Revisiting LG’s Flagship Device
LG was one of the brands to unveil their flagship early in the year when they announced the LG G6 at Mobile World Congress in February. The Korean brand had to make up a lot ground after the modular G5 had failed to fly off shelves but ,with that tough mountain to climb, LG was also dealt a big blow when they couldn’t secure the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835. The company instead opted to go with the previous go-to SoC, the Snapdragon 821. Despite the hurdles, the LG G6 was received well by critics and reviewers. Soon after though, it had its thunder stolen right from under its feet when Samsung released the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
We’ve decided to take a look back at the LG G6 to see if it can still hold its own now that half the year is over and we’ve gotten to play with most of 2017’s flagship offerings. We think it’s still a pretty good device and here are five reasons why.
Full Vision Display Is Boss
The LG G6 was the smartphone that introduced us to the current aspect ratio that everyone is fawning over — 18:9. It may not curve on its sides, like the S8 and S8+, but that doesn’t mean that the 5.7-inch display on the G6 isn’t a good one. Using it on the regular was enjoyable as it had great colors and a good contrast ratios, and let’s not forget that it’s QHD as well; giving it really great pixel density at 564 pixels per inch. LG has also armed the G6 with Dolby Vision and it’s HDR10-enabled too.
Seeing is only part of the equation when it comes to consuming multimedia content; obviously, audio plays a big part of the viewing experience as well. LG is no stranger to putting DACs on the mobile devices and you’ve got a 32-bit quad DAC on the LG G6, which is only available in certain markets. Paired with the right headphones, it’s been a delight carrying the LG G6 while listening to tunes.
Build Fits the Flagship Bill
Like most flagships out in the market, LG has gone glass on glass with the G6. It has a Gorilla Glass 5 panel on the back and a Gorilla Glass 3 panel protecting its display, which sandwiches the phones metal frame. Yes, it stands taller than most smartphone with a 5.7-inch because of its aspect ratio, but that doesn’t affect the phone’s handiness at all. It’s still comfy to use with one hand without major adjustments to reach parts of the screen. You’ve also got IP68 certification on the LG G6 for dust and water resistance; keeping the device safe in case you get caught in the sudden, torrential rains we’ve been experiencing lately.
Wide Angle Camera
While dual cameras certainly aren’t anything new, the LG G6 employs the use of a wide angled lens for its secondary shooter and it’s a welcome change from other brands who are going for more zoom or want to get that bokeh effect. While those features are great to have, the wide-angled lens on the G6 helps you get stunning landscapes or just more people in the shot; there is a bit of fisheye effect, but it’s nothing too bad.
Now More Affordable
This is one of the reasons we wanted to take a look back to see if buying an LG G6 is worth it now that we’re in the second half of 2017. Its initial price tag was Php 37,990, and it definitely was a big ask. Now that we’re seeing the LG G6 priced at Php 29,990, it makes for a pretty compelling buy.
So, is it a good buy now that it’s July? We absolutely think so. One could argue the point that you could get the OnePlus 5 that rocks a Snapdragon 835 with 6GB of RAM for a more affordable price, but that device comes with a few caveats of its own. If you’re into owning a device with the most beastly specs available, we won’t convince you otherwise; it is your hard-earned cash after all. If you are, however, looking for one of the best multimedia experiences on a smartphone, the LG G6 can definitely provide you with that. Now that LG’s flagship has been priced lower, it certainly merits more consideration its gotten in the past.