LG G6 Review, Finally A Contender… Sort of.

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-LG or “Life’s Good” has made a beautifully designed well crafted phone in the G6. It’s best feature being the screen. Is that enough to sway you from Samsung or Apple? Does LG deserve your money? Find out in today’s review of the LG G6. 

-Having thoroughly and sufficiently played around with my review unit I can say that I am impressed with the G6 compared to it’s predecessors. Pinning it against the Galaxy lineup or the iPhone sheds a different light however. This elegant phone has that good feel in hand thing going on, beating Samsung to the punch with it’s 18 by 9 aspect ratio. Basically the display is twice as tall as it is wide. 

-Besides the design LG brought a couple of new things to the table. First and foremost LG has now joined the ranks of it’s 2 main competitors, Samsung and Apple, with ip68 water and dust resistance. This is a welcome addition to the G series feature set. This brings a sense of security when it comes to water damage in my opinion, it was a great move. 

-Secondly LG was gracious enough to give us wireless charging… (where you at iPhone)? This came at a cost however, gone is the Quad DAC from previous LG phones. Audiophiles will be disappointed. Alas, sacrifices must be made. Keep in mind all this is for the US versions of the phone.

-To me even though the G6 feels great in the hand, it feels antiquated and passe’… Next to the sleek and modern futuresque Galaxy S8. What once looked like uber tiny bessels now looks like old news and monstrous. Thanks to the curved design of the new Galaxy lineup. But this is true of all other OEM’S. 

Next to the iPhone the LG G6 looks sexy and modern. Thanks in part to the hideously huge bessels on the iPhone. Not to mention that the G6 design looks almost like LG maybe got an early leak from a Samsung insider. And rushed it’s own design borrowing heavily from the all glass front and back, and metal trim design of earlier Galaxy phones. 

-I’ve never really been a fan of LG’s software. There’s a couple cool features but overall it’s sophmoric with very cartoony overtones. This of course is rocking Android Nougat, with LG’s custom skin UI on top. I highly recommend downloading a launcher if this is your next phone. 

-LG did away with the removable back of the V20 and half baked pseudo mods and replaceable battery of the G5. And gave us a unibody glass and metal design. Had this been 2 years ago I might’ve been impressed. As far as software goes as stated above I’m not a fan. However that being said, it’s better and slightly toned down than in iterations past. 

-A feature that made it over, slightly improved, is the dual camera. With both the G5 and The V20 the secondary camera sported an ultra wide angle lens at a measly 8 megapixels. Whilst the primary camera with a traditional field of view sported 16 megapixels. With the G6 however, both lenses have 13 megapixel sensors. Here’s a shot taken with the G6. 

-As you can see it takes great photos. Great depth of field, and contrast. The colors are rich but not overly saturated. I’ve been impressed with the camera. Lg, in my opinion, is one of the most underated OEM’S when it comes to camera quality. The fact that they offer full manual controls i.e. able to change white balance, ISO, and manual focus etc.. Makes setting up your shot a fun personal experience that allows amateurs to feel like professionals.

-Internally the LG G6 is no slouch. I do have one complaint, why give us last years processor? Sure the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 is sufficient, but the newest phone should equal the latest processor. The Galaxy S8 and S8 + will give us the Snapdragon 835. Why LG chose this is uncertain. 

-Offering 4gb of RAM was a nice touch. The 3300 mAh battery should be sufficient to last all day, at least that’s what you would think. I have found it extremely hard to last all day. Scurrying for an outlet to charge my review unit after moderate to heavy use. But it’s par for the course comparatively.

-The display is gorgeous, with Dolby HDR Vision on board. Amazing colors and brightness. But next to the Galaxy S8 again we see a display that is lacking. This is true for all other OEM’S as well. It’s hard to beat Samsung in this category. But in of itself this display is gorgeous. 

-If you’re an LG Fan (all 4 of you) buy this phone. Otherwise you will probably want to look elsewhere. It is a bit underwhelming, and the build quality, though the best lg has ever produced (aside from the Nexus 5) seems copy catt’ing if you will. 

-The unique 18 by 9 aspect ratio in my opinion isn’t enough to recommend this phone. I would recommend this phone for the camera, and also because it’s an underdog phone. It’s definitely sexier than the current gen iPhones. If you don’t want Samsung or Apple phones then go for this one. Especially if you have Sprint it’s half off and it just came out 2 days ago! 

-Most of you will probably not buy this phone. If you do, more than likely you will enjoy it. With the Galaxy phones on the verge of launching if you can, I say wait a couple weeks for those. If you can’t wait, then the LG G6 is a solid Contender against Galaxy and iPhone, sort of.

-This has been another Phabletguru Review, remember you can’t spell review without Phabletguru!-


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