With the slurry of flagship phones like HTC M9 and Samsung S6 Edge, LG will be unveiling its own flagship. The LG G4 will be revealed by the end of april as sources from Korean publication mentioned. Some of those publications also claimed that the phone will have a 5-inch curved Quad HD display, but there’s probably no use speculating if that’s true or not when we’re this near to seeing the real thing. The South Korean company will hold an event in New York and other locations around the globe (New York, London, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul), and we’ll be there to cover it, so stay tuned!
urning to the rumor mill, while some rumors suggest LG will go with a premium metallic build, at least one rumor suggests LG will stick with plastic, saving metal for its rumored LG “G4 Note”. It’s still unclear if the “more upscale” flagship will debut next month alongside the G4, though LG has hinted that such a device is really in the works. Another possibility is that LG’s tagline could be referencing a switch to a curved design (as rumored by Korea Times), which would certainly make it feel and look differently than the G4’s predecessor.
New native Apps
LG software experience has improved through many iteration, holidng the best apps and intorducing new ones. Its signature Knock Code has increased security and Glance View allow users to take a quick peek at the time and notifications without having to switch the whole display.
Does software take advantage of improved hadware?
Many other interesting software updates mange to use the advantage of improved hardware. Will LG take advantage of the latest Qualcom 810 snapdragon processor and Andoid Lollipop 5.0.1? Check out the video below.
Other apps that is not include in the video is LG Health,
LG provide an LG health embedded with the phone, showing sufficient information for your running speed, time, distance, with an included map. Nontheless, most of us who run fit our fitness trackers will be more comfortable with 3rd party fitness app that works with out existing setup. Nonetheless, LG do provide an option for external accessory to work FORA, AND and OMRON fitness accessories.
There are improvement on the apps and saofware aspect, mostly in the camera, lockscreen and customisation. However the star of the show of LG Flex version always lies in the curvature and physical sexy apeal of the phone. The bold flemenco red with silver rim further accentuate FLex 2 strengh with is the streamlined physical appeal. It favors the ladies due to the sleek contours and color. Wont this be a perfect present for Valentines.
LG’s overall sofware User Interface seems to have followed Samsung’s approach by incorporating an endless numbers of software. Only in G2, the speed is running in steriods with efficient battery usage. Aesthetically, LG’s skin isnt as cartoony as Samsung’s TouchWiz. Resembling nothing like stock Android, the G2’s been skinned with LG’s own icons and menus, topped off with over-the-top transition animations that dont seem to slow it down.
My favorite software features only unique to LG G2 is explained in the video clip.
1) LG Knock On
2) Unique screen caption by Quick Memo
3) Multitasking by native Q-Slide and Slide Aside
4) Guest Mode
5) LG Cloud and Wireless Storage
G2 is also compatible with the latest Google.apk where you can use voice commands in Google Now. (see video at 8:54)
Other than the obvious Knock On feature, here are some of the features where common users might find useful
1) Screen Capture
a) Click both power and down vol keys simultaneously for screen capture. A simpler method will be pressing your fingers in between both “down” and “center” buttons. It requires a bit of practice to get it right the 1st time.
b) Capture Plus in browser
Those of you who wants to capture all content to be on 1 page without breaks. This is useful to compare a whole list of items within 1 page, instead of screen capture a few pages.
a) Q Slide –open as many apps as possible as a separate window side by side
b) Slide aside – 3 finger slide to allow easy accessibility of apps on the side
3) Guest Mode
– protects the owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern
4) Main icons at the bottom can be changed
5) Using voice to activate “OK Google” feature
6) Wireless storage useful as no external SD card slot available. LG Cloud adds further to 5GB of backup storage.
7) Camera / Video/ Audio Zoom
– Enables users to zoom in the sound, as they zoom in the images while video-recording. Not only is the image enlarged, the sound associated with the area is also amplified
– Not only can the LG G2 be used as a remote control for popular LG home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remote controls and can be customized to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys
LG has taken a new experimental approach on the button placement of a typical smart phone. The power and volume button are placed at the back where ergonomically makes perfect sense. With phones getting larger it doesn’t really make sense to have the volume buttons on the side. You need to reach for the buttons vs on the G2 the buttons are where your fingers are naturally, which makes turning the volume up and down rather easy. No more accidentally bumping the volume buttons on the side too. There are no other physical buttons other than the 3 at the back, making it look sleek and sexy.
Left: a US variant, Right: Singapore’s version
The screen with micro thin border packs almost 80% of the front phone surface solely for display. Its only 1 mm larger than S4 on all sides but comes with 5mm larger display. Galaxy Note II and the other phablets are just too big. LG fit a huge screen into a minimal package I can truly say it is phenomenal.
screen display covers almost 80% of the front
OIS and High Resolution Camera for Great Pictures
The LG G2’s in-built camera offers 13 megapixels and Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology in a slim design without a protruding lens. The OIS technology prevents blurring, allowing for clearer, brighter and sharper images even when in motion or shooting in dim environment. Other notable features include Super Resolution and Multi-point AF, keeping images in focus, comparable with a standalone point-and-shoot digital camera.
3000mAh battery is definitely twice the life of an average smartphone! Powerful Snapdragon 800 processor has dynamic power sensing and G Ram (Graphic Ram) improves battery life as it takes the pressure off cpu processing. I manage to clock 16.5 to 24hours per day on a daily basis is awesome with quite heavy usage with games and movie playback. Blazing fast processing with minimum power usage.
Quick Window Cover
QuickWindow thin case is made with comfortable polyurethane thatched texture feel. A cutout provided for notification light. The window at the front is oriented at a portrait as compared to landscape S-Cover. Display only show small portion of the screen to save battery. I wish there is more functionality other than clock and mp3 player.
The back cover protect camera with slight recess. Back thickness dont interfere with tactile back buttons or the flash.
For those audiophiles out there, this phone does allow for 24 bit music and it really does sound fantastic. With headphones in this phone, the sound quality is one of the top-notch phones. With the speaker the phone is loud, definitely louder than the iPhone 5 but not as loud and clear as the HTC One. In this comparison, the HTC One wins for the speakers and beats audio for earphones, but the G2 is no slouch and I find myself listening to my music on the speaker frequently.