Storage - Why Samsung, Why?!
One of the reasons why the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two of the thinnest smartphones Samsung has ever made, is that the South Korean giant decided to use UFC 2.0, which is up to 2.7x faster in random read speeds than the Galaxy S5. Transferring files on and off your smartphone has never been faster, thanks to the UFC 2.0 found in the new S6 handsets.
But, Samsung had to kill something off, and that was expandable storage. So there's no microSD card slot in the S6 or S6 edge, which is another area where LG wins with the G4. The G4 not only features a microSD card slot, but it features a removeable battery, too.
After the first few weeks of using my Galaxy S6 edge, I didn't think an Android flagship smartphone would come out that could replace those thoughts I had. Up until the S6, I did not like what Samsung were doing with the Galaxy range of smartphones, because TouchWiz was just too intrusive. But the company scaled it back considerably with the new S6 and S6 edge, so much so that I actually became a large fan of Samsung's new handsets.
Then the LG G4 fell into my lap. What a gorgeous handset. It feels great, it packs the same internal punch that Samsung provides in the S6, the same external punch with its more-than-awesome 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and so much more. It doesn't have wireless charging which is a miss, but it does feature quick charging if you have the right charger and cable.
But for me, I'm sharing so much more of my content instantly now. I got home from Taiwan this year for Computex and wanted to show my family some of my pictures and videos of my experiences, but I couldn't do that with the S6 edge. I wanted to show how amazing Taiwan looked in 4K, but I simply couldn't do it no matter what I tried - short of transferring super-large files onto my PC, and then playing it over the network from my media player.
With the G4 in tow, I hooked it right up to my 4K TV with the SlimPort 4K cable and within seconds I had everything that was on my G4 smartphone, on the TV - 4K video included. This is such a big win for the LG G4, and something I think Samsung did not think through. Do people not share their content with others anymore? Do you just want to stare into a 5-something-inch screen and enjoy that 4K content? No, I didn't think so.
Some people have large 4K TVs, and the only way to share your 4K content from your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge is to have a PC. That's not smart, nor is it easy, or intuitive. It's a huge stumbling block for Samsung, because the rest of the S6 is just so glorious. If we had wireless 4K video, then it wouldn't be a problem, but I want to experience my 4K video instantly, and this is something I can do thanks to the inclusion of SlimPort on the G4.
Other than that, I think I've become an even bigger fan of LG than I was just a few months ago. The G4 is a beautiful smartphone, but that doesn't make the S6 anything less. Right now, both of the smartphones are the top of their class, but it all comes down to you... the consumer. The choice then comes down to the display. The G4 with its 5.5-inch display doesn't feel that much bigger than the 5.1-inch handset in the S6, but it does make a little difference, depending on the size of your hands.
Both the Galaxy S6 and G4 are excellent smartphones, but if you live in the 4K world, you might want to jump on the SlimPort bandwagon and grab the G4. If 4K output isn't something you're interested in, then you will be over the Moon with either smartphone.
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