With the LG G4 review, our design commentary was mostly targeted towards the G4’s standard polycarbonate back cover. But recently we received some leather back covers from LG designed for the G4.

As far as I can tell, these leather back covers come in two distinct types of textures. Most of the available colors have a relatively stiff and coarse texture to them, but others have a softer, finer texture. However, both back covers use similar processes, namely vegetable tanning with a coating applied over the tanned full-grain leather to keep the leather stain resistant, which is cut down to 0.45mm thick. The whole process is said to take 12 weeks.

Subjectively, the leather covers are actually surprising in terms of how they improve the look and feel of the G4. The stitching on these back covers is probably somewhat controversial as it doesn’t serve much purpose, but it does help somewhat with gripping the phone and the stitching is actually real thread, which is at least somewhat surprising given that we’ve seen phones with fake stitching patterns on the back cover before. If you’re looking for a good way to improve the in-hand feel of the G4 and add some personalization in the process ala Motomaker, these back covers aren’t a bad way to accomplish that.

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  • deadmeat2k - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    Agree with sailorman23 in the brown leather cover. I have it myself and it is just a very premium and neat feel in the hand. So far 3 months and only the corners look slightly worn.

    Few have Also focused on the fact that the stiching is more than just going. It works excellently as a guide towards the rear buttons - big improvement from the plastic cover.

    Also agree about the plastic bezel. Dropped my phone on the ground recently and that left nasty dents in two of the corners.
  • phoneopedia - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    very beautiful covers.
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  • DrBob957 - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    I received a burgundy "leather" back for the LG G4 as part of the Verizon bonus that also included a spare battery and charger case. To my eye, the closest its material ever came to a cow was when the delivery van went past a Wendys. It does not feel or smell remotely like leather. However, it does make for a spare back.
  • boozed - Monday, August 17, 2015 - link

    The stitching is _controversial_?

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