iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3: vote for the better phone!

iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3: vote for the better phone!

Introduction


The Apple iPhone 6 Plus is the first phablet from Cupertino. Being a premium device with a 5.5-inch display, we couldn't resist comparing it to the mighty LG G3 - a phablet of elegance, simplicity, and monster specs. However, instead of merely offering our opinion about the two devices, we want to see yours this time around. Read carefully, check out the benchmarks and samples, and vote for the better smartphone in each category - Design, Display, Interface and Functionality, and Camera. Go!

Design


The iPhone 6 Plus couldn't be named any more appropriately, because it is, literally, an iPhone 6 that's one size bigger. It features an unmistakable iconic look, a gorgeous anodized aluminium build, and a control layout centered around the Home button below. Its power and volume keys are positioned on the sides of the body. In contrast, the LG G3 has no control keys - it is manipulated with on-screen software buttons - and its volume and power buttons are positioned on the back panel, out of sight. LG took plastic over metal, but ended up with a looker of a phablet nevertheless. Notably, the plastic has an anti-fingerprint coating, and it's "ennobled" with a faux metal finish. Additionally, it allows for a removable back panel and easy battery swapping and replacement.

In terms of dimensions, the iPhone 6 Plus measures 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm) at 6.07 oz (172 g), while the LG G3 is a more compact 5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm) at 5.26 oz (149 g). Although both phablets' screens have an identical diagonal of 5.5 inches, the iPhone 6 Plus is 0.46 inches (11.8mm) taller, 0.12 inches (3.2mm) wider, and 0.07 inches (1.8mm) thinner than the LG G3, while being 0.81 oz (23 g) heavier.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3: which phablet has a better overall design?

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
19.25%
LG G3
80.75%

Display


The iPhone 6 Plus's 1080p display has a pixel density of 400ppi, easily beating the benchmark set by the regular iPhone 6's "Retina" screen, which has a 750x1334 resolution and a pixel density of 326ppi. Apple uses IPS LCD technology for the iPhone's display, and is notable for demanding high color accuracy. However, the iPhone 6's color calibration is merely good, not excellent, as it measures 7318 Kelvins. Although this is close to the reference value of 6500 Kelvins, the difference results in colder colors. The iPhone 6 Plus's display has excellent minimum and maximum brightness levels - 4 nits at lowest, and 574 nits at most. This ensures comfortable use in all indoor and outdoor situations. The contrast ratio is excellent at 1:1376, ensuring proper white and black representation. Finally, the viewing angles are not exceptional, but they are on par with most smartphones in the high-end category on the market.

So, how does the iPhone 6 Plus' display spar with the LG G3's? Well, the G3's 5.5-inch display has a higher resolution of 1440x2560 (QHD), which results in a significantly higher pixel density of 538ppi. In terms of technology, LG also uses an IPS LCD panel. It has a color temperature of 7099K that's closer to the reference level of 6500K. The panel doesn't boast the same terrific minimum (9 nits) and maximum (455 nits) brightness levels, but it still is very usable. The contrast level is a bit lower at 1:997, putting the display at the upper end of the average category. As for the viewing angles, the LG G3 exhibits more distortion in minimum brightness levels than the iPhone 6 Plus when measured at a 45-degree angle.

iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3: vote for the better phone!


Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3: which display is better?

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
31.12%
LG G3
68.88%

Interface and functionality


Apple's iOS 8 is very colorful, fluid, and intuitive. For the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple capitalized on the large screen estate by including a landscape mode, an additional row of icons on the home screen, and usability customizations that shrink the interface for easier one-handed use. Various core apps are also rethought for a more roomy display - for example, the Calendar app has an extra pane. iOS 8 itself introduces a Notification Center with Actionable Notifications, Spotlight Search, an improved multitasking menu, the Health app, 3rd-party keyboard support, and more. It's the most fully-featured iOS has ever been.

How does the Android-powered LG G3 compare? Design-wise, the interface is similarly flat and intuitive, but the colors are more subdued. For usability, LG implemented a one-handed mode for its stock dialer and keyboard apps, which can be positioned to the left or right screen edge and operated with a single tumb. It can also be separated in two when the phone is used in landscape mode. Additionally, users are free to arrange the software navigation buttons to their liking. Multitasking features such as QSlide and Dual Window complete the package.


Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3: which user experience is better?

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
24.63%
LG G3
75.37%

Camera


Apple has a strong presence in smartphone photography, which it maintains by getting the most out of it with each iPhone upgrade. The iPhone 6 Plus features an 8-megapixel main camera with a dual LED flash, BSI sensor, Phase detection autofocus, Optical image stabilization, and a terrific camera app. Thanks to the inclusion of OIS, photos come out even better on the iPhone 6 Plus than they do on the iPhone 6. You can either let the app do the work for you in automatic mode, or fine-tune the shooting process yourself. The camcorder part is nice, too - it shoots video at a maximum resolution of 1080p@60 fps, and the digital image stabilization does a good job with culling jerky movements. Finally, on the front side, the iPhone 6 Plus has a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera.

The LG G3 is a powerful opponent with its 13-megapixel dual LED camera that has about the same number of extras, including BSI and OIS. Its key advantage is the Laser Autofocus system, which is fast and failsafe. The LG G3 is extremely quick to focus and take a photo - or a series of photos. But contrary to the iPhone 6 Plus, the LG G3 is all "auto camera mode". You can't even set the ISO! But behold, it has a "Magic Focus" mode that lets you refocus every photo you take after taking it. The LG G3 brings a better camcorder to the table too, as it's able to shoot videos in up to 4K resolution (3840x2160) at 30 fps with digital image stabilization. Meanwhile, the front camera is a 2.1-megapixel unit with the clever options of simulating a flash for your face by brightening up the display, and letting you take a selfie with an amusing gesture.



Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3: which camera is better

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
26.4%
LG G3
73.6%

Dropped your votes in all the polls above? Cool! Voting will go on until Sunday, and come Monday, we'll publish the results. And while we're waiting for the votes to pile up, how about you let us know what you think about this face-off in the comments below?

Related phones

iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)
G3
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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107 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

In other words, vote for the one you unhate!

10. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

LG G3 is a good overall phone in my opinion.the only thing that stopping me from buying it is because of the battery life and I'm now accustom to ip certification of xperia phones it helps you a lot not to worry your phone being accidentally spilled on especially I lived at a tropical country. Nevertheless I chose G3 here. SD card camera form factor of course pricing too.

12. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Swapping batteries too

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The only thing stopping me from buying it is the size, if it was 4.5 to 5 inches in overall dimensions I would buy it in a heartbeat.

46. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The 5.2" of the G2 was the perfect size for me. I was pretty disappointed in the G3 after owning a couple of G2's. My son ended up with one of them, and he loved it. He picked up a G3 this week, and he seems to like it, so maybe it is just me.

50. jerzyiroc

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

My battery life has been phenomenal so far. best of any phone I've ever had to be honest. Getting 5+ hours of screen on time.

51. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I got roughly 5 hours screen time on my G3. I got 7-8 on my G2.

72. DanielZye unregistered

Damm, 5 hours is the best you have ever seen? My xperia lasts more than 9 hours of screen on

76. f35hunter

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

For me LG G3 is a very good phone it has two cons : 1-the battery 2-lake of IP rating but for the iphone ; hmmmmmm just see gsmarena.com review to find some of its cons

22. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

G3 is a clear winner no doubt...

53. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Sadly we know these forums are infiltrated with fandroids, so it was always going to be that way.

80. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The LG G3 doesn't bend either. So.. :p

45. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Seems like iPA still don't realize every phone can beat the #bengate ip6.

2. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

design g3 ( same screen with small bezels) screen ip6 ( it has better colour representation and max brightness) user ex (cant decide) camera g3 (bcuz of higher mp count )

33. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Doesn't it say G3 has better color representation in the chart (lower is better)?

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Bendability : 6 plus Bulkiness : 6 plus Status symbol > Usability : 6 plus Unhackability : 6 plus Restrictions : 6 plus Absurd Pricing : 6 Plus More likely to get robbed : 6 plus owner Runaway WINNER : IPHONE 6 Plus

7. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And don't forget what their PR team said to the German tech magazine when they did another bending test. Such a rotten fruit.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Highest resale value: 6 plus Best Eco system: 6 plus Highest customer satisfaction rating: 6 plus Best customer support: 6 plus Runaway WINNER: IPHONE 6 plus

34. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

After 1 year, it'll probably get bent and scuffed anyways, so your resale value argument is moot. ''Highest customer satisfaction rating'' Ohhh yeahhhh.....Me dunno how to tweak my smartphone, so I guess I'm pretty satisfied!

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Google it son.

64. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This survey says otherwise, sorry

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

This is all getting a little silly now isn't it. Not many people will have actually used both devices so it's just a case of looking at the review and comparing from that - but even then, people will generally vote on their own side of the Android vs Apple debate regardless of what the review says. Just blatant click/flame bait. But I clicked. I feel dirty.

5. MegaEvolution

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

IPhone 6 plus I choose you :)

23. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Did you mean iPhone 6 + Bend ?

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Omg that was so funny. Where do you come up with these original jokes bro...awesome!

26. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Did you think that up all by yourself? It's incredibly humorous.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, that's the funniest thing I ever heard in my life.

29. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I hate commenting on things at the same time! :D

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol I know, rite.

81. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

He didn't have to think it, just look at all the ibend6+'s out there. they be bent

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