The LG G6 is the company’s 2017 flagship and it made some noise when it was launched days before Samsung announced the Galaxy S8. It is the first smartphone to feature an 18:9 aspect ratio perfect for streaming media plus it is the first LG smartphone that is water and dust resistant.
It has been four months since the LG G6 was launched in the Philippines. So let’s go back and review the LG G6 again months after its launched. It is a good buy still? Let’s find out.
- Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- Adreno 530 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal memory, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 5.7-inch Quad HD IPS LCD display (2560 x 1440 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- IP68 certified – water and dust proof for 1 meter and 30 minutes
- Dual 13 megapixel (f/1.8 aperture, 3-axis OIS) + 13 megapixel (f/2.4 aperture) with laser autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C, NFC
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 3,300 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0
- Android 7.0 Nougat with LG UX 6.0
Related article – LG G6 Hands On and First Impressions
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The unit we have here is a review unit from LG. It has been used, abused and passed on from blogger to another before it finds its way to our hands. Physically, it did stood up with the abuse. Though we see small scuffs and dings, it won’t be very noticeable overall. It is still a good looking device.
Curious enough, we find it odd why LG opted for an older version of Corning Gorilla Glass rather than the one being used by most smartphone nowadays. We dropped the G6 once face down and we did not encounter any scratch after that fall.
We did bring the LG G6 to Boracay and had it a dip in the pool. Yep, it is water resistant but touch response was poor underwater. After a dip we did had trouble charging it as the G6’s system prevents us to charge the device to moisture. We have to make sure to make the charging port dry before we charge it.
The 18:9 aspect ratio is truly perfect for watching movies as long as you have files fit for the screen. Brightness output is not as strong and it is evident when using it outdoors.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Another odd choice is the chipset. Yes, the Snapdragon 821 chipset may be last year’s but its still very powerful. One advantage of an older processor is undercutting the main competition – the Galaxy S8. It is simple, the Snapdragon 821 is cheaper than the Snapdragon 835. Did you know that the LG G6 now costs only P34,990 as compared with the Galaxy S8 with P39,990 price tag?
Performance has been terrific! We did encounter lags but very rare and software updates were very timely. With 4GB RAM, the G6 can accommodate more open apps even those graphic intense games.
Speaking of software updates, LG is not the fastest when it comes to timely updates and that is evident with the LG G5 of last year and LG G4 of 2015. As of this writing, the G4 is just getting its Android 7.0 Nougat update. We hope LG could fast track such updates on the LG G6 next year.
We do admit that we hate that app drawer-less UI and we truly love having an app tray but the good thing here is LG has decided to add an option to add a home button for hardcore Android fans.
We truly enjoyed our recent trip to Boracay that we used the LG G6 as our main camera the whole time. Capturing the power white beach and that awesome sunset was so precious to us thanks to the G6’s amazing wide angle camera. Here, check out some of the photos below.
A flagship has all the necessary connectivity options – WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G/LTE, NFC, USB Type C and Fingerprint Scanner. Signal drop was very rare and calls are clear with no issues. 4G/LTE signal is pretty stable the whole time too. Internet speeds are up to par as well.
Battery has been very consistent. We do wish for more juice but the 3,300 mAh battery is sufficient. We managed to last a solid day of mixed moderate to heavy use. We used the LG G6 as our sole device for two days while in Boracay. We used is mainly as our background music (via Spotify and connected to a bluetooth speaker), camera (including video and IG stories), social media tool and multimedia on boring hours and the G6 lasted 9 hours with 12% battery left.
LONG TERM VERDICT
There is no mistake if you buy the LG G6 now, it will last you for solid two years especially with that added sturdiness and water resistance. It has a wonderful camera and smooth UI. In long term it may slow down a bit but that really depends on how you use your phone.
We had the LG G6 for more than two months for this review and we had another feature of the LG G6 here.