LG G4 Review

Photo – GSMArena

My month long test of the LG G4 Smartphone officially came to an end this morning as I packed up my demo phone and shipped it back to LG Canada. As a current LG G3 owner I was more than a little currious to see what was improved from a phone that was quite good to begin with. I won’t bore you with specs, you can find them on LG Canada’s website. What I will say is the Android 5.1 powered G4 is fast, powerful, has an amazing 4k screen, the battery lasts all day, and the cameras (both front and back) are outstanding.

Photo - Forbes.com
Photo – Forbes.com

The camera is a very important feature of any new smartphone and the G4 has a shooter with some interesting features for the hobbyist photographer. The rear sensor is 16mp and you get 8mp out front. The rear facing camera also has an f1.8 lens which means it’s good in low light. There’s a full manual mode along with 2 auto modes. The front camera has the same resolution as an iPhone’s rear camera so if you’re into selfies you’re going to be a happy camper. It has gesture control and different modes to light up your face and smooth your skin. A narcissist’s dream come true.

The biggest issue I have with the G3’s camera is the cheap plastic that covers the rear camera lens. It gets scratches on it that ruin low light shots with even the greatest of care and bulkiest of cases. Thankfully the G4 has replaced the plastic lens flare generator with hardened glass that showed no signs of scratching after a month in my pocket with no case.

I’m going to miss the G4, it’s quite a phone. Maybe LG Canada is looking for a product rep? I wouldn’t say no… Here are some sample images from my G4 test unit.

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Thanks to LG Canada for the opportunity to test this phone!



My Google Nexus 4 has shipped!

A few days ago I ordered a Google Nexus 4, the much ballyhooed smartphone that uses an uncluttered, unmolested version of Google’s Android operating system. The phone comes unlocked and can be used on any carrier without affecting your contract, no renewal needed. It runs the latest version of Android, 4.2.1 Jelly Bean (I don’t get the names either). What does it cost? $309 for the 8G, $359 for the 16G, amazing.

Photo - Google Play Store
Photo – Google Play Store

For all you iPhone lovers out there it comes with Google Maps so nah nah nah boo boo. It has Google’s Chrome mobile browser which I’ve used on the Nexus 7 tablet and was very impressed with. Check out all the specs HERE. Needless to say it’s a very impressive phone for its relatively low price, add ‘unlocked’ and it’s irresistible.

The only issue I can foresee with this phone is the lack of memory expansion, no micro SD card slot, but I ordered the 16G so I should be fine. The strange thing is my current phone suffers from the opposite problem. It’s a Sony Xperia Arc (X12) that runs Android 4.0 after an update a few months back, It has a 16G micro SD card but only 1G of internal storage and only 320mb set aside for apps. The issue with that set up is with app storage. When you develop an app for use on a Google device you’re given the option for your app to be stored on a memory card but I think a lot of developers are missing this step. It’s unfortunate because the Xperia Arc is a great phone with an outstanding camera but 5 apps was simply not enough for me, I need more!

I’ll keep you posted as to when my phone arrives and my first few days with it.