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LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge - The Battle of Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 30, 2015 11:16 pm

Both Phones Look Amazing

 

While Samsung has a radical change in the look and style of the S6 and S6 edge, LG continues playing its cards right with the G4, keeping the same style from the G3. The G4 has its power button and volume rocker on the rear of the phone, under its more-than-impressive 16-megapixel f/1.8 rear-facing camera. LG has opted for a Sony sensor, which is one of the best available.

 

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LG has provided the option of replacing the back cover with a stitched real leather back, which my sample came with by default, and it feels amazing. But, I think the Galaxy S6 edge wins out here, as it has such a distinct look, and an even better feel in your hands thanks to its dual-edge display.

 

 

With the power button on the back, LG has had to compromise for people having their fingers instinctively going to the side of the phone to tap the power button to wake it up, by having a double-tap function on the screen waking the G4 up. It's smart, and it works, but after using the fingerprint reader on the S6 edge for weeks, I wish LG had used a fingerprint reader somewhere on the G4.

 

 

Internals - Both Sides Have Winners

 

Both smartphones pack quite a performance punch when it comes to their internals, with more than enough processing grunt inside of the G4 and S6 edge. But I've never been one to cave to benchmarks and recommend a phone "because it was faster than X phone". Never.

 

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6-core smartphone? 8-core smartphone? These days, it's all in the marketing. Never buy a smartphone when a company says "it's faster than X phone" because it's all subjective. What percentage of smartphone owners will benchmark their smartphone? Probably less than 10%.

 

In saying that, both phones are the fastest yet - which I would dare say has a lot to say about both companies keeping their UIs relatively clean. LG has much more of its own style injected into the G4, with Samsung peeling multiple layers of TouchWiz off of the S6, especially when compared to the bloat fest that was the S5.

 

I never reached a time on either handset where I had to wait for something to load, or had any slowdown. That's how I like my smartphone experience.

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