With its lightning quick processor, big and bright display, and 16-megapixel camera that can shoot both JPEG and raw file formats, it’s easy to see how the LG G4 is a stellar device. It’s also one of the most enjoyable LG handsets to use thanks to its interface’s welcomed facelift, and has both expandable memory and a removable battery (an old-school rarity these days with marquee handsets).
Despite all its pros, however, the handset feels like a slightly tweaked, but ultimately repackaged LG G3. Sure, there’s a new leather-clad option, and there’s nothing wrong with the G3 per se (especially when you retain everything we liked about it, like the laser-guided focus and better-than-full-HD resolution). But when your newest offering doesn’t progress far enough beyond your previous endeavor, it’s hard to get excited about it.
With its lack of cutting-edge hardware and innovative software, LG played it safe with the G4. And in this fast-paced mobile industry, tame won’t work in the company’s favor; especially now that Samsung redesigned its Galaxy S6 with a sleeker and thinner look, and launched the envelope-pushing S6 Edge counterpart. All in all, while the G4 is a solid device, it isn’t compelling enough to outshine its ambitious competitors.
Already available in Korea since April 29, the G4 will launch globally in late May through early June. In the US, Verizon will carry the device “soon,” and T-Mobile customers can sign up for a program preview starting May 25 to try the handset out. AT&T will also sell it, and Sprint and US Cellular will carry it starting in June.