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OnePlus 5 vs LG G6

Introduction


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.

Design

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.

OnePlus 5 vs LG G6
OnePlus 5 vs LG G6
OnePlus 5 vs LG G6
OnePlus 5 vs LG G6

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.

OnePlus 5's slider switch - OnePlus 5 vs LG G6

OnePlus 5's slider switch

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.


OnePlus 5
6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches
154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

OnePlus 5

LG G6
5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches
148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

LG G6


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


Display

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

OnePlus 5 vs LG G6

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.

LG G6's always-on display feature - OnePlus 5 vs LG G6

LG G6's always-on display feature

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.

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
OnePlus 5 435
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
8014
(Poor)
2.13
6.63
(Average)
6.29
(Average)
LG G6 506
(Excellent)
4
(Excellent)
1:2164
(Excellent)
8639
(Poor)
2.12
5.68
(Average)
7.55
(Average)
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posted on 03 Aug 2017, 09:35 4

1. Phonehex (Posts: 334; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)


OP5 wins in benchmarks , the rest G6 wins.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 10:18 1

5. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The G6 also has wireless charging. The OnePlus does not.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 12:05

9. surethom (Posts: 954; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


No it does not that's only America the rest of the world the lg does not have wireless charging.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 09:39

2. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The Chinese OnePlus puts their own twist on Android. Not to mention the underneath Linux kernel and libraries associated with Android. That is why they call it OxygenOS. LG doesn't do that to Android.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 11:04

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


As much as i love OxygenOS, i will have to go with LG here.
Does better in most given cases.
G6+OxygenOS+Profile switch = Win-Win!!

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 09:52

3. shmebulock (Posts: 14; Member since: 29 Jul 2017)


OP5 wins in just benchmarks

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 10:00

4. surethom (Posts: 954; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


The LG G6 does not have an LED Notification light, even though it has always on display LED light is way more healpfull.

Also to Note in UK only the Low 32gb LG version is available. The OnePus comes with 64gb 6GB RAM Minimum.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 10:56

6. Shubham1221 (Posts: 126; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


Overall Lg G6 is a Better buy.Also Lg G6 is more Future proof bcaz of its design,screen body ratio,dust n water resistant,quad dac,wireless charging,better VR experience and better after sales support.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 11:54

8. Reus280 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Jul 2017)


LG all the way

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 12:21

10. GreenMan (Posts: 1817; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Only a OnePlus fanatic with the mentality of a CrackBerry user would go for that Chinese ish (No offense) that tries hard to look like an iPhone 7 Plus over the excellent G6.

Besides, I absolutely love the Wide Angle dual camera module of The G6 and that exotic 2:1 aspect ratio and extremely premium build quality as demonstrated by JerryRigsEverything.

LG wins by a HUGE margin, period.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 13:05

11. xtradax (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Dec 2014)


The battery life chart is comparing S8 vs G6 while the review talk about OP5 vs G6, you should fix the error.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 14:03

12. jeroome86 (Posts: 2100; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Center placement of finger scanner is superb.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 16:07

13. Jishnusur (Posts: 138; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


So I own both the phones.

LG G6 :
Display res (not brightness)
Design (simply outstanding)
Wide angle lens + Those manual video modes (camera has too much sharpening)
Waterproof
HDR 10 support

OP5
Software
The slimmer body
Front camera
Rear camera at night (Day more or less the same on all phones)
Battery life (7-8H sot on avg vs 4H on the LG G6)
Dash charging (charges at same rate even when using the phone. Quick charging doesn't work this way)
Amoled blacks
SD835 vs SD821 (trust me use it to see the difference)

Here's are the pros of each.

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 16:09

14. Jishnusur (Posts: 138; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


LG G6 with SD835 and stock android would ruin every phone in the market. Trust me on this. Probably that's the Pixel 2 ;)

posted on 03 Aug 2017, 18:17

15. almostdone (Posts: 238; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Battery life is really poor on LG for some strange reason, not just the G6. They don't seem to know how to optimize efficiency. They have poor battery life relative to their capacities. One of the reasons I don't buy LG.

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 07:46

16. Tito73 (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Owner of G6! Believe me id does eveything very well! No lags, very fast, bezels almost zero and very resistent, twice dropped accidentally (once did hit the asphalt in a very hard way) but no problem, a little scratch of course), price low - high level!

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