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LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6

LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6

LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6
LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6
LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6
LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6
LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6
LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6

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.


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.

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches
148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)


Apple iPhone 6
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches
138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6

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


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.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
LG G4 454
Apple iPhone 6 606
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posted on 10 May 2015, 05:01 1

1. kkmkk (Posts: 546; Member since: 06 May 2013)

lg g4 vs note 4 please

posted on 10 May 2015, 10:17 3

24. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)

Typical PA comparison: G4 vs Note 4
Winner = iPhone 6
LOL JK, though I can tell that these comparisons are a bit biased.

posted on 10 May 2015, 10:53

26. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Of course the iphone 6 is a better phone than the G4.

posted on 10 May 2015, 10:57 5

27. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)

In some ways yes, in some ways not.
Better for many, but not for everyone.

posted on 10 May 2015, 11:47 2

30. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Everyone has their own preference for a device.

posted on 10 May 2015, 20:17 1

45. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)

That's exactly what I'm saying, maybe you want to rephrase your previous post, like adding "IMO".

posted on 10 May 2015, 12:16 3

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 24899; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Agreed, personal preference is what it's all about. Apple & android fans need to understand that. It's tech fellas, there's something for everyone. I love the simplicity of iOS, and the techie feel of android, and will continue to use both regularly. Haters will do just that though...hate. +1

posted on 10 May 2015, 11:00 3

28. AppleJuice (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)

Only in your idreams.

posted on 10 May 2015, 11:47

29. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

The sales will speak for themselves.

posted on 10 May 2015, 12:15

33. baldilocks (Posts: 829; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Yes, unfortunately a lot of people just buy what they know OR want a premium name.

posted on 10 May 2015, 12:24

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 24899; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

That's what almost everyone does. That's why there's a system called "advertising". Acquaint someone with something that works for them, and they'll keep buying it. Another name is "brand loyalty". Favorite shoes, soda, hair care products, beer, fast food. It's all the same. You should know that.

posted on 10 May 2015, 12:17 1

35. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Better sales do not always mean better device. The experience is what counts the most. And whether the device suits an individual's needs best.

posted on 10 May 2015, 12:17 3

36. HildyJ (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

If sales speak, Android is a better OS than iOS and Windows is a better OS than OSX. Glad we cleared that up.

posted on 10 May 2015, 17:50 1

41. gaming64 (unregistered)

Do not compare a whole platform to one OEM. You do realize that Android is an open source Os so every company can slap Android onto a phone while iOS is just used by one company.

posted on 10 May 2015, 20:55

46. meanestgenius (Posts: 16598; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Actually, he is comparing platform to platform. It's not his fault that Apple is the only one that makes iOS devices. While it is amazing what only one OEM can with its proprietary OS, Android as an OS is more widely used than iOS. The same goes for Windows and OSX.

posted on 10 May 2015, 12:18 2

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 24899; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Not in every way. The iPhone sorely needs multi window, but lawsuits could result if they implement it without permission. We know the hardware can handle it.

posted on 10 May 2015, 17:55

43. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)

Multiwindow is awesome, should make it to every high end smartphone with a big screen.
Anyways, no need to tell that to him, because everything about Apple to him is perfect.

posted on 10 May 2015, 05:11 5

2. cnour (Posts: 1494; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

And the winner as usual is the iPhone 6.

posted on 10 May 2015, 05:21 9

4. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 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?

posted on 10 May 2015, 06:44 8

13. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

The thing iPhoneArena always fail to mention, the only point that matters and why the iPhone won.

- Made by Apple

Nothing else needs to be said, everything else they say trying to justify it is BS.

posted on 10 May 2015, 07:47

19. gaming64 (unregistered)

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

posted on 10 May 2015, 08:08 1

20. mrochester (Posts: 639; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)

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

posted on 10 May 2015, 09:58 1

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 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.

posted on 10 May 2015, 10:28 2

25. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)

And vice versa

posted on 10 May 2015, 17:51

42. gaming64 (unregistered)

Each Os has their own advantage
Basically iOS is about stability, ecosystem and App store while Android has flexibility and customization.

posted on 10 May 2015, 05:14 7

3. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 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.

posted on 10 May 2015, 05:21

5. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 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.

posted on 10 May 2015, 05:32 5

8. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 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.

posted on 10 May 2015, 05:54 1

12. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

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

posted on 10 May 2015, 06:46 3

14. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 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.

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