My Hands On with the LG G4 – Plus First Impressions including camera vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and much more

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So here you have the LG G4 in the black leather finish. The G4 still has a removable back cover and micro SD card slot as you can see below.

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And below some other leather finishes. In my mind the wine and brown leathers feel nicer than the black and blue. LG uses genuine leather so over the months and years of ownership the stains and marks will be yours to admire forever. Of course, if the back gets too dirty just change the cover !

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Above is the metallic and ceramic white finishes. The ceramic felt good in the hand despite being a ceramic finish. In fact the G4 is great to hold from a comfort and ergonomic point of view due to the slightly curved back and materials used.

So the million dollar question. How good is the camera. Well, below is a shot from the G4.

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Now from the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

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Personally I felt the S6 Edge took a better shot. I also tried other shots which I haven’t being able to share, and again in all of them I felt the S6 Edge took the better shot. However, check out my video below of all the settings in the camera.

The manual control options are extensive and shooting in raw is also possible. The G4 will be able to take more advanced type shots than the S6 Edge like light trails for example.

I copied across some music to the G4 and connected my bluetooth Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones. The G4 produced a powerful sound and clearly apt-X was present. Obviously I will need more time to evaluate properly. The loudspeaker was on the rear and was reasonable but nothing special. Qi Wireless charging is supported to.

The screen. The new QHD Quantum panel looked brighter than that found on the G3. It also is meant to work much better in sunlight with better contrast levels. I compared it to the S6 Edge and without auto brightness on, it had similar levels.

I have left you a selection of shots from the UI v4. To be honest it doesn’t look anything special and unlike the S6 Edge and HTC One M9 there are no theming options.

In conclusion, the LG G4 is an upgrade to the G3. I am not convinced yet based on my limited time that it is the best smartphone out there, so I’m hoping with a proper test of the G4 I can decide where to rank it. The leather and slight curve finish looked good. Some people will love the camera and removable battery and micro SD.

So for now have a look at the UI photos.

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Specifications –

Screen – 5.5in Quad HD (2560 x 1440) IPS Quantum Display, screen is also visible in bright light
Dimensions – 75.3 x 149.1 x 8.9 mm
Battery – 3,000mAH removable battery
Storage – 32gb expandable with micro SD card
RAM – 3gb
Rear Camera – 16 Mp sensor f/1.8.3 shooting modes: Normal, Simple and Manual. Settings for ISO, exposure, white balance, shutter speed, slow synch flash and shooting in RAW. Dual Flash and LED Focus
Front Camera – 8mp
OS – Android Lollipop 5.1 with LG UX v4
Power – Wireless and Faster Charging supported (wireless via folio cases) (faster charging not quick charging 2)
Processor – Snapdragon 808

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13 thoughts on “My Hands On with the LG G4 – Plus First Impressions including camera vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and much more

  1. Gotta love those options in full camera mode, but for just shooting on the fly, at least from that image, ya gotta love the S6 still

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  2. Good job again. One for those who absolutely need the replaceable battery and SD expansion by the sounds of it, otherwise get the Galaxy?

    At a tangent with apt-x. Should all transmitting devices sound the same without DSP functions enabled? Assumedly it’s a digital transfer medium to a fixed standard with the receiving device taking care of DAC and amplification duties? I saw that Samsung announced the Level Link internationally yesterday but saw little in the way of specs. Would be good to find out if that has the Wolfson chip when in receiver mode.

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  3. Thanks for the review. The picture from the S6e looks indeed a little bit better, but the field of view is also lower and therefore it has to deal with much less backlight than the camera of the LG G4. So I guess we have to wait for some more real world examples or comparable studio szenes to judge which one is really better. Thanks anyway, I’m looking forward to give the G4 a try on my own!

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