LG G6 Review

Updated June 19, 2018 By Pulse 2.0 Staff

Between the iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T smartphones, the LG G6 has some serious competition. But the LG G6 is a powerful device that should not be underestimated.

Design

The bezels on the LG G6 are much thinner than before. And it is roughly 80% screen on the front. Like the Galaxy S8, there isn?t a physical home button on the front as it has virtual buttons at the bottom of the display. This is what makes it possible for the screen to be larger on the front.

The dimensions of the LG G6 are 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm (5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 in) and the weight is 163 g (5.75 oz). As a comparison the Samsung Galaxy S8 is 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in) and the iPhone 7 is 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in).

But LG got rid of the modular design that the LG G5 was known for. And the removable battery is also gone.

The LG G6 has a 3.5mm headphone jack and it has Quad DAC for improved sound quality. The LG G6 also has Dolby Vision and HDR 10 support. And at the bottom of the device is a USB-C connector.

Performance

In terms of performance, the G6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset. This is the same that was integrated into the OnePlus 3T and Google Pixel last year. This doesn?t mean that it is slower than other devices, but it does indicate that the latest technology is lacking in this device. In terms of RAM, it has 4GB.

Display

The display size is 5.7 inches, which means it is 0.1 inches smaller than the Galaxy S8 and 0.2 inches larger than the iPhone 7 Plus. The resolution is 1440 x 2960 (570ppi). This means that the LG G6 has an 18:9 ratio, which is great for using productivity apps. However, you may see black bars on the side while playing games and watching videos since many of them are designed for 16:9. There is a workaround in the form of ?app scaling? in the Settings app, but sometimes this will crop out the content.

Surprisingly, the display is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This is surprising since Gorilla Glass 3 is four years old. But the camera is covered with Gorilla Glass 4 and the back has Gorilla Glass 5. So definitely try to avoid dropping the device, especially front first.

Camera

Front-Facing Camera

The front-facing camera is 5-megapixels and has a wide-angle feature. The front-facing camera has a f/2.2 aperture and records up to full HD video. This ensures your selfies are looking sharp!

Rear-Facing Camera

One of the best features of the LG G6 is the two cameras it has on the back. The camera allows you to switch between the 13-megapixel sensor and the 120-degree wide-angle lens. The camera has an f/1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization and Phase Detection Autofocus. The 120-degree wide-angle lens has a f/2.4 aperture. And like most other smartphones on the market, videos are recordable in 4K resolution.

IP68

For the first time, LG made its flagship smartphone IP68, which means it is dust and water-resistant for up to 1.5 meters (3 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes. Unfortunately, this is not that big of a selling point because the Samsung Galaxy S8 is also IP68 and the iPhone 7 is IP67.

Battery

As mentioned earlier, the LG G6 does not have a removable battery. LG likely removed this feature in order to make the LG G6 water resistant, which is similar to the reasoning why Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7. Some LG fans may not be too happy with the change because they appreciate the ability to swap a drained battery for a charged one.

Fortunately, LG increased the battery capacity in the G6 to 3,300 mAh ? which is up from 2,800 mAh in the LG G5. And the LG G6 supports wireless charging (U.S. version only), including when it is wet.

Storage

The built-in storage is 32GB, but it is expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card.

Digital Assistant

Google Assistant is built natively into the LG G6 device. And it plays nicely with smart home devices so you can use it to control your lights, control your music and change your thermostat settings.

What Are The Pros And The Cons?

Pros

1.) Gorgeous display

2.) IP68 water-resistant

3.) High-end front-facing and rear-facing cameras

Cons

1.) Battery is no longer removable

2.) The lack of Gorilla Glass 5 all the way around

3.) Small amount of built-in storage

LG G6 Specs

– Size: 5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 in (148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm)

– Weight: 163g (5.75 oz.)

– Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

– GPU: Adreno 530

– Network: GSM/CDMA/HSPA/LTE

– RAM: 4GB

– Display: 5.7-inch with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (Corning Gorilla Glass 4 used on camera cover and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 used on back panel)

– Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels (564 ppi)

– Storage: 32/64GB (internal), up to 256GB (expandable)

– Rear-Facing Camera: Dual 13-megapixel with optical image stabilization (4K video), f/1.8 aperture, Wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture and dual-LED flash

– Front-Facing Camera: 5-megapixel with f/2.2 aperture

– OS: Android 7.0 Nougat

– IP Rating: IP68 (dust and waterproof over 1.5 meters for 30 minutes)

– Battery: 3,300 mAh with fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0 – 50% in 30 min.), wireless charging (WPC/PMA) support (U.S. only)

– Port(s): USB-C for charging, 3.5mm jack for audio

– Sensors: fingerprint reader

– Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2

– Additional Features: NFC, Dolby Vision / HDR10, LG UX 6.0 UI

– Released: March 2017