LG didn’t do so hot in 2016. Thewas supposed to be a cool modular phone, but the modular aspect never panned out, and the reviews were pretty negative. I didn’t think the G5 was as bad as everyone else thought, but it was clearly not LG’s best work.
The G5 can be seen as a microcosm for LG’s flagship phones. They always seem to have a lot of promise at the start, but small issues hold them back. Ultimately, LG is stuck playing second fiddle to Samsung. This year, LG tries to change that narrative with the.
LG ditched gimmicky features like the modular design and added necessary things like waterproofing. Instead of trying to do too much, LG set out to check all the boxes of what a smartphone needs to be in 2017. But is a “good” phone good enough anymore? Can the LG G6 be the best flagship of the year? Let’s find out.
Design & Hardware
The design of the LG G6 is a huge step up from the G5. They replaced the weird painted metal with glossy glass. The glass panel on the back is slightly curved around the edges, but the front panel is completely flat. I’m not really a fan of curved displays, so the flat display is perfectly fine for me. LG says the flat display is less prone to cracking, for what it’s worth.
As the reviewer cliche goes, the G6 “feels great in the hand.” I really mean it. There’s something about the size, shape, weight, and materials that make this phone super ergonomic. It’s big without feeling too big. The small bezels obviously play a big part in that. Speaking of weight, the G6 feels lighter than it should, but unlike some LG phones, it doesn’t feel cheap.
Adding to the premium design and build is IP68 waterproofing. You might not think this is an important feature, but if you’re paying nearly $700 for a phone, it should be able to survive a quick dip. As someone who has lost a phone to a watery death, I’m very happy to have waterproofing.
Once again, LG has put the power button and fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. I’m a big fan of this set-up. The double-tap to unlock feature means you rarely have to use the power button, and I prefer rear fingerprint scanners. This one may be a little small, but it’s still very fast and accurate.
The single speaker on the bottom is surprisingly loud. It’s a little tinny when you crank it up all the way, but I’ll take that for the added volume. When you’re trying to play some music for a group of friends, the volume is all you’re going to care about. I should also note that the G6 has a headphone jack. Papa bless.
Note: Some models of the G6 have Hi-Fi Quad DAC for audio. Our AT&T model does not have this feature.
Overall, the G6 feels great and looks great. It has a premium design and build quality. Some people thought the G5 was ugly, but I don’t think anyone would say the same about the G6. It comes in white, black, and silver (our model). Go for the black to get the best bezel-less effect and you’ve got a phone straight out of a Sci-Fi movie.
Rating: star_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_fullstar_75 (4.8 / 5)
- 18:9 display is cool and functional
- Excellent screen to body ratio
- Glass design feels premium
- Great performance
- Wide-angle camera is useful
- Battery life could be better
- Photos lose quality when cropped
The Bottom Line
The LG G6 is a super solid phone. It’s not trying to do too much, but what it does do it does very well. The 18:9 display is great and it makes for a very compact device. If you’re looking for a great all-around Android device with an excellent display, it’s hard to go wrong with the LG G6.