Here is a LG G4 review – available on Sprint network. This is an affordable high-end smart phone with a great camera and lots of features. Here’s my thoughts on it.
I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a Sprint device to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I have used a variety of different Android devices over the years, but Forrest and mine’s favorite brands is LG. They always produce high quality, durable phones that have great features.
I was excited when Sprint sent me the LG G4 to test out and review. For the past several weeks, I’ve been using it as my business phone, and I’ve been very pleased with the phone and the service. We recently went on a trip to Idaho, and while my personal phone lost service for the majority of the road trip, the service on this phone held strong (except for a few rather remote areas.)
I was really impressed with the camera quality on this phone. It has a total of 24 megapixels – the rear camera is 16 MP and the front-facing camera is 8 MP. Most front facing cameras that I have seen on phones have not been very good – most topping out at 3MP or so…so 8 is impressive! The rear facing camera also has an aperture f/1.8 and has the ability to take in RAW format, which are features I have on my DSLR…so to have them on a phone is awesome. Here are a few pictures I took with the camera:
If a road says it’s closed and there is no indication of a detour, don’t just take a random dirt road off to the side. It will likely just lead you to scary cliffs to drive on, and you will end up just having to turn around (and go on the scary roads again.) The cross with a hat on it was not particularly comforting. I was impressed that the GPS even registered the road we were on (though it kept telling us to turn around!) and how it handled the hills! #roadtrip #kiasedona #driveshop @kiamotorsusa @driveshopusa
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At 32 GB of internal storage, I’ve been able to download plenty of apps and take a bunch of pictures, and it hasn’t filled it up or slowed the phone down. I think 16 GB is the minimum you should really have for a phone if you want to use it to it’s potential, so 32 GB is great. It doesn’t have expandable memory though, so I’m glad it comes equipped with a lot to begin with. It also has a very fast processor (a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor) which helps with the speed as well. The screen is nice and crisp, and videos play very well on it. I feel like the call quality is great as well, which is always a plus.
For me, the phone is a bit too large – but I’m just used to a smaller screen and phone that fits better in my pocket. However, if you are someone that likes to watch videos on your phone, this would probably be a plus. The outside of it is rather sleek feeling, and it doesn’t pick up finger prints easily. Both Forrest and I feel like it probably needs a case.
Battery life is about average. It will last me about a day on a full charge and moderate usage. It takes about an hour for it to completely charge up all of the way, but there are different battery saving options that I didn’t use that may extend your its battery life longer than I had it!
One unique feature of the phone is the placement of the volume and power buttons. Most phones have these on the side, but the LG G4 has it on the back underneath the camera. I will admit that this does take time to get used to, but it does make it so the phone can be thinner. It took me a little while to figure it out at first, though!
It is pretty affordable with a Sprint lease, which is $18 per month for 24 months and with the Sprint Family Share Pack plan (which is a good value – 4 lines for 20 GB of shared data, along with unlimited talk and text for $100 a month.) In my experience, that’s about how much you’ll be paying for a quality smart phone that is going to last. You can find a Sprint store near you here!
I really liked the smart cards it has that show you weather, information on the surrounding area, local and national news, etc. that is pertinent to you. The weather app is really accurate and gives a lot of details, plus it updates automatically depending on where you are.
You can also download the Sprint Drive First app, which is a free app that you can download that will sent calls to voicemail and silence email and text alerts once a vehicle reaches 10 MPH. We see SO many people texting when they are driving, and they are almost always driving erratically. Did you know that when texting, a driver spends approximately 10% of their driving time outside of their lane? If you have a teenager (or even just get tempted to use your phone while driving), this is a great app to install. Since texting drivers are 23 times more likely to get involved in a crash, it’s important to take certain measures to prevent it from happening.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed this phone. It’s one of the better Android phones I’ve used recently, and it has some of the higher quality features that more expensive phones boast. If you want a fast phone with a good camera and durable features, I’d recommend it!
Sprint is also encouraging young drivers to sign up at ThumbWars.org. By doing so, they will receive two pairs of yellow anti-texting thumb socks. They are then encouraged to share the socks with someone they love who texts and drives, and then take a picture of them with their friend wearing the socks to send to DoSomething.org.
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