LG G6 Pros and Cons
The LG G6 is a do-over of sorts for LG, after the ambitious but flawed modular G5 failed to catch on with smartphone shoppers. And what a do-over it is. Between a slick new design and a very unique 18:9 display, there’s a lot to like about this new flagship. But there are also a couple of reasons to think twice.
Big screen in one-hand friendly design
Just look at how the G6 compares to the iPhone 7 Plus. The G6 has a bigger 5.7-inch screen, compared to 5.5 inches for the iPhone, and yet the LG is so much more compact. LG’s flagship packs its display in a 5.9 x 2.8 x 0.31-inch body that weighs 5.8 ounces. The iPhone 7 Plus has a ton of wasted real estate above and below the screen, making it taller and wider while tipping the scales at a beefy 6.63 ounces.
18:9 display does HDR
The unique 18:9 aspect ratio on the LG G6’s quad HD+ allows for more viewing space on movies and shows, and it gets even better when you’re watching HDR content. The G6 supports the latest Dolby Vision standard for HDR, which delivers more colors and better contrast than typical phone displays. You can find HDR content on both Netflix and Amazon, and more is likely to appear soon.
It’s nice to know that you can bring your phone in the shower with you, and we tested just that on the LG G6. With its IP68 rating, LG’s latest phone can easily withstand being submerged up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water. In addition, the G6 is designed to shrug off dust and survive accidental drops, thanks to the rounded corners, which minimize impact.
If you haven’t upgraded your phone in a while, you’re missing out on the dual-lens trend. In this case, the back of the G6 sports dual 13-megapixel cameras, one of which shoots 125-degree, wide-angle shots. So you have the option of getting up close or taking in more of the scene.
It doesn’t look like an LG phone
No offense, LG, but the LG G5 was pretty unattractive. We called it “bland,” and the back looked like a “robot with eyes.” The G6 steps up the sex appeal with a glass back and metal frame with no camera bumps on the back. Add in those narrow bezels and you have a looker, although the phone is a bit thicker than we’d like.
Because the G6 was in development for several months before the latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 debuted, it’s understandable why LG opted for the older Snapdragon 821 chip. But it will still be a step behind the Galaxy S8 when it launches with Qualcomm’s newer CPU, which promises better power efficiency, improved photography processing and improved VR performance.
A little thing called the Galaxy S8
LG doesn’t have much time to make a splash before Samsung’s latest flagship hits shelves. Samsung’s new phone will debut at an event on March 29, and all of the Galaxy S8 rumors and leaks point to an impressive device that promises a similarly sexy design that’s almost all screen up front. Also expected is an all-new virtual assistant called Bixby and an innovative desktop dock. Hopefully, the G6 will be priced lower than the S8, which some say could cost as much as $1,000.