LG G4 review: The big smartphone with a removable battery AND a microSD card slot

£498
Price when reviewed

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The LG G4 is a better all-rounder than any other Android phone bar the Samsung Galaxy S6 right now, but there are a couple of rivals that offer something a touch different and, therefore may be worth considering instead.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Best phone Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

Price when reviewed: £600

On the Android side, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs the LG G4 incredibly close for the crown of best big-screened smartphone. Its high-DPI, 1,440 x 2,560 pixel screen is 0.2in larger than the LG G4’s, and although the phone itself is a touch larger as a result, image quality is slightly superior to the G4.

The Note 4’s battery life and performance are better as well; where it can’t live with LG’s handset is camera quality. The LG G4’s wider aperture and OIS help it deliver excellent shots in all conditions, and although the Note 4 is certainly no slouch in this department it’s not quite at the same level. I’m also of the opinion that LG’s Android overlay is a mite less intrusive than Samsung’s.

The feature that might persuade you to head in the direction of the Note 4 is its pressure-sensitive stylus. This allows you to create handwritten notes and sketches, clip screenshots and enter text via handwriting recognition. Plus, the Note 4 also has a heartrate sensor on the rear.

You can read the full Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review here.

Google Nexus 6P

Price: £449 inc VAT, 32GB

 

The current king of all phones is the Google Nexus 6P. Manufactured by Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei, the 5.7in 6P is a triumph of elegant design, combined with potent hardware and streamlined software. It’s quite simply the finest smartphone money can buy, and the best thing about it is it doesn’t cost the earth. A mere £449 will net you this stunning piece of hardware – nothing else comes close. Click here to read our Nexus 6P review

LG G4 specifications

ProcessorSix-core (dual 1.8GHz and quad 1.44GHz), Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
RAM3GB
Screen size5.5in
Screen resolution1,440 x 2560, 538ppi (Gorilla Glass 3)
Screen typeIPS
Front camera8MP
Rear camera16MP (f/1.8, phase detect autofocus, OIS, 1/2.6in sensor size)
FlashDual LED with colour spectrum sensor
GPSYes
CompassYes
Storage32GB
Memory card slot (supplied)MicroSD
Wi-Fi802.11ac (2x2 MU-MIMO)
BluetoothBluetooth 4.1 LE, A2DP, apt-X
NFCYes
Wireless data4G, Cat9 (450Mbits/sec download)
Size (WDH)75 x 8.9 x 149mm
Weight155g
Operating systemLG UX 4.0 (based on Android Lollipop 5.1)
Battery size3,000mAh

Price and availability

SIM-free pricePlastic back, around £500; leather back, around £520
Contract priceFrom free on a £35/mth 24mth contract

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