We're seeing a spectrum in flagship phones this 2017. Both Samsung and Huawei have recently topped the Android industry, Sony is about to show off their newest contender, and HTC just announced their new phone in high hopes to make a comeback.
But what about LG?
Year after year they give excellent phones with gimmicky features. The G2, for instance, rocked the industry by placing its home button at the back (something that has been replicated in Asus and Huawei's more recent phones). The G4 gave us a leatherback with a somewhat curved design. I don't know what the G3 brought to the table, but I'm guessing it's the 2K screen. And of course, the G5 introduced modular features that went absolutely nowhere and was a bad hit for LG.
So what about the new LG G6?
It's safe to say that this is LG's safest phone yet. Barring an older chipset, this simpler design and well-built phone comes with hardware you'd expect from a flagship device.
Let's break things down.
If you ask me, I love the simpler design of the G6 over its predecessors. It has no curved screen, no disgusting leatherback, no expensive modules, no nothing. It's just a great-looking phone with nice specs and other staple features.
This is an era where companies are churning out regular-sized phones with larger screens. The bezels of the G6 are almost nonexistent - a testament to the screen's durability over years of development. It's a tall phone with a tall screen and a width so much slimmer than the G5. It's a great phone to binge your Netflix shows on.
The volume rockers on the left side of the phone
allow left-handed users to thumb through the volume while right-handed users
may have to adjust to this new position. The SIM tray, a single Type-C USB port,
and a headphone jack can all be found on the right-hand side.
Specs: 4/5 (Cool)
- Display: 1440x2880ÃÂ
- Screen size: 5.7-inchÃÂ
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821ÃÂ
- RAM: 4GBÃÂ
- Memory: 32GB and 64GBÃÂ
- Dual cameras: 13MP (Both)ÃÂ
- Front camera: 5MPÃÂ
- Battery: 3300ÃÂ
- Water and dust resistant with IP68: Hell yeah!
If you look at it, it's not so bad. While some phones overdo it with 6GB of RAM, the G6 maintains a stronghold for 4GB. That's not really a bad thing considering the phone is blazing fast as it is.
What bothers me here is the chipset. While most flagships use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or an 831, the G6 uses an 821.Phones that use this are the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the Xiaomi Note 2, the OnePlus 3T, and the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe. All of these phones are well-regarded with excellent performance, so I wouldn't think twice about how good the G6 performs.
The 821 chipset is not bad; it's just a little
outdated. But make no mistake, the 821 fires up the G6's core and runs all the
apps you'll ever need without flinching.
Software: 4/5 (Cool)
It runs on Android 7 Nougat with LG's own Knock-On feature making a return. If you're unfamiliar with this, the Knock-On feature allows you to double-tap your screen to awaken the phone. I'm not sure if it's the specific unit I have or if there's some flimsy code on LG's part, but this feature doesn't always respond. The same goes for the rear home button.
The Always-On Display is also present in the G6. So if you rely on your phone to check the time, you no longer have to open your device to view it. Other notifications such as your LG6's battery status are always on the screen despite the phone being locked.
Camera: 3/5 (Lukewarm)
Let's get this down before the initial knee-jerk reaction: the G6's camera is excellent.
The colors are accurate, vibrant, and sharp. It has gestures that allows you to take selfies without pressing the shutter button and you can switch between its two rear cameras to get different ratio contrasts and depth.
It has the usual time-lapse, filters, and slow-motion features among others. The dual rear cameras firing at 13MP each and the frontal 5MP, are absolutely fine and deserves to be in a flagship phone. However, compared to other phones out there, the G6 lags behind by a hair.
Here are some sample shots:
Unlike other phone makers who introduce their flagship phones alongside a bigger "Plus" version, LG sets aside their big-ass phone for a couple of months. I'm talking about the LG V series.
While I do love the simpler G6, it's hard not to hold my breath for a few more months before making up my mind. The next LG V phone is just across the horizon, after all.