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LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Introduction


LG's newest flagship, the LG G4, is no longer a subject of rumors and hearsay – it's already official and poised to hit the market later this month, relieving the LG G3 from its flagship duties. The phone will certainly play a pretty important role in LG's portfolio, because it needs to further solidify the already-established market positions of the second-largest South-Korean manufacturer. In order to do so, the new 5.5” Android gladiator will have to clash with another pretty successful device that races in the same display-size lane – the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Design


In terms of exterior, the two devices differ from one another in many key areas. The LG G4 comes in two different versions, one with a regular plastic back that employs a 3D diamond-shaped pattern and another one with a genuine leather back, which comes with a signature stitching through the middle of the back. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, comes with an aluminum unibody with a smooth finish and rounded edges.

Size-wise, the G4 and the Apple phablet are also rather different, albeit they have displays with similar sizes. Despite being way thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus, the LG flagship is both shorter and narrower, all the while tipping the scales significantly less than the Apple phablet; it's better screen-to-body size ratio makes it the more compact device.

The rear cover, as well as the battery of the LG G4, are both removable, giving access to the SIM card and microSD card slots of the flagship. The iPhone, as you might expect, does not come with such features – the only thing you can take in and out of the phone is the tray out of the nano SIM slot.

It's worth mentioning that the LG G4 aims to provide a new level of ergonomics and is slightly curved to the front (similarly to the G Flex/G Flex 2), while the iPhone 6 Plus is a completely flat phone (save for the protruding iSight camera). The positioning of the hardware buttons is also different – similar to the G3, the G4 has a set of rear-positioned keys (power button & volume rocker); meanwhile, the iPhone has a classic setup – hardware home button with an embedded fingerprint scanner, power button on the right side, and a volume rocker, as well as a hardware mute switch on the left one.

The loudspeaker of the G4 can be found at the lower-left quadrant of the phone's rear, which means that you could potentially muffle it with your palm from time to time. There are no such concerns with the iPhone 6 Plus – it's loudspeaker is positioned on the very bottom of the phone.


LG G4
5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches
148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)

LG G4

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display


As we mentioned before, both smartphones have 5.5-inch displays... and this is where the majority of similarities ends. The G4 comes with a Quad HD IPS 'Quantum Display' that boasts a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. This commands a pixel density of 538ppi, paving the way for a detailed and sharp display. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus comes with the sharpest display Apple has ever put in a smartphone – the 1080p IPS LCD one on the phone flaunts a pixel density of 401ppi. While this is noticeably lower than the G4's one, the difference shouldn't be a grave issue for most consumers.

When it comes to realistic color reproduction, the iPhone 6 Plus performs better than the LG G4 – it is more accurate and natural; the different color nuances and shades of iPhone 6 Plus' display also match up with most of the color targets on the sRGB color chart. In the meantime, the LG G4 comes with a much more saturated display that offers more vibrant and “eye-catching” colors, undoubtedly an intentional move by LG.

The iPhone 6 Plus also has a superior white-point temperature – at 7318K, it's much closer to the ideal reference point of 6500K. The display of LG's new pride and glory clocked in at 8031K, which means that it gives white colors a noticeable blueish tint.

In terms of gamma, both displays perform in a similar manner. At low brightness levels, both reproduce the various gray shades slightly darker than intended. Yet, at higher brightness levels, the iPhone 6 Plus has the upper hand in terms of overall accuracy, as its readings are closer to the curve that represents the ideal gamma measurement.

Speaking of brightness, we should also mention that the LG G4 achieves lower maximum one than its iOS rival – 454 nits for the G4 at best versus 574 nits for the iPhone 6 Plus. But how low can they go? In terms of minimum brightness, the G4 has the upper hand: 2 nits for the G4 vs 4 nits for the iPhone 6 Plus.

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
LG G4 454
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
1:1930
(Excellent)
8031
(Poor)
2.24
4.36
(Average)
7.28
(Average)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 574
(Excellent)
4
(Excellent)
1:1376
(Excellent)
7318
(Good)
2.18
3.05
(Good)
3.82
(Good)
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posted on 08 May 2015, 08:17 1

1. djcody (Posts: 103; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


Well overall IPhone is better phone, how that happened LG?? You can even beat older model!!

posted on 08 May 2015, 08:29 18

5. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)


For you*
There are some people who would find the G4 better.
Personal preference my friend, might want to Google it.

posted on 09 May 2015, 20:21 5

42. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 64; Member since: 24 Jan 2011)


Agreed. For some reason this article did not mention many things the make the G4 shine (compared to the iPhone). Battery charging time & life & swappability, charging standardization (micro USB), ability to use a standard Qi charger, camera, SD slot, NFC, etc.

posted on 08 May 2015, 10:06 10

19. waddup121 (unregistered)


G4 mate. IMO The G4 looks accurate on that colour chart but whateva.

posted on 09 May 2015, 06:36 1

35. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14177; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


G3 wasn't a good phone because of a few major issues. I'm not seeing a change in the G4.

posted on 09 May 2015, 10:47 2

38. dimas (Posts: 2262; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


"You can even beat older model!!"

That's the whole point of this article, LG beating a phone with 2012 spec. Even the $300 Huawei's G7 can match iPhone 6+. At least we can commend LG for trying to be different with their G4.

posted on 11 Jun 2015, 17:20

53. alexcordogan (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


For Android vs iOS spec literally doesn't matter-iphone 6 is faster then almost every android out there

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 14:25

57. marorun (Posts: 3911; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Go to youtube and search test and comparison on speed between devices you will be surprised to see the iphone 6 and 6+ are pretty slow for everything in fact.

But the animation make you feel like its not slow.

Anyway..

posted on 08 May 2015, 08:19 2

2. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


My biggest complaint about the G4 is the cold screen. Terrible for night time reading LOL. And I'm surprised by the amount of power coming out of the audio jack. LG knocked a lot of the tiny details out of the park here! Can't go wrong with either phone, just wish the G4's screen was warmer...

posted on 08 May 2015, 08:31 1

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Only thing it has the upper hand on with smartphones in 2015 is the camera. It trails behind everything else in almost all other areas, especially on battery life.

posted on 08 May 2015, 08:56 6

8. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


g4 's battery is good man.
see other major reviews
even PhoneArena admitted they used different method for the g4

posted on 08 May 2015, 09:17 4

13. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I really don't care considering most people just nitpick over benchmarks, and other petty details that I find rather insignificant.

For me... Call Quality, Audio quality, and Screen quality are the most important things and as far as I care, the G4 is really, really good. Camera, battery life, build quality... Those are quite important too but not too much. I just don't like viewing it like its a competition. Lol, it kinda is one but I'm just a fan of all OEMs....

There's yet to be a perfect phone with no sacrifices IMHO. The Meizu MX4 pro comes closest. Lawd of that and the M9 had a baby...

posted on 08 May 2015, 21:35

31. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2118; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


lol@ flappy ...

posted on 09 May 2015, 09:02 3

37. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


As for battery life itself, the G4 could be a good choice for buyers disappointed by usage times of the Galaxy S6. I've been getting around 16 hours per day with mixed usage consisting of web browsing, messaging, music streaming and photography using the rear camera. Phil has seen about the same. With more intensive usage patterns on LTE, with heavier camera use, this figure dropped to around 14 hours. To put that in terms of screen-on time, I've been getting around 4 hours with mixed indoor and outdoor use on Wifi and LTE.

You'll get a full day comfortably, but little more.
For most of us, that's not sufficient to comfortably squeeze a second day's use out of a single charge. But it is enough that I'm not worrying about the G4 needing a mid-day top-up, as many GS6 owners including our own editors have found.

Android Central

posted on 11 Jun 2015, 17:22

54. alexcordogan (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


On oneplus one- 8 hrs screen on time minimum

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 14:27

58. marorun (Posts: 3911; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Sonim XP7 12 hrs screen on time minimum :) Was able to sqeeze a 18 hours running video in loop.

posted on 20 May 2015, 09:15

46. HarysViewty (Posts: 34; Member since: 04 Apr 2015)


No. You are wrong, at cold temperature. Do hands-on with LG G4, set the brightness at auto or manual regular daily use (around 200nits). In fact, it's really super balanced. When you go at max (manually), it'll produce bluish color, which is naturally look brighter, more battery friendly since it uses blue led, and the color is the opposite of super bright shining light (yellowish, that's why your car light looked that way). When you set it at auto, it can shine above 570nits. And when you lower it at 0% (2nits), it produces warm temperature.
While amoled, they are great at 100%, looked pinkish purpleish at maximal auto setting, and look fade pale dull at low bar (since the colored led lost it's power).

posted on 08 May 2015, 08:19 12

3. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


There is never a clear winner when it's iPhone VS Everything else in the world...Citing it's preference or some crap. iPhone is forever having premium feel,better battery and intuitive interface. Seriously it's like reading the same review over and over.

X Phone has X amount of things that are way better than the iPhone, but iPhone somehow has premium feel,better battery and intuitive interface, so we can't pick a winner.

posted on 08 May 2015, 09:06 3

11. iloveinnovation (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 May 2015)


I hear you loud and clear.

posted on 08 May 2015, 15:16 3

22. alouden (unregistered)


Touche!

posted on 08 May 2015, 22:21 2

32. ibend (Posts: 5085; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


while i6+ batter just last 6% longer, and need 35% longer time to charge..
premium feel? thats totally subjective, i'm really bored to see i6+ model, too much people have iPhone, LG G4 model is more premium IMO..
intuitive interface? its another subjective point, its became intuitive because u use iOS for long time, for new user? both is same..

posted on 20 May 2015, 09:21

47. HarysViewty (Posts: 34; Member since: 04 Apr 2015)


With external charger from LG, charging full 3000mAh only need 50minutes.

posted on 09 May 2015, 10:52 5

39. dimas (Posts: 2262; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Premium feel - there will always be other phones with premium feel
Better battery - really?
Intuitive interface - always lagging with 4 to 5 apps opened

To hardcore fanboys nothing will beat iPhone. If all people think the way you do, there will be no innovation and improvements with technology. And I can tell you from first hand experience that Huawei's G7 can beat your iPhone 6+.

posted on 08 May 2015, 08:21 6

4. AndroidStuff (Posts: 46; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


lol you kidding me ? respective to all features G4 stands out to be Best deivice :-)

S6 Edge > G4 > S6 > M9

posted on 08 May 2015, 08:46 5

7. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


All other reviews say that the g4 is the best LCD panel on a smartphone...if even the snpadragon 801soc didnt hiccup on heavy gaming the. The 808 SoC wont either.

posted on 08 May 2015, 08:57 7

9. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


that's true G4's quantum dot display is way better than on iphone6 .

so for me amoled and ips is a matter of personal taste.
i will always go with the ips G4 is the best for me!

posted on 11 Jun 2015, 17:09

52. alexcordogan (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


Iphone is ips too and the max brightness is way more important then QHD, as in big difference in outdoor viewing

posted on 08 May 2015, 09:03 5

10. gaming64 (unregistered)


Well I would rather have a G4. It's got good specs and software stability. Hope the 6S would live up to my expectations.

posted on 09 May 2015, 13:05 1

41. pleezzzz (Posts: 30; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


I might g3y both right now at verzon after it all said and Don 8 devices all but 3 on more everthing with edge. So 125vote because I pay 130 $ for 31 gigs an 5 phones on that dos after tax etc... 503.98 if I get the s6 on pre-order for 25 a month minus 25 plus 11 for insurance and 40 on for device cost plus5 for tax 560 and June 27the g4 will be an up grade so just 60 and send g3 in plus 100 for new line in 2 months if its thevg6 they'll pay for the 63 and almost the distal months bill two phone's know but it's the theoretically the s6 will be out to me on 11th and when I get the g4 in a month or two my sister wants won and so after pay 120 for upgrade and tax to put s6 on my bill its only560$ a month for 8 phone and a hot spot 20 with one flp for 30 and the other is 40 with 10 insr, all but 3 with have 25 off for more everything plan edge plan dollar discount plus being able to play with both I'll decide my self which flagship I like and do a unbiased YouTube video before I give my sister the s6 even though if it is better but I think the battery life will be better I like removable storageeven though I got a terabyte of storage on Dropbox but with LG's Raw in JPG I don't know if we will go to Dropbox does anybody know that but just letting you know and let me know what you think if its a good idea it's a little bit of money but I don't know 50 to 60 dollars more a month for 2 months until the LG G 4 but I think they don't wait will do fine Gaming multitasking surfing probably a lot less lag in the g3 which really doesn't have hardly any of you tweak it a little bit

posted on 08 May 2015, 09:10 1

12. Ahovking (Posts: 710; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


You have a phone running 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 chipset, comprising two Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores, 3GB of RAM etc up against a dual-core A8 chipset that runs at 1.4GHz, and 1GB of RAM and yet still this 1GB phone can outperform the LG….Apple doesn’t need to bump up the specs if 3 year old specs are providing more than enough power for Apple to compete other top brand phones..

Last thing we need is an iPhone Running a Qud core 4 GB of ram, that thing would be unstoppable.

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