LG G4 vs Galaxy S6: the user experience

Well, folks – it has been a bling-filled year, if nothing else, as many manufacturers chose to not only pack cutting-edge hardware in their flagships, but dress them appropriately as the luxury items that modern consumers perceive them to be. Two of the most noteworthy design choices of 2015 are Samsung's decision to go extra-classy with the metal body sandwiched between two Gorilla Glass 4 slabs for its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and LG's response with not doing the same, but going for a genuine leather back and a slightly curved profile on the G4 instead.

But beyond the radically different approach to the “premium” looks, the two manufacturers' flagships, naturally, differ in the way they cater to user experience. So, let's check out what Samsung's 2015 TouchWiz does better than LG's UX, and then see what LG's interface does to one-up TouchWiz!

Galaxy S6

Well, that was a lot of pluses for the Samsung side. But the G4 also has a few tricks up its sleeve. LG is no stranger to catering to superb user experience, and this does shine through in the interface of its 2015 flagship device. Let's see how it makes our lives easier, when compared to the Galaxy S6.


That does it for our nitpickiest reasons of why we would prefer one of the two phones over the other. You may have noticed that we didn't mention battery life, as this is generally pretty even on both devices in average daily use, though the Galaxy S6 does seem to have a slight edge. On the flip side, we also didn't talk about the removable battery and SD card slot, which the LG G4 has, but the Galaxy S6 edge lacks – a topic that has been beaten to a pulp, really. If you are a power user, you should remember to keep this in mind when making your choice. If you find yourself asking the question "Why would I ever carry a spare battery on me?", then it shouldn't make a difference for you.

Got some of your own reasons why one phone delivers a better user experience than the other? Stamp them all over the comments section for the world to see!

Related phones

  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    LG UX UI
Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2550 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



48. jmsantos015

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 05, 2015

Yes the ram management sucks but its tolerable

47. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

G4 is a great device, S6's RAM issue is a mess

46. jmsantos015

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 05, 2015

Both used it but went back to note 4I prefer the s6 the only con was the battery was not removable

42. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Lg make the best value high end smart phones. G4 is half price of most high end phones here in the UK. This makes it a much better phone for me.

39. shinywindow unregistered

Both of these phones wipe their azz with Krapple all day long.

37. Twany

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 18, 2015

The funny thing is that we are giving a choice to fight over what phone and maker is better. You like Samsung and i like LG! But really does that make one better than the other? It is all about what we prefer to use as our daily driver. So instead of us fighting over who has the better phone, let's start discussing who writes the better review! One thing that you must understand is if we turn the attention to the writers and not the product then we'll get a more in-depth review. Just because they don't like something they are always on the search for like minded people to make them feel better about what it is they like. So if someone is a creative writer start a blog or YouTube video about which review is better and then you'll get the complete truth. Then that way your not left with question of would you like an apple or an orange? No b....! I want a peach!

34. marcolero

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Lg g4.

33. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

S6 is laggy.G4 anyday.

32. mahfujrahman

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

For me its lg g4.. Only because of the lg ui.. Clean and faster..

31. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Samsung has a better skin in my experience.

27. shnibz

Posts: 523; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I got a G4 because I loved my old G2 and hated the GS 3&4, months later I got my wife a S6...and realized I f'd up lol. GS6 is amazing

21. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

LG V10 here and that's a great device I ditched iPhone 6s Plus for that also the removable battery is back and a free 200 gb sd card and a extra battery and charge cradle from t mobile that's 264 gb also a very clear high resolution screen Apple will never have, but still got my Samsung note 5 that's a power horse

17. Trex95

Posts: 2402; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

5 month with S6 still very good performer unlike other pervious galaxy's.

14. steelew

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I went from Samsung to LG and now I'm going for the 6P. Samsung was ok but I wanted to try something else and I wanted to retain the SD and removable battery (I guess I just said f-it with the 6P) I also wanted to get rid of the home button so badly (I hated that thing). I liked my G4 but I didn't love it. The screen is worse than my S4's (look angle wise) and it was just kind of boring. I wish the Nexus phones would have come out in June instead of October, I might have opted for the 6P sooner.

16. Trex95

Posts: 2402; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Unfortunately Nexus 6P has the worst build quality and it's not as fast as note 5 even tho with 6.0. https://youtu.be/r3cWVdLqXCghttps://youtu.be/1yiCmvgdjWw

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2702; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

C'mon man, YouTube speed tests are about as reliable as a third party SD card bought from e-bay. Look, and you'll find speed tests that say the opposite. https://youtu.be/uRVVn9JKHxw For example. You won't find any appreciable difference speed wise between the two in day to day usage.

22. Trex95

Posts: 2402; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Lol. Yeah nexus 6p better on multitasking, but not as fast as note 5 when it comes to open apps.

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

Touchwiz has floating apps too. So I don't think Qslide should be a pro for LG UX. Similarly more camera modes is not a plus for TW as anyone will take LG's manual controls over the S6's.

12. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Lg4 design looks much slicker.

13. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

u a fool

15. paul.k

Posts: 306; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

If you are currently on a webpage and want to open a floating calendar, it's easier to do via QSlide. On the Samsung, you have to tap out of the browser, open the calendar, minimize it to floating mode, get back to the browser.

19. TyrionLannister unregistered

But you can't open twitter, Facebook, hangouts or many other apps in qslide as floating apps. Also you can't make small floating bubbles out of them. Not to mention Samsung multi window is way better than LG one and has way more apps. Which is better is subjective so either make a feature in both or none.

29. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

QSlide apps can be minimised to a size of an icon and it aslo has transparency slider (which is rarely useful, but it's there). I don't know what apps Samsungs multi window supports but Dual window on my G2 supports all the apps I have installed (50-60 both first and third party). And it is strange they didn't mention Samsung Pay as a advantage for S6.

20. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

@paul.k Rather just long press the recent apps button on any multitaskable screen and you can have 2 apps open. And then if you want to float it, it's always possible

44. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Not in my case . .. i am not a proffessional photographer to keep using manual modes .. The modes are useful who use the phones camera for quick snaps

5. aiban_note3

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 25, 2015

Is anyone having a wobbly S6 home button??? And will dat in anyway affect the phone in the long run???

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

I had that issue on my S4 after about 2 years of rough use. It became slightly wobbly( would press more towards one side). But even then it's running fine and it works. I wouldn't worry about S6 as the button seems a lot more solid. I can also report no such issues after 7 months of use.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2702; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Call me crazy, but this reads a lot more like a feature comparison as opposed to looking into the user experience. Glossing over battery life is just weird. I'd like to hear about real world usage, not just a mention in passing. What about UI smoothness? What about how it functions as a phone? What about GPS connection? Wifi? Multitasking? It would be great to see how they fare in a slew of real life scenarios, the type that a user encounters day to day. Feature comparisons are fine and all, but it isn't really reflective of the user experience.

4. paul.k

Posts: 306; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Call quality, snappiness, features, and much more are covered in our plethora of reviews, "living with" columns, and YouTube videos. Here, we have only those features that are unique or better made in one handset or the other.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2702; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Doesn't it seem oddly named then? In my mind, User Experience denotes more how a person uses the device in a day to day scenario. Wouldn't "Feature Comparison" or the like actually better reflect the article?

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