06-03-2015 03:22 PM
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  1. stefstefs4's Avatar
    Hi guys, I'm not a regular poster, but as part of the LG G4 campaign, I've been given a handset to try for the next few weeks. I'd like to offer my experiences with the phone to everyone, and also report on how I feel about it over time.

    I'm coming from a very clean Android experience - I have a Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, as I'm generally pretty anti-bloatwear or poor UI. That being said, I thought the LG G4 was quite an interesting looking phone, as the Nexus 5 was based on the previous 'G' models (and the fact that I was extremely disappointed what Google did with the Nexus 6 with Motorola).

    I'll update this top post with daily comments or points, and maybe photos.

    Day 1 - London - Received my UPS package at home
    - Immediately fell in love with the front of the phone due to the similarities to the Nexus 6. I am a huge fan of LG's screens.
    - Not really convinced by the button placements under the camera. I find it weird to not have buttons on the side of the phone.
    - The camera is pretty goddamn impressive. Fast shutter and sharp photos out of the box in auto mode. I noticed that this phone shoots very vivid photos - a bit like the Samsung Galaxy phones.
    - The phone has a very nice weight to it - not that much difference from the Nexus 5.
    - Removable battery and SD card slot = immediate fist pump.
    - The software seems to be a mix of stock Lollipop with LG's own - which is actually pretty good. You can get it to look and act very close to stock Android..... I do however really miss Google Now.

    Day 2 - Milan - Took the phone with me around Milan during Expo
    - Camera continues to impress - tried more indoor photos. See here:
    - Left the house at around 9:30am at 100% battery. At around 1pm I was at around 47% after pretty heavy social media usage.
    - Discovered the double-tap screen to wake feature, which is sweet. However I still wish there were side buttons.
    - Noticed that the screen adjusts its own contrast when outdoors in the sun - amazing feature as my Nexus 5 and work iPhone 5S are almost unviewable.
    - Received a few phone calls during the day - the vibrate is actually at a pretty good level. My Nexus 5 was great at missing calls.
    - Annoyance: The swipe down quick menu is too cluttered. I think the stock Lollipop UI is far more usable and convenient.
    - Annoyance: A bit of choppiness when using Google Chrome. It was a smoother experience on the Nexus 5 when scrolling up or down.

    Photos
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-20150521_150046.jpg
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-20150522_102907.jpg
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-20150522_102610.jpg
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-20150521_205444.jpg
    Screenshots
    Annoying clustered quick menu, as per my note in Day 1.
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-screenshot_2015-05-22-18-50-55.jpg
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-screenshot_2015-05-22-18-50-37.jpg
    erwaso and belodion like this.
    05-22-2015 12:12 PM
  2. erwaso's Avatar
    Nice! Keep up with the updating, we'd all love to hear more experiences!
    05-22-2015 02:44 PM
  3. Kko 5's Avatar
    Hello there...please give us some more real battery reviews as well as some possible lagging problems. What about the size of the phone? Is it manageable?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-22-2015 03:08 PM
  4. jexx's Avatar
    "I do however really miss Google Now."

    No Google Now? I use that daily on my current phone. Is that because it's a UK version? Can you explain further, THX
    05-22-2015 03:49 PM
  5. AngrySK's Avatar
    You know you can download the google now launcher.

    Posted on my Moto X that is prob being charged as we speak...
    05-22-2015 04:12 PM
  6. jexx's Avatar
    Yes, sir I did, thank you..
    05-22-2015 04:15 PM
  7. AngrySK's Avatar
    Yes, sir I did, thank you..
    Boom! You will be happy now!

    Posted on my Moto X that is prob being charged as we speak...
    05-22-2015 04:15 PM
  8. jexx's Avatar
    Boom! You will be happy now!

    Posted on my Moto X that is prob being charged as we speak...
    Yep! I too am a current Moto X user as well. Looking for a change, but may wait a tad longer to see what's in store for the Moto X (2015). I really want to like the G4 though.
    05-22-2015 04:23 PM
  9. AngrySK's Avatar
    Dude dont pass up on the freebies with the G4. **** Motorola. They have been total dog **** since lenovo bought them out.

    Posted on my Moto X that is prob being charged as we speak...
    05-22-2015 04:26 PM
  10. stefstefs4's Avatar
    "I do however really miss Google Now."

    No Google Now? I use that daily on my current phone. Is that because it's a UK version? Can you explain further, THX
    To clarify, you can use the Google Now launcher or Google Now through the Google widget. I am using LG's own OS which does not have swipe left for Google Now like on Stock.
    05-22-2015 04:32 PM
  11. stefstefs4's Avatar
    Hello there...please give us some more real battery reviews as well as some possible lagging problems. What about the size of the phone? Is it manageable?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    It's only a bit bigger than the Nexus 5, which is fine for me as I wear tight jeans 😀
    05-22-2015 04:33 PM
  12. belodion's Avatar
    ^^^Be careful! That G4 is a big phone with a lot of screen area....don't bend it!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-22-2015 04:43 PM
  13. Jaggrey's Avatar
    To clarify, you can use the Google Now launcher or Google Now through the Google widget. I am using LG's own OS which does not have swipe left for Google Now like on Stock.
    Can't you swipe up from the home button to access Google Now?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-22-2015 09:45 PM
  14. GibMcFragger's Avatar
    Can't you swipe up from the home button to access Google Now?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Yep. Should be just like the G3.

    Posted via my Rooted LG G3 running DeneROM.
    05-22-2015 09:53 PM
  15. stefstefs4's Avatar
    Can't you swipe up from the home button to access Google Now?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    THANK YOU!!!! So used to swiping left that I completely forgot that this was possible.
    belodion likes this.
    05-23-2015 02:13 AM
  16. stefstefs4's Avatar
    Trying out some indoor shots.

    Battery update: Unplugged phone at 9am. Used 3/4G most of the day, I'm now at 33% at 2:50pm. See below.

    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-uploadfromtaptalk1432385379152.jpg
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-uploadfromtaptalk1432385328673.jpg
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-uploadfromtaptalk1432385489635.jpg
    05-23-2015 07:51 AM
  17. robertopod1968's Avatar
    Battery seems pretty disappointing based on your results
    05-23-2015 10:01 AM
  18. Zendroid1's Avatar
    How quickly does the quick camera launch work? Is it s6 fast?
    05-23-2015 10:03 AM
  19. anon(782252)'s Avatar
    Can you post more details of battery life? Screen on, etc.
    05-23-2015 10:18 AM
  20. tardus's Avatar
    Battery seems pretty disappointing based on your results
    It takes time for the OS to "settle in."
    My guess - searching for signal is draining the battery. Also I'd like to see what the page further down...which components are using what % of battery.

    The image quality is pretty amazing, especially the corner sharpness. Light is good so not the most stringent test. But looking in the shadows - at this medium resolution looks Ok and corner sharpness looks excellent. I think I'll be leaving my DSLR at home more often!
    05-23-2015 10:33 AM
  21. illdini's Avatar
    What brightness are you using? If it's 64% like on one of your earlier screenshots, it's no wonder the battery life is poor (I generally keep my G3 at 20-25%, with Auto onn if I'm outside for an extended period of time).
    05-23-2015 12:21 PM
  22. stefstefs4's Avatar
    How quickly does the quick camera launch work? Is it s6 fast?
    I'd say it's about 2-3 seconds to load after the swipe to Camera mode. I've never tried the S6, but have seen videos - I'm pretty sure the S6 is half that time. But to be honest, I don't think 2-3 seconds would really bother anyone.... it's quite a minor factor for me.
    05-23-2015 02:50 PM
  23. stefstefs4's Avatar
    What brightness are you using? If it's 64% like on one of your earlier screenshots, it's no wonder the battery life is poor (I generally keep my G3 at 20-25%, with Auto onn if I'm outside for an extended period of time).


    I'm usually from 40% and upwards. I do a lot of photo editing personally and for work on my phone - so need to see the 'real' colours and brightness of photos.

    As someone else mentioned, I suspect the battery is going a little faster than usual because I am roaming with Three's Feel at Home. I am in Italy for a few days and from what I understand - Feel at Home 'borrows' other networks, so it keeps switching to the nearest cell tower.

    If I was on my Nexus 5, my battery would be even further gone at this point.
    05-23-2015 02:52 PM
  24. stefstefs4's Avatar
    It takes time for the OS to "settle in."
    My guess - searching for signal is draining the battery. Also I'd like to see what the page further down...which components are using what % of battery.

    The image quality is pretty amazing, especially the corner sharpness. Light is good so not the most stringent test. But looking in the shadows - at this medium resolution looks Ok and corner sharpness looks excellent. I think I'll be leaving my DSLR at home more often!
    I agree, I think it's the signal as I am roaming with Three's Feel at Home.

    I also agree about image quality - I did not expect this phone to have as good images as it's been producing 'out of the box'. I purposely bought a high-end Sony compact camera (RXIII M3) to send raw photos to my phone via NFC, but this phone is making me question that purchase!!!!
    tardus likes this.
    05-23-2015 02:54 PM
  25. stefstefs4's Avatar
    A few more photos from today - untouched and on Auto.

    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-uploadfromtaptalk1432411147275.jpg
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-uploadfromtaptalk1432411169388.jpg
    [UK] #TryLGG4 - Ask me your LG G4 questions! (I'm a Nexus 5 user) *3/6/15*-uploadfromtaptalk1432411208375.jpg
    tardus likes this.
    05-23-2015 03:00 PM
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