Back in February 2017, LG unveiled the LG G6 smartphone, its flagship device for the beginning of the year. We have been impressed by the phone so far, mainly because it is a marked departure from the 2016 LG G5 interest-free.
But Samsung is fighting for glory with the Galaxy S8, adopting a similar aspect ratio to the front and the big screen. We have not yet fully reviewed the Galaxy S8, but we are satisfied with what we have seen so far.
In all forms of technology, time plays an important role in the experiment and, in particular, how a handset works after weeks, months or even years of use can be radically different from what it was at departure. We all know the warmth we feel when we unpack a new piece of technology, but what happens after the buzz goes out and he does not feel new?
When all is said and done, which phone will you be happier to have a month, six months or even a year on the line? In the case of the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, we can not answer questions for six or twelve months, but after spending a month using them as a daily driver, let’s see what I recommend, and why!
Galaxy S8 vs. LG G6: Sex Appeal vs. Practicality
I’m not talking about whether the Galaxy S8 is a fingerprint magnet or that the LG G6 does not feel so premium, these are things that have been covered in the respective magazines. What I’m talking about is the overall design choice by Samsung, and LG, respectively.
On the one hand, Samsung has done everything possible to create a phone with luscious curves that stand out from the crowd thanks to its incredible sex appeal. On the other hand, LG has made a design that is probably much more practical. The curves of the Galaxy S8 make the phone feel better in the hand, but the fingerprint sensor is the biggest point of friction for me. Not only is it rectangular which poses challenges considering the curved tips on your fingers but it’s also in a ridiculous position that makes it almost useless.
The LG G6, on the other hand, adopts a more traditional approach and has all the subtlety of a concrete slab, at least compared to the Galaxy S8. Still, it works exceptionally well for the G6 because it feels more solid in the hand and the central fingerprint sensor at the back turns out to be a much better implementation than the sensor on the Galaxy S8. The lack of a curved edge on the G6 also means it feels more grippy and less likely to slip out of your hand.
Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Glossy, Brilliant
Switch to this larger display and this part of the comparison is simple; the LG G6 has the best screen that LG has ever put on a smartphone and it’s a pleasure to use. The only problem is, Samsung makes the best smartphone screens. Its Super AMOLED panels are punchy and offer deep blacks and vibrant colors, in a way that no LCD screen can replicate. Yes, the LG G6 gets closer and looks good, but put them side by side and the Galaxy S8 wins comfortably.
LG G6 vs. Galaxy S8: Which One Should You Buy?
If you are considering the LG G6, here is our advice right now:
If you’re using an older Android device, it’s probably worth the wait for the S8. If you are looking to update an old phone, Samsung looks like it has one of the best phones of 2017 if it can continue its success of last year. The S7 was exceptional, and things should improve with the S8. The G6 looks like a solid phone with some nice features, but we are turning to the S8 as the winner for now.
If you are on a budget then maybe no phone is for you. The G6 and S8 are flagship phones, which means they will be the most expensive options on the market. There are many budget and mid-range options available, though. Consider, for example, a Motorola Moto G phone, or even the cheap but powerful OnePlus 3T.
If you want the best and the best material, the S8 is the way to go. If money is not an object, the S8 will come with the latest processors, the Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 9, which should give it an advantage in terms of performance. It also adds a future element to the device. The owners of LG G6 meanwhile, will have to deal with the Snapdragon 821 – however, it can not be denied that it is a powerful chip. For those who need the latest, however, Samsung has the advantage.