The LG G4 has been announced in all its glory and now it’s time to make the big decision. Any other new flagship devices will take a while to launch and the real fight for the crown is really only between the LG G4 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. Yes, the HTC One M9 is there, but its similarity to the M8 leaves Samsung and LG as the most “exciting” phone makers – at least for now.
Are you buying the LG G4 or the Samsung Galaxy S6? I made my decision some weeks ago. Most of the details on the LG G4 have been out for some time, so I was able to make up my mind earlier (though we did learn some new things today).
My heart is set on the LG G4. I was a fan of the G series from the get-go. I owned both the Optimus G and the G2, but the G3 didn’t quite convince me for multiple reasons. I believe this time LG has made up for those shortcomings and I am ready jump back in the bandwagon. Here are my reasons.
Leather and curves
That sub-title may sound like we are about to hit the road on a motorcycle. And though that’s not the case, that’s exactly how sexy the LG G4 seems. Yes, I consider riding motorcycles sexy – but you don’t have to, and that is what’s so awesome about the LG G4.
The device features swapable backs, which come in a variety of options. Of course, there is the leather option, which will also come in 6 different colors, but that is not where it ends. You can also opt for plastic and “metallic” designs, which you can pick up whenever you prefer.
Furthermore, LG is betting all its chips on that curve we have only seen in its G Flex line so far. The Korean manufacturer makes a bold statement on curved devices by giving its flagship smartphone a slight twist. To be honest, it’s an idea I can get behind.
Sure, Samsung did wonders with the Galaxy S6 design and build quality, but their design language simply doesn’t attract me. It really just looks like yet another Samsung device, except made with better materials. Plus, those edges in the Galaxy S6 Edge really do nothing but look cute. At least this curve brings some functionality and comfort.
Freedom and expandability
Do you like expandable storage and removable batteries? I have always argued that true customization lies way beyond the design factor. I was stoked to learn that this phone would have a removable battery and an SD card slot, a couple features manufacturers (including Samsung) have been abandoning.
I am glad to see LG sticking to its guns. The LG G4 doesn’t need to be thinner or lighter to impress people. In fact, it’s a little thicker at 9.8mm; an extra millimeter I am more than willing to live with in exchange of extra customization.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 has neither a removable battery, nor expandable storage. Sad stuff.
To make matters even worse, the non-removable Samsung Galaxy S6 battery is a joke. We can praise the Galaxy S6 for many reasons, but no one will say it has good battery life. That 2550 mah battery (2600 mAh if you have a Galaxy S6 Edge) struggles to even take you through a full work day of usage.
On the other hand, LG has always been known for its good battery life. I mean, the LG G2 used to last me a couple days. Things got worse with the G3, and I still don’t expect the G4 to catch up with previous iterations, but it will definitely do better than the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Let’s also keep in mind that battery is removable. Which means you can easily purchase extra batteries and swap them as needed.
While some consider this a gimmick, it’s a movement I have supported since day one. Having the buttons in the back does feel more natural once you accustom your mind to it. The buttons are placed exactly where your fingers naturally lie, while staying out of the way and making for less accidental presses.
Knock On and Knock Code
Another awesome thing about the LG G4 is that you don’t even need to use those buttons, just in case they are not your cup of tea. Knock On and Knock Code make the power button unnecessary most of the time. Simply double tap, or tap your code, on the screen and it will turn on. Volume controls are also easily accessible via software.
I happen to love this feature. And though other manufacturers have adopted similar capabilities, none have done it quite like LG (which introduced this idea). In most other devices you can’t turn the screen off by double-tapping, for example. And if you can, you can’t do it all the time.
I can honestly say this is the one feature I miss the most from LG… as silly as that may sound to some of you. And you would be right to guess the Samsung Galaxy S6 has nothing similar.
I have personally never been too serious about my smartphone cameras. I happen to be a photography enthusiast, which means I take my DSLR with me if I really want quality images. For my smartphone party shots, I am happy with images that are “good enough” for social networks and sharing.
We know most of you really care about your smartphone camera, though. I mean, handsets have replaced point-and-shoot cameras for most people; it only makes sense you want the highest quality you can get.
While we are not sure yet which camera is the best, the LG G4 will at least get pretty damn close to the Samsung Galaxy S6. For starters, the G4 one-ups the Galaxy S6 with a wider aperture of f/1.8, while Samsung’s camera sticks with an f/1.9 aperture. By the way, smaller does mean better.
This means the LG G4 will be slightly better at handling low-light images. There’s also an ultra-thin 0.1mm blue IR filter that will help make colors more natural. And yes, it still has that laser auto-focus LG introduced with the G3.
The LG G4 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 are completely different devices, and they both offer significant improvements over their predecessors. This is what makes these phones so competitive, and the decision to go with one over the other is highly subjective. It all depends on what you prioritize.
I am just surprised there are so many things that can potentially make the LG G4 a better option over the king of smartphones. Some of them are gimmicks that I happen to like, some of them are very significant differences that completely change your experience.
But tell us, which phone are you going with? WE know there are also many reasons why the Galaxy S6 could be a better phone, so let’s talk about them in the comments below!