LG G6 Review – Can this phone really take on the might of the Galaxy S8?
Pros – Great Quad HD+ Display, Water resistant design, Clever dual-lens camera
Cons – Design not to everyone’s taste, Last year’s 821 processor, High price, Samsung simply has a better phone
After the awful plastic and leather G4 and bizarre modular G5, the LG G6 looks like a return to form for the Korean technology giant.
This latest device from LG has numerous features that helps to make it one of the better phones we've seen this year.
A huge 5.7-inch display, metal and glass design, dual cameras and water resistant casing all suggest LG has a winner on its hands.
But is this new device really any good and can it take on the might of Samsung’s incredible Galaxy S8?
Express.co.uk has been using the LG G6 for the past few weeks and here’s our full review.
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The LG G6’s design is bit like Marmite and you’re either going to love it or hate it.
From the front the device looks decent enough with its metal and glass body bringing plenty of appeal to your pocket.
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This new design also gives the phone a quality feel that’s certainly far more robust than last year’s plasticky G5.
Soft, curved edges and minimal bezels make it nice to hold and you’ll have no problem using the G6 with one hand.
LG has also removed all unnecessary buttons and bulges which makes the device look sleek and minimalistic.
Sadly, when you flip it over things get a little less pleasing.
From the rear the LG G6 looks strange with the dual camera and fingerprint scanner giving the appearance of frightened face.
Our only other criticism of the G6 is that, compared to the new Galaxy S8, it does look and feel a little chunky.
However, even with these negatives, LG has certainly made huge improvements with the G6 and it is, without doubt, the best looking device the company has made.
The LG G6 does look a little ugly from the back
LG has included a 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display on the G6 which provides a brilliant viewing experience.
This almost bezel-free screen covers most of the phone and means you get a much larger display in a device that’s physically smaller.
Unlike its main S8 rival, the G6 doesn’t feature a curved display but we actually think this gives LG the edge.
Whilst testing both devices we preferred the fully flat screen on the G6 rather than the curve of the S8 – which sometimes makes reading words on websites feel a bit awkward.
The G6 also offers Dolby Vision which makes the display significantly brighter with better light-to-dark contrast.
There’s very little to dislike about the G6’s screen and LG has even included an always-on option – something we wish more manufacturers would feature.
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Unlike many of its Android rivals LG has, once again, included a dual camera on the G6.
The device, which is similar to last year’s G6, pairs a standard-angle 16 megapixel sensor and a 5 megapixel 125-degree wide angle lens alongside the LED flash.
LG says these quirky-looking cameras give the the G6 a wider field of view than the human eye.
The dual-camera set-up brings a host of new options to smartphone photographers – and creates some truly unique shots.
Granted, the double cameras do make the phone look a little weird but the results are immensely fun.
LG makes it incredibly easy to swap between the standard 16MP camera, which captures reliable photographs with crisp detail and pleasantly vivid colours, and the wide-angle set-up.
And it’s in the latter that the LG G6 truly shines.
The slight bulge of the fish-eye effect looks great, and lets you capture a ton of detail in the periphery of your shots without distorting the subject in the middle. Whether it’s a scenic cityscape, or just a quick snap of you and your friends having a laugh at the weekend – the dual camera gives everything an interesting new twist.
Granted, these photos aren’t as sharp as their 16MP counterparts, but they are guaranteed to catch your eye.
LG also lets you use the wide-angle view to record video, too.
On the front of the LG G6, there’s a solid selfie camera with its own in-built Beauty Mode filter.
The G6 can be fast charged via USB-C
Powering the LG G6 is a hefty 3,300mAh battery.
This is bigger than the 2,800mAh LG included in last year’s phone although, unlike the G5, it can’t be removed or changed.
We found the G6 will usually last a day without needing a charge and when things do run low it can be boosted quickly via the supplied fast charging USB-C cable.
Although battery life is good, the LG G6 didn’t stand up so well against Samsung’s S8 in our Star Wars Trilogy test.
Both devices were placed in Airplane Mode with the displays turned to to full brightness.
After playing all three films the S8 had 70 per cent left in tank whilst the G6 had just 30 per cent – the force appears stronger with Samsung.
The G6 features a clever dual-lens camera
The G6 cameras take impressive shots
SPEED & PROCESSOR
Powering the LG G6 is last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor which offers a decent experience.
The G6 has plenty of power and the average user shouldn’t notice any issues browsing the web and playing on the latest apps.
However, the 821 has now been superseded by something far better and it’s baffling why LG hasn’t managed to include it in their phone.
The new Qualcomm 835 chip brings one of the fastest experiences ever seen on a smartphone but you'll have to buy a Galaxy S8, HTC U11 or Sony Xperia XZ Premium if you want this ultimate power.
There’s nothing wrong with the speed and power of the G6 but, to get the ultimate smartphone experience, you’re best opting for one of its rivals.
The G6's 5.7-inch display covers almost the entire front of the phone
EXTRAS & PRICE
The LG G6 ships with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded to a theoretical 2TB via microSD card.
It’s also fully dust and water resistant which is certainly an improvement over last year’s highly breakable G5.
LG has also pre-loaded Android Nougat on the G6 with users getting full access to Google’s voice Assistant.
Sadly, because LG like to tinker with the Android OS there’s still some strange quirks such as the cartoony app animations which we're not a huge fan of.
LG still insists on adding some bloatware so be prepared for some app ditching when you first switch the phone on and in an effort to make the operating system more accessible, the App Drawer is disabled by default.
If you fancy owning a G6 it will set you back £649 SIM-only – a price we feel is simply to high.
The LG G6 is undoubtedly a very good smartphone.
It has a great screen, good camera and much-improved glass and metal design.
It’s also now waterproof and has the ability to boost its memory to 2TB via a MicroSD card.
However, for all its greatness it simply can’t match the might of the Galaxy S8.
Samsung has pulled something special from the bag and this new phone could be LG’s biggest headache.
Other than its (slightly) cheaper price, it’s hard to recommend the G6 over the Galaxy S8 – especially as it's running the ageing 821 processor.
If you do decide to buy this latest device from LG you won’t be disappointed as this is a solid smartphone.
But, if we had the choice we know which flagship Android smartphone we’d have in our pocket.