What is the LG G6?
It’s worth noting that the G6 is smaller in every direction than last year’s G5 but the new phone squeezes in a 5.7in display against the previous 5.3in screen – that’s thanks to the new screen aspect ratio. The phone features Gorilla Glass on the front and back to help protect it from damage. And the corners of the display itself have been gently rounded, too, which apparently is to protect the screen from damage if you drop it. Whatever, those curved corners do look pretty cool. The G6 comes in a choice of Ice Platinum, Astro Black and Mystic White or silver, black and white if you're slightly less pretentious.
By the way, the glass rear means that wireless charging is a possibility. It’s actually included in the phone but only in some regions, specifically the US. If you’re eager to try the convenience of just plonking your phone onto a pad for it to charge, you’re out of luck if you live in the UK. Mind you, wireless charging is much slower than the fast charging available through a connected cable. The rear of the phone has twin cameras and a flash between them, with the power button nestled below. This arrangement works well, and not just because the cameras and power button look like a surprised face – or is that just me?
Personally, I prefer the button to wake the screen being on the front of the phone but there are two saving graces with the G6.
First, like Samsung’s phone, the LG has an always-on screen displaying the time, battery level and more, which may save a number of screen wakes to start with. You can add extra elements to the always-on screen including your name in a curly script – only of use if several people in the same household have the same phone, I’d say – and other apps of your choice.
Second, a double-tap on the display wakes up the phone to the lock screen. On the G6 this shows the time and a neat extra, the weather presented in graphic form. If it’s raining outside, drops trickle down the lock screen. It’s pretty cool. Talking of rain, this handset is waterproof so you can use it in a downpour without worry. Other brands have been including water and dust resistance for some time, but these are new features for LG. Overall, the design of this phone is among the very best LG has come up with: simple and understated but slick and smart.
The display ratio, by the way, does take a little getting used to. Sure, it makes the handset more manageable to hold but it’s a narrower image than we’ve become used to. Documents, for instance, don’t look better because you often need to zoom in further to get the document’s width which may make it too small to easily read. Still, LG has clever software to reformat apps for the longer screen. As a result it looks pretty good and some apps can be seen onscreen side-by -side (or above-and-below) another one, each taking up a square that measures half the screen. The screen is just big enough to make multi-apps useful but I suspect it’s not going to be a majority pursuit.
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There’s only one camera on the back of Samsung’s phone but on LG’s handset there are two, one regular, one wide-angle. Both cameras are 13MP resolution and the movement from one to the other as you zoom in is much, much smoother this time around than on the G5. The aperture on the regular camera is pretty wide (f/1.8) but the wide-angle lens has an f/2.4 aperture so it’s not quite the performer in low light that it might have been. Still, it works extremely well.
The real benefit of the LG twin camera system is that it means you effectively have an optical zoom on the camera (much like Apple's iPhone 7 Plus), where many rivals, including Samsung, only offer digital zoom. As you know, digital zoom is nothing more than cropping, thus reducing resolution in the final image. With two cameras you can switch from wide-angle to regular and have full 13MP resolution in each view. And it does mean you can achieve noticeably different effects as you move from the standard camera with its 71-degree field of view to the 125-degree wide-angle.
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- Great screen
- HDR10 and Dolby Vision Support
- Impressive camera
- Attractive design
- Not the latest chipset
- Android implementation not as slick as some
LG G6 Smartphone Review
Though some have scoffed at the fact that rival phones have faster processors, this handset works well and at speed. The new, longer screen means split-screen apps are usable, though for most the appeal will be that you can fill the screen with video and that the HDR capabilities, including Dolby Vision, will help make that video look good.
The twin 13MP cameras work extremely well and offer more versatility than many smartphones. So does the fingerprint sensor, placed to avoid accidental smudging of the camera lenses when you reach for it. Its camera smarts don’t quite match the Huawei P10 but it's still an impressive performer.
Its overall style and usability are slightly pipped by Samsung’s Galaxy S8 – but only slightly. Still, this is a highly pleasing smartphone and at £649 it's one that’s a little cheaper than the Samsung, too.
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