7 reasons why the LG G4 is a better smartphone than the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge


The new LG G4 is here, and while it might safely be viewed as a marginal refreshment of last year's G3, it's still boasting improvements in several key areas. Frankly said, the G3 is a fantastic device, so the G4 can potentially be an even better flagship (still, we'll refrain from verdicts until our full review is ready).

Judging from specs alone, however, we can easily speculate that the G4 might be a tad more appealing to a host of users when we compare it with two of the arguably best Android devices of late, Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Don't avert your eyes, bear with us as we walk you through our argumentation!

Indeed, in terms of specs alone, the G4 is a bit better than Samsung's most recent champions in certain areas, while in others it is lagging behind. Let's check out what makes the LG G4 a better phone than the Galaxy S6 and its edgier counterpart.

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54. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Its amazing how this people are so blind to notice the G4 copied the old note 3 with its leather back design. When samsung copies, everyone gets mad and called samsung a copycat. well, they dont know that LG is much more copycat than samsung and LG always keep copying samsung. stupid no life haters. Still S6 edge is a stunning very nice looking device and no one can beat that :) LG G4 has 7 reason why it is better than S6/edge.. then what? 17 reasons why S6/edge is still better than G4?

44. lbblock

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

Personally what I look for in flagships is a "flagship aura," i.e. I look at the entire hardware/software package, how well they "gel" to convey one product story, aesthetic and purpose. To simplify, lack of these things is the reason everyone bitched about the S5 last year. Competing in this segment, the manufacturer should knowingly deliver an impeccable made-up product each time that turns the charm knob all the way up to 11; they cannot and should not settle for lesser things like merely dishing performance or just one stellar feature. For me the G4 is very weak on this front. The whole package feels far less ambitious than the G3, and comes without the intense intention poured into the G3 for creating a statement piece/signature product. I thought the M9 is already weak over the M8 but the G4 is even weaker. Note that you don't have to make large strides in performance or any other aspect to deliver what I'm talking about; the M8 was only a small step from the M7 in everything, but it gelled so much better IMO. The same goes for the Z3 compared to the Z1 and Z2. It's also extremely unusual in an East Asian 1-1 rivalry (toyota-nissan, samsung-LG), where two competitors are always trying to one-up each other with identical products, for one party to replicate the failed direction that got its rival dissed so badly. But LG has essentially pulled an S5. What can I say, bleep happens :D

42. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The LG G4 performance benchmark results are in and they are not stellar http://blog.gsmarena.com/lg-g4-performance-benchmark-results/

41. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Well, PA, since your list with the S6's pros over G4 is longer, I think it's safe to say that S6 is the way to go. Kidding. But that chipset will still remain complain-worthy. We'll see how this device turns out.

37. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It looks like the bottom bezels of the G4 and the S6 are about the same size. The bottom bezel determines how far you need to reach up. I wouldn't have given the edge to the G4 in the bezel department.

36. mohamed39

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

screen to budy ratio is boring comparing to g2

33. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Lol! I guess but watch what happens after the reviews and sales data are in. I just think that the S6 is still the better phone. Better processor, ram, screen, design, faster charging, and software. I just think Samsung has hit a homerun with the S6 and Edge and this is more like single or double lol.

32. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

ONLY 7 reasons lol. S6 has a billion over G4.

30. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Forgot #8- No TouchWiz #9- No iButton & capacitative keys

39. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I would take touchwiz over LG's skin and I hate touchwiz.

28. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Good work LG, this is definitely better than the S6. Maybe not in processor, but other features it is better.

27. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

wish LG4 come with camera shutter key, I still don't like, nowadays, on screen button for camera phone.

25. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Seems s6 is slighlty better than g4, but both phones are great.

24. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I don't see why the bigger screen should be better? It will be even harder to reach upper corners. And the screen to body ratio....did you remember to remove the software buttons? You know that is useless screen estate........And I'm still waiting for the real images to show up, cos LG always looks awesome on paper, and fail big time in real life.....

23. TBomb

Posts: 1778; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Did i read somewhere that LG was going to be putting out another high-end device during the second half of the year?

22. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I'm still trying to figure out why reviewers think mainstream users never remove their batteries or replace them. Amongst mainstream phone users, this has been a criteria which is an attractive preference for most. Using sales of Apple is not an accurate analysis. Even my diehard Apple user friends have often wished for removable batteries. I find the LG G4 a standing choice over the S6, M9, and iPhone, for the simple reasons of retaining consumer control over inexpensive easy replacements of the batteries and control and choice over storage allocation. I commend LG for making a stand for those of us that wish to keep these things relevant. The key ingredients that make a phone operate are all present and LG has kept the options within customer reach. My contract is up shortly and LG has made my decision very simple. After 3 Samsung phones, I look forward to giving LG my business. John B.

35. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

"Using sales of Apple is not an accurate analysis. Even my diehard Apple user friends have often wished for removable batteries." I think it is a very accurate analysis because it shows that while many individuals would love to have a removable battery, it is not important enough to change their decision on the device that they purchase. It is just not that big of deal for most consumers. The sales data will also prove this as the iPhone and S6 will be the highest volume selling cell phones this year. Plus, you still have the Note 4 if removable battery and SD cards are a big deal.

43. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Many of my friends have been Apple users for over 20 years and bought an iPhone or tablet. And some have been since the original iPhone. While they may not have many complaints about the OS experience, the fact that they are tied to the Apple ecosystem does not allow them to just simply up and leave. But reluctantly adapting to something is different than having a preference. Just because they adapted doesn't mean they don't care. To this day I still hear these people say stuff like: "Yeah, it kind of sucks I can't remove the battery." And yes, some don't care until the repairs come. Working around batteries most of my life, I have a hard time understanding why tech people on these sites ignore the fail rate of batteries and the costs after the warranty ends. 35-40% is nothing to sneeze at. I hope you are not one of these people that like to contribute to the 55% cost rise of servicing since the implementation of sealed batteries on these expensive toys. I loved my Samsungs but need to speak with my wallet. I will be moving to LG due to supporting cheaper service and maintenance costs through a two year contract. No Note for me. John B.

50. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@slammer i totally respect your choice and preference, however, u should also respect that not all people give great value to SD and removable battery.. I have friends who got Sammy for removable BATTERY nd SD cards but they never removed the battery nor swiped the card in 2-3 years of product usage. Now they are ready to get s6 64 gb. The premium price justifies the UFS 2.0 flash storage and premium design. So, it's clear that u r not the target market for the s6 and that doesn't mean you should try to convince everyone to think like you.. You should respect others choices as well.. Note 4, LG G3 is for u. SO, you be happy with the available android choices that you have and also respect other people's preference of unibody style and faster storage.. Sammy's sales suffered more with SD card and removable battery in s5 so they have full right to study and know their target market and offer what the majority wants..

58. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Just buy the note 4 if you need sd card and things like that the g4 is xrap slow

21. thisivi3

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I feel like most of the reasons are neglible. I say the biggest thing is the micro sd card and bigger screen, though you can can get a note if you want larger. Instead of worrying about the bigger battery, why not have an ultra power saving mode instead or fast charger (both works wonders for me)? I put the charger in when in UPSM and i get more battery life while it charges. The camera is still very good on the S6. I had the G3 and i found the software somewhat redundant on certain things and I am a lot happier on the S6..

57. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Also the note 4 is way faster in beachmarks and in real use

20. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Let's wait for real life benchmarking tests and market sales. Then, we will know the better phone.

15. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

I took my SG edge back. It had some problems. I and wasn't impressed with it. I think the LG G4 is my next phone.

17. gaming64 unregistered

You will never regret it :)

49. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@gaming64, if one live stream of product unveiling made u such a great fan, I suggest u to skip Note 5 unveiling live stream.. Otherwise, u would turn out to be typical Sammy fanboy

19. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

You weren't impressed because it has some problems? You do realize that in all manufacturing processes there are gonna be some defective devices right? irrespective of OEM's....lame excuse.

34. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

You took your s6 back because of problems. Funny, very funny. I've seen more problems with LG than I have with any of the Galaxy phones I've used.

52. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Lol i agreed. I experienced more on LG phones too than any samsung galaxy devices. Im an LG user but still prefer samsung is still much better in terms of quality and features.

53. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Lol i agreed. I experienced more on LG phones too than any samsung galaxy devices. Im an LG user but still prefer samsung is still much better in terms of quality and features.

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