Last year when LG launched the G3, I wasn’t all that impressed with the handset. To be fair, there weren’t many handsets launched last year that really caught my attention, other than Motorola’s flagship — and that was basically due to Moto Maker. There was enough to like about the G3 back, then, but there was never a moment where I thought I’d even consider it as my daily driver.
That changed completely when LG unveiled the G4. The moment I saw that leather back, the first inklings of, This should be mine, began forming. June 5 couldn’t come soon enough, especially as the reviews for the handset began funneling in from around the net. They were all saying essentially the same thing: This phone’s great.
Of course, there were some elements of the G4 that stood out over others, like the aforementioned leather rear cover. People were touting the removable battery cover, and the inclusion of microSD card support. Truth is, neither one of those things mattered to me, and I wasn’t actively looking forward to using a microSD card to expand my storage in the slightest.
However, the camera practically made up for those things all by itself. G4 managed to really go all-out with the G4’s camera, and while I was skeptical about real-world usage on my end, after using the device for a few days I can honestly say the camera really is fantastic.
And so, as just mentioned, I’ve been using the G4 for a few days now, and this is an impressive smartphone. I’m not a huge fan of smartphones with displays measuring over five inches, but this one feels ridiculously comfortable thanks to the slight curve. The leather back feels great. And, while this is a hard pill to swallow, I have to admit that LG’s proprietary software isn’t completely awful, either.
This is the first Android phone in a long, long time I didn’t immediately install the Google Now Home replacement app.
And yet, the longer I use the phone the more I realize I’m missing things from iOS. Simply put, I miss iOS’s Control Center, iMessage, and the ability to quickly select an audio source when switching between options. (I use Bluetooth a lot, as well as headphones, and simply sliding up to access output in Control Center is huge.) These are little things, more or less, but these are still things I use every single day.
(One remarkably frustrating thing is a notification for splitting audio with the LG G4 so that I can listen to music through a Bluetooth source and my headphones at the same time. This pops up all the time. And I hate it.)
Even if the G4 isn’t a lot to look at (on the front), I still love the feel of the device in the hand, along with the leather back, the camera, the camera software/options, Android’s feature’s list, the G4’s display, and the physical buttons on the back of the handset. All of these things, but the troubling issues with missing features from a different platform, made me realize that this is one of those rare times where I wish I could combine two very different worlds together.
I think, right now, my perfect smartphone would be an LG G4 running iOS 8.3 — or I guess iOS 9, since this is just a dream after all. If I could make that reality come true, I’d be a ridiculously happy camper. Maybe one day. (Probably not.)
What smartphone would you combine a platform with? An iPhone with a version of Android? An Android handset with Windows Phone? Let me know!