Here are our five top picks from LG’s smartphone lineup over the last year. LG has products to slot into every facet of our lives, but none are more distinctive or versatile than the company’s smartphones (and those robot vacuum cleaner things, I guess).
Thankfully in 2015, the Korean smartphone maker put together a respectable portfolio of handsets worth laying down cash for, starting with…
LG G Flex 2
LG, along with big rival Samsung are leading the way in terms of flexible and curved display technologies, particularly when it comes to consumer products. Following on from the LG G Flex, which we reviewed in the first half of last year, the company kicked 2015 off in style with the G Flex 2.
Aside from a refined design, some of the standout features from the original Flex, like the phone’s self-healing scratch-resistant back have been upgraded, along with the internal hardware. One of the beefiest mobile processors on the market, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 runs the show and the smaller 5.5-inch curved P-OLED display is a real thing of beauty.
Read our full LG G Flex 2 review
If you want a more functional flagship then the company’s 2015 poster child, the LG G4 is the way to go. The G4 runs a slightly more lightweight Snapdragon 808 hexa-core chip versus the G Flex 2’s 810, but that doesn’t make it any less of a beast.
The 5.5-inch QHD screen is punchy and pin sharp, the 16-megapixel camera tailored specifically to out-perform the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 (particularly in low light) and interchangeable ceramic and leather back panels conceal a removable 3000mAh battery and microSD expandability up to 2TB.
Read our full LG G4 review
If you want the look and feel of LG’s flagship in a slightly smaller, more affordable package, then the G4c might be a better fit. The screen has dropped down to a 5-inch, 720p offering and the primary camera an 8-megapixel module, but the aesthetic and the user experience feel near enough identical to its bigger brother.
LG’s packed a ton of customisation options onto the G4c as well as unique features like Knock Code for added security and a voice-activated camera shutter. It’s also another gem of a phone with a removable battery and expandable storage, qualities of increasing scarcity in 2015.
Read our full LG G4c review
Just like its bigger, beefier siblings the LG Spirit packs a removable battery and storage, but in a smaller, simpler smartphone body. Like the G4c you’ll find a customisable interface and a usable 8-megapixel camera sitting above LG’s signature rear button arrangement too.
The biggest surprise is performance, which despite relying on a humble 1GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s distinctly mid-range Snapdragon 410 chipset is decidedly snappy, letting you play 3D games and record HD video without issue. The icing on the cake is that you can pick this competent 4G handset for under £150.
Read our full LG Spirit review
Google Nexus 5X
For the Android purists, look no further than the Nexus 5X. LG made a big statement with its first Nexus phone back in 2013 – the Nexus 5, and the 5X is not only its spiritual successor, but also an all-round triumph.
The 5X also rocks the same 808 processor as the G4, a reversible Type C USB connector for added convenience, a fast-charging battery and an excellent 12.3-megapixel camera with laser autofocus.
Read our full Google Nexus 5X review