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Friday, May 15, 2015

LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6

LG G4 vs Apple iPhone 6


A 5.5-inch phone that retains the design language of the LG G3 with LG's signature rear-positioned buttons, the LG G4
focuses on two key areas for improvement: first, it’s style, with a new
leather back cover option and second - an improved, 16-megapixel camera
that aims to rival the best. One of these best devices that will be
natural competition to the LG G4 is the Apple iPhone 6.
A kind of a gold standard for design with its sleek metallic body, and
reliable, consistently great 8-megapixel camera, the iPhone 6 might be
smaller in size, but packs an equally sizable punch.

Apart from
the size, the two differ mostly in that they run on two fairly different
operating systems: the G4 runs on Android that is skinned to LG’s
liking, while the iPhone runs on iOS 8 that takes pride in its
user-friendly face.

In this full comparison between the LG G4 and
Apple iPhone 6, we compare the two in all the important aspects, from
the aforementioned design and camera, to their performance, call
quality, and battery life. Let’s get right to it.


LG G4 is a rather large phone, especially when compared with the sleek
iPhone 6, but both have their distinct appeal. The leather back of the
G4 feels soft and warm, while the iPhone 6 has a cold, but sturdy metal
The LG G4 comes in two versions differing only in their back
cover: there is one with a diamond-shaped, 3D-like plastic finish that
sells for the price of a regular flagship, and another model with a
premium genuine leather back cover that is offered for $50 more. The
first one is nice plastic, but still plastic. It is the leather one that
is definitely the fancier one: it has got that signature stitch that
goes right along the center, and different colors of it come with a
different kind of leather. The black one, for instance, has a large
porous structure, while the brown one has a finer grain to it, so we
would recommend getting a hold of various color versions to pick your
favorite not just by its color, but also by feel. The Apple iPhone 6, on
the other hand, comes in a sturdy metal body that lacks the warmth and
soft touch of leather. The aluminum is a cold material that just
subconsciously says you’re holding a solid device that will last for a
long time. It’s hard to pick a favorite between two vastly different
materials - it will depend on your own preference.

In terms of
size, the 5.5-inch LG G4 dwarfs the iPhone 6, which is also noticeably
thinner and lighter: thickness is 0.27” (6.9mm) with the iPhone, and
0.25” to the whopping 0.39” (9.8mm) on the G4. In fact, the G4 is the
thickest, chubbiest flagship of the year so far.

The interesting
thing about the LG G4 is its Slim Arc curve up front: the screen is just
slightly curved, but that slight curve reduces the chance of having
your phone drop flat on its screen, and hence, the chances of breaking
the display are probably smaller.

The color options on the LG G4
include: ceramic white, metallic gray and gold for the plastic model,
and red, brown, blue, yellow, and black genuine leather. The iPhone 6,
on the other hand, has a silver, gold, and dark grey color finishes.

also worth pointing out that the iPhone 6 has a fingerprint scanner
built right in the home key. Its primary purpose is to make your device
more secure by locking it with your fingerprint, and you can use Apple
Pay for cashless payments in the US. The LG G4, on its part, lacks a
fingerprint scanner. The LG G4, on its part, has an IR blaster and an
app that goes with it allowing you to control your TV or other
electronics. This time, it’s the iPhone that lacks such a feature.


5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

5.47 oz (155 g)


Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The LG G4 sports a super sharp 5.5-inch
display with a Quad HD resolution, while the iPhone 6 sports a 4.7”
screen with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. Color accuracy is not
perfect on both, but the iPhone 6 is much closer to the ideal.
LG G4 features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560
pixels, and it’s using an IPS LCD panel that LG claims has improved
qualities over the G3 predecessor. The Apple iPhone 6, on its own,
features a much smaller, 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 750 × 1334
pixels and also uses IPS LCD technology. Both appear very sharp, but
when you look up close you notice that the much larger pixel density of
the LG G4 (538ppi) translates in sharper looking detail, much sharper
than the iPhone 6 with its 326ppi. That’s something you notice mostly
when looking at the phone from very up close, but not so much in daily

Since both phones would appear sharp enough for most people,
it is arguably the color accuracy that makes the bigger difference for
the end user. The LG G4 features a so-called 'Quantum Display', but how
does this marketing term translate into real-life? First, we look at
gamma, a value indicating whether the luminance of the screen is
appropriate at various nuance levels. Ideally, it should ideally be
around 2.2, and good news is that the G4 is just about at that sweet
spot with a gamma measuring 2.24. The iPhone 6 also excels in this
regard with a gamma of 2.23, so we can conclude that on both phones,
darker areas will appear as dark as they should be, while brighter areas
of images will be as bright as they should be.

Next, we look at
color balance, and unfortunately that’s where we can see that the LG G4
has a preference for colder tonalities. The white point reference value
we are looking for here is 6500K, and the G4 is notably above it, in the
territories where whites appear bluish at 8000K. The iPhone 6, on the
other hand, is also a bit on the cold side, but just slightly with a
white point of about 7150K.

Finally, we test the actual color
accuracy. We look for compliance with the sRGB color gamut, the color
space that pretty much all content on the web is optimized for. The LG
G4 has colors that are wider than sRGB, meaning they appear
unrealistically overblown. Some people might like it, but the screen is
not color accurate by a long shot. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, is
not perfectly calibrated either, but is much closer to that sought after
perfection as its colors nearly match the reference values.

tech explanations aside, we can sum it all up by saying that the LG G4
has overblown, eye-popping colors that might please some people, but are
not color accurate. The iPhone 6 is closer to that ideal, but also not

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness
(nits)Higher is better
Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6 606




2.23 3.51


LG G4 454




2.24 5.08


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