LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Already, Samsung is painting itself as one of the big winners for the first half of the year, just because its latest flagship line has been critically acclaimed. One of them in particular, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, is an incredible smartphone filled with beefy specs and a top-notch performance to make it a dream lover’s daily driver. However, it sets itself apart by its unique looking aesthetics brought on by its dual-curved display. LG, meanwhile, answers back with the new G4, which has the all the ingredients to make it a worthy successive phone.
Premium versus sophistication, the two designs are exquisite.
Due to its dramatic redesign, we find the Galaxy S6 edge’s design to be more attractive, partly because of the cool and unique aesthetics brought on by its dual-curved display. In the smartphone realm, it’s a very different looking handset, which is complemented by the premium construction of the phone – one that’s comprised out of glass surfaces and a metal trim bezel keeping the entire frame intact. Also, the Galaxy S6 edge is the more compact, lighter, and the skinnier of the two, offering up easier handling with one hand.
Well, it’s not to say that the design of the G4 can’t compete with Sammy’s new change, it’s just that it’s more of the same on the surface. Visually, there are miniscule changes to the overall design of the phone, which is still at heart a plastic constructed thing – so yeah, it doesn’t have the same premium quality as the Galaxy S6. However, the design is elevated a little bit more if you happen to go with the vegetable tanned leather casing, instead of the 3D patterned plastic ones. Impressively, it gives the phone a sophisticated look thanks to its smooth finish, durable feel, and the accenting Gütermann Mara style stitching.
For something so compact, it’s almost mind-boggling to find that the Galaxy S6 edge is stuffed with so many cool tech – and in this case, they’re undoubtedly regarded more as being amenities, since few phones offer its features out of the box. While the two handset share an IR blaster to turn them both into universal remotes, the Galaxy S6 edge increases its arsenal with things like its finger print sensor, heart rate sensor, wireless charging, rapid charging, and all the novel items attached to its dual-curved display.
Conversely, though, the only noteworthy things found in the G4 that the Galaxy S6 edge lacks is a user replaceable battery and a memory expanding microSD card slot. Needless to say, even though they’re only two things, some individuals find them extremely valuable – more so when this year’s crop of flagships seemingly dropped them.
AMOLEDs no longer have a bad rap for being color inaccurate and dim because the Galaxy S6 edge has one of the best displays out there – and it’s unique for being dual-curved as well.
Details are plentiful, naturally, thanks in part to their impeccable resolution – though, it’s the Galaxy S6 edge that offers the better pixel density of 577 ppi, versus the 538 ppi tally of the G4. The difference is miniscule, honestly, just because it’s pretty tough to gauge them both from near and close views.
In the past, AMOLED screens had this reputation of being over-saturated in color tone – whereas with IPS-LCD based screens, they tend to be more realistic and natural. Oh my how things have change! Seriously, though, it’s the complete opposite thing here, seeing that the Galaxy S6 edge’s display produce the better color temperature and reproduction.
Starting with the former, the ~6800K color temperature of the Galaxy S6 edge display is almost near that perfect value of 6500K when it’s set to its basic mode – where the screen is neither too cold or warm, so it’s naturally toned. In comparison, the G4’s IPS Quantum Display reads incredibly cold at a color temperature of ~8000K – giving whites a noticeably bluish tone. Secondly, if we’re to look at their color gamut charts, we can plainly see that the Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S6 edge is better able to accurately produce colors at various gradients. On the flip side, the G4 produces colors that are more saturated.
Another measurement we have to look at is their maximum brightness outputs, which shows us AMOLED screens have closed the gap in this area – more so when it had a reputation of being underpowered. In this comparison, the Galaxy S6 edge shines brilliantly at 553 nits, which is aided mostly aided by its high-contrast mode. Meanwhile, the G4 doesn’t lag too far behind at 454 nits, so the two screens are more than visible outdoors.
While the Galaxy S6 edge has an edge in many categories relating to its display, LG’s decision to give the G4 a colder toned screen that produces more saturated colors is a purposeful one. Yeah, it’s not on the same level when it comes to accurately reproducing colors, but some folks will come to like the overblown and vibrant colors of the G4 screen. At the end of the day, however, we really need to applaud Samsung for its effort in not only coming to market with a quad-HD screen, but one that’s rich with high qualities in general – and yeah, it has that neat dual-curved edge to it.
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|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge||553
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|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge||70.5%
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. FluffyBled (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)
LG: Not all QHD screens are the same.
*Not sure what they meant with that!
26. SetiroN (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
Samsung's screen has 2 subpixels instead of 3 (pentile).
34. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
G4 quantum display is a big improvement from last year's g3 QHD.
39. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
I love these two phones
this is my judgement
Design = equal fashion phones
*s6 more premium modern design
*g4 classic with elegance design
Display=Tie its about AMOLED vs IPS
Front Camera=G4 no comparison
Day light= S6 a bit clearer ,G4 sharper and faster in focusing
Low Light = G4 brighter,sharper more details
some reviews said G4
some says S6
in my personal review G4 is ahead by just 12minutes
Performance speed=S6 no doubt
UI = G4
OVERALL=TIE I have these two phones already
66. waddup121 (unregistered)
2. Birds (Posts: 1154; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
This is what I call a battle. I prefer the G4 simply for the size and heft. Overly thin and light phones need to be shot with pulse canons... I do not see how people can use phones with flat backs... Its so weird...
4. joeytaylor (Posts: 386; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
To each their own...buy what you like...I've had the galaxy s, s3 and the s5....I've had great luck with Samsung and will more than likely get the s7.....no hate for other phones the G4 seems to have a killer camera. ..great competition makes great phones...so everybody wins
89. pleezzzz (Posts: 30; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Late on agreeing but your right live competion between Sammy and LG,nothing like pushing each other,but Sammy takes a step ahead even though the g4 is for me next year for Sammy and LG is night they have what they have this year plus g5 and s7 will have more close optimized64 bit soco
3. Feanor (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
It looks like the S6 Edge is the better phone it total but I'd prefer it already purely for its design. I don't know what's wrong with LG design lately but I think their designs are the poorest comparing to Samsung, Sony, Apple, HTC, Huawei. With leather or without. Particularly the plastic version with this diamond pattern looks like they don't know what to do to differentiate their design from the competition.
They used to have much nicer designs 3-4 years ago.
5. TheBiz (Posts: 231; Member since: 13 Apr 2015)
back design lg wins
ui sammy wins
day light photos sammy wins by inch
low light sammy beat the s**t out of lg
overall sammy yet the king of all effing phones
7. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
And performance, Samsung wins again. However, we have not had battery test, so I can't say which has longer battery life.
8. maherk (Posts: 3368; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Go ahead to pocketnow and check the poor quality of leather found on the G4(which you have to pay extra to get). He had the phone for few days to review, and the corners are already pealing off.
The leather back looks like a rushed decision to save LG's face for using the exact back design as the G3 after all the backlash HTC received for doing the same with the m8 and m9, and it is turning out to be a poor choice. Not just that leather can collect stains, dirt and scuffs so easily, but if it's corners isn't surrounded by a trim to protect(like in the Moto X), then it will start pealing off even easier.
42. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
what's the use of replaceable cover on g4?
you can buy hundreds of different types of back covers on g4.
49. Gatorsrule52 (Posts: 62; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)
That's not even true! I watched that review and he said that it was slightly changing color at the extreme corners because of his jeans. One reviewer said that the quality of leather seemed better than the moto x. I agree though that they should have used a metal border.
54. maherk (Posts: 3368; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
True that he said it was discoloring, but look closely and you ll see that it is pealing off.
9. durrav (Posts: 24; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Design and UI is just plain taste. I never cared for Touchwiz. Didn't like LGs UI before either but 4.0 is a big step in the right direction, except for the ugly icons (which can easily be replaced).
For Samsung, the design has looked almost the same since the S3, only the material has been replaced.
For camera though, how can the S6 beat LG in low light? Look at pic 49 and 50. On 49 you can see the details on the building in the back which you can't on 50.
Sammy only wins on battery life. Performance on benchmarks isn't relevant. They probably perform the same in real life usage.
For me LG is the winner.
14. maherk (Posts: 3368; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
"For me LG is the winner"
Trust me, there was no need for this statement, it is clear by the way you were downplaying the areas where the S6 won at that you weren't going to pick the S6 as the winner.
15. Shocky (Posts: 2115; Member since: 16 May 2012)
The LG images are being sharpened as part of the post processing, that's where the so called extra detail is coming from.
72. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 154; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
I wonder who took the Photos on S6(The terrible one against the Sun) when LG G4's samples just came in.
The same house pic looks stunning here far better than G4. i mean the 2nd Pic.
Same website, same place where photo was taken & difference is Sky to Earth?
Sometimes these kinds of mistakes changes the whole perception of the People PA. Being one of the best Mobile sites, it doesn't suits your honour. Watch out from next time.
33. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
G4 wins for the back design
it is changeable anytime you want to try a new style and design.
35. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
low light ? goes to G4 look more review comparisons.
f 1.8 and the Laser auto focus plus the OIS 2.0 killed the S6's camera in low light.
in day light i must say its A TIE.
SELFIE goes to G4 no argue.
53. marorun (Posts: 2918; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)
The S6 in very good light and perfect condition will sometime have a tad more detail but you need to zoom a lots or open the pic on a 50 inch screen to even see it.
But low light performance the G4 destroy the S6 its obvious as night and days.
68. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
nope the s6 destroy the g4 in low light with better white balance and not try to make the picture too bright like g4 did..
74. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 154; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
Destroy? Killed? What you both are smoking here. S6 is on Par with G4 in night shots. G4 a tad better in certain situation agreed(No fanboyism there).
But S6 compensates that with shots in Good light, it shoots one of the best day light photos on planet. Both are one of the best camera phones IMO.
Overall S6 is a far better package though :)
76. WGACA (Posts: 43; Member since: 08 May 2015)
Well, even the night shots are not better on the G4. Read Android Central review. G4 tends to over expose leaving pictures unrealistic yellow with less detail and more grain.
73. WGACA (Posts: 43; Member since: 08 May 2015)
''low light ? goes to G4 look more review comparisons.''
Like the one form Androidcentral? S6 kills the G4 whch over exposes massively at night, making every shot way to yellow, not representing true to life colours and loses detail and has more grain. Read the review.
Check the review from Super Saf on youtube. OIS from the S6 beat the s**t out of the G4 during daytime filming. S6 also having the upperhand in colour reproduction and sharpness. So video daytime: S6, video night time: G4. Photo daylight:S6, photo night time: S6. Overall, S6. Android central with their more extensive and better camera comparison come to the same conclusion. Hell, even Corby the photographer who promoted the G4 agreed. Read the comments below on Android Central, 80% of the people give it to S6. Same on SuperSaf review on youtube.
57. marorun (Posts: 2918; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)
Are you taking crack? The LG is far superior for low light...
79. WGACA (Posts: 43; Member since: 08 May 2015)
I could ask you the same thing... Honestly, bigger aperture isn't neccessarily better. You can also take to much light in, making the picture yellow and not realistic. See Android Central review. Way better comparison. Also in this comparison the night shots from the S6 are generally better. In in all it's just a much much nicer and better phone than the G4. Check all the top 10 smart phone lists and look at sales numbers. They all speak for themselves.
6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Great cameras on both. These two are the only options to choose / not choose for removable battery and microSD card.
10. Shocky (Posts: 2115; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Not sure I agree with the conclusion on the camera's, I would have given the edge to the Galaxy S6.
Also why do Phonearena keep using on-screen tests for graphics? demanding 3d games generally don't use the native resolution so it's meaningless.
75. WGACA (Posts: 43; Member since: 08 May 2015)
Same here. AndroidCentral who did a more extensive comparison and generally seem to know better what they are talking about agree as well. S6 overall the better performer, strangely especially at night.
11. Riggleman81 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
"Both are average" in battery life yet in your battery life (hours) you rate the S6 Edge as excellent? Uhh, what am I missing here?
17. Kakarotto (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
LG is average. S6 has about 2 hours better battery life.
25. alouden (unregistered)
Yeah, but PA acknowledges the conditions of the test were not identical for both phones. So it is hard to tell. other reviewers have said the G4 gets better battery life than the GS6.
32. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
according to other reviews the Verge and many more G4 has better battery life than s6
and there are even said G4's battery is good for 2 days.
40. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
try to visit Engadget , The verge they said G4 's battery is better and longer than S6's. many other reviews some of them even said G4's battery can lasts of atleast 2 days for moderate users.
52. marorun (Posts: 2918; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)
Yeah some place are samsung lover i guess..
43. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
HOW IS THE G4 BATTERY PERFORMANCE?
During this last week of testing, the G4 stood up to my usual workload -- chatting up storms on Slack or Hangouts, listening to lengthy tomes in Audible, playing games in the bathroom and so on -- for entire workdays before it gave up the ghost. There were even a few times where, after having fallen asleep through episodes of Daredevil, I'd wake up the next day to see my phone had only just fired up its battery saver mode. On average, that worked out to between 13 and 14 hours of pretty consistent use a day before needing a trip to a power outlet -- the Galaxy S6 twins, on the other hand, usually stuck around for closer to 12. When I put the G4 through the standard Engadget video-rundown test (looping a 720p video with screen brightness set to 50 percent), it lasted for 11 hours and two minutes, clearly beating the S6's nearly nine-hour runtime.
84. 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.
phone arena should now correct their review on the g4's battery
they should use the same method as what they have used on s6 so we can get the most correct score.
almost all major reviews agreed g4 does have better battery life than s6.
86. WGACA (Posts: 43; Member since: 08 May 2015)
Good choice? Not according to the test on Ordoh, Tomsguide, technozed, etc.
G4 has same battery performance as the G3, whch already was a poor performer. Makes sense as well. Why would it be any better? Same battery size, brighter screen, more power chip. Yes the software has been more streamlined, but that only counteracts the increase in battery consumption in other areas.
So stop spreading false information. Also read Tomsguide to see how the S6 beats the G4 in every other department. Screen, performance, battery life, some bits of the camera. Overall S6 is just a much better phone. Period. Sales numbers will tell you this and in all the top 10 lists of best smartphones, the S6 takes the number one spot very single time. Not one of them has the G4 as the number 1. Not one.
16. twens (Posts: 953; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Finger print scanner
Better QHD screen
Excellent front facing cam
Well, it's your money if you choose the lg. for me I want more when I pay more.
23. TheBiz (Posts: 231; Member since: 13 Apr 2015)
when i can get more for same money then why take less
gs6 is the best bang for buck flagship right now nd im loving every minute of its usage
im loving my camera like hell im like click a pic of everything
if they release gs6 zoom with thickness of 12-13mm then i will buy it in a giffy
56. marorun (Posts: 2918; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)
Finger print scanner ( no thanks! )
Better QHD screen ( I would disagree there is a lots of issues with the S6 screen...)
Wireless charging ( search on google its not good for your battery durability so no thanks )
Samsung Pay ( again no thanks i am fine with my NFC debit and credit card )
Exynos ( if i would not be a gamer i would not care but for me the GPU speed is more important than CPU but thats a question of what you want for your phone )
Faster Ram ( your first valid point hey! but why on the G4 they can open more app and switch betwen them with no loading them when the S6 need to reload everytime? Bad memory management? Touchwiz too much ram hungry? )
Quick charge ( 2 hours to fully recharge is allready fast enuf when the phone as an all day battery anyway and i can quick charge a lots faster on the G4 its called battery swap... 30 sec and i am fully charged )
Front facing cam.. G4 blow the S6 away on this one..
Multiwindows G4 do it as well.
Curved screen G4 has it as well ( still i personally dont like curved screen like the edge its scratch too easily )
Well its your choice if you choose Samsung personally i prefere a phone thats work better overall and thats do what i need it to do whitout compromising on everything ( no SD no removable battery )
80. WGACA (Posts: 43; Member since: 08 May 2015)
Hahaha, going by your reasoning you can make any smartphone the best in the world in your mind. I'll in the meantime let all the review sites determine wha the number smart phone to buy is at this moment. Google for top 10 smartphone and be amazed LG fanboy. Hahaha, all number ones are S6, not one G4. Not one. Now suck on that LG fanboy. Have a good day.
18. iloveinnovation (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 May 2015)
I would get both if I have the money. But I would prefer Lg G4 if I am to choose.
30. Gtranushka (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Oct 2014)
this samsung fanboy is really annoying. are you getting paid by sammy or just showing off? super retarded guy! Smh.
36. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
G4 is not the worse phone
you must open your eyes look around you
most reviewers praised G4 for its great camera, display and design.
it might not be the best , but surely its better than your samsung s6 in many areas cameras,(both front and back), a bigger screen, removable battery changeable back cover, expandable memory so on...
46. Tondern (Posts: 96; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)
Sammy always got flamed for their colour inaccurate AMOLED screens, now that they have gotten it right and LG makes a screen that is as overblown as my old GS2 from 2011, it's suddenly totally fine?
61. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)
the g4's camera is only better in low light so the s6 is over all the better camera phone since most people will be taking pictures in the day time and not night. Just sayin.
77. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
watch unbias review by a Koreano
81. WGACA (Posts: 43; Member since: 08 May 2015)
Oh dear lord stop already with the same old arguments of removable battery and sd card. No one cares! S6 is number one in every top 10 smart phone chart on the internet. Every. Single. One. Google it. Now stop arguing that the G4 is better because it isn't. Sales numbers will tell you the same. The sooner you except it, the better.
19. AppleJuice (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)
Hey John, do you guys test the S6's display on adaptive or basic?