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OnePlus 5 vs LG G6



Let’s say that you’re looking for a new Android phone, and around $500 is all you’re willing to spend. Until recently, one of your best options would have been the LG G6 – a feature-packed, water-resistant handset with attractive design and a versatile dual-camera setup at the back. But now there’s also the OnePlus 5 to consider within this price range. It may not be as flashy as the G6, but assets like the top-notch hardware specs and the dual-camera arrangement make this one of the best value-for-money Android device money can buy right now. So, which one should you go for: the LG G6 or the OnePlus 5? May this comparison guide you forth.


The LG G6 easily stands out with its appearance and compact form.

There’s quite a lot that sets these two phones apart, and the way they’re built is on the list. As implied in the paragraph above, the LG G6 is the more visually attractive of the two phones – not only thanks to its glass and metal construction, but also because its screen fills more of its front side, giving it a more modern look. Plus, the G6 is physically smaller and narrower, which makes it more manageable in the hand, despite the larger screen diagonal size.

Next to LG’s flagship, the OnePlus 5 appears uninspiring and unoriginal, but it is also stealthier and less flashy, and I’m sure plenty of folks are into that kind of look. In addition, fingerprints don’t stick to it as they do to the G6’s glass back.

One curious detail: the OnePlus 5 has a slider switch at the side, allowing you to instantly disable certain or all sound notifications. It’s a cool perk that I’ve been mostly using to mute the phone before bedtime, as the alarm clock still goes through, but it also comes in handy during meetings or social gatherings. On the G6, I have to wake the phone and fiddle with toggles to do the same thing.

And speaking of perks, the LG G6 has a few of its own. It is a water-resistant, IP68-certified phone, so it safely used in the rain and for taking awesome pool party shots. The OnePlus 5 is not certified for resistance against the elements, so you have to be more careful with it when near liquids.

Both phones feature fast and accurate fingerprint scanners, but while the G6’s is on the back, the OnePlus 5 retains its placement at the front. Both solutions get the job done, but having a front fingerprint reader would appeal to a greater audience.

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


Expect a better viewing experience from the G6, with none of that jelly scrolling.

As mentioned above, the LG G6 is more compact and easier to operate than the OnePlus 5. This has been achieved through adopting an unconventional screen aspect ratio – 18:9 instead of the more traditional 16:9 seen on most other phones. Or in other words, the display on the G6 is taller, yet narrower than the one on the OnePlus 5, and more of its area is easier to reach with a single thumb. This helps with activities like on-the-go typing or web-browsing, but the experience of watching online video suffers, as most content isn’t made to fill the G6’s screen entirely.

Aspect ratio aside, both displays pack plenty of pixels and deliver crisp images. Although the G6’s screen produces more detail thanks to its greater resolution – 1440x2880 vs 1080x1920 pixels on the OP5 – the difference is barely noticeable with a naked eye. What is easier to notice is that colors are punchier on the OnePlus 5’s AMOLED display. While I’m sure most users would be fine with that, there’s an option in the settings menu allowing you to switch to a tamer, more accurate color profile. Colors on the G6’s IPS LCD screen do have some punch added to them, but are generally likeable. Whites could have been less blueish, however.

“But what about the ‘jelly effect’ on the OnePlus 5?”, some might ask. The flaw is there indeed, and no software update can fix it, so scrolling on the OnePlus 5 isn’t as fluid as it is on the G6. But I wouldn’t call this a deal breaker in any way.

Outdoor visibility is a display property all of us care about. While none of the two phones excel in this respect, they remain usable even under direct sunlight, with the G6 being slightly better at that. Also, both phones feature blue light filter modes for night-time use.

Before we proceed, I must mention that the LG G6 comes with a couple of display perks not found on the OnePlus 5. One of them is the always-on display feature. While it does have some impact on battery life, it gives you a quick glance at the time and your pending notifications while the phone is in stand-by, and that I find quite convenient. Another stand-out feature is the G6’s support for HDR video content via Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video service.


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