LG G6 – Innovate or too late?

The Korean manufacturer has been a known contender in the “innovative” approach on the smartphone race the likes of the curved LG G4 and the ~modular~ LG G5. This time round LG hit the big pause button in an attempt to restrategize efforts in making a compelling argument on being your next smartphone.

Enter: the LG G6 the modest re-re-focus on what counts as ‘flagship’ in 2017.

Sure, it’s not the risk taking LG once was, what with an 8 month old chipset in the form of a power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 paired with 4GB of RAM and options of 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage with option to expand up to 256GB via the hybrid dual-nano SIM tray;

Sure, there are spec bumps like that of the 5.7 inch QHD IPS LCD panel stretched to an 18:9 aspect ratio which will definitely make for some interesting applications; and

Sure, LG added an extra layer of protection in the form of an IP68 dust and water resistance to about 1.5 meters for 30 minutes on top of Gorilla Glass 5 for the rear panel protection and Gorilla Glass 3 for the front panel.

Much of what remains is a standard affair seen on any flagship device nowadays apart from the 125° wide-angled 13MP right beside the standard camera also set at 13MP. Which, to date, can only be found on LG devices.

What remains is an experience of how the phone performs, how it feels like as a daily driver, and the overall intuitiveness of how the LG G6 was designed.

Build and Design

The LG G6 is easy to hold with one hand. Yes, navigation will mean finger gymnastics specially when trying to reach for the highest, left-most part of the screen for right-handed individuals, but any hand can comfortably carry the phone around without fear of slipping away.


It’s unfortunate that the volume rocker sits on the left side where it could have been easily reachable by the right thumb with some creative position for it to double as a camera shutter button.

Going all glass is pleasant to the feel of the device. It’s been juggling around my pocket for about a week now and it’s still scratch free thanks to the Gorilla Glass 5 back panel. The sides taper a dash to meet the metal frame for added grip -allowing your palm to hug the device better.

The flat front glass, is where the experience starts to feel awkward starting from the misplaced logo at the bottom giving the phone an awkward chin as well as the overall design that didn’t feel like the screen flowed to the bezels properly, as if there was a budget cut somewhere during production.

Camera

I really have to give it to LG for keeping the 125° rear facing camera right beside the standard camera both set at 13MP. It’s been nothing but convenient taking photos allowing more of the image in. You can definitely expect some creative shots like these:

Images with sun-lit assistance will greatly improve the quality of the photos over those taken in low-lit scenarios where noise will start creeping in.

The manual mode will definitely come in handy should you want to explore long-exposure shots.

long exposure test on the LG G6

The selfies at 5MP will need the aid of natural lighting, unfortunately but the 100° frame will definitely aid in taking group photos.

Overall experience

Let’s be honest, LG UX has never been a smooth experience – this time, on top of Android 7.1.1 without news from the Korean manufacturer about software updates.

LG has been known to shove pre-installed apps and bloat to your face without the option to uninstall, any of it. THe most you can do, legally, is to disable SOME of these. Others are just forced to be stopped.

All of these on top of a clunky interface from the quick settings menu, towards the settings menu, and the lack of an app drawer (which LG has only recently added an update for to include said drawer) where all of those you don’t want and need are taking up space.

We’re all still waiting for companies like Samsung and Huawei to0 to realize that consumers don’t use their apps.

Audio from the bottom-firing speakers will get loud but tinny overall. Fortunately, finally, that LG decided to include the coveted HiFi Quad-DAC for lossless playback from extreme quality files to your high quality headphones – a definite plus specially for audiophiles like me.

Pricing and Verdict

Set at a whopping P37,990 or $755 USD, consumers find it on the pricey side considering they’re buying last year’s tech in ‘updated’ aesthetics and build quality.

Sure, the LG G6 gains points for some of the ‘safer’ options but we can’t seem to be able to justify the price tag for what we could have gotten last year, for the LG G5, for example. The overall experience just feels old for something that’s supposed to lead the Korean manufacturer into the next year.

Did the LG G6 stand out for you? Let us know at the comments section.

LG G6 Full Specs, Official PH Price, Release Date in the Philippines

SPECS, PH Price LG G6
Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 1440 x 2880p QHD+ IPS LCD, 564ppi
Design: metal frame, glass backing, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, IP68 water and dust resistant
Colors: Ice Platinum, Astro Black, and Mystic White
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core
Processor: 2 x 2.35 GHz Kryo & 2 x 1.6 GHz Kryo
Graphics: Adreno 530
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32/64GB internal storage, microSD card up to 256GB
Main Camera: 13MP(71°) + 13MP dual rear camera (125°)
Multimedia: 4k @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps
Front camera: 5MP(100°), 1080p
Connectivity: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | WCDMA: 850/900/2100MHz |
4G LTE, WiFi ac, 5GHz,Bt4.2, GPS, NFC, GLONASS, dual-nano IM
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Software: LG UX 6.0
Battery: 3000mah with Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging
Ports: USB Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack, quad-DAC
Official Price: P34,990 Philippines
Availability date April-17-2017
Where to buy: LG Stores and partner establishments and websites

Drew Uy

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