Introduction


To say that the iPhone 6 Plus, the predecessor of the iPhone 6s Plus, was a tremendous success would be a bit of an understatement. In the months after its launch last year, Apple's first 5.5-inch handset occupied a considerable portion of the market for large-screened smartphones. That's not because it was the best, or most fully-featured big screen phone out there. Mostly, it's because Apple offered the overall best solution for those in need of a phone of such caliber – a premium smartphone that's easy to use, takes great photos, has good battery life, and is also excellent for multimedia consumption. Being its direct successor, and an even better smartphone in many ways, the iPhone 6s Plus is put on the same path of success.

But that's not to say Android manufacturers have been slacking. Quite the contrary, they have profoundly stepped up their efforts! Some, like Samsung, gave it their best shot in imitating Apple's strategy without compromising their individuality — the Galaxy S6 edge+ is the result. But others, like LG, attacked Apple's flagship with a rather unique arsenal of design and hardware ammo. Half a year later, the LG G4 still stands out with its genuine leather back, elaborate camera setup, and sub-$500 price, among other things. If you happen to be cross-shopping between the two, here's everything you need to know to make an informed decision!

Design

Apple makes an example of aluminum unibody design, while LG gives plastic a rare leather charm.

The iPhone 6s Plus essentially recycles its predecessor's design, featuring the same smooth and symmetric aluminum unibody. But the smartphone is made of a different alloy this time around — 7000 Series aluminum — giving it greater strength and durability. The LG G4 couldn't have been any more different with its all-plastic build, optionally enriched with vegetable-tanned leather skin. In contrast, the only bits of plastic on the iPhone 6s Plus are the antenna bands on the back of the handset.

Unlike its competitors, LG isn't very enthusiastic about metal, and neither is thinness much of a concern. While the iPhone 6s Plus measures 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm), the LG G4 is a tad smaller, but thicker at 5.86 x 3.00 x 0.39 inches (148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm). The LG G4 is also a lighter handset at 5.47 oz (155 g), compared to the iPhone 6s Plus' weight of 6.77 oz (192g). But neither this, nor the ergonomic Arc Edge contour, which contrasts the iPhone 6s Plus' less palm-friendly flatness, can make a 5.5-inch screen device easy to operate with one hand.

The notable differences between the two don't stop with general design and build. While the iPhone 6s Plus has its volume and power keys positioned in a traditional side arrangement with the Home button sitting below the screen, the LG G4 breaks the convention by having its power and volume keys positioned on the back. This feels natural and it's easy to get used to, but we can't say it makes for a meaningful difference in usability. Moreover, this arrangement doesn't let the user operate the buttons while the LG G4 is laying flat on its back, although one is able to double-tap the screen to unlock it.

Another thing to watch out for is the absence of a fingerprint reader on the LG G4. LG's hero phone doesn't offer an immediate alternative to the iPhone 6s Plus' Touch ID system, and won't be able to take advantage of Android 6.0's fingerprint security and mobile payments possibilities. But the G4's Knock Code feature can compensate for the lack of fingerprint sensor as an additional option for unique security.

Also, consider that the LG G4 features an SD card slot and a removable battery, a polar opposite to the iPhone 6s Plus' tightly sealed body. And finally, the former uses micro-SIM cards, while the latter uses smaller nano-SIM ones. That about ends the general design differences between the two smartphones.


Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Both devices have great 5.5-inch displays as their centerpieces, but Apple has the brighter and more color-accurate one.

Both the iPhone 6s Plus and the LG G4 have great 5.5-inch displays as their centerpieces. However, screen size and IPS LCD tech is about all they have in common. The iPhone 6s Plus has display with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, while the screen on the LG G4 has a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels. This makes for a difference in pixel density, as the former has 401 pixels per inch, and the latter stands at 538ppi. However, the iPhone 6s Plus' screen is plenty sharp already, and the perceived increase in sharpness on the LG G4 is only slight, if noticeable at all.

Sizing up the brightness levels, we measured 593 nits of maximum and 5 nits of minimum brightness from the iPhone 6s Plus' screen. These are excellent values, reassuring that Apple's handset is reliable both in bright light and in complete darkness. The LG G4's maximum brightness is a bit less impressive, at 454 nits, making the screen appear a little dim under direct sunlight. But its 2 nits of minimum brightness make for an even better bedreading experience than on the iPhone 6s Plus.

Color reproduction is where Apple and LG head in very different directions with their displays. The iPhone 6s Plus boasts a color temperature of around 7018K, which is fairly close to the 6500K reference mark, where whites appear neutral – neither warm, nor cold. As a result, the iPhone 6s only shows a hint of blue, while, at 8031 K, the LG G4 appears noticeably colder. Moreover, the iPhone 6s Plus has lower Delta E color and grayscale error values than the LG G4. And although both screens have a near-perfect gamma response, making for accurate contrast across the greyscale range, the Apple display is the more neutral and color-accurate of the two.

Given that both smartphones have IPS LCD screens and are of generally great quality, one would expect them to have outstanding viewing angles. The truth isn't as straightforward, for the iPhone 6s Plus exhibits lower contrast distortion, but the LG G4 gives off much less color error when viewed at a 45-degree angle. Then again, the G4's color reproduction is already far from the truth as it is, so the lower values don't really count here. Anyway, both displays remain very viewable and behave quite favorably at extreme angles, so there's that!



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22 Comments

1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Hey phonearena-crew, it would be great if you could ad a (i) (information-circle) next to the Sunspider and stuff so we can hover on the (i) and see what the benchmarks are used for - what ya think?

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

6s Plus Got This One.

3. dandi

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I am also an iPhone user and using now iPhone 6s but I have used LG G4 just for 2 weeks so I shall say don't make people fool. LG G4 is much better device than iPhone. I use iPhone just for iOS.

20. treflip

Posts: 5; Member since: May 05, 2014

your out of your mind

22. tawhidh

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 02, 2016

Salute to u for being honest, as frankly this reviewer is biased towards iPhones and that's not how a journalist should present information

4. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I have never been critical about what PhoneArena publishes, often supported PA authors in most articles, the latest being "Here are 2015's smartphones with the fastest cameras: speed is crucial"........... but.... This kind of review conclusion is purely sh1t..........."With all of this in mind, it's up to you to decide which handset suits your needs better. Truth be told, you can't go wrong with either, but you must consider that both phablets serve different types of users".......... This is the case in EVERY Phone A vs Phone B review....and then saying these features are good in Phone A, these are good in Phone B......Choose what you want...This conclusion doesn't even need a lengthy review...5 minute review videos by individuals on YouTube would suffice...An online media like PhoneArena is much bigger than this...Being on the wall by not taking the side of any OEM and not taking the risk of Angry-ing any of the OEM ehh PhoneArena? I on behalf of all the readers, dare you to say that this is the best phone. See the review by the GSMArena folks out there(even they used to be like you folks till sometime back when there might have been a change in the editors) when they posted the review of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ vs Apple iPhone 6S+ where they said that..........If we are to keep score, then the Apple iPhone 6s Plus would be in a terrible position - it won three of sixteen tests, tying in just two of them....... I am not fanboy of any OEM but a staunch supporter of good technology, delivered by any OEM. I am really sure that all the readers here would expect more boldness out of you PhoneArena....we love the kind of articles PhoneArena posts but these reviews are like an attempt to try and maintain the diplomacy with OEMs......I see the reason why even this mindset is in place...Yes, there are cases when Apple wrote a letter to a Guy who posts reviews in YouTube which stated no phone will be given to you further when he proved that iPhone 6 bends......but seriously would an online media like you guys be even perturbed by threatening like this? Really Disappointed!!!!!!!!

14. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

You are absolutely right. I have read several 'A vs B' reviews on PA, and they ALL come to the same conclusion. I KNOW it's up to me to make the final decision. This neutral position that Phonearena ALWAYS takes is not just boring- it's shameful.

15. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

and they don't even bother to reply which is strengthening our claim that the stand they are taking is shameful. @John V. you have anything to say?

5. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Hooooolllyyy... That size difference. Both 5,5 inch but iphone 6plus has LG v10 size (which has 5,9 inch)

7. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Yeah, I never thought it before. G4 and 6s plus both have 5.5inch screen but 6s plus is very huge, massive, gigantic

8. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Also G4 is slightly curved, MUCH lighter and real pleasure to use. It has also some one-handability. But in this case, size isn't everything...

6. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

I switched from G4 to 6S Plus mainly because Display with more color accuracy Consistent camera performance Better battery life Less heat while gaming More appealing video Quality of apps Performance I am an Android user, from time to time I pick up an iPhone to see where iOS is. 6S Plus is far from perfect I dont like The size No ergonomy No dual window feature Partially the weight although it's not that tragic iPhone's far from perfect with the blown up handset. But now, I like it more. It's the first iPhone since 3GS that does not drive me crazy after the Android experience. But, YMMV.

9. Pbrush

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

The iphone is obviously better, it has the apple logo on the back.

10. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Yes. That was the main reason I got it in first place. Sure.

11. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

G4 wins for me. Better battery, nicer camera, no big bezels, micro sd slot and half the price.

12. Tizo101

Posts: 603; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

The introduction is crap. Guys, could you at least write something that motivates me to read further - the Apple praises are really distracting.

13. marcolero

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

G4 wins

16. shinywindow unregistered

John v. Pull krapples kokk outta ur asz and do some real reporting. Of course honesty in tech articles is something i have learned not to expect at iphonearena

17. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

transfer data between iPhone and android http://www.facebook.com/KSOFT.CC/videos/725839117521403/

18. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

G4 wins for me!

19. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

LG rules!!

21. kfsudry

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

I bought LG 4G phone , my first two test calls on Audio quality was very poor and with lot of reverb !! Also the phone got extremely hot , this was just out of box without ant apps loaded !! Rest feature was ok , I was so very disappointed on my decision , Why on earth did I listen to the sales man and got this phone , To my good luck and thanks to LULU QATAR branch , with no questions asked they offered me full refund / exchange with no money depreciation. Thanks LULU QATAR !! I was lucky ........People when you are spending so much please opt for Apple or Samsung products for mobile phone . LG G$ heats , and your ears get warm on the first call in less than 60 min.

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