LG G6 review
More to see, less to hold
Our LG G6 review is headlined by LG’s slogan of ‘more to see, less to hold’ and there really is no better way to sum up this phone, which offers a bigger screen without swelling the dimensions of the phone.
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The LG G6 has a really big 5.7” QHD (2880x1440 pixels) Plus FullVision display. This elongated display has a 18:9 aspect ratio showing 564 pixels per inch, meaning that there is more room for text, browsing and gaming.
To make the most of this, LG has given the G6 a new user interface (UX 6.0), along with Dolby Vision and HDR10, but more on that in the features section of this LG G6 review.
The larger display doesn’t come at the cost of a larger body. Instead, there is less surround to the display, which gives the LG G6 a 80.7% screen to body ratio. For comparison, the LG G6 is smaller in size than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which only has a 5.5” display.
Design and durability
The LG G6 is a fusion of aluminium frame and glass, with colour choices of either Astro Black, Ice Platinum or white. The back of this smartphone is perfectly flat with no camera bump and is 7.9mm thick, weighing 163 grams.
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The rounded corners disperse the impact force if dropped and the LG G6 is water and dust resistant, tested to IP68 standards. LG also carried out further durability testing which included subjecting the phone to heat and checking its nail resistance, which is strange but true.
Phone Set Up
The LG G6 is has a rear-positioned fingerprint sensor, so you may like to set up biometric security. Transferring content over is straightforward and there is a 32GB internal memory, which can be boosted with a microSD card of a value of up to 2TB.
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You will instantly notice that performance is top-notch and this is thanks to the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.35GHz quad-core processor with 4GB RAM.
The LG G6 has been paired up with Dolby Vision and HDR10 support. It is these technologies that give the large 5.7” display the wow factor, creating an immersive cinema experience, with enhanced colour volume and contrast.
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For HDR playback, videos need to have been created in Dolby Vision or HDR10 and you can find this content on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
Dolby Vision Mode offers several modes of operation:
- Bright Mode - For brighter environments, offering the best video quality
- Vivid Mode - Boosted colours and brightness for a bolder picture
- Cinematic Mode - Best for dark environments with footage staying closest to cinema
- Standard Mode - For balanced video quality and power saving
The LG G6 runs Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and this comes with the Google Assistant, enabling you to use your voice to do all sorts of things, such as getting answers, finding photos and managing everyday tasks.
Camera & Video
Dual camera photography
The LG G6 has dual 13MP camera lenses and these allow you to seamlessly zoom in and out, with one lens offering a 78 degrees view while the other offers a 125 degrees wide angle view. Zooming in and out is also seamless even when recording video at 4K quality.
The new camera app includes Square Camera Mode, consisting of four functions:
- Snap Shot - This is probably the most useful, allowing you to review the last shot while previewing the next
- Grid Shot - Creates a collage of 2x2 photos and videos
- Guide Shot - Helps you recreate photos with a guide image
- Match Shot - Blends two photos together
Further features includes Hi-Fi recording of high quality sound through two AOP microphones and selfie photography through a 5MP 100 degrees wide angle lens.
Game Battery Saver
The 3,300mAh battery is already high capacity but the Game Battery Saver can be used to balance the resolution, frame and battery, based upon your gaming needs.
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Recharging takes place through the USB Type-C cable and the LG G6 is Quick Charge 3.0 ready.
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Written by: Michael Brown