LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: vote for the better phone

As if frozen in perpetuity, South Korean LG and Samsung have battled for supremacy since we can remember, but at each turn the outcome is the same: Samsung is on top. At least when talking about sales. But while LG has had gaps in its portfolio in years past, we can't help but imagine that the company is feeling more and more confident in its ability to take on its much larger, crosstown rival, especially given how well the G4 came out. But instead of sitting still and drown in complacency, Samsung, not its less successful rival(s), is the one keeping the rest on their toes, and the Galaxy S6 is a perfect example. Instead of settling for yet another iterative release, the company not only delivered on the whole, but also addressed some rather problematic parts of its flagship recipe.

So which of these two came out on top? By tapping your opinion whilst we present the facts as we know them, we're looking to answer that seemingly simple question. Let's begin by looking at the exterior.


Let it never be said that LG and Samsung don't pay mind to feedback from consumers and critics alike. For their 2015 portfolio, both companies brought their A game, and finally addressed a common complaint: that their devices felt a bit on the cheap side, especially given the kind of money people paid for them.

Starting with the LG G4, the company decided to split its efforts, and so worked on two distinct blueprints. The first one imagined a device adorned with vegetable-tanned leather that would lend it a more premium look and feel, while the other focused on delivering a new take on the old polycarbonate recipe, but at a more affordable price. With the exception of the back, however, both models are identical and feature a mildly flexed, rectangular body with a clean profile and rear-mounted power and volume keys.

In Samsung's camp, the focus with the Galaxy S6 seems to have been on proving that the company could fashion beautiful devices out of mateal and glass. The S6 keeps signature design features such as the physical Home button on the bottom bezel, but exchanges the plastic frame and back plateof old for aluminum and sheets of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4, respectively. Like previous iterations, Samsung's 2015 flagship features a rounded rectangular body, but one that has gone through a serious diet, resulting in a 0.27"-thick body.

So how do they compare side by side? Courtesy of its larger screen, the LG G4 is noticeably larger and 0.12" thicker (5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches vs 5.86 x 3.00 x 0.39 inches OR 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm vs 148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm).

Which one do you like better?

LG G4 vs Galaxy S6: Which is the better designed?

Galaxy S6


First to cross the 5-inch threshold with its flagships, LG's been consistently ahead in terms of the display sizes it considers appropriate for its top-of-the-line device each year. Starting with the LG G3, we moved into true phablet category, with a 5.5" display becoming the norm. LG used the same massive LCD IPS display for the G4, as well, including the Quad HD (1440 x 2560) pixel resolution, which works out to the excellent 538 ppi. Samsung, too, is sticking to what it considers best — a 5.1", Quad HD Super AMOLED display, good for 577 pixels per inch.

Apart from differences in size, there are also distinctions in terms of both the properties of both devices' panels. With the G4, LG went for a DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) calibration, which means chasing after a much wider color gamut than the standard sRGB color space. The screen is, therefore, supposed to deliver a superior color depth, but you should keep in mind that Android, all of its apps, and the internet all adhere to sRGB, so the effect is pretty limited. Samsung did something similar, and not at all at the same time, proposing a solution for all tastes. If you want color accuracy, you can select the Basic screen mode and get just that, while AMOLED enthusiast can stick to AMOLED photo for those signature colors that just pop.

Consulting our own measurements, we can't argue against the superiority of the Galaxy S6's results. Its Super AMOLED display is brighter, has an excellent color temperature (in Basic mode), and gamma and average color error are both pleasing. 

LG G4 vs Galaxy S6: Whose display is better?

Samsung Galaxy S6

Interface and functionality

Dubbed UX 4.0, the software on the LG G4 didn't change drastically from what was available on the LG G3, especially if you consider the latter's UI under Android Lollipop. For the sake of objectivity, we have to point out that the proprietary skin, while feature-rich, is still pretty heavy on the software. Thankfully, better silicon is available with the G4, so navigation is mostly fluid.

Speaking of fluidity and features, however, we immediately think of Samsung's controversial TouchWiz layout. As we mentioned at the start, Samsung addressed weaknesses of its recipe, and that meant taking a good hard look at its custom UI and doing what needs to be done: axing features. Still, even without some of the features available to the Galaxy S5 (say, One-handed mode), the Galaxy S6's software is quite feature-rich by any standards (and you still get a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate sensor). But the really important bit? This is the first time we've seen a Samsung handset — yes, even flagship — fly through TouchWiz with anything approaching grace.

Of course, when it comes to which one you prefer from a purely aesthetic standpoint, there's no right answer.

LG G4 vs Galaxy S6: Whose interface do you like better?

Galaxy S6


For a while now, LG and Samsung have been churning out flagship phones with world-class cameras, and the G4 and Galaxy S6 are no exception.

With the G4, LG follows into Samsung's footsteps, bumping the sensor to 16 megapixels, and keeping the laser auto focus assist system of the G3, along with a better-than-ever, 3-axis optical stabilization. LG has also beefed up the software supporting this gear, and now offers the most comprehensive manual mode we've seen on a smartphone, complete with fine controls over color temperature and shutter, and even dedicated histograms.

Samsung, too, took a page off LG's book, and finally implemented optical stabilization for use with the 16-megapixel Sony (or Samsung, depending on the batch) sensor. Instead of fancy lasers, the Galaxy S6 relies on proven, phase detection tech for auto focus, and a manual 'Pro' mode is also available from the camera app. Unfortunately, that one is far from as comprehensive as LG's, and doesn't offer nearly as much control.

Here are some images we snapped with the two devices. Whose camera do you think did a better job?

LG G4 vs Galaxy S6: Whose camera is better?

Galaxy S6

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. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

S6 in all categories except for the camera. G4 night shots wins it for me.

13. Shocky unregistered

Galaxy S6 night shots are generally good, for whatever reason the white balance was completely off here. I wouldn't judge it based on one photo.

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I hate onscreen buttons on LG phones and the only reason for not purchasing LG... why they can't put capacitive buttons?

23. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Lol im your opposite. I hate capacative buttons always have.

38. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

Me too. I don't like Onscreen bottons.

60. Shocky unregistered

Same, having on-screen buttons limiting your display area in certain apps very annoying.

106. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

i tell you i owned these two phones as its our family-tradition here in Korea we usually owned two phones one from Samsung and one from LG. in my observation very honest observation the g4 and s6 are both doing great job in day photography. there are times s6 captured better photos , but there are times g4 captured better but in an indoor photography s6 can't match that on g4. s6 captured usually dimmer and noisy .while the g4 captured is more brighter and sharper with good amount of details. and finally during evening photos no contest g4 is the hero.

88. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

also try more indoor shots. s6 will eat dusts. and the MANUAL MODE!

105. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

g4 is still better in camera department Phonearena comparison is really not complete. there are a lot of better and more detailed review comparisons by different experts on their sites, blogs and pages

14. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It amazes me how many stupid people will moronically accept the lack of removable battery and SD.

25. srirachacha

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

It amazes me how many stupid people will moronically criticize someone else's priorities and desires.

69. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

You wrote priorities instead of love, just correcting you :) Im sure U meant love

70. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Amazing how an ignorant fool would post such in an article that has nothing to do with either.

79. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Gs6 is just better than LG G4, that doesn't mean that everyone who voted for gs6 will buy it. There is still Galaxy Note 4 exynos, almost the same technically but without gs6's disadvantages.

29. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

g4 has better camera in both night and day. also the front cam is way better on g4.

61. Shocky unregistered

Galaxy S6 just won a blind camera test against the LG G4. LG G4 has a good camera, but it seems the Galaxy S6 is better overall. :)

77. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

are you sure that s6 won the blind camera????seriously??? have not you noticed most of those comparison photos were based on DAY SHOT! and on the third photos G4 beats S6. and on the just one NIGHT SHOT NO ROOM FOR S6! its should be 4 categories for DAY SHOT and 4 categories for NIGHT SHOT ! LG SOMEHOW BEATS S6 IN SOME DAY SHOTS ,BUT S6 CAN NOT BEAT G4 IN NIGHT SHOT. AND IF WE ARE GOING TO COUNT THE TOTAL VOTES G4 WON BY MAJORITY VOTES! TO BE FAIR THEY SHOULD ATLEAST MAKE MORE CAMERA NIGHT SHOTS. OUT OF 4 DAY SHOTS , G4 WON ONE OUT OF 1 NIGHT SHOT = G4 RULED.......... NOW MAKE IT FAIR MAKE 4 NIGHT SHOTS AND 4 DAY SHOTS ALSO TO BE MORE COMPLETE MAKE A FRONT CAMERA COMPARISON TO G4 VS S6!

78. Shocky unregistered

The LG G4 lost, just accept it and move on with your life.

85. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015


86. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

Im just wondering why they made more DAY outdoor SHOTS and only ONE for the night shot? DAY SHOT is STILL DEBATABLE based on individula preference G4 IS MORE NEUTRAL AND SHARPER AND ACCURATE ONE. HOW ABOUT IN NIGHT SHOT answer? G4 WILL DOMINATE THE NIGHT SHOT. why they never do a comparison for INDOOR SHOT? Answer because G4 WILL DOMINATE DID YOU KNOW? that G4 has MANUAL RAW mode and it has COLOR SPECTRUM and SHUTTER SPEED... IT WILL LEAVE THE S6 IN THE OLD AGES.

87. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

let's summarize it OUT OF 4 OUTDOOR DAY SHOTS s6 got 3 g4 got 1 on NIGHT SHOT g4 got 1 s6 got NOTHING! WHAT ABOUT THE INDOOR SHOT? can you make your own comparsion? are they AFRAID TO DO IT? notes; G4 HAS MANUAL MODE including the SHUTTER SPEED , COLOR SPECTRUM. ALL IN ALL G4 IS BETTER CAMERAPHONE THAN S6.

90. Shocky unregistered

Wow, your really upset by this aren't you. :D If you install another camera app the Galaxy S6 also supports raw and shutter speeds, so not really a big deal. By "COLOR SPECTRUM" you're referring to the sensor? Well it does a good job it doesn't always get the colours right.

92. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Lumia 1020 supported all that before the G4 and S6 were even conceived or designed(and takes better day pictures than both if you know how to use it).

97. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

i just cannot agree with you when you said that s6 camera is overall better than g4. im just an honest person my sister has s6 and im using g4. so i must know which one is real better in cameraphotography i agree both are great cameraphone but have you tried them to compare side by side for it's INDOOR SHOTS? why PhoneArena NEVER do that for this comparsion? WHY phoneArena COULDN'T DO MORE LOW LIGHT SHOTS Comparisons for these two phones?but for other phone comparsions they usually did? also the front camera is worth to compare for these two phones? so you are saying s6 can't do MANUAL without the Help from THIRD PARTY? that sad.... no matter what you say STILL G4 is better than S6 in camera departemen and that is the REAL TRUTH! THERE ARE MANY VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE PROVED MY CLAIM.

98. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

99. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

100. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

THIS IS THE REAL TRUTH NOTHING BUT ONLY THE TRUTH! s6 eat DUSTS......... G4 is way way better in CAMERA PHOTOGRAPHY. WATCH FOR YOUR SELF! LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 Edge - Back Camera Picture Comparison Battlehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gHvVNO16J4

108. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

transfer data between any two smartphones from iPhone or android http://www.facebook.com/KSOFT.CC/videos/725839117521403/

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Not participating in poll as I don't own either and I have just tried S6. But I have LG's theme and S6's theme on my rooted S4 and I like the way touchwiz looks on it, it's pretty slimmed down, so can't say anything about performance effects because of UI.

3. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Less than 50 participants- that really tells us a lot

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