After around one month using the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge as my daily smartphone, I've recently started playing with the LG G4 and now I think I'm torn. Both smartphones are the top of their class, being the best handsets the respective companies have released yet.
But one of the roads that Samsung took with the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is that it removed two of the biggest things that set them apart from Apple and the iPhone: a removeable battery, and the microSD card slot. These two omissions have really hurt Samsung in the eyes of consumers, but luckily LG didn't cut anything from the G4.
LG and Samsung are the two biggest Android smartphone manufacturers in the world, with the G4 being LG's biggest launch of 2015. Samsung will have another launch later in the year with the Galaxy Note 5, which is rumored to be accompanied by the Galaxy Note 5 edge.
One of the biggest things that sets the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 apart is their connectivity. Analogix was brought in to provide their next-gen SlimPort 4K connector in the G4, and it really is next-gen when compared to the 'what the hell was Samsung thinking' approach to connectivity on the S6. The S6 is not capable of outputting its captured 4K content onto a TV, where the G4 can do it with a single SlimPort cable. More on that later in the article.
A Quick Comparison Between G4 and S6 edge
We'll talk about this more, but here's a quick recap of what you'll find in the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge:
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Display: 5.1-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution: 2560x1440 (577PPI)
Processor: Samsung Exynos 7420 (8-core processor)
Cameras: 16-megapixel rear/5-megapixel front
Software: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
Battery: 2550mAh non-removeable
Connectivity: USB micro-B compatible
Display: 5.5-inch IPS LCD
Resolution: 2560x1440 (538PPI)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (6-core processor)
Cameras: 16-megapixel rear/8-megapixel front
Software: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Battery: 3000mAh removeable
Connectivity: USB micro-B compatible with SlimPort TV out
LG has used a 5.5-inch display in the G4 with a resolution of 2560x1440, the same resolution used in the Galaxy S6 edge, except Samsung has used a 5.1-inch dual-edge display. LG's 1440p panel has a pixel density of 538PPI, while the Galaxy S6 edge sports a 577PPI display, edging out the LG display.
But this is where the two smartphones differ: LG has used the same 5.5-inch size from its G3 in the G4, while Samsung continues to use a 5.1-inch display for its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. This is a very personal preference, as I really enjoy the size of the S6 edge's display. It's not too big, and it's not too small - it really is, just right. The G4 is bigger, but it honestly doesn't feel anywhere near as big as the iPhone 6 Plus, which feels gigantic in my hands.
Both displays are stellar, with 1440p really shining on either panel. Colors pop, text is beautifully clear, and everything just looks perfect. Watching 1080p or 1440p videos on YouTube has never been better, as Samsung and LG have put their best displays possible into these handsets.
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