Let's be terribly honest, when it comes to recommending a South Korean smartphone brand, LG isn't usually the company that gets the honor of first mention, which is very much a shame, really, as they are plenty capable of making perfectly fine devices – with one such device being the LG G4.
It won't take long for you to notice that the LG G4 is a great-looking device, thanks to its sleek, curved chassis and its stitched leather back casing – which is made out of genuine leather, in case you were wondering. Hold the G4 in the palm of your hand and you'll immediately realize that its curved chassis and leather back aren't just there for aesthetic purposes, as they actually do contribute to the overall premium feel of the device as well.
The LG G4 has an equally beautiful set of hardware as well. If you can manage to pry your eyes from its gorgeous
DECEMBER 2015 5.5-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) IPS Quantum Display and look what lies beneath it, you'll find a 1.82GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, an Adreno 418 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD to 128GB), and a removable 3,000mAh Li-ion battery pack. On the software side of things, the LG G4 runs on Android 5.1 with LG's own UX 4.0 user interface on top.
This is why it should not come as a surprise that the LG G4 managed to perform flawlessly throughout the weeks we've been using it as our daily device. We were able to rapidly switch back and forth between apps without the slightest bit of hesitance, and even play lag-sensitive games like Shooty Skies without a hitch.
Naturally, the LG G4 was able to power through all the benchmarks we threw at it. It scored 4,636 on PCMark 8's Work benchmark; 18,017 on 3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark; 22,056 on Quadrant, and 48,179 on AnTuTu. In fact, it was even powerful enough to run the Epic Citadel benchmark on Ultra High Quality with an average frame rate of 28.7 fps – which is pretty impressive considering that it was running on a Quad HD display.
But there was one particular component of the LG G4 that left us genuinely impressed: its 16MP rear camera. It's not just any ordinary 16MP rear camera, mind you, but one that has an aperture of f/1.8, an optical image stabilizer, and a laser autofocus system. As a result, the LG G4's camera was lightning-fast to lock focus on objects even under poor lighting conditions, and was also able to cancel out our jittery hands, despite us using it at its maximum zoom range.
The images that it captured was of top-notch quality as well – sharp, vibrant, and packed with plenty of detail. Though they do have a tendency to appear a little over-processed when you decide to examine them up close. If you're a serious shutterbug, you can opt to have more creative control over your photos by switching the LG G4's camera into manual mode, which would enable you to shoot in the RAW format and adjust various settings, such as white balance, ISO, shutter speed, focus distance, and even exposure lock.
The LG G4's 16MP shooter is one of the best we've seen on a smartphone.