Two of this year’s hottest phones are also two of the sleekest. The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has the best of what Samsung has to offer thus far this year and gives it an impossible design. Meanwhile, LG takes what it’s been doing so well the past couple of years and continues down that path with the LG G4.
Comparison of some features…
LG G4’s camera is still 16 megapixels, but it edges out Samsung’s phone ever so slightly with a faster 1.8 lens. The Galaxy S6 camera stopped short with a 1.9 aperture.
Probably the most stark contrast between the GS6 — both the proper model and the edge version — and the G4 is in the materials. LG G4 takes this handcrafted craze quite literally with a leather back that replaces the plastic design of the LG G3. Soft to the touch, it looks and feels elegant, and it’s easy to grip. It contrasts with the cold glass back of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and the slippery aluminum body of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. LG G4’s leather back undergoes a special treatment as part of this this three-month process, one that the company said it took three to find, that resist water stains and scratches.
The LG G4 features a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor under its hood, supported by 3GB of RAM, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 opts for an in-house octa-core Exynos chip with 3GB of RAM. In theory, this will mean that the Galaxy S6 will be faster as it has a couple more cores to help power it, but the Snapdragon 808 should be more than capable.
The LG G4 will come with 32GB of internal memory, along with a microSD slot for storage expansion up to 128GB. The Galaxy S6 on the other hand, has 32GB, 64GB and 128GB internal storage options, but the metal body has meant the microSD support no longer exists.
The metal body also means Samsung no longer offers a removable battery in its Galaxy S6, which comes with a 2550mAh capacity, while LG does offer an user-interchageable battery along with a larger capacity at 3000mAh.
The G4 comes with LG’s UX 4.0 interface, while the Galaxy S6 features Samsung’s TouchWiz interface LG is bringing in a host of new features with the new UI, including an improved calendar, camera modes mentioned previously and an improved Smart Notice feature for more personalised notifications. LG has also promised greater customisation in terms of the gallery.
Opinion or Colcusion
The LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 sit pretty much neck-in-neck. One device is better at some things, while the other is better at others.
The LG G4 has a larger display, a larger aperture for better low-light shots (in theory), a better front-facing camera and a larger capacity battery. It also offers storage expansion via microD and the battery is removable, which some may consider a deal-maker.
or some, the LG G4 will be too large, while for others the Samsung Galaxy S6 might not be large enough. The Galaxy S6 is a truly fantastic phone, but the G4 shows huge potential and we suspect it won’t matter which you choose as both are likely to meet expectations, and perhaps even succeed them.