I got to get my hands on an LG G6 at the announcement event in Toronto. Here are my initial impressions.
Like a lot of people, I was pretty skeptical when I saw the leaks. "Who would really want a rounded screen", I asked myself. However, all the negative opinions were put to rest when I got to see the phone and its beautiful screen in person.
The screen is amazing! It is easily one of the best panels LG has put on a phone. While, it is still an LCD, it is easily one of the best ones I have seen on a phone. Also, I love the 18:9 ratio. The phone did not seem overly long and felt very natural in the hand.
The Bezels (or lack there of)
While the phone packs a massive 5.7" screen, the phone isn't much bigger than the Galaxy S7 (as shown above). This makes it almost usable with one hand to people with medium to large hands. I personally think it is a bit on the bigger side and won't be usable with one hand, especially for pulling down the notifications.
How it feels in hand
The first thing I noticed when I picked the LG G6 up was its weight. The phone is very light! Maybe I was surprised because I am used to phones with screens this big being much heavier. Despite its light weight, the LG G6 feels very premium and well made. The difference is night and day when compared to the LG G5, which always felt like it had a dbrand skin on.
While the edges are a bit sharper than other glass phones such as the Galaxy S7, the phone feels much less slippery. I'll be rocking mine without a case or a skin when I get mine once it is launched.
According to the LG official at the event, the Canadian LG G6 will have wireless charging like the US variant. I am a huge fan of wireless charges despite its flaws such as overheating and slow charge times because it is just too convenient to drop the phone on a charging pad. Definitely a welcome addition to the G line of devices.
No Quad-DAC in Canada
I LOVED the audio output of the V20, so I was very excited about the quad-DAC in the G6. However, it was announced that quad-DAC will be limited to Asian markets only.
However, I'll wait until I have a device to use for a longer time before I come to any conclusions on the audio quality.
The event took place in a very dark place, so I wasn't able to test the capabilities of the cameras. The camera UI has been changed to allow for new features such square photos, and the app looks much better as a whole from a UX perspective.
In terms of picture quality, it seems identical to the V20 in low light. However, I'll need to test the camera in a variety of situations to really form an opinion.
Here are some samples.