Recently, I spent 2 weeks testing out the LG G4, courtesy of AT&T. As a big tech nerd, I love being able to try out the latest devices and comparing them across the industry!
This was my first real hands on experience with the LG brand, so I was curious to see how it would stack up against the likes of Apple and Samsung.
At first glance/hold, the phone was a little boxy (5.5 inches), but very lightweight. It took a bit to get adjusted to the home, menu, and back buttons, since I’m used to the single actual button on the iPhone. I found the buttons to be pretty sensitive as well, so I navigated away from where I wanted to be a few times.
A few things I loved about the phone?
- In selfie mode, you could make a fist to indicate you’re ready to take a photo and the device would give you a 3-2-1 countdown before snapping.
- The weather on the home screen with tips (e.g. put sunscreen on, drink water)
- Google search on the home screen for quick access
- Double tapping to lock/unlock phone
- Hi-res screen, great for reading or viewing photos/videos
On the flip side, there were a few things I wasn’t crazy about as well:
- The weather on the home screen would only update if I hit the refresh button, so sometimes I’d be reading old weather/tips, thinking they were current
- The notifications weren’t always easy to find/see
- Too wide, can’t navigate one-handed or fit nicely into pant pockets
Overall, I thought this was a pretty nice device! Since I’ve been using more Google apps lately, it was really nice to have that Google integration. If you’re one to drop your phone a bit, this is definitely a device you should consider picking up (no glass screens)!
What do you look for when choosing a mobile phone?