LG G6 long-term review: Sometimes second fiddle isn’t so bad


You can’t talk about the G6 without comparing it to the S8. Be warned, I’ll be doing that a lot in this review.

Even as the G6 was first announced and impressed everyone with its minimal bezels, gorgeous display, and refined design, we knew the S8 was right around the corner with, even smaller bezels, an even prettier display, and a sleeker design.

All this means the G6 inevitably feels like it’s playing second fiddle to the S8. But after spending a couple of months with both devices, that may not be such a bad thing.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch QHD+ display
  • 18:9 aspect ratio. Also known as 2:1. You know, ratios.
  • Dolby Vision and HDR10 support
  • IP68 water and dust-proofing
  • MIL-STD-810G drop resistance
  • Dual 13-MP cameras. F2.4 ultra-wide angle and F1.8 standard
  • Snapdragon 821
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32 GB storage (microSD expandable)
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Wireless charging (US only)
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Google Assistant support
  • Black, Ice Platinum, Optical Marine Blue and Optical Terra Gold  colors

Note: LG recently announced a slightly more powerful LG G6+, which goes up to 128GB of storage and adds a Hi-Fi 32-bit Quad DAC. We only reviewed the older model, but you can read up more on the G6+ here.

Design and Hardware

Once you get past the initial prettiness of the S8, there’s something appealing about the relatively tame design of the G6. The phone is attractive enough, with its glass back and metal frame, but it still plays it safe with some of that utilitarian ‘LG’ vibe.

That isn’t necessarily a downside. For those of us that don’t use cases, it’s at least nice that I don’t feel a need to baby the G6 the way I do the S8. And if you do use a case, all you’re going to notice is that beautiful display anyway. Regardless, it’s probably the most premium-feeling phone LG has made (I’d argue the original LG V10 felt just as premium, but I digress).