Call quality

Nothing outstanding here, just clear voices to listen to.

Similar to what we came across last year, the iPhone 6s Plus delivers an acceptable performance through its earpiece, which happens to deliver strong tones that make it audible in noisy environments. Sure, there’s a little bit of crackle in the voice of our callers, but generally speaking, there’s good enough fidelity and clarity to carry on conversations.

As for the LG G4 too gets the job done, as the earpiece and speakerphone produce strong volumes to make them useable in noisy environments. However, there’s a slight hint of distortion to voices through the earpiece that make them sound a little bit artificial, but it isn’t too terrible. On the other end of the line, things seem to sound better, as voices are audible and robust.

Battery life

Apple's phablet managed 9 hours and 11 minutes in our proprietary battery test, while the LG G4 finished a fair bit behind at 6 hours and 32 minutes of on-screen use. That's not the final verdict, however.

The iPhone 6s Plus comes with a 2750mAh battery, one close in capacity to the LG G4's juicer. However, the difference in battery life between the two is quite substantial. Apple's phablet managed 9 hours and 11 minutes in our proprietary battery test, while the LG G4 finished a fair bit behind at 6 hours and 32 minutes of on-screen use.

However, the G4's replaceable battery presents a clever solution to the problem — just pop in a loaded-up cell, and you're good to go for another round. The iPhone 6s Plus doesn't have that. Moreover, the LG G4 is compatible with Quick Charge 2.0-enabled chargers, which lets you cut off a bit of charging time. There's also wireless charging support, although you have to buy a compatible back panel separately. Apple is yet to adopt any of these solutions for its products, and we can only assume the company has its secretive reasons.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 9h 11 min (Good)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 165
LG G4 127

Conclusion


While Apple sticks to its guns and cautiously reiterates upon the great success it had with the iPhone 6 Plus last year, LG is being experimental and introduces a very interesting alternative with the LG G4. We examined the two from multiple angles in this comparison, but we left an important and potentially deciding factor — price — for last. Starting at less than $450 unlocked, the LG G4 actually presents better value for money than the Apple iPhone 6s Plus, which starts at $750 unlocked. It is a solid all-around Android smartphone with compromises one can certainly learn to live with, unless they are an extremely demanding user.

For the money, the LG G4 offers an interesting (though not as impressive as Apple's) design, big (though not color-accurate) display, decent (but not fantastic) performance, competent software functionality (but no fingerprint scanner), a camera with plenty of potential (that's not consistently great in Auto mode), and the freedom to add a microSD card or replace its empty battery with a charged one. That's a strong package overall, but then again, the iPhone 6s Plus' price premium will be well worth it for some users. Apple's phablet looks fantastic, has a much more color-accurate screen, moves swiftly and reliably, takes very good photos, and has excellent battery life. Great as it is, the LG G4 simply lacks the kind of pedantic polish that differentiates Apple from others in the smartphone game.

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. Thus, those who want an elegant and reliable phablet for consuming multimedia, making mobile payments, and playing games with silky-smooth framerates will find the iPhone 6s Plus fantastic for their needs. Power users, though, might prefer the LG G4 for its competent multitasking, file format freedom, the camera's Manual mode, and the ability to add a microSD card or replace the battery on a whim. And if you also happen to be price-conscious, this is another point of interest for LG's hero phone.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Pros

  • Polished aluminum design
  • Properly calibrated screen
  • Fantastic speed
  • Reliable camera
  • Fingerprint security

LG G4

Pros

  • Interesting and unusual design
  • Vivid, but also inaccurate screen
  • Potent camera with Manual mode
  • Nice multitasking abilities
  • Removable battery and microSD card slot




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