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LG’s G6 is dubbed to be LG’s comeback flagship after the G5 received a less than optimal response last year. It’s modular design didn’t really take off previously, so LG decided to ditch the modular design for a conventional flagship this time round. The LG G6 does well for itself, presenting itself as a waterproof smartphone with the latest-gen chipsets and a powerful dual camera set-up. With a beautiful operating system, the G6 boasts both a great software and hardware experience.

Design

The LG G6 isn’t a particularly eye-catching smartphone. Its design has been dubbed to be minimalistic by several renowned designers across the globe, which is certainly true.

The G6 has very small bezels on the side, which makes the 5.7” device look smaller than its phablet competitors in the market. Although it weighs 163g, which is actually very light for a phablet this size, it feels a little heavy, perhaps due to its higher density (with a small body and mid-to-high weight). If you’re choosing between the white or black G6, my recommendation is definitely the black G6, because the black G6 does the near bezel-less design justice, whereas the frame and bezels on the white variant just doesn’t look very aesthetically-pleasing.

Having smaller bezels and thus being a more compact phone however, does have significant perks beyond that of aesthetics, it actually is a lot easier to grip and manoeuvre with one hand, even when compared to other 5.5” phones with a smaller screen size.

In terms of its composition, the LG G6 has a glass front and rear. This is beautiful to look at for most, but those who dislike glossy surfaces due to their reputation as fingerprint magnets might not really like the texture of its surfaces.

Just like the LG V20, the lock button of the G6 is found on the rear, and the fingerprint magnet lies on your physical lock button on the rear of the smartphone. This is quite useful, but can take some time to get used to for sure.

The LG G6 is an IP68 rated smartphone, which means that it is completely submersible in water and you can even take it for a swim with no issues at all. Underwater photography is also now a possibility, which is an exciting prospect considering how good the G6’s camera is.

Display

You’ll find yourself a 5.7” Quad-HD 1440 x 2880 pixels screen, which is superb, on your new smartphone. The resolution isn’t the only thing stunning about the LG G6. its colour reproduction is even more impressive. This is due to the fact that the LG G6 being one of the first devices to come with Dolby Vision HDR, which makes colours on the screen pop beyond any other smartphone’s display I have ever seen in my years of smartphone reviews.

Considering that you don’t have a physical home or even capacitative buttons for navigational control, your home, back, and multitasking buttons are hidden normally and you would have to swipe up from the bottom to access them, which is annoying, but a necessary evil if you want to have a more compact phone, which LG has delivered.

Performance

The LG G6 packs on the latest Snapdragon 821 processor together with 4GB of RAM. This is the typical set-up for most brand’s top-of-the-line products, so there isn’t too much to shout about here. Essentially, your smartphone should be able to handle having a ton of applications open and running at the same time, with near zero lags. The only time when the LG G6 did show signs of slowing down was when the Google Play Store was updating multiple apps at once, whilst I was still using it to surf the net on Chrome.

Antutu benchmarks show that the LG G6 has a test result of 127,396, which proves that the phone will rarely lag even under stressful and intensive situations, but it isn’t the best score we can find in the industry today, with cheaper phones like the Mi 5 and OnePlus 3T delivering better scores when we solely look at processor speed.

The device also has a Adreno 530 GPU, which is once again, a flagship-level graphics card and 3DMark tests show that the G6 indeed does well in gaming, with a great benchmark score of 2612 surpassing most other flagships in the market.

The user interface on the LG G6 is quite basic, which makes it similar to a stock Android look, although with some variations. It comes with Android Nougat out of the box, so you get your usual bundled notifications, multi-screen capabilities and so on, which are very useful. The LG G6’s default keyboard isn’t very nice to use, so we suggest throwing in a custom launcher such as Google Now and using perhaps a Swiftkey keyboard to supercharge your G6 experience.

Camera

The G6. although technically not a media phablet like the V-series, has received some very powerful upgrades to make it as powerful as its V-series brethrens.

The dual-camera setup on the rear is now a dual 13MP camera. Each lens, one being a normal angled lens and the other being a wide-angled lens has both a high 13MP resolution. The apertures differ slightly, with the main sensor being f/1.8 to allow for superb low-light shots, whereas the wide-angle camera only has a f/2.4 aperture, which is less capable in low-light conditions.

Resolution on the rear cameras, in general, are superb and there is absolutely nothing to complain about. However, I did notice that the colours are actually fairly vibrant on the camera too, as you notice from the shots taken.

Nevertheless, the G6 makes up for it with its various modes in the camera. It has multi-shot abilities that lets you take both wide-angle and normal shots simultaneously, even with square modes to allow you to use a “stencil” to frame your ideal shot which you notice below. This is absolutely powerful if you want to imitate some of the best insta-worthy shots you find online.

Other modes such as Food Mode allows any amateur to transform himself/herself into a food photographer, by saturating just the right colours to make any dish look delectable.

The multi-frame mode even allows you to create a collage whereby 3 of the square shots are still with one of them being a video shot.

Battery

The battery life on the 3,300mAh battery is commendable. The G6 is capable of an 8am-8pm shift easily on moderate usage for web browsing and texting, even stretching later into the night if you are a more conservative user. I don’t foresee the need to carry portable chargers around with the G6.

It is also worth noting that just like other flagships, it is capable of QuickCharge 3.0 via its USB Type-C port. This allows the G6 to be recharged incredibly fast in just over an hour from a flat dead battery.

Verdict

Initial impressions on the G6 so far has been positive. It doesn’t really has an absolute wow factor built into it, but it is a good phone by all measures. With a compact body, excellent camera and stellar performance, the G6 is definitely an all-rounder that accomplishes what its predecessor the G5 could not deliver.

 

Zayne Seah
A tech geek going beyond specs.

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