Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G3
Interface and functionality
With iOS 8, the emphasis is on simplicity, while the LG-themed Android on the G3 comes with numerous extra features
iOS and Android are pretty different at their core – pretty much everybody knows that. Especially when you're talking about skinned Android, as is the case with the G3. While LG aims to deliver an extremely feature-rich experience for G3 users, this isn't at all alike to Apple, which has a far lighter approach, devoid of anything but the essentials – the rest is usually delegated to the wealth of apps available through the iTunes store.
The above distinction has pretty massive consequences when it comes to the look of the two UIs – the iPhone 6 Plus has a simple layout, and is easier overall to follow and get early on. Depending on your needs, however, that's obviously not necessarily a desirable effect, as this does come at the expense of control over the way the interface looks and the overall function of your device. Let's drill down into both of them separately.
Starting with the 6 Plus, the new Apple phablet is touting the newest version of the platform, iOS 8, out of the box. iOS 8 actually corrodes the idea that Apple likes to keep its operating system completely closed-off, and introduces some major changes, including the ability to choose a different, third-party software keyboard, and even grants developers access to the Touch ID fingerprint sensor for use with their apps. iOS 8 also is the first iteration in the history of the OS to allow for widgets – even though these are limited to the notification bar only.
As for the Android 4.4 KitKat-touting LG G3, we're looking at several neat features, including a double tap to wake/sleep functionality and a Dual Window mode that allows you to run two apps simultaneously side-by-side. The G3 doesn't sport a fingerprint sensor, but it does come with KnockCode, which only allows the user to unlock the screen by performing a pre-set pattern of taps. Also handy, and on the topic of privacy, come the Content Lock and Kill Switch features – the former allows you to hide sensitive data, while the latter lets you remotely lock and wipe your device in the event of theft.
Processor and memory
The 6 Plus is a notably better performer, specifically when talking about the smoothness of operating and navigating the interface
Like in previous years, Apple is once again using its latest generation of the iPhone to showcase a new processor of its own design. Based on ARMv8 architecture, the new 64-bit A8 chip has two cores running at 1.4GHz and makes use of a very potent PowerVR GX6650 GPU that supposedly delivers up to 50% better performance when compared with the GPU found in the iPhone 5s. Looking at the LG G3, we've got a known entity – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC chipset, the highest edition of the SD801, with four Krait 400 cores, clocked at 2.5GHz, and a speedy Adreno 330 GPU.
Judging from the above, one would assume that the LG G3 has a massive and very clear edge in terms of processing power, especially since it comes with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM (versus 1GB for the iPhone 6 Plus), but the reality is not that simple.
Indeed, the 6 Plus is actually a notably better performer, specifically when talking about the smoothness of operating and navigating the interface – in comparison the G3 is a bit laggy and slow. The reasons for that are likely two: one, the LG G3's custom layout is just heavier, and two – the phone has to push a significantly higher number of pixels with everything it does. That's correct, the Quad HD resolution on the G3 puts considerable load on the Snapdragon 801 chip, and this also extends to graphically-intensive apps and games, which, on average, are rendered at a lower frame rate.
As for built-in storage, you've got several options with the iPhone 6 P lus – 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. That last option is a first with a major manufacturer, and should suffice even for the most obsessed of multimedia junkies looking to make out the most of the 5.5-inch screen. In comparison, the LG G3 is available with 32GB of internal memory, though you can expand that through a microSD card for up to 128GB more. That's a cheaper option, but it's also inferior in terms of reliability and read/write speeds.
Internet and connectivity
Built-into iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 Plus, you'll find the Safari browser – a lightweight, snappy performer that is, however, devoid of pretty much any extras. According to synthetic benchmarks, it's also quicker to render pages than what you have available on the G3. Speaking of LG's flagship, we've got Google's Chrome and LG's own browser available, so you have some choice. The former is speedy, but not very intriguing in terms of the feature set it brings to the table. LG's own browser, while slightly better-equipped to meet that demand is, nevertheless, still not very feature-filled, though it does offer perks like full-page screenshots.
Moving onto connectivity, the highlight of the iPhone 6 Plus is its wide support for FDD LTE bands – there are 15 of those, which is a whole lot more than what the G3 offers, and that's good news for iPhone users if they plan on using LTE abroad. Both phones have their maximum theoretical download speeds capped at 150Mbps, or Category 4 LTE, and will both also settle on a 4G HSDPA+ network if their provider's LTE coverage falls short.
The two devices also have GPS with Glonass support, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac. NFC is also available with both, though the iPhone 6 Plus will likely have a better use for the chip once the Apple Pay service for mobile payments launches in October. One omission on Apple side's is an IR blaster, available with the LG G3, for use with home electronics.