Design LG G3 vs LG G4
The first thing to do when comparing a flagship smartphone to an upcoming successor is looking at the design. The first thing we see when we check a smartphone out is its appearance, so that’s the first thing we’ll try and pinpoint. LG’s G3 was one of the most beautiful smartphones released in 2014, and we expect nothing less of the LG G4. Even though the G3 had a plastic chassis, the company resolved it in such a way that the brushed metal finish on the rear and the bottom of the front looked surprisingly good. The slim bezels surrounding the QHD display only added to the high-end feel of the phone, all the while keeping the LG G3 lightweight and easy to use. Screen to body ratio with the G3 is admirable, and even though the phone has a 5.5 inch massive display, one-handed use is actually possible, although not really comfortable.
The curved back panel on the LG G3 fits your hands pretty nicely, and the shine the chassis has to it makes it look as premium as it can with a plastic chassis. There are many out there who would rather have a soft-touch back panel than a glossy one, but the LG G3 manages to bypass the divide among those fans thanks to the great overall design of the smartphone. The button placement on the back is stylish and the buttons blend in with the chassis like crazy, making them easy to use and non-obtrusive as they were on the LG G3. The rounded edges of the phone have it sitting in your palms without poking at your skin and the overall maneuverability of the phone is great, unless you have small hands. The phone is rather large, measuring 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm, but a lot of that space is taken up by the display, ending up with a 75.3 % screen to body ratio.
With the LG G4, as the company said the phone would be radically different than what they have released so far. we can only guess what design the company will employ. Rumors have it that the LG G4 will include a lot of metal in the new design, which would mean the company following the recent trend of premium metal phones, seen in the Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 and the new iPhone 6. A metal design would sit better with users as the material used in smartphones has become associated with the premium feel everybody is striving to obtain in their pockets. There are advocates for plastic chassis on the LG G4, saying that they would rather have a soft-touch panel on the rear and maybe a metal frame to make the phone sturdier, but adding the extra cost of aluminum design does not sit well with many.
Regardless, the most recent LG G4 leak from the aforementioned Korean Times website suggest a metal design for the new flagship, although the reporters don’t go into details about how much metal the phone will actually use. As LG is known to try to keep the cost of their smartphones down so that it can target a wider audience, our best guess would be a metal frame with a chrome finish. The addition of a metal frame would make the device more durable and resistant to drops, but it would not protect the device from harm much better than a plastic casing would. Still, it would look stylish and fashionable, and it would definitely cater to the recent trend about premium designs. The button placement is a mystery, but since Juno emphasized the “radically different” part about the LG G4, we suspect the buttons from the back will be either different in shape and position, depending on the size of the device, or will be moved to the edges of the phone.
The button placement on the back of the LG G3 has received a lot of praise because it makes the buttons easily reachable by users, even with small hands who find the display too big to use one-handed. One significant rumor that sounds like the real deal involves the buttons being replaced by a touchpad, allowing users to interact with applications without touching the display. That feature would definitely make using the LG G4 one-handed a lot easier, as you would be able to scroll between apps, zoom in and out when using the camera. The touchpad would also embed the volume rocker, which could be controlled by tapping on the touchpad’s upper or lower portion. In my opinion, replacing the physical buttons on the back of the LG G4 with a trackpad would be an excellent addition to the phone, if it were as big as the LG G3 is now.
When it comes to the size of the phone, rumors say the company would employ a smaller display in the LG G4. The LG G3 comes with a 5.5 inch panel. Speculations suggest that the LG G4 display would measure only 5.3 inches in size, which would sit right in the middle of the display spectrum, on the border of phablet. Even though it seems that tech enthusiasts are gravitating towards phablets, the disadvantage of a larger smartphone is the fact that one-handed use is severely impacted in all cases. Even and individual with large hands and long fingers would find it difficult to navigate a 5.5 inch or 6 inch display, as seen with the iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6, launched in the Fall of 2014. In consequence, if LG shrunk the LG G4 display to 5.3 inches, and kept the great screen to body ratio, improved by the trackpad on the rear of the phone, one-handed use would be a breeze.
We could say that if the company put a trackpad on the rear of the LG G4. the display size could be kept at 5.5 inches without impacting usability, because navigating with the trackpad would improve the user experience. As long as the trackpad is placed in a good position, close to the middle of the phone, everybody could easily access the functions it offers, without having to fiddle with the display too much. It all depends on what the company chooses to do and how it chooses to design the phone. For all we know, we could be completely wrong in our assumptions and have the LG G4 launch with buttons on the side, a 5 inch display and a smooth back with only the camera and flash decorating it. Read on to find out more about the LG G4 display, hardware, features, battery and price.