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 several 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.
More great features coming
LG isn’t stopping with the G6 features just because the phone is out in the wild now. A software update this summer brings three new capabilities to existing phones. The biggest addition is Face Print, which will let you unlock your G6 just by holding up the phone to your face — no need to press any buttons. Covered Lens will alert you if any of your fingers wanders into the view of the G6’s cameras, stopping an errant thumb from ruining the wide-angle shots the G6 is capable of taking. And LG is adding a low-power consumption feature as well.
You’ve heard of the Galaxy S8, right?
The LG G6 debuted a month before the Galaxy S8 arrived, but that head start has since evaporated now that the S8 is widely available. Like the G6, the S8 and S8+ feature extra-wide displays; even better, they’re AMOLED panels, which provide richer colors than what you get with the G6. The S8’s camera is still the best one you can get on a smartphone. It’s a pretty close comparison between the G6 and S8 — and the G6 costs less — but Samsung’s phone is still tops by our estimate.
Last year’s processor
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 now that Samsung’s latest phone has launched with Qualcomm’s newer CPU, which delivers better power efficiency, improved photography processing and improved VR performance. And it’s not like the S8 is the only phone to feature the Snapdragon 835: the HTC U11 is powered by the chip, too, and Qualcomm has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will feature itas well.
Another G6 is in the works
Even if you’ve decided that LG’s G6 is the phone for you, you still might want to hold off on a purchase, at least if you need a lot of storage on your phone. LG says it’s coming out with the LG G6+, which will offer 128GB of storage compared to the 32GB on the regular G6. The phone will also feature higher-resolution audio. Other than that, there’s no difference between the LG G6 and the G6+; it’s unclear when or if the new version will ship in the U.S. and what it will cost.