It’s still early days for the LG G6. I’ve only just started using mine, having only just completed reviewing the Huawei P10, but what I’ve seen so far is very encouraging. I skipped the LG G5 entirely, saying at last year’s MWC when it was announced alongside the Galaxy S7 that LG had brought a knife to a gunfight. But times have changed and LG looks like it just might have a winner up its sleeve.

For starters, while there’s nothing terribly revolutionary going on with the design of the phone – barring that screen, which I’ll come back to in a minute – the G6 is a very nice looking phone with no unnecessary flourishes, modular or otherwise. It’s thick enough to pack a decent sized battery, heavy enough to feel solid in the hand, comfortable and small enough to not feel awkward: you get the picture.

See also:

Evolution of the LG G-series: A hard fought battle

March 17, 2017

While Samsung and others are going all in on the curved display trip, I’ve never really seen the appeal. Dual screen curves look nice, I’ll give Samsung that much, but as a functional aspect of a phone I just never quite got it. Perhaps the increasingly sharp curve we’ve seen ever since the original Note Edge shows no one else really did either.

Regardless, LG has decided not to follow that trend and instead has returned to the G series’ roots with the tiny bezels found on the LG G2. As anyone with a social media account would know, about the only thing all smartphone fans can agree on is that large bezels are less good than small bezels. Except when they’re housing stereo front facing speakers, which the LG G6 sadly does not.

But the G6 does have an IP68 dustproof and water-resistant rating, another feature no one has ever complained about having. Again, except where speaker quality is concerned. LG has also tidied up its interface to a large degree, offering a whitewashed UI with very little to get upset about. Plus there’s wireless charging (at least in the US), a great finger scanner and microSD expansion too, another crowd favorite.

From what I can see so far, the camera on the G6 is very competitive too. Perhaps not quite rivaling the Google Pixel, but coming very close indeed. LG has been putting excellent cameras on its G series phones for several years now, and dual cameras since the G5, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. But its still good to see LG not the drop the ball on something so essential while it was busy fixing up some other areas.

See also:

LG G6: Exploring the new camera

February 28, 2017

Performance is another area where the LG G6 defies expectations. Ever since it became apparent that the G6 would be sticking with the tried-and-true Snapdragon 821 rather than the new Snapdragon 835, a lot of folks wrote this phone off as dead in the water. But the G6 has already shown that the chipset inside is only one small piece of the puzzle where performance is concerned. We’ll see how the G6 stacks up over time, but for now I doubt there’s anyone complaining about a lack of power.

Of course, the Galaxy S8 and other phones packing the 835 this year will likely blow the G6 out of the water where performance is concerned. But for now LG has a very good example on its hands for making the point that the specs race is largely over. We’ll always get more RAM and faster chipsets and better this and that in smartphones, that’s the nature of the game. But the G6 proves that sometimes, just sometimes, last year’s chipset is still perfectly sufficient.

Of course, the G6 isn’t perfect, just like any phone. For some, the absence of the latest Qualcomm chipset is a deal breaker, while for others it’ll be the demise of the removable battery. The speaker is pretty poor, US models don’t get the excellent Quad DAC many had come to love in the LG V20 and all that glass makes the G6 more prone to collecting fingerprints and scratches.

The awkwardness of the 18:9 screen now when a large number of apps don’t yet support it is admittedly weird, but that compatibility will come with time. The truncated corners of the G6 display will apparently make it less prone to cracks when dropped and the metal chassis of the phone is made with an I-beam cross section to make it sturdier than most.

What I’m trying to get at here is that LG got its groove back by going back to basics. With an impressive screen in terms of color and contrast combined with tiny bezels, a solid camera and battery, expandable storage, water-resistance and both wireless and fast charging support, the G6 hits a lot of nails on the head. For those it misses, at the very least we can be happy that the list is a lot shorter than it was last year with the LG G5. And with the Galaxy S8 right around the corner, this is exactly what LG needed.

Kris Carlon
Kris Carlon is a Senior Editor at Android Authority. He is a half-British Australian who lives in Berlin, travels a lot and is always connected to a laptop, phone, smartwatch or tablet (and occasionally a book).
  • Goran

    Well, LG unlike HTC made proper model for 2017. What is left and still could be fatal flaw of G6 is LGs style different model for different markets.

    • Hunter Miller

      HTC hasn’t released its follow up to the HTC 10 yet so we will have to wait and see what happens with them in 2017

      • Goran

        True. Hope it’s successor will get back in 10s direction, not Apple style Ultra.

    • Ronald

      why would different spec phones in different markets be a fatal flaw?

      • Goran

        Would you like to be offered inferior speced phone just bcs you live in one part of the world? Why would rest of the world enjoy in uselles glass back bcs LG decided only those in USA can have slow wireless charging?

      • V-Phuc

        why complicate your life for nothing? Manufacturing different versions of phones with different specs gets to increase your cost too. It’s not too wise. Besides, who would believe, let’s just say Americans ONLY need 32 and not 64GB?

        • David Martrano

          No DAC & 32gb’s for US consumers! Huh! Ouch! Why! Will it compete? Personally I would have included all options for all consumer’s. So LG actually did a study on this. Someone was drunk or high, oh boy!

      • Philip King

        Would you pay the same price (or more if you live in the UK) for a handset missing major features available in other markets?
        It also shows a lack of understanding on LG’s part of what the market expects.

    • S6EdgePlus IsBoss

      The G6 is the Government cheese handset. The only way they can or will get sales for that useless flop is giving away freebies.

      And like typical fools all the low budget bargain basement group discount buyers flock to the freebies.

      Guess you feel better buying an inferior product cause you need freebies from useless Google or you just like last year’s tech in a glass body from 2015.

      I’ve been their done that years ago. Enjoy inferiority with the G6 it’s going nowhere in 2017.

      • ReaPer

        boss is flop himself FLOP!

        • S6EdgePlus IsBoss

          Truth hurts doesn’t it. I laugh at you useless LG users.

          • ReaPer

            have samsung but i don’t like it as much as my LG phone.To me LG is better

    • David Martrano

      I’ll take the g6 over the U on any given day! After the 10 & pixals I thought HTC was on the road too recovering. What happened! Anyway the g6 is a good phone. Plus there running all kinds of carrier deals! Regional restrictions will hurt but it will sell better than the g5! And I do like the 18.9 display plus their camera’s are rated very high!

  • netizen

    LG could have tried two powerful front facing speakers.

    • zimmyfishku

      I agree! However, I think LG was playing it slightly safe so as to recover from the G5 missteps. So that G6 must be jam packed enough that the dual front firing speakers would’ve increased the size of the phone! Maybe next year we will finally see it rocking them twin guns!!!

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    • CabbageHeadCat.

      Wouldn’t that compromise the waterproofing?

      • Eric Wang

        No, my Moto G 3rd gen was waterproof and had a front facing speaker

  • Marc Perrusquia

    More like how LG lost its groove. No removable battery, no ir blaster, small battery, crappy aspect ratio that ruins video, and a bland Samsung design clone. The V series better keep the removable battery, ir blaster, and 16:9 display.

    • Player Slayer

      Yeah, cause we all know the design of the G2 totally ripps off every Samsung phone ever, duh

    • zimmyfishku

      Grow up!!!! No IR blaster? Sightly bummy, but I’ve owned the G line since the G3 and can only remember two situations when I used it. Sad? Perhaps a bit! Deal breaker? Absolutely NOT! Removable battery no longer available? Slightly sad! Worth the trade for IP68 water and dust proof? ABSOLUTELY!!! 3,300mAh small? You’re on crack! Crappy aspect ratio? Say hello to the future you conservative worm! And not to hate on Samsung, but if you think LG’s aspect ratio is weird, just wait for the galaxy s8. Bland? This is clearly one of the best decisions from LG!!! What did Samsung do? Take away clients from itself by not offering a non-dual curved screen!!! Many ppl dislike that. Final thoughts… You’ve probably never had an LG, otherwise, your wouldn’t say so many erroneous things!!!

      • not having an IR blaster is a huge deal breaker. Especially for a phone that costs that much…
        The only LG device I used is the LG G3. It lasted for about 21 months for me before it bootlooped to death. The IR blaster is something I used every single day. Being able to control the air con and the TV with your phone and not having to carry the remote around used to feel so good..
        Now I use a Huawei P9 and boy do I miss the IR blaster 😥

        • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          A $15 universal remote can control all your entertainment appliances. And a $50 echo dot can control your A/C and many other things, including your TV, etc.

          Actually, your phone could control your A/C, too, if you just pony up a little cash for the right thermostat. And you don’t have to point your phone at anything to make it work. If you’re can drop $800-$1,000 for a phone, surely you can afford a thermostat that you don’t need to point at to control it.

    • Grant Ding

      No honey, that was the G5. This is… Marginally better, but not really a step forward for LG, just them turning in a different direction and not really going anywhere.

    • Dummy Up Meathead

      Whaaaaahhhhhhhh!

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      The IR blaster is a necessity. Too many people die, daily, from having to reach over to the end table for the TV remote. They bleed to death because they can’t seem to put down their f’in phone for 30 seconds, and have to cut their surgically attached phone from their hand in order to grab the $15 universal remote.

      • true. I’m one of those people.

        • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          You have my sympathy.

    • Benjamin Haube

      I have never understood the need for an IR blaster. I have had a few phones and a tablet with one. It just ended up not getting used. I find it much easier to use the remote my TV and cable box came with.

  • blindexecutioner

    Too big with a weird aspect ratio. I don’t think it’ll do well.

    • Andrew White

      Sammy’s S8 will also display an 18:9 or 2:1 aspect ratio and they expect it will be its biggest selling phone ever….hmmm.
      Lack of apps that support it right now, that will change rapidly.

      • zimmyfishku

        Actually… 18.5:9. Making it even weirder!!! But I’m sure there’s a reason for it far beyond what small minded people like +Andrew White can see!!! I’m looking forward to it!!!

  • One_of_many

    Yeah, great grove with that GG3 at the front. With that missing hifi DAC that only the Asian people are interested (so they say). And nevertheless that sweet spot of a price with 50 bucks less than s8 which got the new soc.
    Just sayin…. Groove?

    • bboyheat

      The s8 will be significantly more than $50 difference in price.

      $650 vs $799 – $899.

      • One_of_many

        Where did you see that price man, last i saw was a tag for 749 usd.

        • bboyheat

          I’ve been reading $799 for the s8 and $899 for the Plus.
          Makes sense because the S7 was $749, and Sammy hasn’t ever introduced a new model for less than the older version.

          • sachouba

            These were euros and not dollars, in leaks.
            And yes, Samsung has already lowered their prices on a new model, in Europe.

          • One_of_many

            I meant 749 for lg G6 not Sammy.

          • Dusan Starcevic

            On last rumor about LG G6 owners getting 43 inch TV. There is picture showing LG G6s full price, and that price is 678.99$

          • bboyheat

            It says above the G6 will be $650 unlocked from Tmobile.

          • One_of_many

            Not in Europe

  • bboyheat

    Y’all haven’t even seen it yet and there’s not a positive comment to be had. .

    • Grant Ding

      Yeah, because we need to own the phone to know that the side bezels and frame are still too wide, and that 32GB of storage is unacceptable in 2017.

      • Eric Wang

        At least it has a microSD card slot for cards up to 256GB which should be enough for most people

        • Grant Ding

          Yes, because SD cards are as fast as NAND storage. If Samsung’s UFS cards were available and LG allowed adoptable storage, then it’d be fine, but neither is the case.

  • ReaPer

    fly like a LG G6 hand ☝!

  • pbolton70

    My deal breaker is only 32g no 64 in the US. There are still too many apps you cant move to SD card. In the year 2017 64g should be standard.

    • Ronald

      I find myself using a lot less storage space and rather a lot more streaming services. All my photos are on Google photos, I got 100GB on Google drive. I only use about 10 apps most of the time and a few games. what the heck are you filling your phone with lol?

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Internal storage is the fastest, especially if it’s UFS 2.x. Maybe 32GB will be enough for some people, but if you need more, it’s not going to be there. One should at least have the option to get 64GB or 128GB.

        • Benjamin Haube

          I completely agree. I personally don’t need more than 32GB, but if LG is going to sell higher options in some places, why not make it available in every place?

      • macho9556

        Porn, what else lol

        • pbolton70

          WOW! that was just TMI about your personal life..lol

      • pbolton70

        For me two things. First, VR and 2nd I am a nurse and I have several references that will not SD storage and is rather large.

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Props for wireless charging and waterproofing. But 32GB, LCD, an LCD always-on display, and a 3,000 mAh battery for $750? IMO, that’s pretty sad.

      • Benjamin Haube

        It’s sad that it is a flagship level phone in 2017 with an LCD display period. Every other phone in its price range has AMOLED. Not to mention the battery is horrendously small for the size of the phone.

    • Eric Wang

      Can’t you format microSD cards as internal storage on most 6.0 and up devices?

  • Kaiba Corporation

    After seeing HTC Ultra, I say LG is going in right direction………….

    • Grant Ding

      I mean there’s a difference between going backwards and not going anywhere, but is either good?

      • Kaiba Corporation

        In the present context, Yes .

        • Grant Ding

          I think I’ll wait for the S8. Or whatever’s actually supposed to follow the HTC 10.

  • Ronald

    it’s funny to read reviews where the author states that glass bodies collect scratches and finger prints lol…ever heard of Samsung Galaxy smartphone phones ?

    • zimmyfishku

      Agree!!! And many reviewers said the grey one doesn’t show fingerprints much!!! Looking forward to it!!!

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Is there any truth to the rumor that some Samsung users have died from fingerprints on the back of their phones? Do you think LG G6 users might suffer from the same fate?

    • Goran

      Glass as material could be justified only if wireless charging is included, but there is slow one on G6. And it’s only available for USA. Me personally, i don’t care for wi ch at all, and will always opt for metal or some other material. Simply bcs glass is fragile, sensitive and impractical for phones. G6 is flawed by glass back outside USA.

    • balcobomber25

      It really all depends on the phone in question, not all glass is created equally.

  • Marty

    Heh…I don’t recall LG ever having a “groove”. And I go way back with smartphones.

    • balcobomber25

      Go back to the G2 and G3, both were named phone of the year by several publications and websites. LG was one of the top 5 selling manufacturers then. They definitely had a groove at one point.

  • Antoine Devon Swans

    Good for LG!
    And i hope that they sell millions of the G6 and may it become more popular than ever before in history!

    I love how the new design, it reminds me of the iPhone 5 which was the best-looking smartphone at that time before it was copied by so many of others that are now claiming it as their own. Way to go LG!!

  • Mr.Bean ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Idk, it’s kinda early to say that LG has a winner here. It may be doing good in S. Korea, but we’ll have to wait and see if it can be successful in the US.

  • xtriker360

    I love that flat screen, looks better imop.

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    It certainly won’t be as big a flop as the G5, but it’s not like it’s worth $750. If you really want this phone for some reason, get a combo deal that you like, or wait for the price to drop.

    I suspect that people who use the always-on display are in for a huge disappointment in battery life if the always-on display is using the main LCD, like the pictures suggest.

  • daren maat

    its a great phone but with the s8 coming around in 2 weeks, people will most likely wait for it then comparing with one another. if the pricing was almost the same or atleast $ 50 difference, then most likely this phone will become a flop since the much more awaited s8 will have the latest proc and more energy efficient. So we will have to wait how this phone will stack up against s8 and p10 in the sales for this year.

  • V_Mena

    I laugh at how people can criticize another person’s choice of phone. How can you chastise what one person likes because it differs from what you would decide to do. We need to be happy that we can choose which phone we want. Just a few years ago we were stuck with whichever phone our carriers decided to offer.

    I have the pixel and I’m most likely going to get the G6 over the S8. I believe that processor speed has gotten to a point were we will be splitting hairs on which is faster or has more ram or internal memory. Smartphones have made some computers and most tablets extinct. For me the form factor of a non curved screen is what appeals to me. As well as keeping a phone small. I’m a big guy but I don’t care for large phones, that’s why I have a Pixel. The G6 is just .2 inches taller than the Pixel but has .5 inches more screen. That’s amazing.

    • Benjamin Haube

      Why would you go to a G6 when you have a Pixel? The camera is slightly better on the Pixel, they have the same processor, and the same specs all around.

      • Antoine Devon Swans

        Did you not read what he said!
        Why are you criticizing him for wanting a phone you don’t want?

  • CabbageHeadCat.

    The 821 is a great chip. Sure the 835 is incrimintely better, but I would like to see how something like the Pixel with 1080p fares against a QHD running a 835.

  • Robert

    Just so everyone is aware, LG is currently being sued over the G4 because the design supposedly has the processor incorrectly soldered to the motherboard. I know personally I have had the phone for 14 months and the motherboard needs replacing again after having it replaced 8 months ago. Look up the LG G4 subreddit on Reddit and see if you ever want to buy an LG phone.

  • tenshi yuki

    Man, the propaganda train is in full effect in this article. This phone is the very definition of mediocre and boring. So many companies are focusing on a good phone that no one is trying to innovate. The LG v20 looks to be the last great phone they produce. I can only hope the Chinese OEM comes to America otherwise this market is going to be boring.

    • balcobomber25

      Several Chinese OEM’s are already selling in America, Huawei/Honor, ZTE Axon, OnePlus and LeEco are all officially sold.

  • Anthony Christopher Morey

    No removable battery, no purchase.

  • eliHd

    When you take a pic of yourself or some one using 2 lense cameras do you know which lenses you suppose to look to? Am really confused.

    • Eric Wang

      Only one camera is in use at a time….

      • eliHd

        So which lense do you look at? Also different phone will use different lense for the one to take their. Let say lg use the left lense however if your friend have huawei it may use the right lense therefore if you don’t know and look at the left lense for a picture the pic will look as if you are looking to left instead of straight. Do you know what i mean?!

  • paxmos

    Give me a break “Groove Back”? LOL, it is a freaking LG phone with an asking price of an iPhone !!! LOL

  • Darren Tay

    Just hope they solved their boot loop issues.