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LG is known for challenging design standards with their new releases. Sometimes that doesn’t work out well. With the G6, they’re offering a large 5.7-inch screen in a slim package.
Does their new screen ratio make the phablet experience more friendly? Reviews are rolling out and we’ve gathered what the biggest names are saying to bring you this summary!
LG’s latest glass-and-metal design deviates from the norm. Its rounded corners and ultra-thin bezels are hard to miss. Reviewers were quick to point out how comfortable the phone is in the hand despite the larger screen. DigitalTrends said, “Many people struggle to believe the G6 has a 5.7-inch screen, because it feels so small in your hand. It’s easy to stretch your thumb across to the other side of the phone when holding it in one hand, and it remains usable at all times.”
The phone features the standard LG fingerprint sensor and power button combo on the rear cover. The cameras are flush with the back for added stability when sitting on a flat surface. It’s also IP68 rated for water and dust resistance.
Heading around front is where the obvious difference from current phones appear. Thin bezels are part of the way LG crammed a larger screen in the normal sized phone. But, the resolution is the real difference. Running at 1440-by-2880, or a 1:2 ratio, the screen uses a different aspect ratio than other phones on the market. Instead of being extra wide, the screen is extra tall.
This allows LG to do fun things with multitasking. For example, you can load two apps side by side in perfect square boxes. Reviewers found that multitasking on the LG G6 was easier than with any other phone they’d used before.
Reviewers love the new approach. DigitalTrends notes, “Size oddities aside, the G6’s display is stunning. It’s full of color, detail, and warmth, and a true pleasure to watch.” Pocket Lint says, “It's a wonderful sight to behold. Without much bezel it's just you and your favorite media.”
The G6 uses the same processor as many of 2016’s flagship phones—a 2.35Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 821. They pair it with 4GB of RAM. As the specs would suggest, reviewers had no issues with performance. PhoneArena said, “Using the phone, everything felt appropriately smooth, whether stretching an app to fill the G6's extra-tall screen, or running a pair of them side-by-side.”
The phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Reviewers feel LG’s software adds useful features to the Android experience without creating bloat or complications. PC Advisor UK said, “It takes a bit of getting used to if you’re coming from Samsung’s TouchWiz or pure stock Android, but after a time it’s just as fun and practical to use as them.”
You’ll find 32GB of internal storage. While this is plenty of space for most users, you can add more space using a microSD card of up to 2TB if needed.
The G6 features 3 cameras: two 13MP rear cameras and a 5MP front-facing selfie shooter. The dual rear cameras allow you to switch between a standard-angle and wide-angle lens. Reviews for all three cameras are positive. Digital Trends says, “You get two different experiences when taking pictures, especially in low light, when the standard angle lens produces pictures with more detail and less noise. However, the G6 can take some fantastic nighttime or evening shots, adding drama and atmosphere in the right environment.”
One feature many reviewers loved was the Grid Shot mode. This allows you to take square pictures and arrange them to tell a story within the camera app.
Powering all this, you’ll find a sealed 3,300mAh battery. QuickCharge 3.0 support means you can get a 47% charge in 30 minutes. Reviewers had no trouble getting the G6 to last a full day; even with gaming, streaming or lots of camera use. Some reviews saw the phone lasting two days on a single charge.
Overall, reviewers had little to complain about with the G6. GSM Arena summed up opinions well, saying, “The LG G6 is the full package with just the right corners carefully filed away pixel by pixel. We hear 'value' and we think it will cost peanuts - well, no. You get what you pay for here, and you get a lot.”
Prices (Where to Buy)
LG released the G6 on March 10, 2017.
The G6 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare LG G6 prices from around the web here on The Informr.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG G6 user manual here.
LG backs up the G6 with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.
If your G6 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.