LG G6: 7 Things to Know Before You Buy
Shifting away from the concept of modularity, the LG G6 is a breath of fresh air from a company that combines aesthetics with a plethora of features to give you one of the very best Android flagships of 2017. What LG is offering you will certainly blow you away but to keep you prepared before you make a purchase, here are some things you need to know about the G6.
1. There Are Two Variants and Both of Them Differ From Each Other By a Long Shot
One variant is for the US-version while the other one is for the international markets. Now, remember if you are purchasing the US-based version which is slated to arrive on April 7, you will get 32GB of onboard storage and support for Qi wireless charging. Pre-released units consume a lot of that 32GB internal memory so it will serve you well if you purchase a MicroSD card as soon as you get your hands on the phone. While those feel like great features, the US-version will not get a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for superior sound recording and playback and it just one of those things where you ask yourself if things would have been simpler had LG announced a single variant for different markets.
The international version, on the other hand, gets you 64GB of onboard storage and a Hi-Fi Quad DAC but no wireless charging support. Regardless of which product you are purchasing these days, you are always making some sort of compromise, but here we feel that if LG revamped its strategy a bit, any customer wishing to get their hands on the latest flagship would have ended up being a happy customer and not even thought to contemplate on which variant to purchase.
2. Despite Its IPS LCD, the G6 Boats a High Level of Brightness
It is definitely no AMOLED panel, but the IPS LCD can go up to 600 nits of brightness, which is pretty darn impressive for a phone running such a display. While most users prefer AMOLED displays, IPS LCD delivers those ‘true to life’ colors which we can all agree on, and AMOLED sometimes gets too rough on the eyes due to its high level of saturation. If you believe that the G6 would have done better with an AMOLED panel, let us know in the comments why you believe so.
3. The G6 Features Different Sets of Gorilla Glass on the Front, Back and the Camera Lens
One of the most interesting things about the G6 is the different forms of glass the company has decided to incorporate on different sections of the smartphone. For example, the front side features a Gorilla Glass 3 which is surprising seeing as how high-end devices are embracing Gorilla Glass 5. You will be pleased to know that the back side is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and since LG has adopted the use of a metal and glass design, it was definitely a necessary step to take.
The glass protecting the dual-camera setup is Gorilla Glass 4, so we have a combination of the newest and previous-generation technology wrapped all around the G6. As a safety measure, we will still advise you to purchase a screen protector down the road since not only will it protect the 5.7-inch display, but the front-camera that’s present underneath that glass as well.
4. The 2:1 Aspect Ratio Is Actually Beneficial in a Lot of Cases – Split Screen Multitasking Is One of Them
Featuring a resolution of 2880 x 1440, LG’s G6 goes beyond the QHD mark and adopts a QHD+ display for more pixels and screen real estate. The 5.7-inch display coupled with the 18:9 aspect ratio (compared to other devices’ 16:9 aspect ratio) will grant more freedom for the user to use the flagship under a split screen session. You can get a lot of work down through multitasking modes and though it will take some time for applications to support this feature, there are a lot of things that have been made possible thanks to this.
5. Unlike the G5, LG’s G6 Wide-Angle and Regular Lens Use the Same 13MP Sensor to Avoid Loss in Image and Video Quality
The G5’s biggest gripe was using an inferior sensor to capture wide-angle images and footage but the case is much different with the G6. With both image sensors using a maximum resolution of 13MP, there is not going to be a loss in image and video quality, so you can forget about moving into a different position when it comes to using the primary sensor because the wide-angle lens is expected to produce the same level of quality for you. Both sensors can capture 4K at 30 frames per second and support HDR out of the box, coupled with recording 24-bit audio.
Now in case you wanted to know specifications of all camera sensors, those have been detailed just for you:
- Regular rear 13MP camera: 71 degrees’ angle, features OIS (for both video and imagery) and a F/1.8 aperture
- Wide-angle rear 13MP camera: 125 degrees’ angle, does not feature OIS (for both video and imagery but does support software stabilization) and a F/2.4 aperture
6. The Phone Is HDR Ready to Boot and Supports Dolby Vision
A flagship smartphone will always be used for media consumption, and when you have adequate horsepower running on your device, it is simply smooth sailing when it comes to fluid video and audio playback. The advantage of purchasing a G6 is that it is both HDR and Dolby Vision compliant and video content that supports these two features will easily be viewable. For those that appreciate those ‘eye candy’ moments when immersing themselves in movies, G6 is definitely a phone that you should be looking forward to.
7. The Customization Options of the Software Will Certainly Leave You Confused
LG is famous for using a heavily customized UI that has color elements which differ from the competition. In short, it provides users with more options than what they are accustomed to running. On the G6, you definitely have your fair host of options, and while some of them end up appear cluttered to the point of frustration, all you have to do is go to the ‘Settings’ option and clear them out immediately. The software is far better compared to the company’s previous iterations so it looks like LG is finally catching up to the same level of effort that Samsung has made with its Grace UI.
We are definitely impressed with what LG has presented to us in 2017 and while we still have those naysayers that will prattle against purchasing the phone just because its a primary component is a Snapdragon 821, it all falls down to your choice. Do not make your decision just because of a single caveat and look at all things that LG has given you and compare them to the company’s previous-generation handsets. We strongly believe that you will have a lot of praises than complaints, but if you still want to hold on to a purchase later down the road, then we highly recommend that you wait for the LG V30, which is rumored to come packing with a Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM.
Do you feel that you are ready to make a purchase of the flagship? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.