LG G6 review: One step forward, two steps back
Much of the world has come to anticipate the LG G6, especially after the company has promised to abandon modules and create something truly innovative. Although all the LG hype has been building around the G6, it still does not feel totally even. Except for a refreshing project, it’s the same as we’ve seen for years in the company. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. However, this does not make the G6 is a “bad” choice.
So is this what the LG G6? Find out below.
In the mobile phone industry, competition is fierce. There are so many companies and brands that struggle to get into the hands of consumers. LG is, of course, one of these companies and was doing very well since it became very competitive with the LG G2. But with the G4, innovation slowed down and worsened with the G5. Since then, the company has lost sales targets and facing internal struggles. The LG G5 was a good cell phone but did not engage in modularity with consumers.
Now, LG is back with the G6, focusing on quality design and usability. Actually, they are concentrating on making this phone a prize as well. It has a glass body, aluminum frame, and curved edges. Putting it all together, the LG G6 is a bystander. The hope is that this capture with consumers much better than the G5, and the launch of the Galaxy S8, the company was hoping to beat Samsung to the game with an advantage.
Let’s see how the G6 shows LG, right?
Needless to say, the LG G6 is one of the most beautiful devices ever. The company did very well here. The analysis unit we received came in a platinum color. It really stands out, and the rear window really does shine. LG is actually using Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for the rear window, making some bold statements:
“Corning Glass Gorilla 5 raises the bar for greater fall protection than ever before, surviving 1.6-meter drops on rough surfaces up to 80% of the time.In addition, while our toughened glass lid still-still offers resistance to damage, Optical clarity and tenderness Gorilla Glass® is famous for “.
It could be a seriously hard glass, but there is a big disadvantage in this glass design, and that’s all imperfections you will receive. Let me tell you: It is very easily scratched. Even with just putting the phone on your back on a desk, the phone has some imperfections in the back. And really, that’s just the nature of glass – it looks beautiful, it’s a solid material, but it’s easily scratched. They are probably less visible in the black variant of the phone, but more noticeable with white.
In addition, the LG G6 sports an aluminum frame and rounded corners. Aesthetically, they look great on the phone, but they do serve a practical use, too – better fall protection. Usually, when you have an advantage when the device is released, all of that power is centered at that point, thus increasing your chances of breaking the screen. But with curved edges as you drop the phone, the force extends over a larger area, reducing your chances of breaking and damaging the screen.
Around the back of the device, there is a fingerprint scanner, which also functions as the power button. Directly above that is your dual camera setup with LED flash. At the bottom of the phone, you have a speaker and USB-C port. And, despite the tendency to get rid of the 3.5mm audio jack, LG maintains G6; However, he is sitting on the phone.
On the sides of the device, all you have is the tray and volume buttons of the SIM card up / down.
The LG G6 really feels right at hand. It is slippery but still comfortable. Comfort in the hand was a concern for some because the device is much larger than most; However, it looks perfect, even with the use of one hand. It’s not the lightest you hold any device, and that’s a good thing – it’s a very quality construction, it does not feel cheap at all. As for the placement of buttons, everything looks very natural. You have your normal volume buttons on the side, which are easy to access, without much work. Power button/fingerprint scanner is also in a nice place as is the area where the index finger resides while holding the phone, so it is also easy to access as well – it is a very comfortable experience.
Hardware LG G6
Announced February 26, 2017
Launch Spring 2017
Display 5.7 inch screen (2880×1440)
Processors Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM 4 GB
Camera 13MP rear camera with a wide-angle lens
5MP front camera
Battery 3300mAh (non-removable)
USB-C loaded with fast charging and wireless charging 3.0
Speaker Sound-oriented in the background
Software Android 7.0 with LG UX Nougat
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2 , Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, NFC
Proximity sensors, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, barometer, fingerprint
Measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
Colors Astro Black, Mystic White, Platinum Ice
The LG G6 has a 5.7 inch Quad HD + (2880 × 1440) IPS LCD with 564 pixels per inch. It has an interesting aspect ratio – 18: 9. It’s something we have not seen a device like this before. Obviously, it does a little bit higher than the device, but as already mentioned, it still feels comfortable in your hand. The design is really amazing – there are a lot of screen of this device already very thin and low profile. It is not nearly as much as the Samsung Galaxy S8, but still, receives a 78.6% impressive ratio of the screen to the body.
LG G6 screen is one of the best in the industry at the moment. It’s absolutely beautiful. Viewing angles are great on the phone, and adjusting the brightness levels, you can see and use the phone very well under direct sunlight. The text is clear and easy to read and the media is as clear as can be. It would be a challenge back to a lower quality screen after using the LG G6.
LG G6 performance package is quite impressive in performance. You get an 821 Snapdragon processor, 4GB of RAM and storage options of 32GB or 64GB. If you need more storage space, a microSD card to expand storage up to 256 GB of storage. The phone works well with multitasking. It can handle anything you throw at it. You are getting enough energy enough Snapdragon 821.
The performance package is a bit disappointing from the expectation point of view. For a banner carrier, you expect to see the latest and greatest hardware packaged inside. Instead of using the latest Snapdragon 835 processor for the phone, the LG G6 uses the technology last year. It’s not much of a complaint – the Snapdragon 821 runs great – but when you consider that the Galaxy S8, an LG G6 phone is competing directly against, has the latest Snapdragon 825 which is a little disappointing and could be a deciding factor some Of the consumers.
There are many sensors and accessories that come with the phone, too – Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2 (not Bluetooth 5.0, you), GPS, NFC, and then your accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, Compass, and barometer.
One of the most unfortunate areas of the LG G6 is the sound. In the United States, the creation of high-quality quad-DAC, which is unique to the country of origin of LG, Korea is not obtained. We had a Korean model for testing, but supposedly better than the sound of the LG G6 in the United States; However, the sound in the American model is not too bad, but the main complaint is that it is not very strong so it can be a struggle to hear some dialogues or lyrics depending on the type of media you are watching or listening to .
The battery is quite normal. You get a non-removable 3300mAh battery and like any other phone, you have a day of use of it. But when it comes down to it, it depends on how you use your phone. During my personal use, I still had a substantial amount of battery life left overnight, but I am not an advanced user. The battery is always one of those things where your mileage may vary.
On a WiFi connection, I stopped playing video at 720p until it died. It lasted about four hours so you can expect to get around that with the proper means but still it depends on the quality of the media and other things that happen on the bottom of your phone. There are a number of battery saving features that will help you keep the phone in place until you can put it on the cord.
I’ve always felt that LG has nailed its software. There have always been some places where they could be improved, but for the most part, LG UX is a great interface. With the LG G6, there are some serious improvements in the interface, although you may not realize if you used the LG G5 or even the LG V20. The company also made some good improvements to bloatware – many applications really feel useful now. LG’s added application to the G6 is an application that allows you to adjust the way other applications fit and scale with 18: 9 screen – there is little to be adjusted to achieve the most natural experience, however, do not feel the need to use It in everything. Applications look great on the screen, and that could be because Google has already been encouraging developers to provide support for 18: 9 screens.
It is worth noting that depending on whether you have a carrier model or not, there will be a lot of carrier bloatware included. So we should think about when to decide to buy a carrier or somewhere else. However, the software itself is extremely fast and responsive. There is little or no slowness here.
Much of the change comes in the design, especially when it comes to wallpapers and icons. Some new wallpaper really looks magnificent as they are designed to take advantage of the new 18: 9 screen on the LG G6.
What’s good is that the phone comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest version of Android. You will not be waiting for Nougat so much of the phones still out there. The great advantage is also that the LG G6 is one of the few phones to integrate Google Assistant as well. Google released compatible wizard devices, but it works like a dream in the LG G6.
The LG G6 comes with two 13MP cameras on the back. If you’ve ever used the LG G5 or LG V20, it’s the same thing we saw. There is a difference between the megapixel LG G5 – it had a 16MP main camera and 8MP wide-angle lens. The G6 has a 13MP main camera and 13MP wide-angle sensor, but the quality wise is the same situation.
The quality is extremely disappointing. Unless you have absolutely perfect illumination, the images appear blurry/diffuse and almost have a grainy appearance. The front camera is even worse. It’s a 5MP sensor, but it’s extremely diffuse.
There are many who say the camera is great – but my experience has been different. Pictures are confusing and under exposure, even in perfect lighting. This is before and after trying to adjust the settings to improve the quality of the camera, but unfortunately just did not improve.
There are a lot of camera features that come with it – as usual, you would expect: panorama, filter options, wide-angle camera options and so on.
Together, for a standard bearer, it is extremely disappointing and unacceptable. This phone should be absolutely perfect or close to it, but there are still tons of room for improvement.
LG gets a few things right with the G6 – you get an absolutely stunning display and a masterful design, but let the ball fall into many other areas. It is assumed that this is the flagship phone of LG for the year, but it seems that LG just plays catch up. We have the same low-quality camera setup that dates back all the way up to the LG G5. There are some serious quality issues with it, none of which LG still addressed. Also get the latest Snapdragon 835 processor and the latest version of Bluetooth. Not only that, but the front of the camera is just awful – there’s excuse for that.
These may seem like little things to choose from, but when the biggest competitor LG G6 looks – the Galaxy S8 – LG dropped the ball in a number of areas. The Galaxy S8 has all these things right, even though it took a little longer to launch this year.
So, should I get a G6 this year? It is entirely your preference, but there are plenty of areas where the Galaxy S8 already exceeds the LG G6. You are getting one of the most beautiful in the market exhibitions, but this is the same story for the Galaxy S8.
However, LG steps forward to get rid of the modules, but two steps back to not bring the best it could. Again, a year LG is to catch up.