I do like how LG has gone about customising the leather backs, though. Here’s the thing: it’s a bold look, and lots of people will probably hate it, especially in the tan version of this review sample.
There are loads of other shades, though, which give it a slightly different vibe. The black leather version is kind of disconcertingly kinky, but the brighter shades are a lot more fun. They scream a lot less of S&M.
Just fancy plain old plastic? LG has applied some contouring to the plastic back of the LG G4 and has thrown a bit of ceramic into the mix of the back’s make-up for a harder feel, but really the phone looks and feels a lot like the LG G3. In all the models the little side bits are still plastic, and the phone is roughly the same size.
It’s no wonder LG brought out these leather backs to detract from the idea this is a pretty simple upgrade.
Once again, LG has plonked the phone’s buttons onto the phone’s back: that’s the power key and the volume buttons. There’s no smart fingerprint scanner, but after a few years of optimising this design the rear buttons feel great. They sit right under where your phone naturally lies and make a this larger handset easier to use.
Same old, same old
What many of you may really appreciate staying the same, though, is the freedom this plastic backplate gives you. You can simply rip the thing off, and underneath you can change the battery and pop in a microSD card. With an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6, you can’t do either.
If you like watching movies on your phone or want to keep the LG G4 for at least a couple of years, these are very good things to have. After a 12 months or so even modern phone batteries will have lost some of their mojo. With this phone you’ll just be able to snag a new one off eBay, assuming UKIP doesn’t get voted in and ban trade from all non-UK companies, that is.
It handles well too, for a 5.5-inch screen phone with unremarkable thickness of 9.8mm. How come? While it’s a shade wider than the LG G3, the ‘arc’ of the back (as LG calls it) fits your hand pretty well. It is a fair bit bigger than the Galaxy S6, though. Bear this in mind if you’re averse to big phones.