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LG G6 Review: LG’s best phone yet

LG has been really hit or miss when it comes to their smartphones but luckily their flagship phone for 2017, the G6 is a hit.

I’ve been using the LG G6 for a few weeks and I would say it’s one of the best phones that LG has produced in the past few years.

Design & Hardware

The LG G6 has a metal and glass design that similar to what Samsung is using in their flagship phones. Gone is the fully metal design of the G5 from last year and the new design of the G6 is much more premium. The G6 is also IP68 water and dust resistant with a fingerprint sensor on the back, which doubles as the power button.

I like having the fingerprint sensor on the back but I wish it didn’t double as the power/lock button. I didn’t have any issues with using the fingerprint sensor but I just wished it was separate from the lock button.

The G6 can be slippery in the hands and in my testing, a few times I’ve had the G6 slip out of my pocket because of the design, so I would recommend getting a case or at least putting decal on the phone but other than that it’s solidly built.

In terms of speakers, the G6 has a bottom-firing speaker which does sound good but it would be better if the G6 had dual stereo speakers.

The G6 has a 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision Display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440, which gives it a 564 ppi. The phone has an 18:9 aspect ratio and has support HDR10 and DolbyVision.

The display looks great from any angles and the colours are bright and detailed.

The 18:9 aspect ratio will allow you to watch higher quality video, so you can more of the scene in the frame and do more stuff on screen. It also allows for taller, narrower devices which make the G6 look even better. The slim design made it easier to hold the G6 in my hands but sometimes I found it hard to reach the top of the screen.

Since the screen on the G6 is 18:9, that mean you can do stuff like add the ability to show the camera roll in the camera app, so you can instantly see photos, you’ve just taken.

Inside the G6, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which is the same processor as that’s in the Google Pixel phones. There is also 4GB of RAM and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. I never had any issues with performance on the G6, it was always quick and no visible lag. Everything ran smoothly on the G6.  

The G6 has a 3,300 mAh battery and has support for Quick Charge 3.0 over the USB Type-C port. The battery did last all day but the standby time on the G6 wasn’t as great as I hoped.

The G6 is available in two storage capacities, 32GB & 64GB and comes in Ice Platinum and Astro Black. As for pricing, the G6 is around $399-499 CAD on-contract or $900 CAD off-contract.

Software

The LG G6 is running Android 7.0 Nougat but isn’t the first LG phone to ship with Nougat (that would be the LG V20). Like past LG phones, the G6 has their UI on top of Android.

When you swipe to the right, you get access to LG’s Smart Bulletin, where it can show you stuff like: weather, upcoming calendar events, health stuff and more. Smart Bulletin can be turned off and one thing to point out is that LG’s launcher doesn’t come with an app drawer, by default, all the apps will show up on the homescreen. You’ll need to download the Home & app drawer from LG World or install another launcher to get the app drawer.

LG’s UI has a slightly cleaner design than earlier versions. However, LG’s custom UI is still plaguing Android, sometimes the UI can be a bit finicky.

You can also reorder the on-screen buttons, including changing them to black or white background or even adding more software buttons.

The G6 also retains the Always-on screen feature from last year’s G5.

 

You can still access to the Google Assistant, and the G6 was the first phone to ship with the Assistant beyond the Pixel phones but the Assistant is rolling out to all Android phones running 6.0 and later.

You’ll also find LG World, which is where you can find a limited number of themes and other items to help make your G6 more personal and unique to fit your style. As well as the usual quick settings toggles, which you can rearrange to your liking. 

 

Camera

 

In terms of cameras, the G6 has dual 13-megapixel rear-facing cameras (one is a 125 degree wide angle & f/2.4 aperture and the other is standard camera with an f/1.8 aperture). The front-facing camera is 5-megapixels.

The photos I took on the G6 looked great, they accurately produced colours but they weren’t as great as ones taken on the Pixel. I also had a lot of fun using the wide-angle lens on the G6, it allows you take photos with more stuff in the shot.

The G6 is capable of taking 4K video at 30fps as well as 1080p video in 18:9 aspect ratio. Videos looked great and I’m glad that LG kept the manual mode for the camera app and there’s a manual mode for taking photos and videos, where you can change things like video resolution, bitrate or frame rate for videos. And things like tracking focus and the ability to save in RAW in addition to jpegs.

Changing between the lens can be done in just a single press or when you zoom out with your fingers in the camera app, it will switch from the standard lens to the wide-angle lens.

Below are some video samples on the LG G6 at different resolutions.

Final Thoughts

LG has done a great job on the G6, especially since 2016’s G5 wasn’t as well-received as LG would have open (by reviewers and in sales) but with the G6, I think LG may have a hit on their hands.

They’ve taken some features from past LG phones and that has made the G6 even better. The modular features on the G5 weren’t that well implemented and it’s good that LG decided to ditch modularity on the G6.

Even though the G6 is not running the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the 821 in the G6 still gets the job done. If you’re looking for one of the best alternatives for Galaxy S8, Google Pixel or iPhone, and still want a 2017 flagship then look no further than the LG G6.

Pros

  • Beautiful 18:9 display
  • Solid and smooth performance
  • Awesome camera (especially the wide-angle lens)
  • Nice design and solid build
  • Expandable storage
  • Water and dust resistance
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Fingerprint sensor/power & lock button as the same button
  • LG’s skin on Android need work
  • Processor is somewhat outdated
  • Glass back is a fingerprint magnet




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