Life’s going to be good for LG with its new G6 phone
You know you got to feel for LG – a company that has been at the cutting edge of a lot of consumer electronics innovation over the years only to be overshadowed by its cross-town South Korean rival Samsung, writes Milo Boyd.
But perhaps this may start to change somewhat with the release of the G6 Android phone.
Ok so lets get a few things out of the way. For starters, the G6 doesn't have as powerful a processor as the latest Samsung mobile phone, the G8. There is no funky curved screen or removable battery, but then again while we are on the subject of batteries, the G6 batteries don’t explode either. Now that I have got that out of my system, the G6 is a fine, sleek and dare I say, stylish piece of kit. Shiny is a word I like to use a lot these days which also describes the G6.
From the perspective of more useful specs, the G6 has a 5.7 inch screen, is dust- and water-resistant- in fact its it's rated IP68, which stands for Ingress Protection 68 and means you can submerge it in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. But remember, we are only talking about fresh water here - not the Pacific Ocean or local sewage facility. In other words, the G6 won't die if you accidentally drop it in the toilet (this happens a lot apparently) or spill your skinny latte all over it.
Other useful specs include a 125-degree rear camera that offers a viewing angle that is five degrees wider than the human eyes’ binocular field of view, the ability to record rich, high quality sound with the two Acoustic Overload Point (AOP) microphones, and of course for all the avid mobile gamers out there, the LG G6 gaming experience is supported by what LG calls Vulkan technology, designed it says to allow users to adjust resolution, frame and battery on individual needs in order to maximise their gaming experience.
So far, so good. For those that really need to know the tech specs, the G6 comes with Android 7.0 OS, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, plus an additional microSD, a 3,300mAh battery, USB-C port and a dual-SIM, which these days I think I a great idea if you have more than one phone account. An even better idea is LG’s attention to security – the G6’s fingerprint scanner (combined with numerical pad login) is a must for all phones these days and the one in the G6 I found to be reliable- i.e. not overtly buggy like some other brands.
What I didn’t like about the G6 is its almost Windows-like feel, it’s lower-grade Gorilla glass (3.0) on the front and the fact that the G6 comes all but wedded to Telstra. In many ways, one review called it a cheaper version of Samsung’s G8 and in that respect, I tend to concur.
Bar that, LG has really shown it is a force to be reckoned with and this G6 is a worthy contender for consideration is you are looking for a new mobile phone.
At the same time, I can’t wait for the G7!
Cybershack Score -
|• Great security||• Cheaper Gorilla Glass version|
|• Top camera||• Average battery life|
|• IP 68 rating||• Standard power processor|