach to the system version). LG have with their system spreads provided phone a distinctive custom Visual mark, while you follow Google’s new design guidelines called “material design” that gives the system an early Android 5.0-feeling. Among LG’s own system details we find feature smart card, which is a pleasant and not particularly intrusive variation of Google’s concept behind Google Now. For example, small weather calls to bring an umbrella if weather changes are expected during the day and tips on smart features in mobile. Here you will also find a generous offer of 100 GB of free cloud storage on Google Drive for two years. It does not feel like a coincidence that Google Drive. When Samsung bondar with Microsoft and may bark of Google for interventions to make the system displays LG that is Google’s friend.

As regards the so-called bloatware, pre-installed apps that can’t be uninstalled if you do not want them, the LG exemplary. The apps on your phone from the start, fill up a little more than a screen in the main menu. There are a few blemishes, to be put in their own voice Assistant and LG Smartworld with offers that are not even considered for Sweden, but both of these can actually uninstall, not just hide.

The phone comes with 32 gigabytes of storage space, and combined with the fact that you can put in the memory card and install at least some apps on the memory card, it does not feel that lack of space will need to be a problem.
Among home screens on the LG G4 we find a screen that LG calls Smart Bulletin. It’s not like Samsung or HTC unsorted news from Flipboard, but excerpt from a number of your phone’s functions on one screen. There is, for example, the number of steps you have gone on the day, calendar, music player and remote control. You can choose what will fit on the screen or turn it off completely. This is a nice feature that the LG would have liked to have been able to do even more with the. As it is now it adds not a lot compared to having widgets on your home screens.

For telephone dialing, address book and calendar rely on Google’s standard feature or settles very near. On the other hand, has been put into their own email program and, inexplicably, its own Web browser. The on-screen keyboard also deserves a special mention. It is femradigt with own number line, where you can continuously adjust buttons ‘ height. Pad also results in symbols if you keep them. one of the more elaborate the on-screen keyboards on mobiles and clearly better than the standard Android keyboard in 5.1.

LG makes a large number of camera and compare it with the camera in Samsung Galaxy S6. It is perhaps a bit presumptuous, as compared to any other mobile camera is a great camera, but the camera in this particular Galaxy S6 is straw sharper. Have you nearly any mobile phone that has a minimum of one years old learn to perceive the camera as a big improvement.
There is no camera button, but you can jump start your camera by double-tapping on one volume knob, and a picture is taken right away when the camera started. Unfortunately I notice it in this mode is hard to find the right focus, particularly on landscape images. Portraits and similar works better. Another thing that is slow is the photo light. It takes about 2 seconds from being printed on take picture until the picture is actually taken with photo light. The lamp provides otherwise, a very nice, natural light.

For camera nerd is still LG G4 something extra. You can take photos in RAW format or both RAW and jpeg, there is optical image stabilization, and a manual mode where you can set the color temperature, exposure time, ISO value and more in very fine steps.The manual mode also offers histogram and bubble level.

If LG seriously wanted the G4 would be option to Samsung Galaxy S6, they should probably have made a slightly smaller phone. As it is now, it is so large that it tightens phablet-direction and become more of a niche product. But are you comfortable with the size and placement of the buttons is odd, I can only recommend the LG G4.

An alternative: Smoother
Sony Xperia Z3 + also have the good camera, slot for memory card and a bit smoother style. But it does not have a removable battery.

Test chart
In its best moments, the camera is on G4 great.

On the other hand
Erik M: now I have not had a chance to test it directly against the Galaxy S6, but with that said and the camera in the LG G4 to the best. In the dark you can see very much and even in bright light, I get very good pictures. Since I cannot avoid mentioning the leather, because it gives a distinct character to the phone that few others can offer.

Mobile battery test
Battery video time: 5 h 48 min

Questions and answers
Phones with Qualcomm’s new chipset is properly hot, I’ve noticed. It also applies to this?
Two cores less seems to affect the temperature more than performance. The phone is getting hot when I run performance tests. Otherwise, I notice No.

You can run multiple apps at the same time on the big screen?
Yes, in the Task Manager there is a dual-screen button that you can use to run a number of selected apps on either half of the screen.

What is the glance view?
You can drag your finger from the top of the screen and keep to see the clock without lighting the screen. It adds really not very much compared to double-tap the screen to bring the mobile.

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