On your Christmas list this year may be a new smartphone. There are many options. Since the LG V10 was just released not too long ago some may be wondering if they should opt to get that phone, or the still popular LG G4 which was just released a few months ago.
While I have not tried the V10… yet, I do have a G4 courtesy of Best Buy. It is quite the phone. I am a smartphone snob. For the past few years I have been in love with Samsung devices. It takes a lot to even make me consider another smartphone. I had read about the LG G4, so when asked I was very excited to check it out. And I must say, this phone has definitely won me over. I heavily used the LG G4 on AT&T for a couple of weeks. LG knew what they were doing when they created this device. It’s fast, fluid, and the camera is amazing.
Just looking at the LG G4 from the front you might miss the most interesting part of the design. This is the leather backing. Unlike phones with plastic backs this does not show fingerprints which I love. The back is also curved which feels good when holding it in my hand.
LG has chosen to stick with a fairly clean UI of Android 5.1 (Lollipop) by way of it’s new G UX 4.0 on top. This makes it a clean experience unlike some other Android phone manufacturers which feel busy. There is no much manufacturer phone bloatware to slow down the device. Although the version that I got is loaded up with quite a few AT&T programs that I won’t use. Both the LG G4 and the V10 will soon be updated to Android Marshmallow (Android 6.0).
Overall I like the feel of the OS on this phone. I enjoy using it.
The camera is my favorite feature on this phone. It is one of the best that I have ever used on a smartphone. At 16MP photos are clear and rival those of point and shoot cameras.
- f/1.8 aperture for impressive performance in low light situations
- Manual mode with 15 settings and over 135 options for photo enthusiast level control over how photos are captured
- Improved Laser Auto Focus so you’re always ready to capture the moment
- 16MP rear facing camera and an 8MP front facing camera for high quality photos and selfies
- Improved Optical Image Stabilization steadies the shot for sharp, focused images
- RAW image file capture for the highest possible image quality
The Quad HD display with a whopping 2560 x 1440 resolution now boasting the Quantum Display moniker. This means that videos and photos pop. Watching streaming videos is an absolute pleasure.
There is only one con that I have spotted for the LG G4, the seemingly sensitive screen. And I don’t mean sensitive as in the touch. Within only a few days of having this phone the screen got a pretty good scratch across it from being in the front pocket of my purse. I’m not sure what did it, but it’s an ugly scratch. I’m used to phones being a bit more tough. This is why I usually try to put a screen protector on my phones right away when I get them. Lesson learned!
So What’s the Difference in the G4 vs V10?
The LG V10 is the newest device in LG’s smartphone line. While it’s not a direct replacement of the G4, they are similar. One of the main differences is that the new LG V10 has a slightly larger 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen but has same resolution as the G4. Although, the LG V10 has two screens. There’s the regular screen, and there is a second, smaller screen at the top that helps users find shortcuts and contacts easily. Sounds similar to the edge idea on another popular phone. 🙂
While the LG G4 has a generous 3GB of RAM, the LG V10 improves on that with 4GB. This means that you should not have to worry about lag, and should have no problem keeping several apps running in the background for easy access and syncing.
The LG V10 and LG G4 both have a 16MP rear-facing camera. However, the LG G4 has a front-camera with 8MP while the LG V10 has two built-in 5MP selfie cameras. It actually seems weird to me that LG chose to lower the resolution. But, I do think the the dual selfie camera idea is pretty cool. The camera reportedly allows you to take wide angle selfies.
As for storage, the G4 has a 32GB of storage while the LG V10 comes standard with storage capacity to 64GB. Both also have a microSD card slot that can be used to increase the storage capacity with memory cards of up to 2TB. I find this awesome at a time where other manufacturers are choosing to remove the expandable option from their flagship phones.
Right now the LG G4 is currently available from Best Buy with 2-year agreement for Verizon Wireless or Sprint for only $1. The LG V10 is available for only $149.99 from Verizon Wireless. Or, $23.34/month from AT&T.
Disclosure: The LG G4 was provided to me in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.