The LG G4 in 2018 - Is It Worth It?

Released in the second quarter of 2015, the LG G4 had high hopes on dominating the smartphone market ahead of rivals like Samsung and Apple. Or so they thought. And now, 4 years later, a rather obvious question is posed, “Is The LG G4 Worth It In 2018”? . Let’s find out.

Here is a quick specs run down on LG’s 2015 flagship device.

LG G4 SPECIFICATIONS

BrandLG
ModelG4
Display2560×1440 (QHD)
RAM & STORAGE3GB & 32GB
SoftwareAndroid 5.1 (Upgradeable to 7.0)
Rare Camera16MP f1.8 (2160P Video – 4K 30FPS)
Front Camera8MP f2.0 1080P 30FPS
Battery3000mAh
OthersFast Charging, NFC, 4G, E.T.C
Price~$80

Since we’ve gotten all of that technical jargon out of the way, lets talk about what it feels like using the LG G4 in everyday situations in 2018. At the time of publishing this article, I currently own and use the LG G4 as my daily driver. Sadly. And I feel this pitiful for good reason. We’ll get to that in a bit.

First things first, the LG G4 is an AMAZING Smartphone, hands down! I know this may sound a little inconsistent with my previous sorrowful claim. If the LG G4 is such an “Amazing” device, why am I sad I own one? Well, you see, the answer is pretty simple. It’s old! Yeah, there I said it.

Whilst being a pretty decent smartphone, the shortcomings of the LG G4 are becoming more pronounced due to it’s age. From build quality to it’s software. Stuck on Andriod 7.0 Nougat, with no future updates from LG. The only hope to any sense of “refreshment” – software wise – would be from our ever reliable XDA forums. Big Props to developers currently supporting this device.

LG G4
LG G4

-RANT-

So I’m here wondering if LG put any thought into the design of the LG G4, this phone was supposed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S6 back in the day, which had a futuristic build quality, glass sandwiched and metals around the sides, unless you dislike Samsung phones for obvious reasons, there is no valid logical reason why you’d get the LG G4. Oh, except the fact that the LG G4 shoots photos in raw format but the S6 doesn’t. I stand to be corrected though.

The bias and relatively “logical” reason out of the way, for a phone that was meant to stand head to head with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhone 6, it does a terrible job – Hardware wise. The LG G4 had everything going for it except it’s build quality. While it’s already been 4 years since it’s launch, and a handful or reviews have clearly stated how poorly built the LG G4 was. I just couldn’t help but rant about it as well.

-END OF RANT-

Okay, now that I have gotten that out of my system. Allow me to tell you the one singular reason the LG G4 might be worth getting in 2018, okay, maybe two reasons.

  1. Budget
  2. Awesome Camera

There! Those are the only two reasons you should ever think of getting the LG G4 in 2018. Let me explain.

Budget.

Typical scenario; you recently lost your >=$500 (N120,000) smartphone, you currently don’t have enough cash to get the same phone again, so you start to think, you need a device that works, a device that wouldn’t break the bank, a device that…. HOLD IT! Nah fam, I’ll stop you there. You’re not getting anything more out of a smartphone with your current budget.

let’s be realistic. Right now, you need something that works, and is cheap. Lucky for you, the LG G4 retails for about $70-$80 on Stores like Aliexpress. It’s probably way cheaper if you buy it used (Inspect the condition). You really can’t go wrong with $70 now can you?

Awesome Camera

Packed with a 16MegaPixel f1.8 rare facing camera and an 8MegaPixel f2.0 front facing camera, the LG G4 shoots amazing pictures, AMAZING PICTURES!

I’ve had this phone for over 7 months and one of the reasons I got the LG G4 (besides being broke at the time. Much of that hasn’t changed though 🌚) was it’s amazing Camera. I know, I know, I’m coming of as a hype man, but honestly, the rare camera is pretty dope. Nuff said. “A picture speaks a thousand words” right ? Well feast your eyes on photos shot on the LG G4. Enjoy.

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