LG G6 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Bezel-less vs Bezel-ful


Introduction


The iPhone has long been blamed to have overly large bezels around the screen, especially the top and bottom. And while such kind of styling goes well with the smaller, 4.7” model, it makes the 5.5” iPhone 7 Plus a true behemoth. Fans have long started looking forward to the days when smartphones will turn into all-screen slates, with little to no borders around them, and 2017 is expected to be the year when manufacturers are going to take a major step towards this vision.


With rumors of Samsung and Apple both working on almost bezel-less 2017 flagship phones, LG happens to be first out of the gate with a finished product. Meet the G6 – a smartphone with a generous 5.7” display, all in a body not bigger than last year’s 5.3” G5. In effect, the comparison you’re reading right now deals with the clash of two design philosophies: the old bezel-ful one observed with the iPhone 7 Plus, and the new bezel-less trend represented by the G6.

Design & Display


Both handsets have great screens: large, sharp, with good colors. That’s all we can say from first glance, but what’s more interesting in the context of this comparison is what’s going on around the screens. Honestly, I was eager to see and hold the G6 in person, because I thought it’ll feel like holding the future of smartphones in my hands. Instead, that moment turned out to be a mostly anti-climactic affair. Despite the extremely narrow bezels, the LG G6 doesn’t impress. It’s a solid, almost chunky phone that simply isn’t attractive. It lacks charm. Yes, the screen is taller (it’s not wider), but it doesn’t seem to be the breakthrough we were expecting. The G6 is a phone like any other phone, and its thin bezels don’t automatically make it futuristic, good-looking, or even modern. In fact, I’d say it walks the path from “ooh, what’s thaat?” to “meh” over the course of just a few minutes.

But what about the iPhone 7 Plus, with its old-school design and thicker bezels? Tell you what, it’s true that the 7 Plus is both larger and has a smaller screen than the G6, but you can sense the class from miles away. The symmetry, the precisely rounded corners, the elegant profile – all of that makes the iPhone 7 Plus a device worth looking at. It’s not a brand new design, yes, but it’s amazing how well it has aged.

Now, if we leave aesthetics aside and talk about practicality – that’s a whole different conversation! The G6 is way narrower and shorter than the 7 Plus, making it a joy to hold and operate (considering the massive screen it offers). The iPhone 7 Plus remains an oversized device that’s rather unwieldy, not to mention incredibly slippery in the hand. Have you ever held a fish? The iPhone is almost as slippery. That’s not the case with the G6, because it has a glass panel on the back, which sticks a lot more to skin.

Hardware: processor, memory options, and camera



Surprisingly, the LG G6 comes with the quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor, and not the newer 835, but the 835 simply wasn't ready when LG was already deep into the G6’s development. The Snapdragon 821 is a stable, efficient processor which is still on top of its game, so there’s nothing really worrying here. The iPhone 7 Plus, however, comes with the quad-core A10 Fusion chipset, which, coupled with the iOS 10 system, delivers unprecedented performance on a handheld device.

What about RAM? Well, true experts know there’s not much use in citing numbers here: both handsets have more than enough memory to deliver supreme performance and seamless multitasking, whatever that means.

However, it’s worth taking a look at the phones’ storage memory options. The G6 comes with 32 gigs only, which is sad, but it also supports microSD cards, if that’s your thing. The iPhone 7 Plus offers a lot more flexibility on this front, with 32, 128 and 256 GB versions all on sale.

Both the LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus come with two rear cameras, but they use them in radically different ways. The second camera on the G6 has a wide-angle lens, and it's used for capturing wide, expanding scenes – thing of it as some sort of a zoom out function. In contrast, the 7 Plus uses its second camera in exactly the opposite way, allowing you to zoom in on whatever you're photographing. Whichever is better will depend on how you plan to use the camera of your phone, but the zoom-on/portrait function of the iPhone 7 Plus seems to make more sense for most mainstream use cases.



Battery capacity and charging


With a capacity of 3300 mAh, the LG G6’s battery is comfortably larger than the iPhone 7 Plus’ 2900 mAh, however, we need to do a deeper analysis to form a proper projection about battery life.  

While the LG G5 experienced some problems in this department (only 5h 51mins on the PA battery test), we expect the LG G6 to largely fix this, since it’s equipped with a battery that’s 18% larger. Even then, Apple is king when it comes to squeezing out maximum performance out of the available resources. The 7 Plus manages to last for the cool 9h 5 mins on our test, which is result the G6 is unlikely to reach. Still, I’d expect the G6 to easily last through a whole day of use, so I guess there isn’t much of a reason for alarm.

In terms of charging though, that’s one area where the G6 is way faster than the iPhone 7 Plus. Apple’s handset takes its sweet time with 197 minutes of charging, while the LG G6 is much faster with 96 minutes, which is actually great pacing.

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
LG G6 97
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 197

Expectations


Saying the LG G6 represents the future of smartphone design would obviously be a stretch. Even if most future flagship models end up featuring similarly slim bezels, the G6’s implementation somehow isn’t convincing enough to make us excited about bezelless.

One thing is clear though, the G6 is the smartphone the G5 should have been. It’s mostly a catch-up device that finally closes the gap between LG’s proposition and the competition. If we single out the iPhone 7 Plus as a major competitor to the G6, it’s clear the G6 doesn’t have enough going for it to pull ahead. It’s simply that: a gap closer. Don’t get us wrong: the G6 is not a bad phone, it’s actually a great phone overall. It’s just that we expected the future; what we got instead was more of the same.




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Related phones

G6
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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25 Comments

1. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

iPhone...Just.... LOL.

14. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

"Apple is king when it comes to squeezing out maximum performance". LOL. Only in your tests. All other sites and user reviews said exactly the opposite.

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

LOL dem 2010 bezels on the iPhone tho

20. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Exactly.

3. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You seriously defend the iPhone with those bezels by saying symmetry and precisely rounded corners? How is the design any more symmetrical than the LG phone and how are the corners more precisely rounded? What a joke this site is sometimes

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Welcome to iphonearena, do you want to read some more iphone propaganda ?

7. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

lol.... Then there is the BA k where the LG phone ACTUALLY is symmetrical and the iPhone has the ugly sticking out camera in one corner. I actually laughed out loud in a room on my own when I saw that.

8. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

*back

24. mohi315

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 08, 2013

u r absolutely right

4. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

The rounded screen corners of the LG put me off... I cant tell why but I dont like it

5. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

iPhone comes with ip67 waterproof.

21. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The G6 is IP68, what's your point.

9. shield

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Iphonearena !!!! f**k!!!

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at first, I though they'll mention iPhone 8 several time in this article, but not this time :D LGArena FTW!! (or MWCArena)

11. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Like the new g6,but feel a bit late to announce.It should have been the g5 really.Like it but in 2016.Many phones will overgrow this in just two months.

12. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

OP: *cites the G6's inclusion of SD card slot* "iPhone 7 Plus offers a lot more flexibility on this front, with 32, 128 and 256 GB versions..." I don't know what to think anymore... Don't even get me started with how "meh" the G6 is compared to the "classy" iP7+.

13. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

in front, the G6 looks miles better than iphone 7. the back of the g6 looks so cheap though.

15. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

"Tell you what, it’s true that the 7 Plus is both larger and has a smaller screen than the G6, but you can sense the class from miles away." LOL... let me clarify.. its not the class that u see from miles away.. its the Huge Bezels..... and as usual this and almost every other article is a joke on iphonearena

17. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Ray S. is cucked by Apple, in fact I bet his lover just casually takes any Apple fanboy/fangirl home for an empty romp and sends him the video.

18. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Also: "Despite the extremely narrow bezels, the LG G6 doesn’t impress." VERY VERY puzzling analysis that narrow bezel are less classy than wider bezels.

22. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Just wait until Apple make the bezel narrow, then all of a sudden it is all classy.....

25. mohi315

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 08, 2013

ha ha r8 @tabby

16. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Ray S. is a corporate cuckhold, and this article is complete sh!t. The iPhone is still to this day an unremarkable design (not the most ugly thing, just unremarkable), but with clever Apple marketing strategies you can excuse any flaw as a "feature", like not being able to lay your phone flat without it being lifted up from one corner.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The LG is a tale of two phones, beautiful from the front, ugly from the back. I just do not like rear mounted fingerprint sensors, and its camera setup...mehhh. Huawei looks better, and the black iPhone models make an aging design look spectacular.

23. mohi315

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 08, 2013

iphone 7 is a ugly, bulky and bazled phone. if u compared with g6

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