Poll: same price, different beasts – would you buy the LG G6 or OnePlus 5?

About a month ago, the OnePlus 5 hit the market and, save for a few unfortunate bumps, it has the smartphone fandom pleased. Well, almost pleased, as OnePlus has managed to slither up in the price tiers and its “flagship killer” no longer costs a measly $300. Nope, the OnePlus 5 will set you back either $480 or $540, depending on which storage / RAM variant you go for.

All the while, one of the major manufacturers — LG — has sliced the price of its latest flagship in less than half a year of its existence. The G6 started off with a $650 - $700 tag, but can now be had for exactly $500 unlocked. And that's a great deal for customers, as we find the G6 to be a very solid smartphone, it's just that it can't get the proper attention and gather its own momentum, constantly being bullied around by competitors with huge, huge marketing campaigns.

So, that said, you've got a $500-ish top-tier from the young OnePlus, and you've got a $500 flagship from the veterans at LG. They are quite different devices, too — both have dual cameras, though, use them in different ways (optical zoom vs wide angle); the OnePlus 5 has a traditional 16:9 display, while the G6 went the 18:9 route; the OnePlus 5 rocks an AMOLED panel, while LG sticks with LCD; the OnePlus 5 roars with a Snapdragon 835 and 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, while the G6 is a bit more modest, with a Snapdragon 821 and 4 GB of RAM; OnePlus offers a near-stock Android experience, while LG has its proprietary UI laid on top of the system.

Which one would you buy right now?

OnePlus 5 or LG G6?

OnePlus 5

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  • 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)
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh



1. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I would get the LG G6 because it is compatible with Verizon

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

LG updates are better than OnePlus.

2. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

LG mainly for the Camera OIS especially on the 4k video, BUT I want a phone with 6gb ram especially when the y skin Android.

9. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

And phones with best stabilization do not have OIS.

11. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I would be happy with EIS as long as 4k video had it. If oneplus5 added vires update I would buy the oneplus5.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Sony, yes you're right

18. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

then get the Oneplus 3, like mine. Just spend 300 or less on ebay. SD820, 6GB ram and 64GB rom.

3. nooi_c

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

As a Oneplus 3T user right now. I voted for G6. I'm waiting for V30 to be my new phone. And I dream of V30 with OxygenOS.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

One Plus 3 here, also voted for LG because i think, right now, it offers more value in everything, especially after the discount.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

OnePlus 5 because it's closer to stock Android.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

G6 because it's closer to full-fledged Android.

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Different strokes for different folks my man. Options are great.

30. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Full fledged = bloated

32. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Stock = bare bones.

5. Alter

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

OnePlus 5 due to the spec bump and developer scene.

6. det_bradlee

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

LG because they are an actual reputable company with real US based support. OnePlus may make great phones. But the second you need help, you realized you bought an expensive brick.

7. nikhil23

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

for same price, I get better display. I don't care about sw as I can always root and flash stock ROM on any phone if I want to.

8. Foxgabanna

Posts: 597; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Why do you need 6GB of ram?

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

To show off? But you know it offers better multitasking. You don't have to use up all the RAM to notice its better at it.

13. kunalnarang

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

A flagship killer is not a flagship killer if another flagship costs less.

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

But the issue is....it doesn't. $480 for the OP5 vs 500 for the G6. And you get 64/32GB respectively.

14. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

G6 for futuristic design and better camera . Also it's not a apple copycat

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

So you choose your phones based on the whether they are an iPhone copycat or not?

33. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Have you also read the word also . Have you forgot your school life? Originals were great . Original hair styles clothing and so on and copycats were losers . Losers are not worth attention. ( Android phone that looks like an iPhone is like a Gladiator learning skirt)

34. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Oh great, so I was correct. Thnx for confirming.

35. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Change the word learning with wearing

15. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Which manufacturer will support their device longer, and which one will abandon theirs sooner in favor of newer devices?

17. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

OnePlus 5 if I could settle for anything less than the Galaxy Note series. Especially for the OnePlus community and great developer support ensuring I'll be able to get a feature-packed custom ROM that goes beyond the boring stock android, and still be getting updates even when OnePlus quits providing software updates.

19. Lanx1998

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

G6 ftw in this case. For me G6 is more vfm here because it has better camera, more or less equal performance because I don't mind little micro seconds delay as ling as it doesn't lags by a wide margin, water and dust resistance is must for me, Qhd screen, quad DAC, wireless charging. It offers far more better features (not performance I'm saying) and design than OP5 with more or less at same price. Heck in India G6 is cheaper than OP5, and now OP5 falls in that price range where most of the customers can afford to purchase a new phone every 2 years so and most companies offers atleast 18 months software support so OnePlus doesn't have any extra plus points to make me buy this phone. Also, recently oneplus' way of dealing the jello effect was also a minus for me. So, OP5 is a big no for me. Now after the price drops G6 offers better value

25. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The jelly effect is enough for me to skip the OnePlus 5 and buy the LG G6.

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