Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3
Thanks to an extensive rumor phase preceding the release of the new iPhones, we knew that Apple is likely on path to embracing a bigger screen for its devices. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6, for example, felt almost certain at multiple points during that time window. But the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 – what we came to know as the iPhone 6 Plus – now that didn't feel like anything close to a sure thing. Could Apple really break away from its narrative so drastically in just one generation? As we now know, the answer is: yes, it can, and it did.
There's a lot about the iPhone 6 Plus to love – a massive, phablet category-worthy display, a speedy new processor, an excellent camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), and a hearty battery, all packed within a slender, 0.28 in (7.1 mm) body. But you know who else checks all those off the list, as well? LG's latest G3 flagship, which has an even more detailed, Quad HD display, a great Snapdragon 801 processor, a 3000 mAh cell, and an impressive, 13-megapixel camera with OIS. In other words, one would think that it all comes down to a good, old-fashioned Android versus iOS bout more than anything else. Is that all there is to it, though? Let's find out!
Despite their identically-sized 5.5” screens, the iPhone 6 Plus is a significantly larger device than the G3.
When it comes to style, few can make a case against Apple's taste. The iPhone 6 Plus definitely contains very large doses of the Apple design DNA, but what we have with the company's first phablet is an evolution over previous generations. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is seen at the sides – those are now nicely-rounded (instead of rectangular) and the back plate has seen a different approach that is not entirely Apple-like. By that we mean those two horizontal stripes on the bottom and top of the iPhone 6 Plus's rear, where the antennas reside, and, of course, the protruding camera. In any case, we're glad to see that the iPhone 6 Plus retains the glass-and-aluminum exterior that has become characteristic of the iPhone, and it definitely justifies the expectations of a high-end, premium smartphone.
Turning to the LG G3, we're looking at the pinnacle of both the company's design and engineering capabilities. This is the most attractive LG device to date, and we obviously like it a lot. Unlike its predecessor, which sported straighter lines on all sides, the G3's top and bottom lines are arced, giving the phone a familiar, but somewhat unique look. Speaking of unique, the rear of the G3 is anything but typical, for it houses the volume rocker and power key, along with an opening for a novel laser beam that is used by the camera to focus pretty quickly. Unfortunately, despite the decidedly-metallic look of the G3 (especially the dark gray model), we're still talking about a polycarbonate plastic shell – it's just a really, really good imitation.
Putting the two devices side-by-side may be a little shocker for some – despite their identically-sized 5.5” screens, the iPhone 6 Plus is a significantly larger device than the G3. The reason behind this discrepancy in physical footprint is simple: LG continues to outdo itself when it comes to fitting large screens in extremely-thin frames, all the while Apple's large, Touch ID home button at the front still takes quite a bit of space. In result, the iPhone 6 Plus is taller, wider, and heavier. On the plus side, it's considerably slimmer – 0.28 in (7.1 mm) versus 0.35 in (8.9 mm).
All of the above has very concrete consequences for ergonomics – or the overall experience handling either device – and the winner here is fairly clear: the G3. For the iPhone 6 Plus, you'll mostly need two hands to operate it efficiently. The same is not necessarily true with the G3, whose more compact body often allows you to go for it with just one hand, but that doesn't mean it's a small device by any means.
Thankfully, Apple has moved the power key to the right, within a thumb's distance, while the volume rocker and the silencer switch are both on the left. All of these are made out of aluminum and are really among the very best when it comes to travel time and tactile feedback. In comparison, the rear-placed, plastic keys on the G3 take some getting used to, and while excellent on the whole, can't quite compare with what the iPhone 6 Plus has going on.
The iPhone 6 Plus scores better outdoor visibility while the G3 touts its high resolution.
The 5.5-incher on the 6 Plus is of the IPS LCD type, has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (or an excellent density of 401 ppi), and an ion-strengthened glass (alike to Gorilla Glass) with an oleophobic coating, which does a very decent job keeping nasty smudges from overtaking the panel. The LG G3 has a somewhat similar panel – a 5.5-incher, again of the IPS LCD type, but we're looking at a considerably higher resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, or a density of an astounding 534 ppi, which is more than your eyes can perceive, actually. Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, LG has gone for Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 for protection, and has, of course, also applied a comparable oleophobic coating.
So far, so good, but what about the qualities of those panels? Starting with the iPhone 6 Plus, we're looking at a very bright screen, capable of cranking up the brightness to up to 574 nits, which is excellent. The minimum brightness, at 4 nits, is also great, and will allow for a comfortable viewing in dark environments. As for the LG G3, the maximum brightness the phone could achieve in our tests was 450 nits, while the minimum was 9 nits (which is a bit too high). The screen on the G3 can be seen when outdoors, but direct sunlight will pose some difficulty, even though it won't render it unusable.
Moving onto color accuracy, our color error measurements show Delta E RGBMCY of 4.38 for the iPhone 6 Plus. This suggests an average adherence, or, in other words, the display is not perfect, but still pretty accurate on the whole. In terms of color reproduction, LG has gone for an overstated calibration, meaning that hues on average are more saturated for the majority of intensity levels than optimal. Thankfully, this isn't overdone, so colors are punchy, but not ridiculous (color error is 3.60). In terms of color temperature – the optimal is 6500 K, and at 7300 K, the screen on the 6 Plus has a slight bluish overcast, and that skews color reproduction slightly. LG G3 is slightly better in this aspect, with a temperature of 7100 K.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||574
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||84.7%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Kudos to lg for making a compact phone even with such a screen size unlike the iphone6+ with its huge bezels
2. JunitoNH (Posts: 1585; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
True that, however, LG's software is full bugs. Moreover, you only get four months of good performance, before all hell breaks...
6. jeff327 (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
Please tell me what bugs you are speaking of? I am assuming you own this phone and have experienced this yourself? I do own the phone and I have no bugs. The phone runs just fine. I also previously had the LG G2 and had more than 4 months good performance. Somehow my LG G2 was still running great for a year when I traded it in for the LG G3. But I have to ask you experienced this because you have owned either phone? The fact is Apple makes a great phone. There is know denying it but my LG G3 trumps it in just about every way. In my opinion it is the best phone on the market. And that opinion comes from real life experience. Not from something you made up or read somewhere.
22. grayson34 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
I own the g3 and it does indeed have bugs. The g3 had the potential to be the best smartphone available. But there are bugs with the headphone jack and whatever algorithm LG uses to identify whether you're plugging in headphones or an aux cable. Personally, I think adding something like that was completely unnecessary. If you accidentally move the cable it'll swith songs, pause music or make static pops and after some research I found out that it's a widespread issue. Also, since you can't easily turn "knock on" there's no way to combat the issue of the screen turning itself off if it gets slightly dirty. Pulling up the recent apps is troublesome, it's about 50/50, when you press the button it'll either pull up recent apps like it's supposed to or it will show nothing and you have to press it 3 more times. Another disappointment is the battery, no a 2k screen isn't necessary because by the time 2k content is as widespread as 1080p, the g3 will be outdated. So this makes for an unnecessary battery killer. The battery life is in no was as good as some of those reviews, before the phone was released, made it seem. I feel like I have to be "careful" using my phone if I want it to last all day. God forbid I play a game for more than 5 minutes. I usually unplug around 9and just listen to Spotify on the way to class and check social media throughout the day and on most days I come home around 3 and I'm close to 30 or 40 percent. Currently,it's 10 pm and I'm at 4 percent after unplugging at 930 am and that's with what I call light usage. I'm kind of disappointed with this phone which is upsetting because I was so excited to get it.
24. jeff327 (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
If you really own the LG G3 you got a lemon as I have none of these issues. Knock on works perfect for me all the time. Never had an issue with recent apps and battery life is good but not great. But I can swap a new battery out anytime I want so this is not an issue what so ever. I have heard about the head phone jack bug but cannot say I have had this issue at all. You should have returned this phone well before posting on here. You do not have the typical LG G3. You have a lemon.
25. grayson34 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
What kind of battery life are you getting? And per your advice I went ahead and had a replacement G3 sent out to me today. I'm hoping this is going to be a better experience.I'm hearing people talk about day an day and a half battery life with their G3's with heavier usage than me so maybe I did just get a bad one.
14. pslee (Posts: 40; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
unless you have g3, you cant make such comments. i do have g3 and it has absolutely not bugs.
20. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1554; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Are you talking about an LG from 2011 or something? You obviously don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. If you owned this wonderful device, as I do, you would be wiping the turds from the corners of your mouth.
29. nottolate (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)
Totally bogus claims. I'm even currently running G3 ROM on my G2 (yes, you can do that), and there is still not a single bug to be found. Everything operates flawlessly. Love the G3 look on the G2 too. My "old" G2 still has tons of features that Apple apparently has not even thought of with the release of their new phones. G2 is so good I can't justify buying G3 as much as I'd like to. Nexus 6 is gonna be to big so waiting on G4.
4. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
I dont like g3 bcuz its screen has low contrast ratio and lags sometimes
9. beachedwhale (Posts: 22; Member since: 30 May 2014)
But since the lg G3 has on screen home buttons the size of the actual viewing display is smaller for like 5.3 inches. Lg did amazing job making a compact phablet but I prefer ios to android that's just my preference
10. jeff327 (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
The onscreen buttons disappear on any app of your choice. So it is 5.5".
16. roki977 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)
On screen buttons can be removed in every app, browser etc.. everywhere. Not big deal anymore..
Very low basemark score for G3, same like with M8. Both are at least 100 points to low. GFX scores are not valid.
30. nottolate (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)
You can get rid of on screen buttons altogether or make them so small you'd need a magnifying glass to see em if you like. I do that with my Nexus and my G2 so that I get the whole screen. Just use Xposed and then install a pie app to navigate which is faster anyway and you're not limited to 3-5 nav buttons.
3. tury694 (Posts: 167; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)
The gfx benchmarks are incorrect. The app is reporting a lower resolution resulting in higher scores for the 6 plus. If corrected, the 6 plus still will win but not by such a huge margin. PA needs to be more responsible with their reviews.
5. phantom_six_man (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)
lol,before iPhone 5s is like baby phone to other flagship devices but now they are all oversize phone :D
7. sasch (Posts: 33; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
thats rubbish i had the LG G3 and gave it away after only a week as the battery was overly dissapointing i had to crank up the brighness as i could not see anything, and this obviously draines the sh,.,..out of this battery , love the iphone 6 plus on the other hand as the brighnes is top and i gor way more time out of IP6 then i actually thought , i am not a Iphone fan at all. it is just a good overall phone. honest opinion
8. Boybawang (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)
I'm really tempted for the iPhone 6 but i'm a heavy browser. In my experience with 1GB and 2GB of RAM Androids, the difference is that with only 1GB RAM there's constant reloading of Web Pages between tabs while the 2GB phone loads the pages instantly.
21. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1554; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Well then you'll love the 3 gigs in the G3.
11. kevkyle (Posts: 96; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)
rockin' the G3!.....i couldn't take my eyes of the new UI - and the minimal bezels and textures are a design marvel. leaps above the G2....battery life could be better if i surf the net non stop; but i have the equally impressive galaxy tab S 8.4 for that chore....the G3 just suits my needs perfectly", )
.....note 4 or ascend mate 7 - next for christmas!!!?
12. jeff327 (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
And you can put in a 100% charged spare battery anytime you like. So Battery life is as good as the I phone 6 but I do not have to find a plug when I need a charge. Pull out the spare battery and boom I am at 100%.
13. shinywindow (unregistered)
2012 vs 2014. so funny. no comparison g3 wipes krapple all over the toilet seat.
15. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Wow. I didn't know the G3 had "23 days of talk time on a 3G network"
18. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)
23 days vs 24 hours (even if in error) is yet another reason the G3 is superior to the bend-prone iPhone 6 plus.
17. roki977 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)
In my country ip 6 16gb costs round 1400$ right now in shop, crazy.. G3 new, unlocked round 700-750 in shop. 6 plus with 64 gb is not even here yet but it would be close to 1800$. So when i look this review from where I live, those two cant even be compared.
19. tomdri (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
What is ion-strengthened glass? and how does it compare to Gorilla Glass 3?
23. Af1rPA (Posts: 651; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)
"When it comes to style, few can make a case against Apple's taste."
Did Apple pay John V to write nice things about its new iPhone 6?
Be honest, it's the Green Lantern movie of mobile phones.
27. WaDisMaD (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
I know this is off topic. But my 1st smart phone was the LG Optimus One. And since then I have a soft spot for LG's phones. The Optimus one is still better than some of the new cheap phones out there quality wise.
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