LG have been steadily building a reputation for making beautifully designed phones with loads of great features. So it was no surprise when their flagship phone, the LG G4, cleaned up at the industry awards ceremonies last year. The LG G4C is their attempt to take the design of the G4 and create a lower-priced phone that still packs plenty of features.
Design-wise, the G4C looks very similar to its big brother – and that’s definitely not a bad thing. The front of the phone is slightly curved, so it fits better in your hand and is easier to hold against your face when you’re making a call. And the distinctive design on its back is sure to catch eyes, too (we’re big fans).
Speaking of the back of the phone, that’s where you’ll find the volume and power buttons, which you might be more used to being on the side of the phone. It’s a quirky design that’s a bit like Marmite at first – you’ll either love it or hate it. Personally, we’ve found it pretty easy to get used to.
Besides the design, the G4C’s battery life is the one feature users seem to love. It’s not a phone designed for heavy multi-tasking, but if you’re just using it for light web browsing, calls, texts and emails, you should definitely find that the battery lasts for at least a whole day, maybe even two.
Then G4C’s 5-inch screen shows colours well for a phone in this price range. If you’re watching YouTube or Netflix, you’ll find it easy to watch from every angle. It can be tricky to see everything in bright light, though and you’ll find brighter screens on higher end smartphones.
Naturally, the G4C’s had to make compromises in some places, the most obvious being in the power it’s packing. The processor and RAM are both fairly standard for a phone of this price range, so you might find it a bit frustrating when you’re switching between apps, or playing anything more than low-intensity games. If you’re looking for more power (and you’re willing to spend a bit more) the LG Nexus 5X might be more your style.
Another compromise comes in the form of internal memory. The G4C only comes with 8GB of on-board storage, which’ll soon get filled up by your photos and apps. You could always pop in an SD card, since the G4C has a dedicated slot. But if you’d rather have more memory from the get-go, the HTC 530 comes with 16GB of built-in storage. You’ll have to compromise on speed and design, though.
If you’re taking the occasional selfie, or a quick snap while you’re out and about, the front and rear-facing cameras on the G4C should suit you just fine. There are better options available though – again, the LG Nexus 5X offers a smarter, sleeker shooting experience, but you’ll have to be willing to part with a little more money every month.
That just about wraps it up for the LG G4C. It’s a good mid-range phone, with a great battery life and a design that’s sure to get you some admiring glances. It does compromise on power, though, as well as internal memory. But if you’re looking for a phone that’ll handle the basics, as well as offering you good value for money, it’s hard to beat.