Introduction


A 5.5-inch phone that retains the design language of the LG G3 with LG's signature rear-positioned buttons, the LG G4 focuses on two key areas for improvement: first, it’s style, with a new leather back cover option and second - an improved, 16-megapixel camera that aims to rival the best. One of these best devices that will be natural competition to the LG G4 is the Apple iPhone 6. A kind of a gold standard for design with its sleek metallic body, and reliable, consistently great 8-megapixel camera, the iPhone 6 might be smaller in size, but packs an equally sizable punch.

Apart from the size, the two differ mostly in that they run on two fairly different operating systems: the G4 runs on Android that is skinned to LG’s liking, while the iPhone runs on iOS 8 that takes pride in its user-friendly face.

In this full comparison between the LG G4 and Apple iPhone 6, we compare the two in all the important aspects, from the aforementioned design and camera, to their performance, call quality, and battery life. Let’s get right to it.

Design

The LG G4 is a rather large phone, especially when compared with the sleek iPhone 6, but both have their distinct appeal. The leather back of the G4 feels soft and warm, while the iPhone 6 has a cold, but sturdy metal body...

The LG G4 comes in two versions differing only in their back cover: there is one with a diamond-shaped, 3D-like plastic finish that sells for the price of a regular flagship, and another model with a premium genuine leather back cover that is offered for $50 more. The first one is nice plastic, but still plastic. It is the leather one that is definitely the fancier one: it has got that signature stitch that goes right along the center, and different colors of it come with a different kind of leather. The black one, for instance, has a large porous structure, while the brown one has a finer grain to it, so we would recommend getting a hold of various color versions to pick your favorite not just by its color, but also by feel. The Apple iPhone 6, on the other hand, comes in a sturdy metal body that lacks the warmth and soft touch of leather. The aluminum is a cold material that just subconsciously says you’re holding a solid device that will last for a long time. It’s hard to pick a favorite between two vastly different materials - it will depend on your own preference.

In terms of size, the 5.5-inch LG G4 dwarfs the iPhone 6, which is also noticeably thinner and lighter: thickness is 0.27” (6.9mm) with the iPhone, and 0.25” to the whopping 0.39” (9.8mm) on the G4. In fact, the G4 is the thickest, chubbiest flagship of the year so far.

The interesting thing about the LG G4 is its Slim Arc curve up front: the screen is just slightly curved, but that slight curve reduces the chance of having your phone drop flat on its screen, and hence, the chances of breaking the display are probably smaller.

The color options on the LG G4 include: ceramic white, metallic gray and gold for the plastic model, and red, brown, blue, yellow, and black genuine leather. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, has a silver, gold, and dark grey color finishes.

It’s also worth pointing out that the iPhone 6 has a fingerprint scanner built right in the home key. Its primary purpose is to make your device more secure by locking it with your fingerprint, and you can use Apple Pay for cashless payments in the US. The LG G4, on its part, lacks a fingerprint scanner. The LG G4, on its part, has an IR blaster and an app that goes with it allowing you to control your TV or other electronics. This time, it’s the iPhone that lacks such a feature.


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 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 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 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

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



Display

The LG G4 sports a super sharp 5.5-inch display with a Quad HD resolution, while the iPhone 6 sports a 4.7” screen with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. Color accuracy is not perfect on both, but the iPhone 6 is much closer to the ideal.

The LG G4 features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, and it’s using an IPS LCD panel that LG claims has improved qualities over the G3 predecessor. The Apple iPhone 6, on its own, features a much smaller, 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 750 × 1334 pixels and also uses IPS LCD technology. Both appear very sharp, but when you look up close you notice that the much larger pixel density of the LG G4 (538ppi) translates in sharper looking detail, much sharper than the iPhone 6 with its 326ppi. That’s something you notice mostly when looking at the phone from very up close, but not so much in daily use.

Since both phones would appear sharp enough for most people, it is arguably the color accuracy that makes the bigger difference for the end user. The LG G4 features a so-called 'Quantum Display', but how does this marketing term translate into real-life? First, we look at gamma, a value indicating whether the luminance of the screen is appropriate at various nuance levels. Ideally, it should ideally be around 2.2, and good news is that the G4 is just about at that sweet spot with a gamma measuring 2.24. The iPhone 6 also excels in this regard with a gamma of 2.23, so we can conclude that on both phones, darker areas will appear as dark as they should be, while brighter areas of images will be as bright as they should be.

Next, we look at color balance, and unfortunately that’s where we can see that the LG G4 has a preference for colder tonalities. The white point reference value we are looking for here is 6500K, and the G4 is notably above it, in the territories where whites appear bluish at 8000K. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, is also a bit on the cold side, but just slightly with a white point of about 7150K.

Finally, we test the actual color accuracy. We look for compliance with the sRGB color gamut, the color space that pretty much all content on the web is optimized for. The LG G4 has colors that are wider than sRGB, meaning they appear unrealistically overblown. Some people might like it, but the screen is not color accurate by a long shot. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, is not perfectly calibrated either, but is much closer to that sought after perfection as its colors nearly match the reference values.

All tech explanations aside, we can sum it all up by saying that the LG G4 has overblown, eye-popping colors that might please some people, but are not color accurate. The iPhone 6 is closer to that ideal, but also not there.



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48 Comments

48. psychok9

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Will G4 color temperature be fixable?

47. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The iPhone 6 is a joke. One day Apple might slip and someone might port iOS on a high end Android and that will open your eyes on how much of a scam Apple is running. For example, iOS on a Note 4 would probably have one week battery at 3000mah but Apple is too greedy to give that to the itards for anything less than 1grand.

40. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I think G4 is so much better than iPhone 6.....

32. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Why would anyone buy that apple phone with its humongous bezels, tiny screen, and ugly white sticker strips on the back?

22. mf2hd

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 25, 2008

I think the G4 will have more reasonable price then iPhone 6. It should be in pros list :)

21. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I have no faith in phone arena's reviews, they still won't even admit their battery test is not accurate on the G4, you can't compare a phone this size to an iPhone 6, and we already seen the iPhone 6 plus comparison, do you not have anything else to write about?????

15. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Apple's best vs lg's worst? We know who gonna win.

18. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

LG's worst?

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Actually there one advantage of Apple, John V is too proud to admit. iPhone is actually design for computer idiot. That is their primary target consumer and there are a lot more computer idiots than geeks. Computer idiot can't be bother about customization and freedom to park their data to media of their preferences. Apple already dictate where your data should be and what tool to use to manage those data. Computer idiot also pay for extortionate accessories because they normally don't compare or have no idea where to start comparing therefore they are really the prime cut beef. Geek are normally wiser with the money and want high spec phone without the high price which make profit low. Apple is business smart, i just can't believe there is so much Apple fans hanging out in general phones news site. I think is just to check out the rest of the competitors, look down on them to make themselves feels good. I am a Mac user but I also use Windows 7/8.1 and Ubuntu to keep myself appraise.

39. jellmoo

Posts: 2699; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"I think is just to check out the rest of the competitors, look down on them to make themselves feels good." To be fair, that's exactly what you yourself are doing though. There's no need to create an "us and them" mentality where you group people together as idiots because they like a different product. iOS users simply value different things than you do. That's pretty much it.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am simply sharing my perspective of why Apple is business smart and making ton of money. If you have another angle on this I would like to hear it. I do use Apple product and Android product. I know their pro and cons as products the last post is about consumer profile in the two different platforms. Please do share as I know there is always more than one perspectives.

11. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I like the iPhone pictures better, far more true to life and auto mode looks like it is getting it right a lot more than the LG.

7. ikenvape

Posts: 310; Member since: May 28, 2014

The LG G4 is a rather large phone, especially when compared with the sleek iPhone 6, This is where I stopped reading and deemed this article a waste of time. For a 5.5 inch phone, the G4 has an award winning compact size as its sisignature John V should know better to compare the G4 to an iPhone that can possibly measure up such as the 6+

9. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I agree it should be compared to 6+.

10. gaming64 unregistered

Agreed.

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2699; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Um... They already did that comparison though...

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

the only phones that can be considered better than the iphone 6/6plus is the s6 and the note 4 so obviously it wins in this comparison.

3. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Sturdy metal design iPhone's metal sucks it bends its get scratched easily it can't protect it's screen from side damage sturdy metal are for HTC M series iPhone's is so bad.

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

the iphone holds up rather well in tons of drop test. and the 6 plus is the one that bends really bad. The iphone 6/6plus. is the clear winner in fact it's only out done by the galaxy s6 and note 4.

8. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Not agree, it bends under pressure while most of the phones don't and I don't see the drop test but my friend shattered his iPhone screen while glass screen protector was on it from side damage and if you want to say you can use screen protector and a cover case then you got a thick heavy bulky phone that's why i rather like to have a thicker and heavier phone than a thin fragile one.

12. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Spigen case ultra hybrid fx fixes all the problems mate and it's not bulky at all go have a look

14. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah that's a nice one but still makes the phone thicker wasn't it better that the phone itself has more protection and a larger battery phones are getting too thin nowadays there should be an option for a bigger phone with larger battery.

16. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Xperia z3 bruh and yeah I wish more phones were like the z3 when it comes to battery life

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

And the winner as usual is the iPhone 6.

4. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Winner in what I don't understand like at all, iPhone cans: too little memory lower resolution camera no OIS lower battery life less sharper screen weak materials lower screen to body ratio should i go on?

13. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

The thing iPhoneArena always fail to mention, the only point that matters and why the iPhone won. Pros: - Made by Apple Nothing else needs to be said, everything else they say trying to justify it is BS.

19. gaming64 unregistered

I already felt DEAD INSIDE when I read your comment :P

20. mrochester

Posts: 1048; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The iPhone does have iOS though, which for many is a much better OS than Android.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't believe that its true for everyone. I use both iOS and Android and i prefer Android. I find iOS too lock down, so i don't keep my important data on iOS platform. I only use it to play game.

25. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

And vice versa

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