LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus
LG's newest flagship, the LG G4, is no longer a subject of rumors and hearsay – it's already official and poised to hit the market later this month, relieving the LG G3 from its flagship duties. The phone will certainly play a pretty important role in LG's portfolio, because it needs to further solidify the already-established market positions of the second-largest South-Korean manufacturer. In order to do so, the new 5.5” Android gladiator will have to clash with another pretty successful device that races in the same display-size lane – the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.
In terms of exterior, the two devices differ from one another in many key areas. The LG G4 comes in two different versions, one with a regular plastic back that employs a 3D diamond-shaped pattern and another one with a genuine leather back, which comes with a signature stitching through the middle of the back. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, comes with an aluminum unibody with a smooth finish and rounded edges.
Size-wise, the G4 and the Apple phablet are also rather different, albeit they have displays with similar sizes. Despite being way thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus, the LG flagship is both shorter and narrower, all the while tipping the scales significantly less than the Apple phablet; it's better screen-to-body size ratio makes it the more compact device.
The rear cover, as well as the battery of the LG G4, are both removable, giving access to the SIM card and microSD card slots of the flagship. The iPhone, as you might expect, does not come with such features – the only thing you can take in and out of the phone is the tray out of the nano SIM slot.
It's worth mentioning that the LG G4 aims to provide a new level of ergonomics and is slightly curved to the front (similarly to the G Flex/G Flex 2), while the iPhone 6 Plus is a completely flat phone (save for the protruding iSight camera). The positioning of the hardware buttons is also different – similar to the G3, the G4 has a set of rear-positioned keys (power button & volume rocker); meanwhile, the iPhone has a classic setup – hardware home button with an embedded fingerprint scanner, power button on the right side, and a volume rocker, as well as a hardware mute switch on the left one.
The loudspeaker of the G4 can be found at the lower-left quadrant of the phone's rear, which means that you could potentially muffle it with your palm from time to time. There are no such concerns with the iPhone 6 Plus – it's loudspeaker is positioned on the very bottom of the phone.
As we mentioned before, both smartphones have 5.5-inch displays... and this is where the majority of similarities ends. The G4 comes with a Quad HD IPS 'Quantum Display' that boasts a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. This commands a pixel density of 538ppi, paving the way for a detailed and sharp display. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus comes with the sharpest display Apple has ever put in a smartphone – the 1080p IPS LCD one on the phone flaunts a pixel density of 401ppi. While this is noticeably lower than the G4's one, the difference shouldn't be a grave issue for most consumers.
When it comes to realistic color reproduction, the iPhone 6 Plus performs better than the LG G4 – it is more accurate and natural; the different color nuances and shades of iPhone 6 Plus' display also match up with most of the color targets on the sRGB color chart. In the meantime, the LG G4 comes with a much more saturated display that offers more vibrant and “eye-catching” colors, undoubtedly an intentional move by LG.
The iPhone 6 Plus also has a superior white-point temperature – at 7318K, it's much closer to the ideal reference point of 6500K. The display of LG's new pride and glory clocked in at 8031K, which means that it gives white colors a noticeable blueish tint.
In terms of gamma, both displays perform in a similar manner. At low brightness levels, both reproduce the various gray shades slightly darker than intended. Yet, at higher brightness levels, the iPhone 6 Plus has the upper hand in terms of overall accuracy, as its readings are closer to the curve that represents the ideal gamma measurement.
Speaking of brightness, we should also mention that the LG G4 achieves lower maximum one than its iOS rival – 454 nits for the G4 at best versus 574 nits for the iPhone 6 Plus. But how low can they go? In terms of minimum brightness, the G4 has the upper hand: 2 nits for the G4 vs 4 nits for the iPhone 6 Plus.