The Samsung Galaxy S6 was revealed earlier this year with some radical changes made to its design: glass back, metal frame, curved edges in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and the absence of a removable battery and microSD card slot. While the design change was received mostly positively, the non-removable battery and missing microSD card slot are two things that many found to be an inconvenience not worth giving up.
It’s okay, though, because LG’s got your back with the new LG G4 flagship. This device has both a removable battery and a microSD card slot (and not just any microSD card slot… apparently this phone has support up to 2 terabytes? Do you know how many gee-bees that is?! 2000 gigabytes, that’s how many). Typically the LG G series hasn’t seemed as popular as other flagships the past few years, but I think that what the G4 has to offer this year definitely puts it up there with both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9.
Now, some people might not initially agree because there’s one thing about the G4 that “holds it back”, and that’s their use of the Snapdragon 808 processor over the latest Snapdragon 810 processor. Apparently, though, the decision to use this processor has been the plan from the very beginning, and has nothing to do with the overheating issues of the 810. Either way, it seems like it was a smart move. Given that the 810 has received such scrutiny for its overheating issues, even in LG’s own G Flex 2, the use of the 808 isn’t really that bad. After all, the difference in speed between the 810 (octa-core processor) and the 808 (six cores) probably aren’t going to be noticeable after all is said and done (unless, of course, you’re specifically looking for that difference.)
The specs of the LG G4 are quite good, with a 1440 x 2560 5.5-inch screen, the aforementioned Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with microSD card support up to 2TB, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS, 8-megapixel camera on the front, removable 3000mAh battery (without quick charge) and currently runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.
In terms of design, you have a choice with the G4: plastic or leather, with the leather having many different colors to choose from.
Overall, I think that LG managed to get a lot of things right with the G4. There’s not much that I can complain about here. The battery is larger than its competition, and although it doesn’t feature Qualcomm’s quick charge, it is able charge fairly quickly on its own. The support for 2TB microSD might seem silly at this point because there is no 2TB microSD card at the moment, but I imagine there will be eventually, which means that the longevity of the G4 can be somewhat preserved in this way. The fact that it even has a microSD card slot, as well as a removable battery, make this a great alternative to other flagships (who don’t feature this) in its own right.
Yeah, I’d say that LG did a pretty great job with the G4. If you hadn’t considered LG’s flagship before, I would definitely make it a consideration now if you’re in the market for a new phone.