LG G6 is a very good smartphone. Its performance is nothing to bragged about but it is not bad either. LG G6 uses Snapdragon 821 instead of the latest Snapdragon 835, but it does have almost all the features generally used. The camera quality is good with dual lens setup for clicking precise photos by selecting different angles. The battery life is fairly good with a capacity of 3300mAH. The display quality of LG G6 is its best feature amongst all. If you like watching a lot of videos on your phone then you will definitely love this smartphone. Though LG G6 made use of some old components, a great display and reliable camera make it one of the best smartphones available this year.
LG G6 is flagship smartphone released by LG this year, priced at 51,990 INR. LG launched G6 using an outdated Snapdragon chip for the sake of an early release in the market. It has a robust body and it is also water resistant, which makes it quite reliable in terms of durability. LG, instead of going for a latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip set, went for an older chipset, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. This move gave G6 an early release in the market and a head start among its competitors. Also, the performance of Snapdragon 821 is reliable and known to people. The most innovative step taken in G6 is its 18:9 aspect ratio of display. This made the display taller and gave a realistic look. In LG G6 you can easily enjoy the advantages of a big screen without worrying about the size of the phone. Let’s see some more advantages and disadvantages of LG G6 in a brief review.
Design & Display:
From the design aspect, LG G6 is a good looking phone with glass and metal frame which makes it classy. But it is not as fancy as some other flagship smartphones available in the market. It has the typical screen size of 5.7-inches with 1440 x 2880 pixels and 564 ppi but feels a little thick and chunky. As compared to a typical aspect ratio of 16:9, LG G6 has 18:9 ratio display screen. They call it a ‘FullVision’ display because it is taller and less wide, which makes it easy to hold. Its Corning Gorilla Glass 3 keeps the screen well protected against scratches and breaks which is still lacking behind from many other smartphones which offer Corning Gorilla Glass 5. LG G6 has a quite robust body and hold well against drops. The handset is also water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about the sudden rain or taking it to the pool.
You will find the power button placed on the back of the phone under the dual lens camera. This power button also works as a fingerprint scanner but isn’t of any other use. On the side of the handset you will find volume rockers and a hybrid SIM tray that can hold dual SIM or one SIM and a microSD card. On the bottom, you will find a USB type-C port for charging and syncing. On the top, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device is not resistant to the fingerprints marks, especially in its Astro Black colour design the fingerprints marks are quite obvious to the eyes. We can call it a fingerprint magnet.
The LG G6 has used older Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 rather than other phones released in 2017 which have Snapdragon 835. But it generally doesn't affect much of the performance. Infact one of the fastest android phones, Google Pixel, also uses Snapdragon 821. You will experience no lags or glitches in UI while using G6. You can also play heavy and high powered games without any frame drops or hitches. But the cost of the phone is no doubt on the higher end when you compare it to the other phones having superior 835 SOC. Snapdragon 835 is proven faster and more efficient than 821. The battery life of LG G6 is also just fair and the glass body can easily get dirty.
Due to its 18:9 aspect ratio, LG G6 is superior in terms of the display quality. It is a delight to watch a movie on this phone as it plays even the highest resolution videos smoothy. The camera quality is also great and you can choose the lens as per your picture requirement. But this changing of the lens can get a bit irritating in case of a spontaneous click. All in all LG G6 is fair in its performance. The performance is not spectacular but it is not bad either.
Camera setup of LG G6 consists of two 13 megapixel shooters on the back of the handset. It has 2 lens setup, one of which is a wide angle lens of 125 degrees angle coverage and the other one is a standard lens with a 71-degree field of view. The camera app has a toggle control, using which you can switch between two lenses. But this switching of camera lenses can be bit tiresome, especially when you forget to change the lens in a spontaneous shot and your picture gets a bit of noise. As for an example, if you need to click a close up picture and you have selected a wide angle lens, then your picture can come out to be out focused or blurred. The phone also has a 5 megapixel front camera. LG G6 has not included an inbuilt photo editor, but you can download any external editor. Overall we found the performance of the camera app to be quite good. The captured photos were sharp and vibrant and the colour contrast was great.
Audio & Video:
LG G6 is great for watching videos and movies but sadly the audio quality can't match up to that. The audio quality of G6 is no way near its video performance. G6 has only a single speaker at the bottom of the phone, which does a decent job but nothing great. In India, G6 handsets pack of 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM. The storage can be increased using the microSD card option in the SIM tray. The strange thing about G6 handsets is that it has different features in different countries, say, if you buy LG G6 in the USA then you will get only 32GB of internal storage and microSD card option, whereas in other countries you can get 64GB of internal storage. The G6 handsets sold in Europe doesn't have Quad DAC or even wireless charging whereas you can find both of these features in the handsets sold in other countries. According to LG, the difference in features is due to the different preferences of users from different countries.
Software & Ui:
LG G6 houses a Snapdragon 821 processor which is quite outdated as compared to other latest flagship smartphones. It provides the entire basic features that the other smartphones have and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. As far as the storage and memory are concerned, the LG G6 has 4 GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The internal storage can be expanded upto 256GB using a microSD card. The handset has a battery of 3300 mAh and supports wireless charging. LG G6 provides you a great quality of display due to the screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels, and its support of Dolby Vision & HDR 10. LG G6 handsets selling in India ship with Quad DAC audio processing subsystem which provides a good quality sound system. Some of the pre-loaded applications available in LG G6 are Quick Memo+, LG Health, a tasks app, Music, File Manager and Calendar. Some other internal applications are FM radio and an Audio Recorder. Some other basic features supported by LG G6 are Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and GPS.