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LG G6 First Impressions

Posted by Ambika on April 25 2017, 18:59pm

LG G6 First Impressions

G's G5 was a phone straight out of the future. But it wasn't quite there yet. Its main USP was its modularity. But it was more like a work in progress than a finished product. It was way ahead of its time, or whatever, but the G5 drifted into oblivion faster than LG would have anticipated. So LG went back to the drawing room and the LG G6 took the shape. LG's new G6 has been designed from scratch to correct the G5's biggest shortcoming...practicality. LG might have cut short its modular ambitions, but, one look at the G6 and it's quite evident, it was a decision worth every penny. You'll appreciate it even more if you're into the latest trend of near bezel-less phones, among other things.

The LG G6, unlike its predecessor, is carved out of glass and metal. While the rear is carved out of Corning's Gorilla Glass 5, the screen has a healthy dose of Gorilla Glass 3. The decision to employ different versions of Glass, although hard to understand, stems from the fact that both the versions respond to physical stress differently. Not just scratch-proof, Gorilla Glass 5 will make your phone virtually shatter-proof, according to Corning. Gorilla Glass 3, meanwhile, focuses largely on scratch-resistance, besides being a lot thinner in comparison to the next-generation Glass making it suitable for displays. That's just one opinion. Probably LG was looking to cut cost as well, you never know.

The G6's closest rival the Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) ships with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 throughout. In LG's defense, the G6 doesn't require a heftier dose of Gorilla Glass 5, because well, it doesn't. The G6 is built to last long with bending resistant materials and shock-dispersing design, according to LG. It has passed Military-grade MIL-STD 810G tests which include 26 different angle drop tests from chest height, it claims. It's quite reassuring, the G6. While the Galaxy S8 takes great pride in its gorgeous curves, the G6 takes a flat minimalist approach. LG's phone is as flat as they come, and also it has sharp corners that are a little raised out so the phone could bear accidental drops and survive. Samsung's Galaxy S8 doesn't look like it could take a beating. LG's phone is a lot more practical.

LG might have cut short its modular ambitions, but, one look at the G6 and it's quite evident, it was a decision worth every penny. You'll appreciate it even more if you're into the latest trend of near bezel-less phones

LG doesn't make slim phones. It doesn't make light-weight phones as well. The G6 is no different. I have been using the Galaxy S8 for a while now, and let's just say, next to Samsung's phone the G6 feels rather chunky, but, only marginally. It is as slim as Samsung's phone though. The flat surface and sharp edges ensure it sticks to hand and stays put, but then, the Galaxy S8 is an ergonomic marvel as well in spite of all those extra curves. It is super-glossy and a fingerprint magnet. But, so is the Galaxy S8. Only it takes me a lot longer to wipe LG's phone. I really don't like that, but, that's a small price you pay for an all-glass and metal design.

Button placement on-board the G6 is trademark LG. The power button is on the back. It's also a fingerprint scanner. The dual-SIM card slot lies on the right while the volume rocker lies on the left. The phone uses USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing and a mono speaker vent just adjacent to it. The LG G6 India model comes with a Hi-Fi quad DAC for enhanced audio. The phone is also IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.

The USP of the G6, however, is its 'big screen that fits.' The phone comes with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of its front side: a concept also seen in Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are however a lot more curvier in comparison, and also they offer more screen-to-body ratio -- an 83 per cent -- than LG's phone.

The 5.7-inch QHD+ 18:9 Full Vision display of the G6 boasts of a 2,880x1,400 pixel resolution. Although there's lots of screen it's no match for the Galaxy S8's super-punchy Super AMOLED display panel. Colours on-board the G6 appear muted in comparison. But, viewing angels are quite good, so is peak brightness.

The G6, however, has one ace up its sleeve in the display department. It is the world's first smartphone to support Dolby Vision (and HDR 10) for enhanced videos, a feature which was until now limited to high-end TVs. Technically, Dolby Vision should entail in true to life colours and details at lower bit-rate and without compromising on battery life. Provided you have the content. Dolby Vision content is less for now, although, Netflix and Amazon Prime do offer a good catalogue. But, because the LG G6 has an 18:9 aspect ratio - instead of the regular 16: 9 - a lot of that content (in fact all of it) is going to broadcast in letter-box format which means black bars on either side. Content suitable for the G6's unusual aspect ratio is even lesser than content that supports Dolby Vision. The same is true for games as well. Web pages should work fine though.

The Full Vision display of the G6 when combined with LG's Android Nougat-based UX 6.0 software allows users to run apps in two perfectly square windows side by side. The feature, which seems to be a gradual progression of Android Nougat's split-screen multitasking capabilities, has been extended to the camera software as well.

The camera app in the case of the LG G6 comes with a specialised Square mode that has been designed to make best use of the phone's one-of-a-kind aspect ratio. It allows users to take a picture and then simultaneously review the same in a square -- 1:1 -- identical to the one offered by the view-finder.

Speaking of which, The LG G6 comes with a dual camera system on the rear, consisting of two 13-megapixel sensors -- offering a 125-degree wide angle -- with one working 'specifically' to offer the wider field of view. The rear camera system is further assisted with f/1.8 aperture, 3-axis Optical Image Stabilisation, phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED flash. On the front, the G6 sports a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.

In the LG G6, while one of the rear cameras has what you can call a regular lens, the other one has a wider lens. A wider lens means the phone's rear snapper can cover a larger area with a distinct fish-eye effect on the edges. It kind of gives you a 3D-like panorama sweep of what you're clicking without having you to move your phone in a certain manner. It shouldn't be confused with an actual panorama shot though.Moving on, the LG G6 is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal memory which is also expandable. It is further backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for fast charging.

The G6, at least as far as first impressions are concerned, appears to be a solid smartphone. It's got a solid and practical design, a neat display with Dolby Vision enhancements, a quad DAC inside, a potent processor with good amount of RAM and internal storage with support for expansion, an encouraging dual-camera system (although, I didn't like the front camera much), good (but, still a little chaotic) software tweaks and a noticeable battery. LG has launched the G6 in India at a price of Rs 51,990. The LG G6 will be available for buying starting Tuesday from Amazon India. LG will be offering a Rs 10,000 cashback for the G6 on HDFC and SBI credit cards, it announced. Also, Reliance Jio users will be eligible for 100GB additional 4G data till March 18 on purchase of the G6.

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