The LG G6: This smartphone is all screen

The LG G6: This smartphone is all screen

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Two of this year’s most anticipated smartphones are Apple’s (AAPL) next iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S8. But before those hit the market, LG is rolling out its all-new G6 handset. And based on my short time with it, the South Korean tech company’s offering is surprisingly compelling.” data-reactid=”23″>Two of this year’s most anticipated smartphones are Apple’s (AAPL) next iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S8. But before those hit the market, LG is rolling out its all-new G6 handset. And based on my short time with it, the South Korean tech company’s offering is surprisingly compelling.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="That’s not a slight at LG, by the way. But compared to the company’s previous smartphones, this is a more subtle and focused device than, say, the G5 or V20. The big question, though, is: Will the Android-powered G6 even matter when the next iPhone and Galaxy S8 roll out?” data-reactid=”24″>That’s not a slight at LG, by the way. But compared to the company’s previous smartphones, this is a more subtle and focused device than, say, the G5 or V20. The big question, though, is: Will the Android-powered G6 even matter when the next iPhone and Galaxy S8 roll out?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="So far, it’s hard to tell.” data-reactid=”25″>So far, it’s hard to tell.

All screen, all day

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The G6’s most impressive feature by far is its massive display. At 5.7 inches, it’s not the largest screen we’ve seen on a device — but it’s the way that LG fits the panel onto the phone’s svelte frame that makes it so intriguing. The phone really looks and feels like it’s all screen. In fact LG says the G6 is narrower than Samsung’s Galaxy S7 but packs a larger display.” data-reactid=”27″>The G6’s most impressive feature by far is its massive display. At 5.7 inches, it’s not the largest screen we’ve seen on a device — but it’s the way that LG fits the panel onto the phone’s svelte frame that makes it so intriguing. The phone really looks and feels like it’s all screen. In fact LG says the G6 is narrower than Samsung’s Galaxy S7 but packs a larger display.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="LG refers to the G6’s screen as its FullVision Display, which, thanks to its design, can be divided into two equal squares. That, in turn, allows LG to create unique interface opportunities like the new Square Camera app that lets you see a preview of your image in one half of the screen and your last shot in the other.” data-reactid=”28″>LG refers to the G6’s screen as its FullVision Display, which, thanks to its design, can be divided into two equal squares. That, in turn, allows LG to create unique interface opportunities like the new Square Camera app that lets you see a preview of your image in one half of the screen and your last shot in the other.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The idea is to let people see what their last picture looks like without having to open the gallery app. However, if you prefer that, the standard Camera app is still available.” data-reactid=”29″>The idea is to let people see what their last picture looks like without having to open the gallery app. However, if you prefer that, the standard Camera app is still available.

The LG G6 Square Camera app.The LG G6 Square Camera app.
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The LG G6’s Square Camera app provides with with a window for previews and your last shot.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Interestingly, LG chose not to give the G6 a curved screen, as Samsung did with the S7 and Apple is rumored to be considering for its next iPhone. The reason for the decision, LG representatives explained, was to ensure that the display doesn’t break if you drop the G6 on its side.” data-reactid=”48″>Interestingly, LG chose not to give the G6 a curved screen, as Samsung did with the S7 and Apple is rumored to be considering for its next iPhone. The reason for the decision, LG representatives explained, was to ensure that the display doesn’t break if you drop the G6 on its side.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The company also curved the corners where the display meets the phone, as doing so makes the panel sturdier. The screen also supports high-dynamic range video for a wider range of colors than non-HDR handsets.” data-reactid=”49″>The company also curved the corners where the display meets the phone, as doing so makes the panel sturdier. The screen also supports high-dynamic range video for a wider range of colors than non-HDR handsets.

LG G6 showing HDR video.LG G6 showing HDR video.
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HDR videos looks gorgeous on the LG G6’s 5.7-inch display.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Outside of its edge-to-edge display, though, the G6 is a bit underwhelming as far as design goes. Its rear panel, at least with the black model, is a fingerprint magnet. The silver model, meanwhile, looks like a stainless-steel refrigerator.” data-reactid=”68″>Outside of its edge-to-edge display, though, the G6 is a bit underwhelming as far as design goes. Its rear panel, at least with the black model, is a fingerprint magnet. The silver model, meanwhile, looks like a stainless-steel refrigerator.

Two lenses are better than one

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Like the G5 and V20, the LG G6 comes with a dual-lens rear camera. The 13-MP shooters give you 100 degrees of visibility and allow 2x optical zoom and 14x digital zoom. I’ve got to admit, though, that the 100-degree lens makes taking photos a bit odd when going from a phone camera with a smaller field of view.” data-reactid=”70″>Like the G5 and V20, the LG G6 comes with a dual-lens rear camera. The 13-MP shooters give you 100 degrees of visibility and allow 2x optical zoom and 14x digital zoom. I’ve got to admit, though, that the 100-degree lens makes taking photos a bit odd when going from a phone camera with a smaller field of view.

The LG G6's rear cameras.The LG G6's rear cameras.
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The LG G6 comes with two rear camera lenses and features a built-in optical zoom.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="You end up seeing a lot more in your shots, which can certainly be annoying if you’re purposely trying to crop something, or someone, out of a photo.” data-reactid=”93″>You end up seeing a lot more in your shots, which can certainly be annoying if you’re purposely trying to crop something, or someone, out of a photo.

Take it in the shower; if you’re into that

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Like Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy S7, the LG G6 features a water-resistant body that can survive in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. I ran a G6 under a shower for a few seconds and it came out cleaner and still worked.” data-reactid=”95″>Like Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy S7, the LG G6 features a water-resistant body that can survive in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. I ran a G6 under a shower for a few seconds and it came out cleaner and still worked.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In fact, LG says you can specifically use the handset in the shower. But if you’re so addicted to your phone that you can’t take a shower without it, well, you might have some separation issues you need to work through.” data-reactid=”96″>In fact, LG says you can specifically use the handset in the shower. But if you’re so addicted to your phone that you can’t take a shower without it, well, you might have some separation issues you need to work through.

The LG G6 in the shower.The LG G6 in the shower.
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A man in a full suit showers with the LG G6. It’s water-resistant is the point.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In order to make the G6 water-resistant, though, LG said it had to use a non-removable battery, which is sure to anger smartphone fans who preferred the ability to swap out their phones’ batteries on the go rather than waiting around for a charge.” data-reactid=”115″>In order to make the G6 water-resistant, though, LG said it had to use a non-removable battery, which is sure to anger smartphone fans who preferred the ability to swap out their phones’ batteries on the go rather than waiting around for a charge.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="To offset that issue, though, the G6 uses quick charging technology to get you juiced up in a snap.” data-reactid=”116″>To offset that issue, though, the G6 uses quick charging technology to get you juiced up in a snap.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Performance wise, the G6 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which packs plenty of horsepower for gaming, streaming movies and music and anything else you do with your handset. There’s also 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be augmented via the phone’s microSD card slot.” data-reactid=”117″>Performance wise, the G6 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which packs plenty of horsepower for gaming, streaming movies and music and anything else you do with your handset. There’s also 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be augmented via the phone’s microSD card slot.

The inside of the LG G6.The inside of the LG G6.
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Here’s a look at the LG G6’s guts, if you’re into that kind of thing.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="So far the G6 seems like an interesting handset, but I’m going to hold off on making any final judgments about it until I get my hands on a review unit. So stay tuned.” data-reactid=”136″>So far the G6 seems like an interesting handset, but I’m going to hold off on making any final judgments about it until I get my hands on a review unit. So stay tuned.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Email Daniel at dhowley@yahoo-inc.com; follow him on Twitter at @DanielHowley.” data-reactid=”146″>Email Daniel at dhowley@yahoo-inc.com; follow him on Twitter at @DanielHowley.

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