LG G4c review
|Review: July 2015|
In a nutshell: The LG G4c is a cheaper, more compact version of LG's outstandingly good flagship G4 smartphone. Whilst it shares the stylish looks of the G4, the G4c misses out on many of its best features. However, for a phone costing around £200, it's still excellent value, and is a good mid-range choice.
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Design & style
The LG G4c looks exactly like a more compact version of the flagship LG G4 smartphone. Compact is a relative term, as the G4c still has a big 5 inch screen, but it's more manageable than the G4 with its enormous 5.5 inch screen. The phone is slim, with tapered edges, an ultra-narrow bezel surrounding the screen, and with all the buttons mounted on the rear of the phone to save space. The phone isn't exactly lightweight, but its weight is spread evenly over its body and it feels right in the hand. It's a very comfortable and practical design.
The G4c misses out on the leather option finish of the G4. Instead, the phone has a plastic metal-look casing, available in a choice of Grey, White or Gold. On the back you'll find a combined volume and power control, plus the speaker grille.
The front of the phone is almost completely filled by the large 5 inch display. Even though the G4c is the compact version, 5 inches is still a very good size for a smartphone screen. Sadly, the display doesn't have the incredible quad HD resolution of the G4, but must make do with a more ordinary 1280 x 720 HD resolution. That gives it a reasonable 293ppi pixel density, which is good for a mid-range phone, but nothing special. The display is of IPS type that's bright and sharp, but not in the same league as the G4. Overall, the screen is comparable with phones like the HTC Desire 620 and Microsoft Lumia 640 that cost about the same.
So, it's a mid-range phone. Don't expect the high-end specs of the G4. Having said that, we're perfectly happy with what we get with the G4c. The processor is a quadcore Snapdragon from Qualcomm equipped with a modest 1GB of RAM. It's perfectly good for normal phone functions, but will struggle with demanding 3D games.
The built-in memory of 8GB is a bit restrictive, given the requirements of Android Lollipop 5.0. Even the inclusion of a microSD card slot can't get round this problem. A year ago, 8GB felt right for a mid-range phone, but in 2015 we'd really like to see 16GB, as found in the Samsung Galaxy A3 or HTC Desire 820.
8 megapixel camera
The front and rear cameras have reduced specs too. The rear camera is a fairly tame 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording. It takes reasonable quality shots, but it lacks the sharpness of the G4c's 16 megapixel camera.
The front 5 megapixel camera is intended for selfies and does its job well enough.
The G4c has all the connectivity options we need - 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, NFC and a headphone jack.
The battery has been slimmed down for the G4c, but it still packs a very respectable 2540mAh of power, and that's enough for a solid day of use.
Conclusion - a good mid-range phone
The G4c takes the design of a flagship phone, miniaturises it a little, and slashes the cost. So far, so good. Sadly though, it strips out the high-end features that make the G4 such an extraordinary phone. What's left is a good all-round mid-range phone that offers excellent value for money. But there's nothing to get our juices flowing.
Still, the G4c is a nice phone. It's design is excellent and practical, and the 5 inch screen is a very good size. It's a good enough screen for most purposes. The quadcore processor runs well most of the time, provided that you remember that it's not the latest beast and don't ask it to do things it was never designed to do. We find the 8GB of memory rather tight, although the microSD card makes up for this to some extent. The camera performance, battery life and connectivity are all solid.
LG G4c features include:
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus, and digital zoom / HD video recording
- 5 megapixel front-facing camera
- Display: IPS display, 5 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels
- A-GPS, A-Glonass with Google Maps
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, Google+ Messenger, Google Talk
- Processor: Quadcore 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
- Memory: 8GB, microSD card slot (up to 64GB), 1GB RAM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, HDMI, Infrared
- 4G LTE, GSM/EDGE, multi band 3G (HSPA+42Mbps/HSPA+21Mbps)
- Size: 140 x 70 x 10.2 mm
- Weight: 139g
- Battery: 2,540mAh
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LG G4c user reviews
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Average rating from 3 reviews:
Reviewed by Alex
on 3rd May 2016
Been using this phone for a solid two weeks now, no problems at all with it. If you're considering this one, please go into it with the knowledge that it isn't a Note 5 or high end, it's a decent middle of the road mid range phone, it's not lightening fast but it isn't a snail either. It can cope with intensive use and does it quickly. Haven't noticed any lag with it apart from when the screen auto rotates.
Memory Card is definitely required however, first boot of the phone and i only had 3.90GB free space.
Reply by Brian
from United Kingdom
on 11th May 2016
What sd card do you use i have bought two different sd cards they worked for a short time then mobile said the sd card is not mounted. Can you help thanks.
Reviewed by ian
on 13th Feb 2016
This phone DOES NOT have infra-red as stated above. It is however a good value mid range phone. You will have to invest in a memory card as it is limited to a 8 GB internal memory.
Reviewed by Andy
on 9th Aug 2015
Awful, slow beyond belief ! Avoid this phone.