I waited until I used the G6 for nearly two months before writing this review. I wanted to see how it held up. The G6 is one of those rare phones that hit when a maker looks back at their pervious phones, picks the best parts, and just goes with it.
Nice Screen, Awesome Camera, Water Resistant, Solid Build, Good Performance, Wireless Charging, Headphone Jack
Terrible Launcher, Too Many Junk Apps, Average Battery Life, 32GB of Storage, Mono Color Flash
As it stands now, the 18×9 screen looks nice, but it’s more of a gimmick than anything else. Very few little content / apps are available in a 18×9 format. The LCD screen gets the job done and looks nice, but I can’t help but wonder what this phone would look like with an AMOLED. You’ll ask that question at night, if you are using always on display. You’ll notice some light bleed that is very hard to avoid with an LCD screen.
The camera on the G6 is one of the best you are going to find on a smartphone in 2017. Not only is the quality top notch, but it’s usable. A lot of dual lens phones use both for bokah or image enhancement. LG has proven that you do not need two lenses for that. Instead they deliver the stellar wide angle lens to supplement the standard lens. It makes for a powerful duo and leaves me wishing that others would adopt a similar format.
The G6 feels good in your hand. It feels much more solid than the G5 did, thanks to its solid, one piece construction. The design meant going away from the removable battery, which is a big drawback for some, but it also allowed them to make the phone water resistant. I’ll take that any day over a removable battery, especially now that cheap, compact battery packs are so readily available.
The wireless charging is a feature I love, but there is an oddity here. You only get that in the US version. In fact there are a couple versions of the G6 out there depending on where you live. For the price, it would have been nice to merge all the features together and only offer one model. Instead you are stuck deciding if you want more internal storage, wireless charging, or high def audio.
LGs biggest weak point is its software. Why can’t they adopt Motorola’s philosophy? I like a phone that is close to stock with no duplicate apps and no bloatware. The G6 is neither of those. The stock launcher is a total nightmare. You can quickly add the version with an app drawer, but it’s not much better. You’ll get very few options to customize anything. You’ll quickly find yourself downloading Nova Launcher or the Google Now Launcher. I’ve forced myself to use the standard app drawer launcher that LG provides since it was designed to work with the phone, but it’s not great.
The battery life is about average. I list that as a con, because this is a flagship running an 821. It should be better than average. I went to this from a Moto Z Play. The SOT difference between the two phones is about 7hrs. That is not a typo. The average user is not going to notice the performance difference between the two phones, only the battery life. Power users are going to see the performance difference.
32GB of storage might seem like an okay option considering this phone also has expandable storage. Here is the problem with that – if you add enough storage, you don’t need also have expandable storage. For a flagship 64GB is quickly becoming standard and many makers have started offering higher options. I honestly think this is going to be one of the last flagships we see with 32GB of storage.
The flash annoys me. I haven’t had a phone with a single color flash in years. The last ten phones I have used have had a dual or even a triple color flash, and for good reason. The flash on the G6 will wash your subjects out. It’s a little thing, but little things can make or break a flagship.
Should you buy this phone?
The price of this phone has been dropping like a rock. If you can land it for less than $500, you’ll have an amazing phone in your hand at a good price point. Overall this is an amazing phone. It could have been the best, but a few cut corners kept it from being as good as it could have been. For those of you who really like to take photos with your phone, this is the one for you!
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