Farewell, LG Mobile: 20 Years Of Doing Phones Differently

Farewell, LG Mobile: 20 Years Of Doing Phones Differently

From “Lucky Goldstar” to “Life’s Good” to … Last Gasp. That’s the rough trajectory of LG Mobile: a technology brand that over the past twenty years went from a strong second choice for American dumbphone buyers, to the only game in town if you wanted the hottest messaging phones available, to a case study on how to do Android smartphones differently – for better, and for worse.

Join Michael Fisher for a MrMobile retrospective on LG Mobile. From the LG Chocolate to the LG Wing (and the Pradas, Rumors, Flexes and Optimii in between) we’ll re-live LG’s highs and lows, and try to extract a useful lesson from its 2021 withdrawal from the mobile tech space.

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This video was produced with the aid of a number of LG Mobile phones, a mixture of review samples from LG Electronics and vintage units purchased by MrMobile/Future plc. Neither LG nor any other company furnished compensation, provided editorial input, or received an early preview of this content.

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Why Did LG Phones Really Die? [MKBHD]:

LG Wing Real World Test [TheUnlockr]:

Pocketnow [YouTube]:
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“Samsung Rising” by Geoffrey Cain [Amazon]:

G posts $224 million loss as ‘weak’ selling G5 smartphone drags it down once again [TechCrunch]:

LG posts $224 million loss as ‘weak’ selling G5 smartphone drags it down once again

LG finally acknowledges LG G4 ‘boot loop’ problem [TechRadar]:
https://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/lg-finally-acknowledges-g4-boot-loop-problem-and-it-s-offering-a-fix-1313769

LG smartphone bootloop issues [Wikipedia]:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_smartphone_bootloop_issues

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50 Comments

  1. Abdul Moeed Amjad on October 13, 2021 at 7:12 am

    LG G Pro 2
    LG G2
    LG V20 still in use.
    😪

  2. Gabriel Leiva on October 13, 2021 at 7:13 am

    The Velvet is my weapon of choice, that design is neet

  3. Jaybruhh on October 13, 2021 at 7:13 am

    *_I actually did pick up a LG Thin Q 2 years ago, and my new Samsung A21 is crap in software and screen display compared to the LG._*

  4. Ken Park on October 13, 2021 at 7:14 am

    I’m sorry to see LG go. I owned a few good LG phones over the years. Michael failed to mention LG’s most significant innovation IMHO – the Prada phone – that was released in early 2007 and ushered in the era of all-touchscreen phone, a year ahead of the iPhone’s release.

  5. Ayanjit on October 13, 2021 at 7:17 am

    In the end, it will be only Samsung and Apple

  6. mantiscity on October 13, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Windows phones were the best. RIP

  7. Charles Hines on October 13, 2021 at 7:19 am

    If you ever had an LG phone you may have seen the LG clip tray. It is a useless and annoying thing that stores things you copied to the clipboard. LG clip tray will not be missed!

  8. Local Union on October 13, 2021 at 7:19 am

    I’m watching from my dying LG V30

  9. kratos149 on October 13, 2021 at 7:21 am

    The whole bootloop saga absolutely killed LG. Every phone they sold during 205-16 could potentially bootloop, i think there was no surviving after that.

  10. E M on October 13, 2021 at 7:21 am

    older video, but, they should go mid-range maybe…? since Google has left the building…the mid-range area, trying for the premium, once more – go…Google! we believe in you! well, kinda…😜
    another edit – LG, as a whole, is big enough to maybe try again – like, really big, although, obviously, for now, they are done making phones

  11. Tictactaylor on October 13, 2021 at 7:22 am

    LG have had every opportunity to become a total success in mobile technology. LG G3 I had as last phone, it was fabulous. LG could easily have dumped the US market, like many Chinese companies don’t focus much, yet here in Europe thrive. The US has always been behind with mobile tech for various reasons. Today I mainly use Oppo or even Huawei, as love both brands. There is demand now for smaller android devices, as many tired of bricks in pocket, LG could have exploited that market with 6” and under feature phones. I’m using a 12 mini to write this, and have to say my G3 was years ahead from this relics of technology, huge notch, huge price, and definitely nowhere near as good for convenience, apart from the only reason I own, weight and size!

  12. Abdul Moeed Amjad on October 13, 2021 at 7:23 am

    So long LG. (From my LG V20)

  13. Taner Avcı on October 13, 2021 at 7:23 am

    LG Mobile Division Reopens in 2022 new news

  14. DongHyeon KIM on October 13, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Goodbye LG. 🙁

  15. Shane's Stadia Streams on October 13, 2021 at 7:24 am

    To be fair. The g5 was a great phone!! My last phone with a removable battery !!! Great camera and performance

  16. Carlos Gonzalez on October 13, 2021 at 7:25 am

    Had a G3 and a G4. Loved the display and the changeablr batery. Still those are the only 2 phones that had ever actually died on me for no aparent reason. Aparently they both overheated. My carrier then reduced the number of LG phones in their inventory.

  17. the_1_ omega on October 13, 2021 at 7:25 am

    One of my 1st phones, back in 2006, was a LG blue flip/clam shell phone!

  18. Pyrelogic on October 13, 2021 at 7:26 am

    LG V10 was truly something else. RIP

  19. J Fowler on October 13, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Gonna miss my LG phones. Just the V60 in march and it was the last one in stock

  20. N Y on October 13, 2021 at 7:28 am

    The Envy 2 though tough but not so great!

  21. karim lahiani on October 13, 2021 at 7:29 am

    Did anyone else notice that the outro music is a Rick Roll?

  22. Chustaka on October 13, 2021 at 7:32 am

    What other companies should learn from this is: It’s a great thing to experiment, but not on your main (or, even worse, ONLY) brand, but on a secondary brand or a specific series, like Xiaomi’s Mi Mix.

  23. Retro Boy on October 13, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Watching this on an LG v60 Thinq. SUCH a steal at 400 lmao

  24. Jeremy Pilot on October 13, 2021 at 7:35 am

    I was never really fond of LG phones. Sure they had some wild designs. In my humble opinion though, they would break easily and were replaced constantly under warranty. Samsung, Sony and Motorola built better for the same money.

  25. SwayMontana on October 13, 2021 at 7:35 am

    If LG requested funds from customers to help it run? I probably would give. But it’s gone now

  26. J Daman on October 13, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Stylo 2 still running-think about that for a min. Old phone No f/b app and most app’s cleaned out/bloat ware- running 5 lines for $100 it’s my oldest phone and works the best- Detroit area

  27. Sulaiman on October 13, 2021 at 7:40 am

    "life _not_ good*
    -arun maini

  28. someweirdfirey448 on October 13, 2021 at 7:41 am

    The LG Optimus L90 was one of the best LG phones I’ve ever has IMO. Farewell, LG Mobile.

  29. Unchained 81 on October 13, 2021 at 7:46 am

    I just read an article that LG is working on a foldable phone with different and more durable glass material.

  30. Rizki Ferdian on October 13, 2021 at 7:49 am

    I had LG Chocolate early 2000 it was the first touch sensitive phone among others, then LG Viewty, and so on the time of Symbian OS (I was and will always be loyal to LG and Sony) even now LG V20, 30, etc. They’re not really dead, hope Lenovo will save LG Smartphone Division just how Lenovo has saved Motorola the oldest telecommunication company.
    Love LG from home appliances to smartphones, laptops, etc Don’t wonder why most luxurious hospitality in Indonesia including in Bali are equipped by LG (aside by Bang & Olufsen).
    Aside having one of their biggest manufacturing plants in the world here in Indonesia #LG_Indonesia #LGIndonesia #LG_ID #LGID #LG

  31. Andrew Caver on October 13, 2021 at 7:50 am

    I didn’t need this and Marques’s video on the first day of fall. So many emotions hitting me that I can’t even cry, just shrink. I literally feel like I’m caving in on myself. Ugh. I’ll never use Sam or App myself, so I hope Moto stays true for a while and Sony hangs in there.

  32. Jesus G on October 13, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Lg lotus was my favorite phone of all time. Bought it a flea marked and had to flash it over to my network. I ended up switching over to sprint for a while to get its full support, but ended up with the LG g3, which I had realized never updated to the newer IOS which some of my friends had. That and battery heating problems I switched phone brands and companies. The LG lotus platinum didn’t come out until It was to late for me to go back to sprint.

  33. Igor Ignatyev on October 13, 2021 at 7:52 am

    LG Optimus 3D….. The unknown LEGEND

  34. Jezreel Derige on October 13, 2021 at 7:54 am

    So sad to hear that LG is ending its phone franchise. My first android phone was LG L80, it’s one of the lowest LG android units in 2014 when I started learning about android phones and I am so amazed with its features even if it is just one of the lowest units, that I wanted to stick on using LG phones. well, thanks for the memories LG

  35. Reinz C. on October 13, 2021 at 7:56 am

    I like this channel very informative and the content creator knows what he’s saying and he gives a lot of facts. Keep it up.

  36. Just a Regular Guy on October 13, 2021 at 7:58 am

    …. "He’s the hero we deserve but not the one we need right now….. So…. Well hunt him"

  37. Crazy Artist on October 13, 2021 at 7:58 am

    LG t-385 wi-fi has memories of me and my brother… I love it so much

  38. Karl Vogelheim on October 13, 2021 at 8:02 am

    You need to do a segment on the LG Lotus for “When Phones Were Fun”.

  39. Seishinn Fox on October 13, 2021 at 8:02 am

    My first android phone was Optimus Black that I later upgraded to Optimus 4X HD after reselling my Optimus Black.

    I was about to upgrade my phone to an another LG (G3 I think) but I kept on reading about boot loop problems on their phones that I cancelled that plan and used a dumb phone instead.
    Now I’m using Xiaomi. My 4X HD still works and I still charge the battery from time to time but I don’t use it anymore. Maybe I should buy it a new battery.

  40. Rabih Saad on October 13, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Amazing..LG deserve way better then this….I owned one LG phone and it was by mistake when i wanted to upgrade to a Note 7 and Samsung took it out of the market cause of the Infamous grenade mode. So i got the LG V20 and boy what a phone….im planning to get a v60 soon, an upgrade ot my Note 9.

  41. John Smith on October 13, 2021 at 8:05 am

    LG home appliances are just Amazing word like people get rid of LG because they get tired of them not because they not working at least 10 years then buy another LG xd

  42. 1mezion on October 13, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Hold on, wait a minute, I’m looking at this video again and it just occurred to me, ‘Blackberry’s priv was inspired by LG’s chocolate

  43. Jeremy Pilot on October 13, 2021 at 8:05 am

    I think the problem all Android phones have is the GUI. It’s tired, bland old, dated you name it, it’s everything but great. This is where iOS prevails. Sure they haven’t really changed that either, but they have. It’s little tweaks that make it glossier, that gloss is equated to luxury. You don’t see rich people rolling in dull colored cars ( there’s a saying in the auto collector community that flat black is for poor people ) it’s true, you never see anyone with money driving a crap box. Samsung will lose phone shares if they don’t up their game too. The GUI for all Android needs a total revamp.

  44. Jims on October 13, 2021 at 8:06 am

    The Optimus Net dual sim was my first, and aparently, last, smart phone from LG.

  45. Jaybruhh on October 13, 2021 at 8:06 am

    *_Even Tony Stark’s smart phone company has come to an end… :C_*

  46. R Sivaprasad on October 13, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Thank for giving life’s good for many 🥺😢

  47. Nikirta Adrian on October 13, 2021 at 8:08 am

    I’m still sticking to my V50s

  48. Darryl Kirby on October 13, 2021 at 8:08 am

    The G2 remains the best phone I have ever owned.

  49. Lorenzo Mininanni on October 13, 2021 at 8:08 am

    My first Android phone was an LG, i can’t remember the model

  50. Jaybruhh on October 13, 2021 at 8:11 am

    *_LG will always be forever my first and favorite phone. Lots of companies have already stolen the LG technology and have been implementing it into their devices. LG devices have completely revolutionizing the smart form platform, from the Thin-Q series, to the OLED screens…_*
    *-RIP LG-* Will be missed. Now they are revolutionizing the television platform LOL I actually did pick up a LG Thin Q 2 years ago, and my new Samsung A21 is crap in software and screen display compared to the LG LOL

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