LG has finally taken the wraps off of the G6, its long-anticipated and highly leaked flagship phone for 2017. The device boasts a number of great features, including a display with rounded corners, a dual-lens rear-facing camera, and more.
While it’s definitely one of the better Android phones currently available, the fact is that Android isn’t the only mobile operating system out there. Can the new G6 go up against Apple’s flagship phone, the iPhone 7 Plus? We put the two head to head to find out.
Specs and performance
|Size||148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 millimeters (5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches)||158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 millimeters (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches)|
|Weight||5.75 ounces||6.63 ounces|
|Screen||5.7-inch IPS LCD||5.5-inch IPS LCD|
|Resolution||2,880 x 1,440||1,920×1,080|
|OS||Android 7.0 Nougat||iOS 10|
|SD Card Slot||Yes||No|
|NFC support||Yes||Yes (Apple Pay Only)|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821||Apple A10 Fusion|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA|
|Camera||Front 5MP, Rear dual 13MP||Front 7MP, Rear dual 12MP|
|Video||2,160p 4K UHD||2,160p 4K UHD|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.2||Yes, version 4.2|
|Water Resistant||Yes, IP68||Yes, IP67|
|Wireless Charging||Yes, WPC and PMA||No|
|Marketplace||Google Play Store||Apple App Store|
|Color offerings||White, black, platinum||Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black|
|Availability||TBD||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|DT Review||First Take||4 out of 5 stars|
When it comes to specs, it can sometimes be a little hard to compare iPhones and Android devices. That’s because of the fact that while Android phones generally use the same processors, Apple designs its own chips for use in the iPhone. Still, there are things that we can compare.
The LG G6 makes use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which is only second to the upcoming Snapdragon 835 chip. To compare, Apple uses its self-built A10 Fusion chip, which has been hailed as one of the best smartphone chips ever built. In fact, when it comes to benchmarks, the Apple A10 Fusion puts anything else on the market to shame. In one AnTuTu benchmark test performed by Android Authority, the Apple A10 Fusion scored a hefty 150,000, while the Snapdragon 821 hit 141,092. On Geekbench S, however, the A10 Fusion scored a whopping 3,399, more than doubling the Snapdragon 821 score of 1,500.
Of course, things like the operating system will affect those scores, but the fact is this — the A10 Fusion chip is more powerful than the Snapdragon 821.
The RAM situation is a little different. On paper the LG G6 has 4GB while the iPhone 7 Plus only has 3GB. Still, those figures don’t really mean much if the iPhone performs better in the real world.
When it comes to storage, the LG G6 has the option of either 32GB or 64GB of storage. The iPhone has 32GB, 128GB, or 256GB, however the G6 also has a MicroSD card slot, so you can expand your storage if you so choose.
Android fans, brace yourselves: The iPhone 7 Plus is the winner in the performance department. The processor is faster, and while the G6 has an extra 1GB of RAM, the fact is that even in real-world tests the iPhone performs better. That could be due to operating system integration, or a range of other factors — but it doesn’t really matter what the reason is.
Winner: Apple iPhone 7 Plus
LG has really stepped things up with the design of the G6, which looks great. For starters, the phone features a display that covers a massive 80 percent of the front of the phone — and that display has beautifully rounded corners. It’s really quite a nice look. On the back of the phone, you’ll find the dual-camera, as well as the fingerprint sensor. The phone in general features a nice-looking glass design with metal around the edges.
Of course, the iPhone has long been hailed as the design king in the smartphone department. The iPhone 7 Plus features a largely metal design with a small camera bump on the back for that dual-camera setup. While the camera bump is a bit of a bummer, the iPhone is also thinner than the LG phone, and that could be why the camera bump is a necessary addition.
Design is largely subjective, but the new LG G6 looks great with its large display and no camera bump. Although the iPhone is traditionally stylish, the G6 uses new tech to make the phone’s body smaller even as the screen grows to 5.7 inches. The near elimination of the top and bottom bezels makes the G6 more attractive and comfortable to hold.
Even though we don’t like glass designs because they’re breakable and attract fingerprints, we’ll have to give this one to the LG G6 because of the big display and slimmed down bezels. It makes the iPhone look old fashioned. Of course, if rumors are to be believed, Apple’s iPhone 8 (or iPhone X) is rumored to have eliminated bezels to maximize the screen, too.
Winner: LG G6
The display is an important aspect of any smartphone. After all, that’s what we use to actually access all of your information. Turns out, LG has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to the display on the G6. The G6 features a 5.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch display, also uses LCD technology — but the resolution is quite a bit smaller, sitting at 1,920×1,080.
Both the G6 and the iPhone 7 Plus have their own display features. The G6’s display features rounded corners, which looks great — however the iPhone 7 Plus adds 3D Touch, which gives users an extra way to control the device.
Apple is rumored to be moving over to OLED technology soon, which should offer brighter colors and be slightly better on battery consumption, but for now the company is beat by LG.
Winner: LG G6
Battery life and charging
The LG G6 features a 3,300mAh battery, and while we don’t yet know exactly how long it will last, it should last at least through the day with medium use. It’s also a higher capacity than the Apple iPhone 7 Plus’ 2,900mAh battery. Apple has had a notoriously rough time with battery life, and the iPhone 7 Plus is no exception, though it is much better than any other iPhone.
On top of that, the G6 features both Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging in the U.S., so the phone will charge quickly and can charge wirelessly. There’s no denying who the winner is here.
Winner: LG G6