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Interface and Functionality

Colorful and playful visual style and no app drawer by default.

The LG Q6 takes a page from the LG G6 book when it comes to interface: it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with an identical UI.

What this means is that you get the same visual styling as on other LG phones, with the same rectangular icons with rounded corners and colorful, playful visual aesthetics that look almost as if they were taken from a comic book. This is a look that LG has been sticking with in the past few years, and it looks far less modern when compared to cleaner, more refined interfaces by Samsung or even stock Android.

Another interesting detail is that LG has decided to go with no app drawer, so the interface looks a bit more like iOS. If you miss having an app drawer, though, you can enable it in settings.

You can also use split-screen multitasking on the Q6 and the taller screen makes it a bit more convenient, but we still rarely do. For some rare cases, though, it can be useful: playing a YouTube video while doing something else is a prime example.

The signature LG Capture+ feature for annotated screenshot is also on board on the Q6: tap on it in the notification drawer and you can draw on top of a screenshot. LG’s QuickMemo+ also allows you to draw and jot down notes easily, as well as do freeform cropping on your notes, and you can share all of that with buddies easily. You also have typical LG features like double tap to lock and unlock the phone, and they work as you’d expect.

The Q6 also has an FM radio, so you can plug in speakers or headphones and listen to good old fashioned radio, if you like.

In the notification dropdown or in settings, you’d also find LG’s Comfort View. This is a blue light filter that you can enable after sunset to ensure a good night sleep, and you can also select one of three levels of light filtering: a low, a medium and a strong one.

Another thing that has to be pointed out is that typing on the LG Q6 feels slower and less accurate than on other phones. LG’s stock keyboard has always felt a bit clunky, and while it’s hard to pin-point exactly why, fact is that on the Q6 we found to mistype way more often than usually.

Processor, Performance and Memory

The Snapdragon 435 is certainly the Q6’s weakest spot.

At the beginning of this review, we said that with affordable phones like the Q6 compromises have to be made, and the entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 system chip feels like one of the biggest compromises in this phone.

The Snapdragon 435 is just not enough to provide a sufficiently smooth and pleasing experience: it’s fine for daily tasks, but it stutters in many places. In daily life, it is apps like Facebook and the browser that are affected: scrolling the news feed is often stuttery and switching between apps also. We imagine things will get worse, not better with time.

The Q6 is also not a phone for gamers. You can play some casual games on it without an issue, but if you run more graphically intense games, you will see frames dropped and the phone heating up significantly. In fact, we noticed it felt pretty hot even in daily use, and that’s something to keep in mind, as well. We played Riptide GP2 on the Q6 and it was playable, but definitely not as fluid as a dedicated gamer would like.

In terms of storage, the phone ships with 32GB of native memory, and it supports microSD cards.

AnTuTu Higher is better
LG Q6 41856
Nokia 6 47129
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 60678
Honor 9 146599
JetStream Higher is better
LG Q6 15.675
Nokia 6 17.35
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 31.472
Honor 9 50.579
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
LG Q6 12
Nokia 6 15
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 33
Honor 9 59
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
LG Q6 3.5
Nokia 6 4.5
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 9
Honor 9 32
Basemark OS II Higher is better
LG Q6 274.66
Nokia 6 307
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 1432
Honor 9 3030
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
LG Q6 622.33
Nokia 6 684
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 766
Honor 9 1875
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
LG Q6 2092
Nokia 6 2824
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 3951
Honor 9 6464

Internet and Connectivity

The LG Q6 ships with Google’s Chrome as the default and only browser on board. By now, Google Chrome is the go-to browser for most people: it’s speedy, syncs effortlessly across devices and is comfortable to use. And it loads pages pretty quickly on the Q6, but browsing through them can be a bit stuttery, especially for those pages with lots of images.

The LG Q6 is a phone intended to sell in Europe, the Middle East and Asia (India, in particular). As such, it supports 4G bands that ensure a proper LTE connection in those markets. Here is the full list of LTE bands the LG Q6 supports:

  • FDD LTE: Band 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28
  • TDD LTE: Band 38
In terms of other connectivity options, you get Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC.

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