The LG G6 2018 is a more than capable smartphone. It has excellent hardware and software which has gracefully aged in the past year. I did review the LG G6 a while back. Back then in that review, I did express my love for the device. The question now is how good is the LG G6 in 2018? Will it still be able to stack up against other flagship devices now in 2018? Should you go with a slightly used LG G6 2018 now or should you rather get a brand new Mid Range smartphone.
In this article, I am going to look at the strengths of the G6 and compare them to other options available on the market right now.
LG G6 2018
The LG G6 is one of my favourite smartphones from 2017. A year filled with amazing and groundbreaking devices. The G6 was one of the first of those groundbreaking design. Even with its older generation Snapdragon 821 chip. The big feature was the G6’s FullVision display. The smartphones slim bezels allowed for a large 5.8-inch display into a smartphone the size of an iPhone 6. The display is much taller than most displays with an aspect ratio of 18:9.
This 18:9 or 2:1 aspect ratio has since become a widely accepted format in most modern smartphones. It makes split-screen a dream and normal usage of messaging apps are great. You can also adjust games to fit that screen ratio as well.
Being in Love with the LG G6 Camera
Another important defining feature of the LG G6 is its incredible dual 13MP cameras. Apart from taking great photos, you can also take dramatic wide angle shots. This feature can easily be toggled within the camera menu. After some extended usage in the wide angle mode, I found myself always sticking to this mode. I just can’t get enough of my phone’s camera consuming so many elements into a shot.
The power button is featured just below the dual camera setup. A very good location seeing that the button doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. The LG G6 also features a headphone jack. This is certainly a great addition which can be found situated at the top of the smartphone. Not the best place for most people. But I hardly hard any complaints in regards to this. It’s just frustrating taking the smartphone out of your pocket while listening to music.
The only real downside to this smartphone may have been the older 2016 generation Snapdragon 821 processor. This chip along with Android 7 Nougat is a reasonably snappy and great experience. LG probably went with the older chip because they opted for reliable tech instead of the newer 835 chip which was just released.
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Using the LG G6 in 2018
The G6 is a handsome smartphone. It was back in 2017 and it is now. But, although the G6 had a groundbreaking design in 2017, its thick design now is more a thing of the past. In order words, it hasn’t aged as well as the Samsung S8 curved design. But its bezel-less design will go well with a fancy skin or cover. So looks aren’t the issue.
The Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB RAM and Android 7 is still up to the task. The LG G6 is currently on Android 7.1.1 and has been there since January 2018. There were plenty promises and rumours of the G6 moving on to the latest Android 8 Oreo OS. But it still seems that this won’t come about anytime soon.
But the Hardware and Software of this smartphone are well synced and tweaked. This combination allows for a superb experience with this smartphone. I rarely experience crashes with this smartphone and the battery is well optimised in the software. If you are someone who doesn’t care much about software then you will be fine with an LG G6 2018 smartphone. If you are getting this smartphone with the hope of an Android 8 update, You might end up being disappointed.
On paper, the Snapdragon 821 chip looks about 2 years old. But it really isn’t that bad today and in comparison to other smartphones. The G6 will still open and switch between apps smoothly and efficiently. You will also have no issues with gaming on the G6. You may have to deal with buggy camera apps like Instagram stories or Snapchat. LG devices are not optimised well for this kind of camera apps and tend to crash frequently.
The G6 is a handsome smartphone
Should You Get an LG G6 Now in 2018?
LG has since moved forward in their device line up with the impressive LG V30 and V30S. These smartphones are a legit evolution and update of the G6. The feature similar awesome (but updated) styling and wide angle camera. There’s also an updated Snapdragon 835 chip with more internal memory. The LG V30 also has incredible audio capabilities from its included headphone jack.
A very solid choice if you are an LG fan like I am, but the V30 series smartphones are expensive. This should be considered if you are willing to spend that type of cash.
There have been talks of an LG G7. This smartphone will feature a refreshed 2018 design with the latest processor and software. There have been delays in the release of this smartphone partly due to LG’s design ideas. They are proposing a notch style at the top similar to the iPhone X.
Buying a used LG G6 now in 2018 should not be a problem. The smartphone will run just fine and will be able to handle your requirements. The only issue is the price. An example would be finding a G6 at a mid-range smartphone price of say $500. This is too much. You can pick up a new OnePlus 5T at this price. The 5T also has more impressive specs onboard.