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Continuing the popular G series of smartphones, the G4 has been officially announced by LG.
Clove will be stocking UK, SIM Free and unlocked stock of the G4. These phones will be usable on all mobile networks across the UK and Europe.
For LTE connectivity outside of Europe, please check the specifications and your local operator.
The LG G4 will be available in Metallic Grey, Gold and White along with leather backed options in Blacka nd Tan Leather with 32 GB of internal storage.
LG have developed over the last few years into a real contender in the high-end smartphone world.
Starting with the G2 in 2013, they sought to create a unique design, supplemented by software and features that would set them aprt from the crowd.
The tactic work - the G2 & G3 were very well received by critics, applauding the combination of design, top of the range hardware, value-added extras and unique touches that made the G series stand out.
The new G4 continues this tradition with a powerful processor and beautiful screen, alongside a camera that could well be taking the mantle of best mobile camera away from the competition.
Probably the most important update to the LG G range, the new camera on the G4 could well be one of the best to ever grace a smartphone.
The main unit has a 16 megapixel sensor with a record-breaking low-light intensifying f1.8 lens, however there's far more to this story than just simple numbers.
The new Colour Spectrum Sensor is an infrared-sensitive module that analyses and measures all of the light within a scene. This is continuously active before you press the shutter, so you get the most natural looking results even in dim environments.
Last year's G3 raised the bar for autofocus with a laser unit capable of switching and finalising focus at blistering speeds. The update is present in the G4 and with OIS 2.0 (Optical Image Stabilisition), you can be assured of blur free imagery and wonderful depth of field in your final pictures.
That previously mentioned f1.8 lens also plays a key part - light is obviously integral to photography, the more the better - being able to let in as much as possible makes for more vivid imagery and excellent low-light performance.
On top of all of this the G4 has a truly customisable manual mode, allowing you to make changes to ISO, white balance, shutter speed, f stop and more on the fly.
Don't worry if you don't understand all the options, there's a simple automatic mode and a mid-level mode with some options. Otherwise if you know what you're doing, this is the closest to a true bridge camera any smartphone has got to. You can even save images in RAW format for detailed post-editing.
To the front the LG G4 packs an 8 megapixel selfie camera. This is perfect for video calls and selfie shots with as much detail as possible. With Gesture Interval Shot you can snap four great shots two seconds apart and pick the best. Your only issue now might be choosing the best one!
The LG G4 boasts a beautiful 5.5" Quantum Display IPS Screen. This huge panel is rated Quad HD (1440 x 2560) and provides an incredible 534 ppi.
At this resolution everything looks like it's right in front to of you; enjoy more immersive photos, videos and games as well improving your viewfinder for the camera. A truly clear and vivid experience.
The display also benefits from In-cell Touch Display technology. This helps to deliver a smooth and responsive feel as well as making the screen more visible in daylight.
LG have also made sure to protect the screen, utilising Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to ward against scratches and marks - you don't have to worry about dropping the G4 into your pocket with a set of keys!
Powering the LG G4 is a 1.8 GHz Hexa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 808 Processor. Matched up with 3GB of RAM there isn't anything that you won't be able to get done.
Qualcomm's most recent range of processors don't just let you run the most powerful applications and multitask without worry, they're also intelligent.
Over time the processor learns your usage patterns and adjusts its performance accordingly allowing for faster transitions between apps and processes. Even better, the chip can save power when being used for low intensity tasks, extending your battery life by not wasting energy.
Out of the box you get a fair-sized 32GB of storage which can also be expanded with a microSD card - up to 128GB (and 200GB later in theb year) - giving you plenty of room for music, hi-definiton videos and top quality pictures.
The world's most popular mobile operating system is available in its newest iteration, 5.1 Lollipop.
The step up to 5.x from the Jelly Bean versions includes a number of changes including a visual update to Google's new Material Design ethos, more control over notifications sounds and wihch apops deliver them depending on circumstance, configurable user profiles and improved power management.
The most recent 5.1 update available on the G4 also has a few extra tricks including 'screen pinning' to lock your device down to the app currently running - perfect if handing the phone to a child or friend with a prankster streak. In terms of security, new device protection features will also render your phone unusable following a remote wipe through the Android Device Manager.
Other interesting features include native support for HD voice if your carrier offers it, and improved WiFI connectivity with the system which access points were better or worse than others.
Of course with Android you also have access straight away to Google's full suite of applications and Google Play for downloading more. Enjoy Gmail, Drive, Maps, Calendar, Translate and more including Googel Play Games, Books, Music & Movies.
On top of the Android system, LG employ their own UI, customising the interface to craft something personal and unique to their smartphones.
The new LG UI 4.0 has made sure to stay well within the ideals of Google's Material Design - so it and the built-in apps it runs look similar to other Android 5.0 devices - however there are a number of LG's own features and extras to make it unique.
Voice Care is your very own personal assistant and can help you, for example, to take phone calls and turn off alarms. Event Pocket will take care of your busy schedules and bring multiple calendars to one place.
With Smart Notice you receive intelligent, context sensitive notifications on your surroundings and daily plan. For instance if it is set to rain later in the day, your LG G4 will give you the heads up so you don't forget your umbrella (even if it's sunny now!) and remind you to take extra care on the roads.
To help you keep on top of everything that is important to you, Smart Bulletin brings together all your notifications from a number of apps onto the same page so you don't need to work your way through apps to get important updates on those things that matter to you.
You also have a level of customisation over the interface that is not present on other Android 5.0 phones, being able to choose complete themes for the phone, reqork the soft navigation bar with extra shortcuts and even change the system font.
In the modern world of smartphones there are so many ways for you to stay connected.
With the LG G4 you have the ability to connect to 4G / LTE for super-fast downloading of music and streaming. When a mobile network isn't available the dual band (2.4 / 5 GHz) WiFi connection steps in and can also be used to connect to other devices.
NFC comes as standard for one-touch pairing with accessories or setting up contactless payments (payment provider dependant). You can also add wireless charging through the use of the QuickCircle Case.
To get everything done the LG G4 packs some specs other handsets can only dream of. To keep all those features going the LG G4 has a removable 3,000 mAh battery.
This will see you connected to your world throughout the working day and beyond, plus take advantage of the included power management features to ensure you don't waste a minute.
The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.
Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link: http://www.clove.co.uk/international-customers.aspx
Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world.
Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.
Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.
No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.
Yes – this phone supports up to 128GB of external storage
This phone takes a MICRO SIM card
Yes – International bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700) will be supported as standard for UK / Europe.
Please check with your local operator for LTE network provisions outside of Europe.
As someone who regularly swaps his phone for the latest and greatest I can happily compare this to other recent flagships such as the Samsung Note 4 and S6 Edge, as well as the Sony Z3 and HTC One M9, and the iPhone 6 Plus, all of which I’ve owned in recent months.
Initial impressions out of the box were good and I was impressed with the overall footprint of the phone considering the size of screen they have fit into it. A very sleek phone with no buttons on any edge, and having never owned any of the previous LG flagships, I was dubious as to how I would get on with the buttons on the back of the device. I know that they are meant to fall underneath your forefinger but in the videos it always seems a bit awkward. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to hold and differentiate the power and volume buttons, and the slight texture to the volume buttons makes them seem a little more premium. It has only taken a couple of days for me to make the error of trying to turn my S6 on by pressing the back!
The Quad HD screen is a stunner! Crisp and clear and brightness holds up well and I have not seen any of the power saving dimming that I saw reviews moan about with the G3. Comparing it to the Quad HD screens of the S6 and Note 4, it matches and exceeds the clarity of the Samsung due to its proper Full RGB matrix as opposed to the diamond matrices on the Samsungs. Its colours are also pretty vivid and not washed out. It is perhaps the best LCD screen I have seen on a phone.
One of the biggest selling points of this phone is the camera, and LG have equipped a 16MP sensor with an f/1.8 lens. Now I’m no camera tech expert but I’m told this is good, and beats the f/1.9 of the Samsung S6. Basically, it allows more light into the lens and also allows for better depth of field shots, so getting the background blurred and foreground in focus. I have been taking hundreds of photos and comparing them shot for shot with the S6 Edge I own. The LG matches the S6 and often exceeds photos with the quality and colour accuracy – it has a colour spectrum analyser. Focussing is very fast thanks to the laser autofocus and the control at your finger tips in “Manual” mode is quite astonishing, allowing shots of up to 30 seconds, manual focus and shooting in RAW format, thanks to the phone running Android Lollipop – shipped with 5.1 on my phone.
The processor included is the Snapdragon 808, a six core chip, as opposed to the 8 core 810 that’s in the HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2. In daily use I have not seen any issues with it at all and nearly every app and game opens and runs extremely well and quickly. The only time I have seen it falter is with Real Racing 3 which I think it struggles to push the extreme amount of detail around the Quad HD screen, the exact same issue my Note 4 (with Snapdragon 805) has.
What would I change, and should you buy the LG G4? I think for me, the plastic back with faux hammered metal look detracts from the overall quality of the phone and makes it seem cheaper and less impressive than it is. I would definitely look to purchase one of the leather battery covers and then you’ll have a luxury flagship that feels like it matches the internals. I would highly recommend this phone for people that enjoy watching TV and films on such a beautiful screen, that want to use a micro SD card for extra content, and for people that want to really play around with capturing stunning photos.
The G4 does two things right – the device is slightly contoured (LG calls it Slim arc design) and there’s a reassuring leather back. The stylish leather back doesn’t just add visual appeal but ensures a better grip, even with sweaty palms. The big question is how the leather back will age over a few months; there’s a ceramic back option too but it’s not half as appealing.
The G4 is a good looking device but there’s no escaping a sense of déjà-vu – it does have a striking similarity to its older sibling (the G3). The G4 becomes the third LG flagship in a row to sport the rear key. There are many benefits – the biggest being ‘one-handed usability’ but it takes a lot of getting used to. Aside from the LED flash the rear cam is also flanked by a colour spectrum sensor to improve colour accuracy of your images. At a time when smartphones are ditching removable back covers in favour of a unibody form factor, the G4 almost has an old-world charm about it. The leather back cover is removable and so is the battery, especially for those ‘paranoid androids’ who like to carry a spare.
The G4 is more than ‘2015-proof’ on the hardware front. At its heart is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor with X10 LTE (1.8GHz, Quad Core) coupled with 3GB of RAM; enough said! It’s blazing quick – the G4 clocked 49008 on our AnTuTu scores while the corresponding score (Work performance score) on PCMark was 4614. The 5.5-inch IPS Quantum display (2560 x 1440 pixels) packs an incredible 534 PPI (pixels per inch); it is one of the most vibrant displays out there. I wish more flagship devices would give their speakers the same love and attention as the display. The G4 is covered on the storage front – 32GB internal memory plus support for Micro SD cards up to 128GB and a generous 100GB of Google drive cloud storage for 2 years.
The G4 ticks what many mobile users consider the two most important boxes – the camera and the battery. The 3000 mAh battery gives this device a serious edge over its immediate competition like the S6 and the One M9 . The fact that the battery is removable is a bonus. I got through most days (except a couple of days when the camera was on overdrive) comfortably with a single charging cycle. The 16MP camera is not just one of the fastest out there (LG put this down at 0.6 seconds). I also like how the rear key doubles up as a camera hot key (With a double click) and the manual mode option that allows you to store images in a ‘Raw format’. The 8MP front facing camera is a huge improvement over its predecessor.
Primary camera, Display, Leather back
LG’s custom UI
The LG G4 is undoubtedly LG’s finest smartphone ever; it has the hardware fire power, a good solid build, a killer camera and a battery that won’t let you down.
I have just received the phone and have the most amazing camera... I am not a professional photographer but I have used fair amount of phones (S5, S6 and iPhone 6)... and this has been the most stunning when it came to picture quality... LG has always been undermined by other flagships over the years. The LG is a lightweight phone that has a very powerful hardware … Having just upgraded to Samsung galaxy s6 so The build quality feels Great but it’s good to hold the curve makes it slightly easier to use 5.5” screen… It's amazing! How they squeeze the phones display in at 5.5 inches.
I had a chance to feel the leather back in store and that takes the phone to a completely different level of comfort and feel… It’s just amazing to use…
In this day and age the removable battery and SD Card support are a major Plus.
Some of the features I am missing are… Smart Stay, Smart Pause and one hand use … I am not sure why all this is missing…It used to be there in G3…
Smart Pause (My Fav)
Smart Screen (My Fav)
Take a selfie with a gesture
Enable triple-tap zoom
One hand operation
The 5.5 inch supports mutli screen (Two apps opened at the same time on the screen) really well … it’s so useful and easy to use… also the floating video is great to use in the morning commute with checking emails ?
I am not happy about the charging… I have a moto turbo charger but I feel it’s not charging fast enough but when it comes to battery life it has outperformed my s6 and my iPhone 6… I feel the battery life on this phone is the best in the market currently … So I think it takes slightly longer to get to full charge but once it’s there it will easily last you 24hrs on heavy use…
G4 users will also get 100gb of free Google Drive storage for 2 years which is a bonus.
Purchased the LG G4 - this reviw is not about the phone but about Clove, never heard of them untill the other day and i must say i am very impressed indeed. Staff have been pleasant and curtious the whole time and helpful at all times. Godds despatched when asked and received safely and well packed. Pleaseure doing business with /clove - a breath of fresh air...5* all the way...oh and the phone..:>)) best phone yet - well done LG
Good phone, good service from Clove in getting it delivered on day of launch and refunding something from my pre-order price. I do like the leather finish but on reflection i do have an issue with the case as it doesn't include wireless charging as standard. I should say that the spec doesnt list wireless charging as standard and i assumed (incorrectly) that a premium phone case would at least have wireless charging like the G3. So its a case of deciding if you want wireless charging over a premium finish as you can buy a wireless charging case in plastic only. Its a pity as what should have been yet another awesome phone from LG i find myself disappointed.