It's been a relentless if unremarkable start to the year for smartphones, with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge pairing's slightly gimmicky whiff of revolution just trumping the subtle evolution of the HTC One M9.Now, it's LG's turn to try and impress us with the recently announced G4, but which route has the Korean firm taken?Read on to find out: The Good LG has actually only made a few, subtle changes to the design of last year's G3. To be honest, this is now a massive phone and, at 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8mm, bordering on (cringe) 'phablet' size.That's not a negative, but for people who like small phones, well... The screen is 5.5 inches, the same size as found on the G3, but the G4's is curved, with a very shallow 300mm radius.We've spent the most time with the plastic-backed handset, which does feel a lot less premium than the various metals of Samsung Galaxy S6, i Phone 6, HTC One M9 and Sony Xperia Z4.The leather is marginally better, but it's still a long way off the class of its rivals.After the lukewarm reaction to the Galaxy S5's faux-leather back, it's certainly an interesting decision.Elsewhere, LG has continued with its tradition of putting the power and volume controls on the rear of the device, rather than the side.
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The screen has also been an important area of development for LG.