If you follow me on my social media channels,
which you probably should, then you already know that my Lumia 950, which was my daily
driver, died on me a few weeks ago, and so I decided to buy an LG G6 instead. And if you are wondering why I chose the G6
instead of something like a Galaxy S8 or a OnePlus 5, and how holds up against the competition
about 4 months after its release, then I'm Marton from TechAltar and you've come to the
right place. *Intro* It seems to me like in the internet the dust
has kind of settled on the flagship smartphone market of the first half of this year, and
the verdict online goes a little something like this. If you want the most futuristic device on
the market, then just get the Galaxy S8, but if you don't mind trading a copycat design
for really good value, then just get the OnePlus 5.
But I would like to add the LG G6 to this
conversation. For a start, it's actually currently cheaper
in most countries than even a OnePlus 5. I bought mine for 479 EUR in Germany, but
they are currently available for as little as 424 Euros on Amazon. At this price, the G6 is up against midrange
phones, which makes this a crazy good deal.
But the price isn't the only good thing about
the G6. The phone really has two main standout features:
the tall screen and the dual camera. First, let's talk about the screen and the
body in general. Now, a ton of reviewers said that it felt
like a not-so-polished version of a Galaxy S8, and I certainly see where that would come
This phone has a very similar tall screen
with very narrow bezels, and a glass sandwich design, but it's thicker than the S8 and it
doesn't have the same striking curves and edges. But, you know what? In my book that is a win for the LG. While the S8 design might be the one your
heart desires, I think it is the G6 design that your rational brain should convince you
to get. The S8 is the most fragile phone ever made
according to some people on the internet, and while I don't know if that is entirely
true, I personally know two people who cracked their curved screens.
Plus just look around on YouTube and you will
see that people like Jaime Rivera from Pocketnow, as well as Jon Rettinger from TechnoBuffalo
have already broken theirs. So for clumsy old me, and I imagine, most
other people as well, the fact that the LG. G6 is certified drop and shock proof, while
also giving you a really firm grip with the thick sides makes this a less desirable, but
a much more durable phone than the S8. Still, as with any other phone, I did experiment
with cases, and I found a nice and very simple one from Minimal that I linked below, but
I eventually ended up going back to sticking an Ungrip on the back of my phone for that
If you don't know Ungrip yet, then make sure
to check out my video about it right here and let me know what you think about it. Anyway. Functionally, the G6 still offers all of the
benefits of this 2017 design trend. The tall screen is high-res, bright and huge
while also being easy to navigate with one hand, except for maybe that top part of course.
And while my heart weeps for the loss of a
replaceable battery, we did get really premium build quality and also waterproofing in exchange. So, yeah, I really like the body here. The other main selling point of the G6 is
the wide angle camera. And I initially thought I might take a few
shots with it and then it would kind of fade away, but over the last few weeks, I actually
took about 30% of my photos in this mode.
Which is pretty crazy, but as it turns out,
a wide-angle camera lets me take a lot of photos that simply wouldnt have been possible
with any other phone, and they make just about anything look dramatic. So, to me, a camera guy, this is the actual
main selling point of the G6. Now, the image quality of either of these
rear cameras is pretty good, but not quite on the same level as that of the best competitors
like the Galaxy S8, the Google Pixel or recently even the HTC U11. Photos in good lighting usually work well,
but the dynamic range could use a boost, low-light shots are fine but not striking, and while
photos look great at first glance, which is really all you need for social media, zooming
in often shows you images that just aren't as clean as they should be.
Again, there are no glaring issues, but when
looking purely at image quality, there are better options out there. Also, that front facing camera looks like
it's straight out of a 2014 phone, so if you love your selfies or your vlogs, this is probably
not the phone for you. Videos shot on the G6 on the other hand are
actually very good looking, thanks in part to the optical image stabilization as well
as a dedicated manual mode for videos. So that's good.
And while we are at manual modes, LG has actually
put together what might be my favorite camera app of any phone yet. It is very logically laid out, I don't have
to tap a button or swipe around to switch between photos and videos, it has a fantastic
manual mode that let's you get as granular with settings as you want, and the photo previews
next to the viewfinder are just the best. Apart from that ugly back button that looks
like it's straight out of the jelly bean days, I really wouldn't change a thing about the
app itself. So the camera is really a huge hit and somewhat
of a miss at the same time.
If all you are looking for is the highest
quality photos, then the G6 won't be the best pick for you. But for me, image quality is, well, good enough,
and the wide angle lens plus the great app far outweigh any of the shortcomings. Everything else on the G6 falls into the category
of "good enough", and doesn't really warrant any in-depth coverage. While performance with the Snapdragon 821
and 4 GB of RAM might not make this the fastest phone on the planet, I have yet to find any
task that the phone didn't handle with ease.
Keep in mind, I don't play games on my phone,
so your mileage may vary, but web browsing, social media and the UI in general all feel
very zippy. And while we are at the UI, I would call LG's
software skin inoffensive. I am not madly in love with it, and as a creature
of habit, I did end up slapping a launcher on it, but I have also never found it to get
in the way too much. Apart from a few minor annoyances, the built
in apps work well and look quite modern, and there are a few handy tricks, like the optional
button to bring down the notification shade, which is very handy for a phone this tall.
So overall, it does the job. Battery life is what I would call slightly
above average. I have so far always gotten through a full
day without issues, and I usually get a little over 4 hours of screen-on time by leaving
everything on its default settings, so there is really nothing to complain about. Overall, I think I would prefer this phone
over most other flagship competitors even if it wasn't priced as aggressively as it
But with the recent price cuts, I think the
tall but durable design, coupled with the wide angle camera make this one of the best
deals in tech right now. So this really means two things. First, if you are looking for a great phone
right now, go ahead and buy the G6. Second, the LG V30 will be released in less
than a month here in Berlin, and if LG takes this existing phone, improves its image quality,
and puts a newer processor in it, and then actually doesn't mess up the marketing around
it, like it did with the G6 which was barely promoted at all, then I think it will create
an even more exciting package.
I will of course also cover the V30 event,
so if you are interested in my coverage, the be sure to follow me on my social media channels,
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at Twitter what you thought about this vide, and I will see you in the next one. Bye!.