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" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18.5h talk time)
Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

samsung anyday!

25. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

As a long time Samsung buyer, and S5 user, the S7 better get both a removable battery and SD and durable construction. Because, the S6 is NOT a phone I'd even consider.

30. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I guess if they don't you will be copying/pasting 'no removable battery and sd card = fail' again in every article lol.

35. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

At first i am against it, i do prefer Samsung product so no sd card slot means i have to spend more money. I think G4 nailed it with expandable storage if you are willing to sacrifice some nice feature like better processor, better ui (this is my personal preference), fingerprint scanner, better build quality, amoled, etc... I simply considered S6 was better of course it's not perfect, in the end there is no perfect phone for anyone.

38. Twany

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 18, 2015

Omg! I love your assessment. For the first time that someone has spoken the truth with intelligence without sounding like a child playing in a sand box. I don't care for Samsung but i do respect your opinion just on delivery. Great job! This would needs more people like you.

49. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Some see removable battery and expandable storage as essential, but I never have. Then again, I've also owned iPhones and those people tend to never miss those attributes. Owning a Note 5, which shares just about all of the software and design as the S6, and my wife owning the S6, there are 2 gripes I have about the S6/Note 5 that the G4 doesn't seem to have an issue with: one, the loudspeaker sounds really weird. It's loud but it sounds weird, like the driver is made out of tinfoil and toothpicks. Second, when the phone goes to standby, it cuts off my download, whether I'm on wifi or cellular. Bit torrent or any large download requires me to change my display timeout to 10 minutes, dim the screen, and try to remember to tap it once in a while to prevent standby. This is stupid and a huge oversight on Samsung's part. Other than that, the Note 5 is the best phone I've ever used.

50. barcas

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

In regards to your downloads cutting off do you have your WiFi set to always on otherwise it will turn off when your phone sleeps. Also check the background data as if you have it restricted it will stop apps doing things in the background. I found this with Facebook as i had set it to restrict background data when on mobile data & so i couldn't upload pics unless i was on WiFi.

45. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Personally I love my G4... But I admit the S6 has some features the G4 is sorely lacking. I'd have loved wireless charging and a fingerprint scanner. Aside from those though I think LG nailed it. The UI feels way smoother (closer to stock too), has better unique features, the leather back is slick as hell, and the screen is sexy alongside the super thin bezels. Also, dat camera... It's just a shame LG has no marketing muscle and their choice of background image and stupid clock widget make the device look godawful, like some kind of candy acid trip. The phone looks sexy once you set it up yourself but they did themselves no favors.

2. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

s6 for sure, as laggy as haters claim touch wiz is.it's still 10x faster than lg ux

6. chenski

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Really? So if it takes s6 half a second it will take g4 5 seconds?

10. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Ok 5x faster.

11. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Touchwiz isn't laggy. Not in my S6 at least.

41. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Nor is LG UX

43. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

My S6 is not laggy at all ..

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; 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: 294; 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: 2588; 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?

23. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Paul try the LG V10 that's a kick ass phone! I wasn't much for lg till I saw the v10

24. paul.k

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

The V10 might just get a special comparison of its own next week

28. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Oh cool can't wait to see the comparison on that? But it's up there with Sammy LG finally hit a grand slam on the V10

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

V10 is a tractor of smart phones... tough, beautiful and classy... it does feel very strong in hand unlike cheap aluminium phones

36. Twany

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 18, 2015

They're trying to clean it up after being called out for always downing LG. It's a trick so please do not indulge in these paragraphs of back peddling nonsense. They want us to believe as if they are neutral, but if you read any past review it speaks for itself. Phonearena is all about Samsung and Apple. Point blank period!

40. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Twangy,,, what are you smoking???? They put topics all makes not just Apple and Samsung, if you can read you will see Sony moto and others..

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.

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: 294; 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.

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