Korean electronics giant LG has launched the G4- its much anticipated flagship since the G3 was released last year.
Armed with a full list fo specs of the new gadget, we decided to match up the G4 with the best of the best in the market- namely the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9.
The G4 adorns its face with a 5.5 inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels per inch which is a major upgrade over the curved P-OLED touchscreen in the G Flex 2.
The display is comparable with the Super AMOLED Quad HD display in the Samsung Galaxy S6 but definitely an upgrade from the IPS LCD and the LCD3 capacitative touchscreen in Apple iPhone 6 and the HTC One M9 respectively.
Size and Weight
Sporting dimensions of 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm, the G4 is almost similar in size to the G Flex 2 albeit with an arc design which holds a lesser curve but a taller look.
Weighing at 155 grams, it should fit in nicely in your palm without much ado, being comparable with all other major smartphones. It also sports a pure leather back cover which gives it a stylish look and a comfortable feel. You can also order a G4 with plastic back cover with a metallic finish.
Only the HTC One M9 is heavier than the G4 at 157g, with Apple and Samsung curbing the weight factor with 129g and 138g bodies.
Even though the leather version may offer better looks, the plastic model will be disappointing given superior metal bodies sported by the other three flagships.
The G4 seems to be built to walk through the most rigorous tests, with a 3000 mAH battery and a Snadragon 808w/ Adreno 418 GPU processor. This should ensure multi-tasking for most of the day without charging.
The battery seems to be superior to those powering the other flagships. The Galaxy S6 and the M9 feature 2550 mAH and 2840 mAH batteries and thr iPhone 6 brings up the rear with a 1810 mAH battery.
However, the Snapdragon 808, though proven, could be a bit less equipped at handling HD videos and gaming than the Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 chps powering the Galaxy S6 and the M9 smartphones. The iPhone 6 features a Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone chip which doesn't seem to be as powerful as the other chips but hasn't generated any criticism as yet.
The G4, being LG's latest device, is built on the Android 5.1 Lollipop ecosystem which should ensure that you will get the best features that Android can offer.
So is the case with the other two Android phones. However, the iPhone 6 reigns supreme with the compact and highly secure iOS platform holding the reins.
The G4 sports a 3GB RAM that will support an impressive internal storage of 32GB. A separate microSD slot will let you store an additional 128GB worth data in the G4. The M9 offers exactly the same hardware, though Samsung and Apple offer better internal storage options with 64GB and 128GB options.
The primary camera is a 16MP behemoth with an f/1.8 aperture for great lowlight photography, which is similar to the primary camera in the Galaxy S6. It also contains a Laser Auto focus and Colour Spectrum Sensor technology. The front camera bears an unprecedented 8MP resolution, perfect for selfies and video calling.
While Apple manages to offer the best customer experience in photography with a mere 8MP camera, the HTC One M9 reigns supreme with a 20.7MP primary camera offering an impressive 5376 x 3752 pixel resolution.
Apart from competitive specs, the G4 will also offer Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HDMI support along with LG's own UX features like Smart Notice/ Smart Bulletin, Gesture Interval Shot/ Quick Shot and EVent Pocket/ Ringtone ID.
In contrast, Apple offers much more popular features like the iMessage and FaceTime video calling features. An iCloud support also enables additional 5GB storage option. The Galaxy S6 also impresses with new features like wireless charging, OneDrive with 115GB cloud storage and NFC payment system.
Even though the M9 does not offer wireless charging, it provides a fast battery charging option through which you can charge as much as 60 per cent in 30 minutes. The OneDrive feature can also help you with 100GB worth cloud storage.
With the best of specs and features on offer at comparative prices, these gadget makers surely do not make choosing you right smartphone the easiest task in the world. However, with varied tastes and preferences, users do carry the knack of picking the odd winner amongst many equals. We would surely wait and watch if the G4 can emerge as one of the most popular phones in the coming days.