The LG G4 is finally official. Is it everything you hoped it would be?
While we may have had some ideas heading into today's events in New York and London, the LG G4 was a phone that we couldn't know for sure until it jumped out of leaked images and into our hands. Well, it's in our hands now, and we can now begin to see just where it falls in this year's crop of smartphones. And of course, nowhere is this more important than with the fans and faithful Android users who will be deciding if this is going to be the phone they commit themselves to.
So, are you counting the days till the G4's June release?
After the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 were unveiled last month, many users were left a little underwhelmed, especially users looking for expandable storage and removable batteries, both of which the S6 dropped this time in the name of thinness and glass backs. Well, these users may find a new home with LG, who elected to keep a microSD card slot and a 3000mAh removable battery. LG even proved that you could have premium backs that are removable with their sexy vegetable-tanned leather backs. Wireless charging isn't available out of the box, but at least it's available with a special backplate. Despite having a Snapdragon processor, the LG G4 does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, but the LG chargers aren't exactly slouches.
Speaking of the processor, going a half-step down (arguably) to the Snapdragon 808 from the 810 may seem odd, but the testing and reviews over the coming months will see if that decision was the right one. As mentioned in our hands-on, the screen is the same size and resolution — 5.5 inches and 1440p — but the tech behind it has some new-fangled buzzwords, and it seems like it's trying to take on the Samsung and its AMOLED technology. Phil has been out testing that camera on the streets of New York, the lucky duck, and we'll be pitting it against the rest of the field before too long.
But will all of these features be able to get you past LG's software, which — while a step in the right direction — is already making our editors scream? Will you be able to wait till June for a new phone, or have you waited all you can wait and you can't waits no more? We're obviously still digging into the LG G4 in terms of battery life, everyday performance, and how it shapes up in the daily use and daily lives of users outside a testing facility. But does that removable leather back just sing to you like an irresistible siren song? Do you think LG will ever get the software right? Do you think a G4 will find its way into your pocket this summer?