The LG G6 is the successor to the very unsuccessful G5 and has to fix the reputation of LG. With this version of the G-line LG ditched the modular design and built a solid phone completely made out of premium materials: Glass and Aluminum. I used this phone for a month and found out five things I like and five things I hate about it. Here they come, let’s start off with what I like:
I like the performance.
The G6 doesn’t come with a top of the line chipset, it rocks a Snapdragon 821 chip. Despite that, apps open up really quickly and hickups are nowhere to be found. Something I really like is the amount of RAM that’s in this phone: 4GB. This is enough to keep a crazy amount of apps opened in the background so you can start where you left the app. While I’m not much of a gamer myself, I did find out that the phone handles heavy games like Asphalt 8 very well. Again, stutters are nowhere to be found, not even when gaming.
I like the display.
I don’t even like the display, I love it. The G6 comes with an awesome 18:9 1440p display which looks awesome. Colours are looking good and viewing angles are great. The display itself is 5.7″ but doesn’t feel large at all. The phone has about the same dimensions as my Nexus 5X which has a 5,2″ screen, but with an ‘old’ 16:9 aspect ratio. Because the screen is taller, LG managed to minimalize the bezels on this phone. When the screen is on, it feels like you’re only holding the display. The screen also gets reasonably bright and is viewable outdoors. A small detail: The corners of the screen on the G6 are curved which not only gives the device nice look, according to LG it also helps to prevent the screen from shattering when you drop it.
I like the battery life.
This is something not all people will agree on. I get around four and a half hours of screen on time, which is reasonable. The Always On Display uses quite a lot of battery, but I like this feature so I leave it on most of the time (unless my phone is at less than 10%). Turn off the Always On Display and you’ll get an even better screen on time. LG also built in a battery monitor. If an app uses a lot of energy, it will notify you so you can decide if you want to stop the app or not.
The charger of the G6 is also very quick, but not as fast as, for instance, the dash charger that Oneplus uses. I can charge my phone from 10% to 75% in about half an hour.
I like the camera(s).
The G6 comes with two cameras on the back and one on the front. On most phones the second camera is used to zoom in a little bit, on the G6 it’s used to get a wide-angle point of view. I really like the quality and the dynamic range on the main camera, the wide-angle camera is a bit less sharp. The front-facing camera also is wide angle, which is nice.
I like the Build Quality.
The G6 is not the thinnest phone on planet earth, but it could be the best-built one. The phone is crafted out of aluminum and glass, plastic is nowhere to be found. Because the phone is quite thick in comparison with its competitors I consider the phone to feel more premium. This is, of course, very personal: other people like their phones to be as thin as paper. The phone also has some heft to it, I also find this feeling very premium.
I don’t like the On/Off button.
If you look around the G6 you’ll notice that the phone doesn’t have a regular on and off button on the side or top of the phone. The on/off button on the G6 is located on the back of the phone, in the fingerprint scanner. You can press the fingerprint sensor and the phone will turn on or off. I find this very annoying. When the phone is laying flat on a surface I can turn on the phone when double tapping the screen, that’s not really a problem. When I’m done using the phone I can only turn off the screen if I pick up the device and press the fingerprint scanner.
I don’t like the durability.
This phone won’t be free of scratches and small dings after a month of use. Especially the aluminum ring around the phone is prone to ding very easily. The glass on the back also is very easy to scratch. After just a week I started to notice some deep scratches in the back. If you want to prevent the back of your phone from being all scratched up, consider a dbrand skin for your device. Personally, I don’t really mind my phone being a little damaged: in the end it’s a tool I use a lot every day.
I don’t like the software.
Just like many other manufactures LG puts a skin over Android. I don’t like skins over android. I’m very used to stock Android on my Nexus 5X and previously my Moto G 4G. Thankfully LG didn’t put a very heavy skin on top of Android, but it’s still noticeable. I really dislike the standard launcher of LG UX, but that’s easy to swap out with something like Nova Launcher. I’m also very curious to see how the performance of this phone holds up over time.
I don’t like the glass back.
Glass on the back of a smartphone is prone to get some dirty-looking fingerprints on it, besides that you now have two sides of glass to worry about. I could understand the use of a glass when the phone is equipped with wireless charging, but in EU-models that isn’t even the case. I slapped a dbrand skin on the phone after only a week of use.
I don’t like the camera processing.
Ok, so this one is pretty nitpicky (that proves that this phone doesn’t have that many bad things). I don’t like how to stock camera app processes photos. The software adds too much fake sharpening to the photo which makes it look like a painting. At the moment I use the Google Camera which makes the photos look better than they ever did on my G6. I also consider the HDR processing to be better with the Google Camera. The only downside is that you’ll still need the stock LG Camera app to take wide-angle photos.
All with all I think this is a very solid phone. It doesn’t really have the wow-factor we find in, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S8. I really, really like the display and the build of the phone. Are you interested in this phone? You can pick it up for around $450 at Amazon. What do you think about this phone at the current price?