For our smartphones, everybody wants a big screen but doesn’t want a big phone difficult to tote around easily. That’s where phablets fit right in, offering you big screen but in the size of a smartphone, as it is quite difficult to carry a tablet around every time. The LG G6 is such a device that puts a massive screen in a truly compact body. The LG G6 also follow-up to the LG G5 which attempted to redefine smartphones with its modular built but could not do so. However, the LG G6 has managed to be one of the best Android phones around.
The LG G6 feels so small in your hand that many people struggle to believe that it carries a 5.7 inch screen. It is easy to stretch your thumb across the other side of the phone while holding in one hand. It remains usable at all times. But you will find it a struggle trying with other phones having 5.5 inch screen.
LG has made all this successful by minimizing the size of bezels and choosing an 18:9 aspect ratio which makes it longer and thinner than 16:9 aspect ratio. The rounded corners of the screen make the front of the LG G6 very modern. And just like the rounded corners, its rounded screen also contributes to its modern look.
The screen and the corners combined help absorb impacts lessening the likelihood of catastrophic screen damage. Its thin top and bottom bezels make the screen stand out more and also enhance the minimalist design of the phone. The LG G6 is a glass and metal phone with Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and Gorilla Glass 3 on the front.
The back of the LG G6 has LG’s trademark fingerprint sensor which also works as a power button and is located below the dual-lens camera and flash unit. Though the G6 is thicker than many phones but not much and offers a lot more to hold on.
At the moment, the LG G6 is the perfect size and shape for a smartphone. It brings together everything you love about big-screen phones and discards everything you hate about them. LG G6 gives you no reason to excuse for compromising and buying a smaller phone.
The LG G6 has come with screen having envious specs. The phone has 5.7 inches screen with 2,880×1,440 pixel resolution. But it is not the screen size and the cool rounded edges that make it special but it is the 18:9 aspect ratio. This equates to a 2:1 ratio also which means you can fit two perfect squares next to each other on it.
There is limited amount of 18:9 content online, for now. The videos on the LG G6’s screen look superb, filling the screen entirely after tapping the special button in a drop-down menu. It is very special to see a video filling the screen this way. it is more cinematic, immersive and genuinely impactful.
The aspect ratio is not the only feature making the video special on the LG G6. The phone comes with both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision support. This technology makes the image more lifelike with better colors, wider viewing angles and more accurate contrast levels. There is not much content for you to take much advantage of it and it doesn’t make any difference to the operating system or regular YouTube videos but the Amazon Prime and Netflix subscribers may see the benefit.
There is some problem with content not formatted for an 18:9 screen. It shows black bars running down the sides of the video in landscape orientation. Hopefully this will not be a problem eventually, but for now you have to put up with that in most cases. Apart from size oddities, the LG G6 has a stunning display which is full of colors, warmth, detail and a true pleasure to watch.
Although the screen of LG G6 is technically 5.7 inches in size but it doesn’t look like any other 5.7 inch screen. For instance, putting the G6 alongside 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus. If you open an app such as Twitter, the iPhone will display more text and information on screen than the G6. Because of this, some may see the screen size of G6 as a con but it is still a big-screen experience.
The LG G6 comes with installed Android 7.0 Nougat. The user interface of LG has a few additions to make better use of 18:9 aspect ratio screen. You may find changes to the Settings menu, the notification shade and the option to spread apps across multiple home screen or enable the app tray. To match the color of your phone, LG has also provided various themed which change backgrounds, icons and wallpapers.
Ideally the LG G6 is suited to multi-window app use and provides a perfect square for two apps to fit in. It is also easy to activate using a long press of Android menu key. LG only install a few of its own apps like QuickMemo+, which handily syncs with Google Drive, a Tasks app, LG Health, and its own music, file manager, messaging and calendar apps.
In addition, there is an audio recorder and an FM radio app. Many of LG’s own apps make use of 18:9 aspect ratio such as the Gallery app which takes up the whole screen. One of the most interesting things is the LG’s Square Camera which splits the screen into two with the lower half for custom shots or previews and the top half for square format pictures. Square Camera’s functionality was not built into main camera app because many people will miss it.
Grid Shot works very well. It breaks the square into quarters and each if filled with a still image or a three-second video clip, which when combined tells a decent little story. There is a lot room for creativity and best of all you can share the result easily on Twitter or Facebook.
Other Square Camera features include Guide Shot to match photos using a handy transparent overlay by which people can capture same composition or pose on multiple occasions, and Match Shot which is similar to Grid Shot but with two pictures instead of four.
A long press on home button brings up Google Assistant. The LG G6 phone is the first one to use the Google Assistant outside the Pixel phones, beyond its wider release on other Android 7.0 Nougat phones. The user interface of LG G6 deviate from standard Android, it is not slow or unpleasant. Thought and effort has been put into icon design when you change themes, the icon curves that match the shape of screen and the color choices that match the body. For now, the LG G6 has up to date software.
On the back of the LG G6, there are two camera lenses, both with 13 megapixels. One vaunts a wider angle lens than the other. The 125-degree wide angle lens doesn’t feature optical image stabilization and has an f/2.4 aperture while the 71-degree standard lens has a far better f/1.8 aperture and OIS.
When taking pictures, you get two different experiences, especially in low light when the standard angle lens produces pictures with less noise and more detail. The LG G6 enables you take some fantastic evening and nighttime shots, adding atmosphere and drama in the right environment. When used with right lighting and creativity, the wide-angle lens is more than capable.
In daylight, the LG G6’s camera doesn’t do best with overcast days and struggles to manage contrast, settling on darkening the landscape and washing out the sly eventually. Though it is not ideal but we hope that it will be cured by the release of final software build. The screen doesn’t do justice with photos and often ends up looking better than expected on checking the gallery. Again it is something likely to change with a software update.
Camera works well with colorful plants, blue sky or any close-up material. Comparing the G6 with Pixel XL and the iPhone 7 Plus, the LG G6 produces best image and most of the time it comes very close to matching Pixel XL which is a highly rated camera phone.
Taking photos with the LG G6 is addictive and enjoyable and the wide-angle mode presents new creative opportunities. If you are confident enough to change settings for the perfect picture, there is a manual mode for both video and stills. LG has not included an editor but you are given the choice of using a third-party app such as Snapseed or Google Photos.
The selfie camera of the G6 is of 5 megapixels and uses a single 100-degree, wide-angle lens and similar to the main camera, the two modes are alternated using a button on screen. You are also given several filters to apply and also a chance to manipulate artificial lighting sources and skin tone. The wide-angle lens renders it easy to take great group shots and goes a long way to redeem the front cam’s ability.
LG has made good use of extra screen in the camera app by using the top edge or side edge in landscape as a preview gallery and shows the last four pictures taken so you don’t have to to go into the gallery app to see them.
Power and Battery:
The LG G6 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood, plus 4GB of RAM. If you are thinking that the Snapdragon 821 is not a super-new Snapdragon 835, then you have to consider the power inside the OnePlus 3T or a Google Pixel that is enough to keep those phones fresh for ages and both the phones carry 821 inside. The LG G6 performs very well.
The LG G6 lacks the removable battery. But in this case you trade on feature for another. As the LG G6 is a sealed phone now which has given it dust resistance and water resistance rating IP68. There is no doubt that it is great to have a replaceable battery but it would not be great to replace entire phone after a spill in water.
The battery life of the LG G6 was poor at first, barely lasting a mid-to-heavy use a day. But the software update has improved the situation and 25% of the battery remains after the same level of use in a day. The usage includes social networking, photo work, games and navigation. In the US, the LG G6 comes with wireless charging which is not included in international versions of the phone. Using the USB Type-C cable or the charger supplied, the 3,200mAh cell reaches capacity after about an hour and 30 minutes.
Speakers and Storage:
The LG G6 is made for watching stunning videos but its audio setup is not on par. The phone doesn’t have stereo speakers. There is just a single speaker at the base of the phone and there is no standard Dolby Audio tweaks or Dolby Atmos. The single speaker works pretty decent but is overshadowed by iPhone 7 Plus, HTC phone or ZTE Axon 7 and 7 Mini.
For devices to sale in South Korea, LG has restricted the Quad DAC. In the USA, the LG G6 phones have 32GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot as a part of the SIM tray and internationally, larger capacity versions will be sold.
• Compact build and large, beautiful screen
• Latest software with Google Assistant
• Water resistant
• Great pictures from dual-lens camera
• All models require wireless charging, Quad DAC and more storage
• Audio can’t match the visuals
LG G6 should have long shelf-life, at least two-to-three years. The software is up to date and has Google Assistant already installed which means you don’t have to wait for the update. The LG G6 is the best Android phone currently with beautiful design, a cracking camera and brilliant standout features. Based on the early price from Verizon, the LG G6 will cost less than $700, around the same price as $650 G6.
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