Interface and Functionality

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

LG Q6 Review

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


LG Q6 Review

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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30 Comments

1. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 452; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Those cons are hilarious, especially the keyboard one.

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

"Face recognition is useless" True, but over biased.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This device is not a flagship or even priced as such. If it was a flagship device then give it a 6.5. But this smartphone is not positioned as a flagship device. It even has a SD 435 SoC which is low down there. Yet they are giving you a large bezel less 5.5" display that is the same size as the iPhone 7 plus display. Yet in your own words this device is the same physical size as the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 got a 9. If the iPhone 7s gets a 9 again. Then clearly this site is biased, and definitely deserves the name iPhonearena.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You realize there's more to a phone than physical size, right? And why must you bring up Apple in every post you make?

20. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I bring up? Victor brought up the iPhone 7 in this article. Why? Clearly he is comparing it to an iPhone 7. That is what he wrote. Oh, and I certainly do realize that there is more to physical size. If Victor stops trying to compare cheaper non flagship devices to others. Do you understand you moron kiko007.

28. dazed1

Posts: 787; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Why you must defend Apple in every post you make?

19. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

You're fake news.

29. FerneyZan

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

Dude, no where in this article was mention that this is a FLAGSHIP phone at all. It was stated over and over that this is just a Mid-Range phone, and that is exactly what it is..

26. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

If the FR was as good as the S8's, I'd be willing to overlook the lack of an FPS. (And even the S8's doesn't work perfectly for everyone)

2. blkkobra

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Comparing this phone to devices that cost almost twice as much in the review seems a bit slanted. Something I see a lot on this site is midrangers in the $200-300 price range bring compared to $700-800 flagships and something just doesn't seem right about that. It's like giving a Ford Focus a 6.5 because it's not as fast or well-built as a BMW M4.

21. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Thing is - Q6 doesn't cost €200 like Snapdragon 435 may suggest. LG charges €379 for it which is €10 less than Honor 9 (and more than iPhone SE).

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Um... maybe compare it to devices like the Nokia 6, Honor 6x and G5/Plus?

4. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I don't think lg q6 stand a chance with nokia 6, honor 6x or moto g5 plus. After all apart from display, there is nothing else to look forward to in lg q6.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I don't disagree, but the comparison would be better than using the G6, iPhone 7 and Honor 9...

9. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Who cares about phonearena's rating? Do you really believe in their reviews?

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I read PA's reviews' pros and cons and ratings for comic relief.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No, but I can hope that offering constructive criticism will help them improve their review process. I'd prefer they not use a numerical rating at all, but at the same time I feel as though comparing a low tier device to flagships in your comparisons is ridiculous.

22. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

@ jellmoo I'd agree but LG charges as much money for the Q6, as Honor wants for the 9.

5. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Well that's disappointing. This could've been a good "flagship killer" if they put their heart into it.

8. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Wow, compare low-spec with high-spec+expensive(except Honor 9), just like compare Nokia 3 with Xperia XZ Premium. Nice job iBiasArena.

23. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

LG Q6 costs €379, Honor 9 costs €390.

12. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Learn to actually compare phones within their category Victor, this is just another slant piece with the 'review' tag slapped on for good measure.

13. libra89

Posts: 2259; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Glad I wasn't really into this as much. Will gladly pass and hold on the SE and A3 that I currently have.

14. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

So Excellent battery life is not a Pro?

15. fyah_king unregistered

I do like the loud speaker.

18. ajit1

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 24, 2016

LG still failing to give All in 1 package at a competitive price range.....they always misses some of 1 function in each n every phone and this time truly they missed on fingerprint sensor.........still they going wrong strategically..........

24. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Thing is - this time they only gave 1 function that stands out, the rest of the phone is totally mediocre.

25. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

So does the plastic back on this phone scratch easier than other plastic back phones? If not then what is the point of this "con"?

27. fastfreddy123

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

Blah , Phonearena Has ALWAYS had there head up Apples ass its a given but some of these commenters are just as ridiculous. The fact is even the top tier phone companies are going to be moving away from the FPS. Thats why there including face recognition. That LG on there low end phones doesnt have it doesnt faze me. [ Neither does Sony]. The writer doesnt like the keyboard I would suggest [Smart keyboard ] and Nova Launcher. Hes nitpicking so that he gets more then statistics and a byline.

30. ltavaress

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I own this phone and I curiously came here to see what Phone Arena has to say, only because I love it and it's one of the best phones I owned in a long time! I used to own only flagships for the past 8 years or so, and now I couldn't be happier with this mid ranger. Who the f* needs fingerprint scanner and other blablablas?? I'm shocked to see such a low score. I paid only 200$ to get it. Best phone ever! Flagship design with sufficient specs and friendly price ;)
Q6
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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