The LG G6 fits in your hand. This is an impressive achievement for a smartphone with a 5.7-inch screen. In addition, the G6 with $ 650 many features we liked the previous LG flagship such as sensors for two rear cameras, while new features were added as a raincoat and build an HDR screen. The question is whether this is enough to break through, especially with powerful competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 $ 720.00 with Verizon Wireless on the horizon. The G6 is the best phone LG has released so far, but we think it’s worth the wait to see what’s right in the corner.
Price, design and functions
The G6 $ 650.00 at T-Mobile will vary in price according to your provider. T-Mobile – the mail that we tested – the most affordable at $ 650 Verizon is a little more expensive with $ 672, with Sprint and AT & T respectively $ 708 and $ 720 the amounts. Wherever you buy, it costs less than the Galaxy S8 (which retails for around $ 750), but probably not enough to make a difference in your decision.
The G6 is an unusually long narrow phone, with thin edges and a 2: 1 aspect ratio (LG says 18: 9). metal sides are combined with a nice handle full glass bottom that fits easily in your hand, while the black model we examined, fingerprints and absorption stains. This would be less visible in the silver model (LG calls the Ice Platinum).
There is a standard headphone jack on the top (the G6 does not have two quad speakers or DACs like the $ 309.99 LG V20 on eBay), a USB-C port on the bottom and LG’s signature on the on / off button/fingerprint scanner the back, under the sensors of the dual camera. On the left side, there are some clicky volume buttons, while the SIM / microSD slot on the right works well with a 256GB card.
The phone measures 5.9 by 2.8 by 0.3 inches (HWD), weighs 5.8 grams and is just narrow enough to cross with your thumb. Compared to the colossal Google Pixel XL (6.1 of 3.0 inches by 0.3, 5.9 grams) and heavier iPhone 7 Plus at $ 769.99 at T-Mobile (6.2 at 3.1 in 0, 3 inches, 6.6 grams), the G6 is much easier to use with one hand.
It’s just a bit wider and slightly heavier than the Galaxy S8 (5.9 by 2.7 by 0.3, 5.5 ounces), which compresses an 18.5: 9 screen by 5.8 inches in the framework. Despite the similar dimensions, the S8 feels a little easier to grasp thanks to the slightly curved screen that fits better in the hand. That said, both phones will surely please fans of large screens that you can comfortably hold and use with one hand.
At the front or back of the G6, there is no brand of a supplier, so it retains a clean and upscale look. The rounded sides eliminate shocks and give the phone some resistance to shocks. Like the V20, it has the MIL-STD-810G rating, which means it can withstand drops on hard surfaces. It has survived several drops of 5 feet on the rubber-coated floor of our test lab without visible damage, but keep in mind if you drop it on the concrete, you’re still likely to shatter the glass.
It is also the first LG IP68 phone to be waterproof. We submerged him and threw him into the sink without any problem.
View and scale applications
As noted above, the G6’s true selling point is the 5.7-inch 2.880-x 1.440 LCD display with a unique 2: 1 aspect ratio. This means you are looking at a high, narrow screen. It may be a bit confusing at first, but you get used to it. And an interesting aspect is that in multi-window multitasking, you get a lot more content with each application.
The aspect ratio also means that embedded applications have changed and compatibility issues can arise with poorly sized third-party software. Fortunately, there is an App Scaling option in the display settings that lets you choose between 16: 9 (compatibility), 16.7: 9 (standard) and 18: 9 (full screen). You will probably encounter a similar problem with the S8, which has an aspect ratio of 18.5: 9.
Inventory applications such as voter, email application, address book, music player, weather and e-mail have been adapted to take advantage of the larger screen, usually with larger images at the top of the screen. The camera also gets a number of new modes where the top half of the screen is a viewfinder, and the bottom half shows an example image where you can coordinate with another image. Because the screen can be divided into two square halves, here we see real possibilities Instagram.
Samsung may be known for the best screens on the market, but the G6 can give the S7 Edge $ 789.99 a run for T-Mobile. The resolution of the screen is 565 pixels per inch (dpi), which corresponds to the sharpness of the Quad HD AMOLED panel on the 5.5-inch S7 Edge (534ppi) and the Pixel XL (534ppi). But it’s not just the pixel density that brings out the G6. The phone has exceptionally rich colors with support for HDR (Dolby HDR and HDR10). When you see HDR and non-HDR content next to each other, the HDR really jumps.
But despite beautiful colors and viewing angles, the screen could use more brightness for the outside view because it is difficult to see in direct sunlight. Like the $ 624.00 LG G5 with Verizon Wireless, it features an “always on” mode that keeps time, date and notifications visible when the screen is off, but it’s lighter than Samsung’s .
Network performance and connectivity
The G6 is available for all major US carriers. We examined the T-Mobile version, which supports the GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), UMTS (1/2/4/5) and LTE (1/2/3/4/5 / 7 / 13/12/20/66), which gives it good connectivity with T-Mobile and international roaming. We tested the phone in Midtown Manhattan, where we recorded a download speed of 9 Mbps and an unusually high download speed of 28 Mbps.
The phone also supports dual band wifi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2. The Galaxy S8 is a little more scalable thanks to the addition of Bluetooth 5.0.
The quality of the call is acceptable. The volume of the earpiece and the speaker are both loud, but calls made with the phone usually sound a bit robotic. Noise reduction was good for handling traffic noise, but struggled to clear the wind, sometimes resulting in mutilated transmissions.
Processor and battery
The G6 is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that is clocked at 2.34 GHz, instead of the new Snapdragon 835. In terms of reference points the phone performs in a manner similar to that of other Snapdragon 821 devices, 136,907 and received the AnTuTu, which measures the overall performance of the system. It’s a little lower than the Google Pixel XL (140,121), which runs a pure form of Android. It is also lower than the OnePlus 3T $ 439.00 at OnePlus (159144), which boasts a less demanding 1080p screen and more RAM (6GB versus 4GB).
But the main concern is not the daily performance here, since you will probably not notice any difference between the G6 and other existing flagships in multi-tasking or playing games like GTA: San Andreas. However, with the Snapdragon 835 powered Galaxy S8 not only offers better performance, it also supports LTE gigabit, so you can enjoy faster networks that many vendors are deploying.
In many ways, the G6 is an improvement on the G5, but if there is one aspect that fans of the series may be disappointing, it is the disappearance of the removable battery. The 3300 mAh cell in the G6 is sealed, in part to make the phone waterproof. Fortunately, the life of the battery is reasonably sound.
The G6 managed a time of 5 hours, 57 minutes when we video in full screen on LTE streamden at maximum brightness. It’s not as long as Amazon’s $ 599.00 XL Pixel (6 hours, 43 minutes), and falls far behind many hours at the S7 edge (10 hours), but it’s a big improvement over the V20 (4 hours, 38 minutes). LG has integrated smart charging technology, so the battery can keep its charge capacity better for more than two years. There is a built-in battery-saving mode that turns off the active screen continuously, reduces screen brightness, and basic data is limited to juice preservation. The included adapter supports fast charging and the phone is compatible with wireless charging tablets (not included).
The V20 and G5 dual rear camera sensors are back, but LG has made a big improvement: at 13 megapixels apiece, both cameras now have the same resolution, so switching between normal wide angle shots and will not be affect the quality of the image. The main sensor offers an angle of 71 degrees, while the wide lens is 125 degrees. The phone makes a smooth zoom between the two cameras, as does the iPhone 7 Plus.
And just like with the iPhone, the quality is striking. Unlike other phones, you do not lose details when you zoom in. The price is that there is a considerable distortion of tone on wide-angle images, with straight lines that appear curved on the edges of the image.
The sensors excel in the open air. The noise is minimal and the overall quality compares favorably with the Google Pixel XL. Inside, the Pixel XL has a better white balance and better color reproduction and achieves high quality shots in low light. The G6, however, has manual controls, so with a few ISO adjustments and shutter speed, you can significantly improve the pictures of the standard settings in low light conditions. The phone also records 4K video with both rear cameras.
When it comes to selfies, the 5-megapixel camera on the front makes a nice picture, but it tends to make something too slippery, while the Pixel XL is sharper and more realistic. A wide-angle selfie mode is 100 degrees, with which you can easily insert friends into the frame.
The G6 comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, a step behind the newest Android 7.1 that you get on Pixels. LG’s software layer is quite heavy. The colors, icons and much of the startup program have been changed and LG adds its own gallery and music apps in addition to Google’s options. By default, the phone comes with the app’s tablet turned off and all your apps are scattered on home screens, but this is easy to change in the settings.
There are not many new useful software features. With shortcuts, you can start different applications by pressing the volume buttons twice, but that’s about it.
If there is one thing we expect from mobile phones, it’s a bloatware. The T-Mobile G6 is preloaded with seven transport applications, five LG, Evernote and Lookout applications. The most glaring is LG Friend Manager, which helps you connect and manage LG’s deceased friend props that should be launched alongside the G5. Fortunately, it can be removed with most other LG apps, but T-Mobile devices can not be disabled.
Of the 32GB of internal storage that the phone has with you, you have 20.05 GB available for use. Since the S8 comes with 64GB of storage space, the G6 seems a little tight in space. You can always throw a microSD card if you need more.
The LG G6 represents the refinement of the ideas of the company’s previous lighthouses. You have dual camera settings for the G5 and V20 models, but both sensors have the same resolution. You have a big and beautiful screen that you can use with one hand. You also have proven hearing enthusiasts such as waterproofing, drop resistance and wireless charging. The losers are the few battery developers, proud and changeable, who do not have big phone manufacturers on their side.
That said, a large Samsung shaped cloud emerges above the G6. The Galaxy S8, delivered on April 21, is similar to LG’s thin and wide approach with a beautifully curved screen and launches a Snapdragon 835 processor with gigabit LTE speeds for good. It also comes with a suitable AI assistant, Bixby, and a small ecosystem of accessories such as Samsung Dex and Gear VR that give it an edge in the productivity and multimedia departments. So, while LG has been smart to market the G6 for the S8, it may not be enough to take the lead.