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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6


Interface and functionality

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

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 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.

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.

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?

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.


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