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LG makes ridiculous phones - and that's what makes them great

LG has released one of the only major Android flagships of the year to have a plastic body. It also produced the LG G3 Stylus and LG Stylo, two of the most forgettable smartphones ever made. And yet I still prefer LG over almost every other manufacturer. Here's why.

The LG G4 has a bizarre stitched leather rear cover. The LG AKA series is about as weird as a phone has ever been. And earlier this year, LG developed the second generation of the phone nobody asked for, the LG G Flex 2, which has a curved spine with almost unnoticeable benefits. 

But LG also pursued a rear-button smartphone design even though critics said that it doesn’t work. It does work. It takes some getting used to, but the rear button design is better than the normal smartphone setup. 

And LG stood by removable batteries and expandable storage, even though Google pressured manufacturers to drop SD cards and other OEMs focused on 'premium' aluminum unibodies.

That's the LG G Flex 2 on the right. / © ANDROIDPIT

Now it has made the expensive and wacky V10, which has two-front facing cameras and two displays. LG has made genuine attempts to make things interesting for consumers, while retaining parts of smartphone design that they love.

When LG is at its best, like with the LG G4, its phones offer all I could ask for. And whatever your thoughts on its more, er, interesting designs, I'd rather see LG fall short of the mark while producing unique phones, than compromise on its values and let down its fans.

What are your thoughts on LG? Do you think it makes the best phones (sometimes)? Let me know in the comments?


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  • I couldn't agree more. Love LG phones for their design, smooth interface and extra bells and whistles. They deserve to replace Samsung ad the Android leader but too bad most people can't decide for themselves and will only be swayed by mass marketing.

  • This is my first LG. I used an Xperia Z3. Though I miss it, the V10 is amazing as itself. I'm really liking it in a lot of ways. Apart from the battery that sometimes become evil, everything else is good.

  • I have a LG Optimus G E970 and it sucks!!!! I've been waiting for three years for an android update looked all over to see if it's ever getting one. Says some will get it last November here it is December of the following year still NOTHING!!!!!
    Don't waste your money on this phone can't wait for a new one

    • you are a MORON. in fact..... that is one of the worst phones to ever come out. You didn't do the research. while you were on a piece of junk I was surfing with a HTC one M7 dev phone and loving it. Now I just got my first LG device that I can actually say is good. The LG V10 . the octocore , very large screen are a few of the good perks about the phone sure. Only thing that takes getting used to is the ... in this version of android with the menu system scrolling sideways instead of top to bottom and a lack of ( at least so far because i haven't been able to find them ) "apps" button in settings so I can freeze the useless bloatware ( like tmobile tv , lookout , etc ) i'd rate the phone a 9 out of 10 ( with 10 being a prestigious number that no phone should ever get - nothing is perfect ) . At the moment because i can't find it , i will rate it an 8 out of 10 . It is nearly a perfect device , has security features on it , large screen ( something the G4 lacked in seriously tho having the same res supposedly , ) the octocore - also a major upgrade from the g4 , let alone that piece of junk optimus . at msrp 599.99 the device also costs about 400 dollars less than my last htc dev phone. I'll say right now , and i just got the v10 a couple of days ago , this thing is a keeper.

      • I'm not a moron my brother gave me this phone the older models of Lg aren't a priority so it's still running android jelly bean! 4.2 the newer LG devices will be awesome but the one I have sucks

    • Are you saying not to waste your money on the V10?

  • I have a G3 as a work phone, I'm not a fan of the ui or plastic build, but battery life, screen and lack of lag more than make up for it.

  • I tend to be brutal on smart phones, shattering screens, etc. The only cell phones that have lasted me more than 1 year before being totaled have been LG's. I think they are more rugged than the competition, at least they've taken my abuse better than other makes.

  • I have the E970. For 3 years now, this phone amazes me. Now, I'm not a "true" LG fan but LG is always on my top 3 choices of smartphones. LG does and most certainly will continue to produce phones that belong in the trash bin but all OEMs do the same thing. I'm most definitely glad and hopeful that LG will continue to stay in the mobile tech world despite their flops. Keep up the great work LG. (And get that G pen or V pen in our hands already, sheese)

  • I've owned an LG G2, G3, and now the G4. I feel like LG gets better with each reiteration of their G series phones. My current phone, the G4, is very quick with no lag, great battery, awesome screen, micro SD, and the amazing camera - which actually surprises me to this day. What I like about LG is that they aren't shy when it comes to designing their phones. Like the article states - LG is one of the few Android phone manufacturers that offer a removable battery & expandable storage. I would take those two features over any metal/glass phone exterior. As long as LG stays on this path, I will be a happy customer!

  • Bruce 11 months ago Link to comment

    I don't like the volume controls on the back of the phone. If the phone is lying down you have to pick it up and turn it over...
    On the treadmill listening to music... In the cradle when driving... Watching a movie.
    I don't know if I could get used to that

  • i love what LG is producing but iam a sad european ,otherwise is should buy a V10 immediately.

  • I chose the v10 over the 6P. Nuff said

  • Mark 11 months ago Link to comment

    I am waiting for LG-G5, the V10 is larger than I like. It is very long with that second screen at the top. I almost bought the G4, didn't because of the Snapdragon 808 chipset. When I get a new phone I want all the latest tech in it so it will be good for at least 3 years before being obsolete. I am not one to buy a new phone every year. I am still using my Galaxy S3 at 3+ years. I still don't need a new phone I just want one so I can wait for the best choice for me. I will not buy a phone with out a removable batter and Micro SD. They are just things I want. I could live without the Micro SD but not the removable battery, because it limits the life of the device to the battery. A good phone should last though more than one battery.

  • Big fan of LG phones since I bought the sexy 'Optimus 4X HD' back in June 2012. I like how highly customizable these phones are. That's what Android is all about. You can make LG phones your very own. Each one is different. My G2 is still the best phone I've ever had, even though I have the G3 too. My next phone will be another LG.

  • Bob Morley 11 months ago Link to comment

    I plan to be the first in line for the new v10 by LG. I've had 2 LG's before but then changed to Samsung. Now dropping Samsung and going to the LG V10. Simple; I travel. Hate those long line for plug space at the airports. Apple people look so foolish with a plug stuck to their phones. I take so many pix and videos; I want the extra storage that an SD card provides.
    Most disappointed in Samsung's lack of focus groups with its friends. Obviously Samsung lost many of us who had bought Samsung for the last several years. They did not seem to care. I ask: “if batteries were not important, why didn't Samsung warrantee their non-changeablee batteries for five years?”

    • Mark 11 months ago Link to comment

      Samsung didn't warranty their batteries because they can last as long as 3 years or as short as 6 months or less if you get a bad one. No way will one last for 5 years

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