Simple yet Essential – LG Rebel 4 Review [2020 Update]

For an unbelievable price, you can get your hands on the LG Rebel 4 review or the LG R4 as I like to call it, the smarter, upgraded successor to the LG Rebel 3. 

With a 1.4GHz 4 Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a 5-inch HD TFT display, not only are you guaranteed speed during usage but also rich clarity at any angle as claimed by LG.

These points alone make this device extremely attractive, but let’s take a deeper look at this tech genius.

LG Rebel 4 Specs

Device Specifications:


 4.9 ounces (140g)


 5.7x2.8x0.3” (144.8 x 71.9 x 7.9mm)

 Operating System

 Android Oreo (8.1)

 Screen Dimension


 Display Resolution

 720 x 1280p


 1.4 Ghz 4-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425






 2500mAh, detachable

 Rear Camera


 Front Camera


Key Features


As one would expect, a mobile phone in this budget range comes with its body made out of plastic.

There is no issue per se with the body being made of plastic since it is designed and molded well. It is safe to say that LG has nailed it with their design of the LG R4.

LG has been very forward-thinking with its design of the LG R4. They have removed the physical home button, which adds to the modern aesthetic of the mobile phone, and has a design edge over their direct competition such as the Galaxy J3 from Samsung which is also priced similarly.

When considering the weight and girth of the LG R4, we could say it is average among its competitors. Weighing in at a mere 140g(4.9oz), it is a tad bit lighter than its counterpart the Galaxy J3 (145g (5.10z)).

Best of all:

Not only is it lighter but it is also slimmer at just 0.3”(7.9mm).

However, after taking a closer look at the R4, it becomes obvious that the rear cover of the mobile phone does not look very appealing as it seems to be a tad bit cramped up and messy. This is because the back must house the camera layout, LG logo, and speaker all stacked one above the other.

But the good news?

The rugged feel of the rear cover provides you with a surface for a tight grip on the device. The R4 brings attention to an out-of-the-box invention where the power push button has been placed on the back cover.

At first glance, this may seem like a regular fingerprint scanner and may take some time getting used to the odd placement of the button. As most of us are familiar with the power knob either being on top or one side of the mobile phone, it feels almost abnormal to have the button on the rear side of the phone.

However, once you get used to it, it feels almost natural and some users tend to find it difficult to switch back to other mobile devices. Having the power button on the rear leaves the sides of the phone looking sleek and clean with only the volume buttons on the left side. It is advisable to get yourself a case for the R4, especially if you are not a big fan of the cramped-up rear cover.


When taking a first look at this phone, LG claimed that the 5.0” HD thin film transistor screen will offer extremely rich colors and crisp images from any viewing angle. After taking a closer look at the R4, it is clear that LG has delivered on most of its claims.

A 5.0” display is not all that great as it is not the largest available among smartphones.

Turns out:

The Moto E5 by Motorola is priced closely and boasts a bigger 5.7” display.

However, having said this, the LG R4 does offer an HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280, which provides the user with more brilliant and dramatic color schemes. Moreover, it adds to the clarity and crispness of the images produced.

Be that as it may, as the R4 screen is neither AMOLED nor Full HD, there are certain drawbacks to the display when you take a closer look at it. Text and other characters tend to show some pixelated edges, and the color black is not as deep and dark as you would see on mobile phones with an AMOLED or Full HD display.

These features can only be seen by a trained eye, so most of them would go undetected by users who make up the majority of the target market for the R4. The screen brightness works perfectly well indoors and can adapt to the ambient light of its surroundings. However, if we were to nitpick, the screen brightness could be improved to work better in natural light as sometimes the screen can be difficult to read.

the rebel 4

LG Rebel Camera

When a phone is priced in this range, the quality of the camera does not become a defining feature of the phone. Therefore, we wanted to find out additional key features of the camera which could probably pique your interest.

Like its competitors Moto E5 by Motorola and the Galaxy J3, the R4 comes equipped with an 8MP camera, which can record video in 1080p. One of the features which caught our attention was the Instant Focus, which is similar to the Auto Focus feature on other mobile phones.

However, LG came up with an innovative algorithm that allows this feature to work faster and better than Auto Focus by automatically deciding which object in the frame needs to be brought into focus. Nonetheless, with the R4 being priced so low, the camera visibly struggles to find the optimal settings for the picture when the illumination of the environment highly contrasts with the object of the picture.

During times like this, LG has equipped the R4 with an HDR option, which does its best to provide you with a high-quality image. The R4 does not offer a manual mode in the camera. Therefore, you are unable to actively change the settings for each image captured.

LG has conquered the issue of shutter lag with the R4, by being one of the first budget smartphones to completely get rid of shutter lag. This was a major improvement on their part as it is barely seen in budget smartphones today. By bringing this to the R4, users are not only able to capture crisp, clean images but they can do it quickly and efficiently.

The mobile phone comes with a standard 5MP front-facing camera which enables the user to capture modest pictures. A notable feature of the front-facing cam is the Auto-Shot feature, which uses facial recognition and gestures to automatically capture the image. This feature tends to work better than the Palm-Gesture Shot by Samsung, which uses hand gestures to capture the image.

Rebel 4 Storage

The R4 comes with a standard 16GB of storage, from which 6GB is taken up by the system, which is quite understandable for a smartphone priced at this price range.

However, the R4 does come with expandable space of up to 32GB, which is not a lot when compared to the Samsung Galaxy J30 which has expandable capacities of up to 400Gb

Therefore, users should update their SD cards when they deem necessary, particularly if you are going to be taking an abundance of images and videos.

Tracfone Carrier-Locked LG Rebel 4 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone - Black - 16GB - Sim Card Included - CDMA, standart
5" HD Screen; 1. 4 GHz Quad-Core processor; Android 8. 1 Oreo; Plans sold separately.

Device Performance

The smartphones come outfitted with a 1.4GHz 4-core processor by Snapdragon and a 2GB RAM, which almost puts its predecessor to shame. Especially if you have been using the previous model, you will see an extensive development in the performance.

Applications launch almost instantly; websites load with no lag and multitasking has become more versatile. Apart from your daily tasks, the R4 can also handle some light gaming and streaming services with ease.

Android Oreo 8.1, one of the latest android updates, runs on the R4 with ease. As LG has not customized the launcher too heavily, the experience gained from using this phone is unparalleled with its competitors.

Due to its high processing power, the R4 does not show any delay when switching from one app to another nor does it lag when reverting to the home page with multiple applications open in the environment. 

As the R4 features a 5.0-inch screen, LG made the executive decision to add multi-window assistance, which allows you to run two apps on the same screen. This brings the level of multi-tasking to the forefront of its features and some would say it does it better than its competitors have.

The R4 being on the affordable end of the price spectrum does have its drawbacks as you would not expect much in terms of security. As we know that the front-facing camera uses facial recognition technology to capture images. We were hoping the phone would be equipped with at least a fingerprint scanner or facial recognition to unlock your device. However, LG has kept it quite basic in terms of security with PIN, Password, and Pattern to unlock your phone.

The Connectivity

The R4 supports all the major network bands except 5G, and this is proven with the quality of calls. We have not experienced any dropped calls yet either. The volume of a call is loud enough to hear the other person clearly even when your surroundings are noisy.

Setting up an internet connection could not be more straightforward with the R4 with both mobile and wireless internet. Bluetooth and GPS work almost perfectly on the R4 and handle connections extremely well. However, the R4 does not come equipped with an NFC reader, which is quite understandable for a device in this price range.

LG Rebel Battery Life

LG R4 comes fitted with a removable 2500mAH battery, which is sufficient for a device with a 5.0-inch HD screen.

It can last 11.5 days (yes, days) on standby mode and 15.8hrs of talk-time as claimed by LG. Having said that, the battery life always varies from user to user as it highly depends on the number of hours used and the network.

After using the phone, we came to realize that the battery consumption was quite regular, and can last one day under regular use. The R4’s micro port does not support rapid charging, however, due to the lower capacity of the battery, it fully charges relatively quickly. 

One other noticeable feature is the removable battery, which appeals to most users as it can be replaced if something were to happen to it.

LG Rebel 3 vs LGRebel 4

You’ve made it this far, so you must be wondering how different the LG R4 is from its older sibling the LG R3 and if it’s worth your time making the upgrade. Let’s see!

The R4 boasts a brand new and rapid 4-core processor. Although the two devices have the same screen size, memory capacity, and RAM, the resolution of the successor is unmatched when it comes to clarity. Among these updates are the updated Android OS, the higher pixel count of the rear-facing camera, and improved Bluetooth connectivity.

There may be better deals in the foreseeable future but if you are currently using the R3, you would only be making a moderate upgrade.

In conclusion, the LG R4 is an excellent selection for a low-priced smartphone. With its substantial display, new and improved processor, a decent camera, and an extremely user-friendly OS, we recommend the R4.

Nevertheless, its drawbacks should not be ignored as we have discussed. But for a smartphone that costs just under $50 on contract, the LG R4 is an absolute steal.

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