After a long wait since its first announcement at the Mobile World Congress in February, LG Electronics has finally unveiled their latest flagship smartphone, the LG G6, locally today. Here’s our first impressions of the G6.
When we first wrapped our hands around the LG G6, we immediately felt the comfort that not many smartphones offer. Perhaps the research on the ergonomic design does play an important role than just a gimmick. Although the G6 is not the slickest or the lightest smartphone in the market, it is surprisingly well balanced and it felt really good in our hands. So good that we did not want to put it down to say our goodbyes. *sponsor us!*
The G6 has a fingerprint sensor located at the back and it acts as a Home button as well to turn on the screen. If you have short fingers, you can try turning on the screen by double tapping on the screen too. You are welcome!
One of the most important aspects of a smartphone is the camera. This is where we feel that the G6 really excels in. The G6 features a dual 13 MP rear cameras – standard 71-degree f1.8 lens and a wide-angle 125-degree f2.4 lens.
We took a few shots earlier today and we found that the image taken with the wide-angle lens tend to be a little too saturated as compared to the standard lens. It is not a bad thing because it looked great and Instagram-ready. To show you what we mean, here’s a comparison video between the G6, the iPhone 7, the S7 and S7 Edge.
At the front, LG also loaded a 100-degree wide-angle lens so that wefies can be taken with ease than having to ask everyone to squeeze uncomfortably together just for a shot. We all know how it feels.
To make full use of the awesome cameras, LG added many shooting modes that can help you impress your friends on Facebook and followers on Instagram.
Yes, there is a 360 Panorama feature too. According to LG, this 360 Panorama feature will allow you to share 360 photos on Facebook. But please note that it is only for still objects such as the sceneries or urban landscapes. Moving objects taken on this will still look like something that people submit to the paranormal websites.
You may have heard of the Square Camera Mode on the G6 in our previous article. It allows you to create photos with different types of shots – Snap shot, Match shot, Grid Shot and Guide shot. The Snap shot splits the screen into two. One is the viewfinder and the other, the preview of the image. But note that the image will be in a square format. So do not expect a wide 18:9 shot.
On the other hand, the Match shot allows you to be creative by shooting a top body of an object and matching it with the bottom of another object. Imagine the top of a bird and the bottom of a man. Birdman. Hmm..
You can also leverage on the Grid Shot to make collages using photos or videos. Like this:
Last but not least, the Guide Shot. According to LG, the Guide Shot “matches the composition of a chosen image to act as a guide for the next shot. This is especially useful to snap a series of photos, such as striking a similar pose in different settings, or various cuisines shot in the same plating format.”
If you missed our previous article on the G6 where we shared our thoughts on its specifications, you can click here to read more. But here’s a quick breakdown of what made the G6.
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
SIM: Dual-SIM (4G/3G)
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC /
USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
Colors: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
Other: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10
What do we think?
Given our short time with the G6, we really love the device and enjoyed its company. It sits perfectly in our hands and we are able to type our messages in one hand, which not many phones give you that comfort to do so.
We can feel LG’s dedication to creating the smartphone for the people with their needs in their mind. The cameras and its features that come with the G6 complement each other really well and all these make taking photos fun and entertaining, creating new conversations everytime you are out with your family and friends.
All in all, we are very excited about the G6 and if you are thinking of upgrading your phone and want something different, you should definitely consider getting this baby.
The LG G6, retailing at S$988, will be available in three different colours – Astro Black, Ice Platinum and Mystic White. It will be available from 14 April 2017 at all major telcos in Singapore and the other LG authorised retailers. By the way, each purchase of the phone comes with a complimentary flip case – while stocks last. 😉