LG is leaving the smartphone market after years of losses. The decision was issued on April 5, starting the gradual deactivation of this sector, a process scheduled to end on July 31, 2021. We will no longer have LG smartphones.
Let us remember, then, some of its most irreverent products, those smartphones that aroused our curiosity and, after months or years, continue to deserve our esteem. Regardless of their success in the market, these were the LG smartphones that, over the years, have marked us.
1. LG Nexus 5: the great Android
In November 2013, LG would launch one of the best Android smartphones to hit the market. It debuted wireless charging with the Qi standard, something that would become a common sight since 2020, with LG being a pioneer in this field.
The phone stood out for its good price and for using Android “stock”, the pure version provided by Google. The optimized interface made it faster than most Android phones at the time, and earned it good reviews.
For those looking for an Android smartphone with excellent price / quality ratio, this was the phone to have. It was highly coveted by the most eager community for the Google operating system.
2. LG G2: the best alternative to Samsung
In August 2013 LG was one of the largest mobile device manufacturers and with the launch of the LG G2 the brand had a phone ready to compete with its biggest rival, Samsung. For a moment, LG almost surpassed its countryman.
The LG G2 debuted the rear button configuration, a convenience shortcut to control various aspects of the phone with the three buttons below the main camera. The smartphone was well accepted in the market, reaping good reviews.
Its design was quite attractive for the time, with rounded and harmonious lines. It gave us a first contact with LG UX and all its animations that would share opinions.
3. LG G Flex: strangely attractive
In December 2013 LG presented its LG G Flex, a slightly curved smartphone and, as the name implies, could flex. This was possible thanks to the pioneering use of a P-OLED (flexible) screen, as well as a specially designed battery.
Like rubber, the phone could bend slightly without suffering irreversible damage. This was its selling point, a slim smartphone with rounded features and a slightly curved shape that gave it a more organic look.
Unfortunately, it was one of those products that we admire in the store but that we would hardly buy. The screen resolution was modest and the 6-inch screen was – in 2013 – seen as a giant and conditioned its purchase. It was irreverent, but that was not enough.
4. LG G3: ambition at any cost
After the success of the LG G2, the manufacturer presented the LG G3 in June 2014. The then top of the range would be the first smartphone to hit the market with a touch screen. high resolution Quad-HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) with a density of 538 dpi.
It stood out for its beautiful screen, bold construction with stronger lines and for having the first laser-assisted camera autofocusing system – laser AF. Unfortunately the battery life has suffered immensely, as well as the instabilities of the operating system.
The LG G3 brought ambitious features to the market, but was sabotaged by poor battery life and poor software optimization. The criticisms of the smartphone were negative.
5. LGV10 – the sympathetic giant
In 2015 a crude LG smartphone would hit the market. Gross in the sense of being one of the first “child-proof” smartphones as the manufacturer would say in its marketing campaign, alluding to resistance certification MIL-STD-810G.
O LG V10 it was built like a tank, with a rough back cover and rough feel, flanked by two metal columns that increased its robustness and solidity of construction. It was big, impressive, really rough (in the good sense of the word).
In addition to robustness, the LG V10 was a pioneer in the implementation of secondary screen – an upper tab on the screen – where we could place our signature, some shortcuts or catch a glimpse of notifications. It was different, but a different “good”.
The LG V10 has received reasonable reviews and is generally well accepted. Its design was not for everyone.
6. LG G5: Deconstructed modular dreams
It was probably the LG smartphone that gave me the most pleasure during the testing period. Presented on February 2016 O LG G5 fhi another pioneer in the market. It brought us the modular ideology applied to a high-end smartphone and more!
We could change its battery when disassembling the phone, putting another one for more hours of use. We could put a “grip” with battery and dedicated buttons for the camera, or even a “DaC” from Harman & Kardon for better audio quality.
You “LG & Friends“represented the ecosystem of accessories and extensions for this top of the range that would stay in the drawer. The build quality was good, but without IP certification and the battery life was poor.
It was also the first smartphone to introduce a secondary camera with an ultra-wide-angle lens, in addition to the conventional main camera. Since then, this would be the route followed by LG, the bet on the wide angle.
Where Project Ara from Google dreamed, LG performed with its “Friends”, unfortunately of short duration. The implementation of the ultra-wide-angle lens was more successful.
7. LG Nexus 5x: the cheap plastic alternative
In September 2015, in collaboration with Google, LG would launch the LG Nexus 5X, a tribute to the great Nexus of yesteryear, also built entirely in plastic, but now without the wireless charging that guided the first phone.
This Nexus came to par with Huawei’s phone, the Nexus 6P brilliantly constructed in metal, immediately paling before its companion. In addition to the poor build quality, Qualcomm’s problematic Snapdragon 808 processor was added.
Still having the merit of being accessible, having a reasonably good screen and dual front speakers, as well as the pure Android provided by Google, the Nexus 5X would be a footnote in history. It was, along with the Nexus 6P, the last in this range from Google.
The LG Nexus 5X was the cheap alternative to Huawei’s Nexus 6P. The criticisms were mixed.
Extra – LG V20: the desired
In September 2016 LG would probably launch its best Android smartphone. It had all the good attributes of the “friendly giant” that preceded it, but now in a wrapper that any user could use and show, without fear.
The LG V20 was excellent. Was certified MIL-STD-810G, but an elegant metallic construction. It had an excellent audio engine with DaC certified by B&O, being a bastion for audiophiles looking for an Android smartphone.
The camera system was very competent, great for video by the standards of the day. It had the secondary screen and a good screen. It had everything to work out, but it took a long time to reach the market and it was not available in many important markets.
Strategic or other error, the LG V20 would be condemned for the poor visibility in the market when it had everything to triumph.
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