This week LG unveiled its last–and much rumored–new flagship, the LG G4. There's lots to love about the phone, especially for those firmly in the Android camp. But we're wondering how the G4 stacks up against Apple's latest and greatest flagship, the iPhone 6 Plus. Oh, you are too? Then you've come to the right place.
LG G4 specs
Screen: 5.5-inch QHD 1440x2560 Quantum IPS, 534 ppi
Let's face it, these two phones couldn't be more different in the design department. The iPhone 6 Plus is all glass and aluminum with curved, rounded edges. And Apple has really beat the phone flat–just 7.1mm thick across its entire girth which runs 158.1 x 77.8mm. The iPhone 6 Plus comes in three different colors: white, gold, and space grey.
On the flip side of the iPhone 6 Plus design aesthetic you have the LG G4. What's impressive about it is that though it comes in at quite a bit thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus at 9.8mm (at its thickest–it has a curved back that is 6.8mm thick at its thinnest), LG has impressively gotten the same sized display (5.5-inch) as the iPhone 6 Plus into a body that is almost 10mm shorter and almost 2mm less wide. That means the LG G4's bezels take up less surface area, which means the actual display is what makes up more of the device.
Of course the LG G4's build material is much different too. There's no aluminum here. Plastic still rules with the G4 coming in Metallic Gray, Ceramic White, or Shiny Gold. But for those that want to go more rustic–or cowboy–the G4 also comes with an optional leather back available in black, brown, red, sky blue, beige, and yellow.
I personally like my phones to feel like 21st century devices, but I suspect there are lots of people the soft leather backing will appeal to.
LG G4 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Display
Both phones feature a 5.5-inch display, but the LG G4 clearly wins here. Its QHD 1440x2560 Quantum IPS with a whopping 534 ppi its the iPhone 6 Plus' Retina HD 1920x1080 display at 401 ppi to shame.
LG G4 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Cameras
Ah, camera's. They've become a key feature of every smartphone. Apple heavily touts the performance of its cameras on the iPhone 6 Plus. The rear camera on that device is the first iPhone to sport optical image stabilization and will snap pics at 8MP with a f/2.2 aperture. 8MP doesn't sound like a lot, but Apple has done a lot on the software end to really fine tune image capture on the rear camera's sensor. As for the front camera, sadly all you get is a weak 1.2MP. Selfies no like!
Then there's the cameras on the G4. Lets start with the 8MP, f/2.0 camera. Oh, sorry–did you think that was the rear camera? Nope. That's the front one. That's right, it's got an 8MP sensor–which is 6.8MP better than the iPhone 6 Plus' front camera (and matches the iPhone's rear camera). LG knows people love selfies and they've packed the megapixels in so you can get even more vain. Then there's the back camera. It's a whopping 16MP, f/1.8. That's double the sensor of the iPhone 6 Plus' camera and also a much better aperture.
LG G4 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Processor, RAM, Storage, and Battery
Finally we get to the internals and, sad to say, Apple fans, the LG G4 beats the iPhone 6 Plus on almost every metric. Its Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core chip–that's six cores–offers three times the cores found in the iPhone's dual-core A8 chip. And RAM? The G4 also has three times the RAM at 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM versus the iPhone's 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM.
When it comes to battery, however, both phones are pretty similar. At 3000mAh, the G4's battery is a bit more than the iPhone's 2915 mAh, but when it's that close the thing which will really distinguish between battery life usage is how well the software is optimized. Apple usually wins in that department, but I can't say for sure in this case because I haven't used a G4 for long.
The one area the iPhone 6 Plus does clearly win is in storage. It's available in 16, 64, or 128GB models. The LG G4 only comes in 32GB–but you can expand that via removable storage up to 128GB.
LG G4 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Verdict
If you're an iPhone 6 Plus fan, the LG G4 isn't going to sway you despite its better specs. That's because its an Android and if you like the iPhone you probably love iOS. But if you don't care about your OS, the LG G4 has some compelling hardware features - the wildly better cameras, the better display – that the iPhone 6 Plus simply can't touch.