I have used the LG G6 for over half a year. 6 months later, here’s everything that I have found out about the device – having used it on a daily basis as my primary device.
The LG G6 still holds up very well, even nearly a year after its release, and the price dropped drastically too – so if you’re after a flagship like device in 2018, the G6 should definitely be on your list of devices that you should consider buying. And all that said, let’s jump straight into the review.
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The design is gorgeous in my opinion. I fell in love of the design of the G6 long before it was released, when it was still only just getting leaked. It has Gorilla glass 5 on the back and it has the usual IP68 water and dust resistant certificate as well as it has an unusual Military Grade 810G certification – against salt water and more excessive drops.
When comparing it to other more recent flagships, it stands out with its large display and slim bezels, however it’s also noticeable due to its width.
The 2.5D like glass back makes it look seamless and very comfortable in the hand. The aluminium frame makes it feel premium and makes it more durable. The aesthetics overall are very pleasant and beautiful.
On top, we have the 3.5mm headphone jack. The bottom of the device contains the USB-C port and the single speaker while on the left, there’s the usual volume rocker. Don’t expect to see a power button on the side as it’s embedded into the power key on the back, which by the way also contains the fingerprint sensor.
The fingerprint sensor is fast, but it stutters from time to time. Getting used to the back centre placement of the fingerprint and the power button was some time to get used to, but I become very comfortable using it in only just 3 to 4 days of use. On the front, there is the selfie camera and a few other sensors – unfortunately it doesn’t have a notification LED – so keep that in mind. This bothered me at first, but I quickly became used to double tapping the screen to wake up the device and see my notifications. Luckily this feature doesn’t turn on when the phone is in your pocket or the sensors are covered – it’s neat.
The display is beautiful. It’s a 5.7” 18:9 aspect ratio IPS QHD LCD display that even supports HDR and has accurate colours. The black is dark enough while the colour accuracy is also calibrated properly. Luckily, if you’re a fan of more saturated colours, there’s an option to change it to your likings.
Multitasking is easier than ever thanks to the new aspect ratio. I personally don’t like to use this feature, but when I do, it’s really convenient and easy to use thanks to the large screen in a manageable form factor.
The notification area is a little hard to reach, but thanks to the on-screen navigation button settings, it’s easier than ever to reach it with an easily reachable button on the bottom. For other scenarios however, two hands are recommended – until you feel comfortable holding and operating the device with a single hand. I got used to it in about a week or so, so it’s a rather fast process.
The sunlight visibility isn’t the best, so keep that in mind if you plan on using this device outside a lot. It’s certainly usable, but the contents on the screen are often washed and the readability isn’t the greatest outside. Inside however it works as expected and it’s a great multitasking, movie companion device.
The specs are nothing spectacular – It’s kind of old by today’s standards, with Snapdragon 845 just around the corner, however it is still a well-performing and solid setup for any device and for all tasks.
It’s equipped with the Snapdragon 821 with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. Though it’s worth saying that the storage is market dependent and it has 64GB and 128GB options available too.
I bought mine in the UK, so it doesn’t have either a DAC or any wireless charging capabilities unfortunately, this is kind of the biggest downside of this device. I wish LG would have put it in in all of their devices without limiting it to specific markets… Maybe that’ll happen in the next flagship, who knows.
As mentioned before, the display is HDR compliant, has a USB-C port on the bottom with OTG, has a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2. I would have love to see Bluetooth 5.0, but I guess LG really wanted to save on components, so went with the old standard.
Multitasking is alright, it performs ok under load and switching between up to 4-5 applications. I’ve tried using more than 5 apps and noticed quiet a few slowdowns here and there that bothered me, but for most users our there, it won’t be a big issue.
Using a couple apps simultaneously is great, it works as expected but you will likely see a few stutters.
Downloading really makes this phone stutter, so while downloading and updating via the Play Store, I really can’t recommend using this device as it will not be usable. It takes some time to get used to this, but I soon started to only update my apps at night time before going to sleep. This is definitely a down side.
Gaming on this device is great. There are a couple occasional dropped frames, but overall performs really well and as expected. If you plan on doing some hardcore gaming, this will get the job done, but expect a couple slowdowns at occasions – luckily it doesn’t downgrade the overall performance too much so you should be fine playing graphics intensive games.
The battery is one of the things I probably love about this phone. It lasted me through a full day of use, but I experienced occasional battery drains overnight and during work, where I still have a good reception…I’m not sure what caused and causes this, but it’s usable to say the least. Qualcomm’s quick charge 3.0 makes you fill up the battery really fast too, so charging really wasn’t a headache – It never left me in the dark.
It’s worth noting that when I played a bit of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale – which are huge battery drainers and also used a couple of other apps, I still managed to get home with 30-40% battery left. That’s really great in my opinion, so it’s definitely recommended for power users but perhaps not hardcore gamers – unless you carry a portable or a fast charger.