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Samsung and LG are redefining Android, and that's a good thing

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

You'll get treated to Android Nougat on both devices, but you'll hardly be able to tell that — both the Galaxy S8 and G6 feature heavily-modified interfaces that have little resemblance to stock Android.

Samsung has really improved its the stock interface over the years, and it wouldn't be too far-fetched to say that the Galaxy S8's iteration is the best one yet. With fresh modern visuals and streamlined menus, it's quite likeable and straight-forward. Some of the noteworthy new features include customizable software buttons, which can be swapped per will.

The UI of Samsung Galaxy S8 is now dubbed Samsung Experience - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
The UI of Samsung Galaxy S8 is now dubbed Samsung Experience - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
The UI of Samsung Galaxy S8 is now dubbed Samsung Experience - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
The UI of Samsung Galaxy S8 is now dubbed Samsung Experience - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

The UI of Samsung Galaxy S8 is now dubbed Samsung Experience


The same applies to the G6 as well – its interface has also been streamlined a bit and offers a good chunk of customization options, but unfortunately, very few of these are functionality-oriented. Its interface also heavily emphasizes the 2:1 aspect ratio of the display – using multi-tasking splits the screen in perfect 1:1 squares, while select stock apps will make full use of the tall display in landscape mode.

UI of the LG G6 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
UI of the LG G6 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
UI of the LG G6 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
UI of the LG G6 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

UI of the LG G6


Both phones have some issues with the way they display content, both multimedia and apps as well. With media content, the situation is similar – watching a YouTube video on the LG G6 means that a portion of the display will get letterboxed, while the Galaxy S8 lets you crop and fill the screen with a 16:9 video but doing that will sacrifice the top and bottom portions of the video.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Probably the single biggest problem with the functionality of the Galaxy S8 is its fingerprint scanner positioning. It's too high at the back, meaning that you might have some issues trying to reach it with your index finger while holding the Galaxy S8 normally. Your finger does not naturally fall there, which requires a bit of fiddling and potentially smudging the camera lens. In this regard, the LG G6 fares inherently better – its center-positioned scanner is easier to reach and locate; it also doesn't require you to stretch your finger.

The saving grace of the Galaxy S8 are the on-board iris scanner and facial recognition features. These let you unlock the phone without having to resort to that not-so-comfortable fingerprint sensor.

When it comes to unique features, the Galaxy S8 introduces Bixby, Samsung's flashy new “me-too” smart assistant that wants to make users' lives easier. Samsung's so excited about Bixby that it has even thrown in a dedicated button on the side of the phone which launches it. However, Bixby is crippled right now as some of its features are not available yet – for example, voice commands will arrive at an undisclosed date later this spring. Tsk, tsk, not off to a good start here, Samsung! Further adding to the confusion is the fact that the Google Assistant is now also available on the Galaxy S8, and this one's already doing most of the things Bixby will eventually do as well — do we really, really need two smart assistants on one and the same device?

Bixby - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Bixby - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Bixby - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Bixby - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

Bixby


In the other camp, the LG G6 'only' comes with the Google Assistant on board, and we largely feel that this is totally sufficient for anyone's needs. With Google's know-how under your fingertips, the lack of a dedicated Bixby-like feature is unlikely to be such a loss.

Last but not least, it should be mentioned that both devices sport always-on display features that aim to show relevant information and incoming notifications to the user when the phone is asleep. You might find these useful, but you best leave them disabled for squeezing out some additional battery life out of your device.

Processor and memory

That Galaxy is unbeatable, but should the G6 even battle?

It's easy to bash the LG G6 for having a last-year chipset on board: the quad-core Snapdragon 821 inside is by no means a slouch, but it can't quite reach the scores of the octa-core Snapdragon 835 silicon of the Galaxy S8 in synthetic benchmarks or really heavy 3D games.

Notice how we explicitly mentioned synthetic benchmarks and heavy 3D games? On paper, the Snapdragon 835 runs circles around the Snapdragon 821 in terms of performance, but we highly doubt that anyone will be able to notice significant and ground-breaking difference between the two handsets when it comes to regular real-life usage. In fact, when it comes to user interface fluidity, the G6 often matches or outpaces the Galaxy S8.

There are 4GB of RAM on both devices, which is pretty much the standard for Android flagships these days. As far as storage goes, the Galaxy S8 offers 64GB of storage right out of the box and also allows you to throw in a microSD card if you wish so; the LG G6 treats you to 32GB and it also has that coveted-by-many microSD card slot present.

Performance benchmarks

AnTuTu
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Samsung Galaxy S8 166646.66
LG G6 157208
Vellamo Metal
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Samsung Galaxy S8 3074
LG G6 3632.33
Vellamo Browser
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Samsung Galaxy S8 6759
LG G6 4733.33
JetStream
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Samsung Galaxy S8 55.503
LG G6 57.368
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
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Samsung Galaxy S8 60
LG G6 50
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
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Samsung Galaxy S8 41
LG G6 14
Basemark OS II
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Samsung Galaxy S8 3201.66
LG G6 2122
Geekbench 4 single-core
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Samsung Galaxy S8 2008.33
LG G6 1797
Geekbench 4 multi-core
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Samsung Galaxy S8 6575
LG G6 4285
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posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:35 7

1. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Basicaly there is nothing that G6 does better than S8

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:57 4

4. Hyperreal (Posts: 322; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


wide angle camera? flat screen? curved looks cool but look at those light reflections. and its cheaper. but i'd buy S8 anyway :P

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 12:12 1

18. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The screen being flat vs curved is not better in either case. Just because you liek it doesn't make it better.

Curving the screen makes the device less bulkier. Its also lighter because of less material.

Whether it is easier of harder to hold is also for debate. I found them to be equally easier to hold, but the Galaxy isn't sharp edged like the G6.

Anyone who would argue a "preference" as better already loses an argument. Phones have been flat for years.

But how about this. Suppose we never curved the lines of cars? You think cars would look so sexy now?

http://www.benzinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/old-mercedes-1-724x443.jpg

http://275c1577b75606cf1b22-bb4da59307f092c4c5debf6be2f12317.r7.cf1.rackcdn.com//thumbnails/55SWF4JB8HU210745/00f59d0101564f7fd7fdf0a772c8a2b3.jpg

Are you really gonna claim you would rather have the car in the first photo over the second?

I'm not debating your choice. I'm trying to understand how flat is better than curved. In many cases it is. But saying its better just because you like it, is wrong.

posted on 30 Apr 2017, 10:24

51. firebird820 (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Jan 2017)


So you're saying I'm not allowed to have an opinion, and if I do have an opinion, that it's wrong. Out of the two pictures you have the links to, I would have the classic Merc, but that's because I love classic cars. But apparently that's wrong.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 19:44 1

33. HomerS (Posts: 418; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Is it really cheaper? It has 32GB onboard storage compared to 64GB and has no headphones included and the S8 comes with quite nice headphones.

posted on 23 Apr 2017, 12:14

43. cthunder (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


TechieXP,

"I'm not debating your choice. I'm trying to understand how flat is better than curved. In many cases it is. But saying its better just because you like it, is wrong."

So curved is better than flat? You'd be wrong. As it was stated in the article the flat screen was more practical to use. And did you miss this line as a well "the edge display is prone to accidentally registering your touches, which could end up being an aggravating side-effect of the non-flat screen."?

I would say it's probably safe to say flat is better than curved.

posted on 24 Apr 2017, 05:06

47. ColinW (Posts: 271; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


I do not agree. Having owned an S7 Edge and now an S8+ I can say from actual experience that touching the edge is not an issue and it is far better looking is easier and nicer to handle.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 11:10 3

13. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 677; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


Better design.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 23:20 1

34. Highside (Posts: 182; Member since: 31 Jan 2017)


I RETURNED MY G6 FOR MY S8. Enough said.

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 22:56

49. Foxgabanna (Posts: 265; Member since: 11 Sep 2016)


Thats not an actual issue. mine is fine.

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 22:57

50. Foxgabanna (Posts: 265; Member since: 11 Sep 2016)


You deserve a cookie.

posted on 03 May 2017, 20:54

53. Koozini (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2017)


That is actually the opposite.....that says nothing........... that's like me trading a nice car for a newer car, the "newer" car is nicer because its newer. They both have pros and cons but still both very good cars. Cheers!

posted on 04 May 2017, 09:42

54. firebird820 (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Jan 2017)


But what was said was that if I like the classic one I was wrong.

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 02:36 1

37. colodius (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2017)


since it's still early to have phones in hand, most cmts will just be speculations at this point but how dare you say LG has nothing better? How about dual lens cam? How about envisioning the future by moving the home/finger scan buttons to the back of the phone since forever vs putting finger scanner high up next to the camera and not even on the right side so that your right hand's finger can at least try to reach it? How about including a DAC that excels in music (even though not in US market)? How about including smart 2:1 functions in the core experience itself to utilize the new screen ratio? Curve screen for me is such a gimmick as well since I have a lot of trouble pairing a good screen protector with a case so most of the time I have to stick with film instead of glass for protection, and the decent curved glasses cost a small fortune. I know I'm a big LG fan but at least I'm not so biased/ignorant to refuse the truth.

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 09:12 2

39. WPX00 (Posts: 473; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


LG's always on display is a significantly better implementation than Samsung. By that I mean one thing and one thing only: it drains noticeably less battery. My G5 can sit with AOD on for 3h and not drain even 1%, while Samsung's AOD drains ~2% per hour on Wi-Fi. Samsung standby is already bad in the first place (AccuBattery reports ~3%/hr drain over the course of my device lifetime), so AOD would only make it worse. Back with my G2, it could sit 6h and still be at 100% at the end.

posted on 23 Apr 2017, 14:30

45. Trex95 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Atleast it doesn't comes out of the box with red tint Super Amoled.

posted on 30 Apr 2017, 10:26

52. firebird820 (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Jan 2017)


That's a software problem. You can literally fix it by just going into the display settings.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:36 7

2. R-vjn (Posts: 278; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


The battery on the S8 is a bit over hyped in here considering what other reviewers are saying..! I love the S8 for its design but if I was to buy a phone now, I would get the G6 for being more practical and also because of the wide angle camera..!

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 12:15

20. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You're debating semantics...lol

I have the iPhone with a second camera. Its as useless as the phone almost is.

Will you even remember to take a wider angle shot? If so then great!

I wish Samsung kept the 16MP from the S6, because its angle was much wider.

But Samsung went from a 16:9 camera to a 4:3 one and that is where they messed up.

If they kept a 16:9 camera, the shot would be wide enough with 2 lens.

2 lens doing what one could do is dumb on any phone.

How many wide shots are you going to take vs regular?

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 01:42 1

35. R-vjn (Posts: 278; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


I'm a photographer actually (especially landscapes and all), and for me the wide angle lens make a lot of sense. Actually the 4:3 ratio is the best and most efficient (in a sense), and its a bit hard to explain (if you were a photographer or a camera tech enthusiast, you would have known) in a thread like this but just google, and you will know why.
The only benefit of a 16:9 photo is that it covers most of the screen on the phone or all the screen if the display is 16:9.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:45 1

3. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Eh. You can't really go wrong with either one, though who knows what issues will pop up in the long term. For now, you may as well flip a coin unless there's a particular feature one or the other has that you can't live without.

Personally, I'll take the S8 plus.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:02 4

5. nctx77 (Posts: 2486; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


I think that edge display is way overrated and it's nothing new from Samsung. All they literally did was make the screen taller. It look good, but I just much prefer the flat look of the G6. The G6 should have went OLED and put a faster chip in though.

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 01:45 2

36. R-vjn (Posts: 278; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


You are right about the OLED display thing, but I highly doubt the chipset side. The S821 will be fine for another 2-3 years and it will play almost all games without any issue if there is proper optimization. I admit S835 would have been much better but the gains are negligible in day today use.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:13

6. ChafedBanana (Posts: 396; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Wait, so the G6 can charge up wirelessly in 102 minutes, was the S8 timed at 100 minutes while being charged wirelessly or with its included wired charger?

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:53

10. joeytaylor (Posts: 933; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


It was with the wall charger

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:16 1

7. ChafedBanana (Posts: 396; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I as charging an S8 plus yesterday on a Samsung fast wireless charger and it didn't seem any faster than when I charge an S7. I think it's still just as slow. 102 minutes to charge the G6's battery wirelessly is impressive!

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:27 1

8. Nutcase4u2 (Posts: 30; Member since: 15 Oct 2015)


I think if the G6 had an AMOLED screen then I would have bought it already. Definitely prefer the flat screen over the curves. Looks like I'll be sticking to my Pixel XL, until the next Note has the opportunity to impress me.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:36

9. sb311 (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


UI could easily become a moot point when you switch out your launchers.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 11:52 1

15. ebilcake (Posts: 974; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


Launchers only change so much, much of the interface you're still stuck with.

Also regardless of Samsung call it now, the touchwiz framework is fully integrated.

posted on 23 Apr 2017, 11:28

40. LionStone (Posts: 861; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


this. As soon as you pull the notification shade on a the brand new S8 and see the same cluttered look, I just shake my head and think they still have a ways to go.

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