Hands on with the LG G4

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?

AT&T lent me this device to trial for 2 weeks.


  1. August 12, 2015 / 11:39 AM

    woah. the fist thing is super interesting. it does look super wide, that’s a deal breaker for me for sure!

    • August 14, 2015 / 12:39 PM

      It was! At least you can prepare a bit more before you snap your selfie with it :)

  2. August 12, 2015 / 7:00 PM

    My husband just upgraded to this phone and really loves it. I’m an apple girl myself and I love the size of his screen! I don’t know if I could ever switch back from my iPhone, but I do like using his from time to time!

    • August 14, 2015 / 12:39 PM

      I’m an Apple girl too, but you’re right, the screen was great! I was switching between the 2 and preferred reading things on the LG!

  3. Beth Kovinsky Blacker
    August 13, 2015 / 4:54 PM

    I have a lot of friends who have LG phones and love them. I am a Samsung fan which is very similar. And since I just got a new phone in April, hopefully I won’t be looking for another one any time soon. Thanks for sharing via #TBB #LinkLove :)

    • August 14, 2015 / 12:40 PM

      I’ve switched around over the years – Samsung -> BlackBerry -> Apple. It’s always so interesting to see the different features of the brands!