LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6
A 5.5-inch phone that retains the design language of the LG G3 with LG's signature rear-positioned buttons, the LG G4 focuses on two key areas for improvement: first, it’s style, with a new leather back cover option and second - an improved, 16-megapixel camera that aims to rival the best. One of these best devices that will be natural competition to the LG G4 is the Apple iPhone 6. A kind of a gold standard for design with its sleek metallic body, and reliable, consistently great 8-megapixel camera, the iPhone 6 might be smaller in size, but packs an equally sizable punch.
Apart from the size, the two differ mostly in that they run on two fairly different operating systems: the G4 runs on Android that is skinned to LG’s liking, while the iPhone runs on iOS 8 that takes pride in its user-friendly face.
In this full comparison between the LG G4 and Apple iPhone 6, we compare the two in all the important aspects, from the aforementioned design and camera, to their performance, call quality, and battery life. Let’s get right to it.
The LG G4 is a rather large phone, especially when compared with the sleek iPhone 6, but both have their distinct appeal. The leather back of the G4 feels soft and warm, while the iPhone 6 has a cold, but sturdy metal body...
The LG G4 comes in two versions differing only in their back cover: there is one with a diamond-shaped, 3D-like plastic finish that sells for the price of a regular flagship, and another model with a premium genuine leather back cover that is offered for $50 more. The first one is nice plastic, but still plastic. It is the leather one that is definitely the fancier one: it has got that signature stitch that goes right along the center, and different colors of it come with a different kind of leather. The black one, for instance, has a large porous structure, while the brown one has a finer grain to it, so we would recommend getting a hold of various color versions to pick your favorite not just by its color, but also by feel. The Apple iPhone 6, on the other hand, comes in a sturdy metal body that lacks the warmth and soft touch of leather. The aluminum is a cold material that just subconsciously says you’re holding a solid device that will last for a long time. It’s hard to pick a favorite between two vastly different materials - it will depend on your own preference.
In terms of size, the 5.5-inch LG G4 dwarfs the iPhone 6, which is also noticeably thinner and lighter: thickness is 0.27” (6.9mm) with the iPhone, and 0.25” to the whopping 0.39” (9.8mm) on the G4. In fact, the G4 is the thickest, chubbiest flagship of the year so far.
The interesting thing about the LG G4 is its Slim Arc curve up front: the screen is just slightly curved, but that slight curve reduces the chance of having your phone drop flat on its screen, and hence, the chances of breaking the display are probably smaller.
The color options on the LG G4 include: ceramic white, metallic gray and gold for the plastic model, and red, brown, blue, yellow, and black genuine leather. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, has a silver, gold, and dark grey color finishes.
It’s also worth pointing out that the iPhone 6 has a fingerprint scanner built right in the home key. Its primary purpose is to make your device more secure by locking it with your fingerprint, and you can use Apple Pay for cashless payments in the US. The LG G4, on its part, lacks a fingerprint scanner. The LG G4, on its part, has an IR blaster and an app that goes with it allowing you to control your TV or other electronics. This time, it’s the iPhone that lacks such a feature.
The LG G4 sports a super sharp 5.5-inch display with a Quad HD resolution, while the iPhone 6 sports a 4.7” screen with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. Color accuracy is not perfect on both, but the iPhone 6 is much closer to the ideal.
The LG G4 features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, and it’s using an IPS LCD panel that LG claims has improved qualities over the G3 predecessor. The Apple iPhone 6, on its own, features a much smaller, 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 750 × 1334 pixels and also uses IPS LCD technology. Both appear very sharp, but when you look up close you notice that the much larger pixel density of the LG G4 (538ppi) translates in sharper looking detail, much sharper than the iPhone 6 with its 326ppi. That’s something you notice mostly when looking at the phone from very up close, but not so much in daily use.
Since both phones would appear sharp enough for most people, it is arguably the color accuracy that makes the bigger difference for the end user. The LG G4 features a so-called 'Quantum Display', but how does this marketing term translate into real-life? First, we look at gamma, a value indicating whether the luminance of the screen is appropriate at various nuance levels. Ideally, it should ideally be around 2.2, and good news is that the G4 is just about at that sweet spot with a gamma measuring 2.24. The iPhone 6 also excels in this regard with a gamma of 2.23, so we can conclude that on both phones, darker areas will appear as dark as they should be, while brighter areas of images will be as bright as they should be.
Next, we look at color balance, and unfortunately that’s where we can see that the LG G4 has a preference for colder tonalities. The white point reference value we are looking for here is 6500K, and the G4 is notably above it, in the territories where whites appear bluish at 8000K. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, is also a bit on the cold side, but just slightly with a white point of about 7150K.
Finally, we test the actual color accuracy. We look for compliance with the sRGB color gamut, the color space that pretty much all content on the web is optimized for. The LG G4 has colors that are wider than sRGB, meaning they appear unrealistically overblown. Some people might like it, but the screen is not color accurate by a long shot. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, is not perfectly calibrated either, but is much closer to that sought after perfection as its colors nearly match the reference values.
All tech explanations aside, we can sum it all up by saying that the LG G4 has overblown, eye-popping colors that might please some people, but are not color accurate. The iPhone 6 is closer to that ideal, but also not there.
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||606
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||82.3%
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.
24. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)
Typical PA comparison: G4 vs Note 4
Winner = iPhone 6
LOL JK, though I can tell that these comparisons are a bit biased.
26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12051; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Of course the iphone 6 is a better phone than the G4.
27. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)
In some ways yes, in some ways not.
Better for many, but not for everyone.
30. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12051; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Everyone has their own preference for a device.
45. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)
That's exactly what I'm saying, maybe you want to rephrase your previous post, like adding "IMO".
34. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Agreed, personal preference is what it's all about. Apple & android fans need to understand that. It's tech fellas, there's something for everyone. I love the simplicity of iOS, and the techie feel of android, and will continue to use both regularly. Haters will do just that though...hate. +1
33. baldilocks (Posts: 739; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
Yes, unfortunately a lot of people just buy what they know OR want a premium name.
38. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That's what almost everyone does. That's why there's a system called "advertising". Acquaint someone with something that works for them, and they'll keep buying it. Another name is "brand loyalty". Favorite shoes, soda, hair care products, beer, fast food. It's all the same. You should know that.
35. meanestgenius (Posts: 10449; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Better sales do not always mean better device. The experience is what counts the most. And whether the device suits an individual's needs best.
36. HildyJ (Posts: 294; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
If sales speak, Android is a better OS than iOS and Windows is a better OS than OSX. Glad we cleared that up.
41. gaming64 (unregistered)
Do not compare a whole platform to one OEM. You do realize that Android is an open source Os so every company can slap Android onto a phone while iOS is just used by one company.
46. meanestgenius (Posts: 10449; Member since: 28 May 2014)
Actually, he is comparing platform to platform. It's not his fault that Apple is the only one that makes iOS devices. While it is amazing what only one OEM can with its proprietary OS, Android as an OS is more widely used than iOS. The same goes for Windows and OSX.
37. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Not in every way. The iPhone sorely needs multi window, but lawsuits could result if they implement it without permission. We know the hardware can handle it.
43. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)
Multiwindow is awesome, should make it to every high end smartphone with a big screen.
Anyways, no need to tell that to him, because everything about Apple to him is perfect.
4. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)
Winner in what I don't understand like at all, iPhone cans: too little memory lower resolution camera no OIS lower battery life less sharper screen weak materials lower screen to body ratio should i go on?
13. frydaexiii (Posts: 1429; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
The thing iPhoneArena always fail to mention, the only point that matters and why the iPhone won.
- Made by Apple
Nothing else needs to be said, everything else they say trying to justify it is BS.
19. gaming64 (unregistered)
I already felt DEAD INSIDE when I read your comment :P
20. mrochester (Posts: 528; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)
The iPhone does have iOS though, which for many is a much better OS than Android.
23. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I don't believe that its true for everyone. I use both iOS and Android and i prefer Android.
I find iOS too lock down, so i don't keep my important data on iOS platform. I only use it to play game.
42. gaming64 (unregistered)
Each Os has their own advantage
Basically iOS is about stability, ecosystem and App store while Android has flexibility and customization.
3. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)
Sturdy metal design iPhone's metal sucks it bends its get scratched easily it can't protect it's screen from side damage sturdy metal are for HTC M series iPhone's is so bad.
5. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
the iphone holds up rather well in tons of drop test. and the 6 plus is the one that bends really bad. The iphone 6/6plus. is the clear winner in fact it's only out done by the galaxy s6 and note 4.
8. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)
Not agree, it bends under pressure while most of the phones don't and I don't see the drop test but my friend shattered his iPhone screen while glass screen protector was on it from side damage and if you want to say you can use screen protector and a cover case then you got a thick heavy bulky phone that's why i rather like to have a thicker and heavier phone than a thin fragile one.
12. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
Spigen case ultra hybrid fx fixes all the problems mate and it's not bulky at all go have a look
14. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)
Yeah that's a nice one but still makes the phone thicker wasn't it better that the phone itself has more protection and a larger battery phones are getting too thin nowadays there should be an option for a bigger phone with larger battery.
16. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
Xperia z3 bruh and yeah I wish more phones were like the z3 when it comes to battery life
6. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
the only phones that can be considered better than the iphone 6/6plus is the s6 and the note 4 so obviously it wins in this comparison.
7. ikenvape (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 May 2014)
The LG G4 is a rather large phone, especially when compared with the sleek iPhone 6,
This is where I stopped reading and deemed this article a waste of time. For a 5.5 inch phone, the G4 has an award winning compact size as its sisignature
John V should know better to compare the G4 to an iPhone that can possibly measure up such as the 6+
10. gaming64 (unregistered)
17. jellmoo (Posts: 1525; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Um... They already did that comparison though...
11. slannmage (Posts: 148; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
I like the iPhone pictures better, far more true to life and auto mode looks like it is getting it right a lot more than the LG.
15. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)
Apple's best vs lg's worst? We know who gonna win.
31. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Actually there one advantage of Apple, John V is too proud to admit. iPhone is actually design for computer idiot.
That is their primary target consumer and there are a lot more computer idiots than geeks. Computer idiot can't be bother about customization and freedom to park their data to media of their preferences. Apple already dictate where your data should be and what tool to use to manage those data.
Computer idiot also pay for extortionate accessories because they normally don't compare or have no idea where to start comparing therefore they are really the prime cut beef. Geek are normally wiser with the money and want high spec phone without the high price which make profit low.
Apple is business smart, i just can't believe there is so much Apple fans hanging out in general phones news site. I think is just to check out the rest of the competitors, look down on them to make themselves feels good.
I am a Mac user but I also use Windows 7/8.1 and Ubuntu to keep myself appraise.
39. jellmoo (Posts: 1525; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
"I think is just to check out the rest of the competitors, look down on them to make themselves feels good."
To be fair, that's exactly what you yourself are doing though.
There's no need to create an "us and them" mentality where you group people together as idiots because they like a different product. iOS users simply value different things than you do. That's pretty much it.
44. joey_sfb (Posts: 5428; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I am simply sharing my perspective of why Apple is business smart and making ton of money. If you have another angle on this I would like to hear it.
I do use Apple product and Android product. I know their pro and cons as products the last post is about consumer profile in the two different platforms. Please do share as I know there is always more than one perspectives.
21. Sprissy (Posts: 158; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
I have no faith in phone arena's reviews, they still won't even admit their battery test is not accurate on the G4, you can't compare a phone this size to an iPhone 6, and we already seen the iPhone 6 plus comparison, do you not have anything else to write about?????
22. mf2hd (Posts: 64; Member since: 25 Mar 2008)
I think the G4 will have more reasonable price then iPhone 6. It should be in pros list :)
32. kevin91202 (Posts: 526; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)
Why would anyone buy that apple phone with its humongous bezels, tiny screen, and ugly white sticker strips on the back?
40. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)
I think G4 is so much better than iPhone 6.....
47. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The iPhone 6 is a joke. One day Apple might slip and someone might port iOS on a high end Android and that will open your eyes on how much of a scam Apple is running. For example, iOS on a Note 4 would probably have one week battery at 3000mah but Apple is too greedy to give that to the itards for anything less than 1grand.