LG has finally revealed the G4, the company's new flagship smartphone. But can the G4 take on its closest Android-powered competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S6? Read on to find out the LG phone's hits and misses, and which smartphone is better for business.
LG G4: If you want a device that stands out, the G4 is unlike most phones in the wild. It sports a curved, leather back with stitching detail running down the middle. It's a sleek look for a business phone, and makes the G4 easier to keep in your hands than plastic or metal phones. The back is also swappable, so you can change out the design or purchase the plastic version if you're not a fan of leather.
Samsung Galaxy S6: The Galaxy S series has a reputation for feeling cheap and flimsy, but the S6 has received a premium upgrade. Its sleek body sports a glass back made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4— the toughest commercial glass available — encased in a sturdy magnesium-alloy frame. These upgrades make the S6 solid and durable for all types of business users. [Best Business Smartphones 2015 (and Why We Love Them)]
LG G4: If you're looking for a larger screen, the G4 wins. It features a phablet-size, 5.5-inch, quad-HD display. This gives you more than enough screen real estate to work on business documents and use multiple apps at the same time by splitting the screen. The display also uses Quantum IPS technology, which LG says brings sharper images and truer colors compared to other phones.
Samsung Galaxy S6: The S6 has a smaller, 5.1-inch screen. It comes with a high-resolution 577 pixels per inch (ppi), which delivers sharp, stunning images even for the most discerning business user.
When it comes to power and performance, it's pretty much a tie between the LG G4 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. The G4 is equipped with the Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM, while the S6 comes with Samsung's Exynos 7420 processor, also with 3GB of RAM. Both are blazing fast and deliver snappy performance to run multiple apps, open large files, browse the Web and more, without any slowdowns.
LG G4: The G4 comes with 32 GB of internal space. This likely isn't enough for many business users, so LG lets you expand the storage with the SD card slot, which is accessible by removing the back plate.
Samsung Galaxy S6: One of the features users love about the Galaxy S series is that its storage is expandable. With the S6, however, you're out of luck. Samsung has nixed the SD slot, so you're stuck with the following storage options: 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.
LG G4: You can expect a long battery life from both devices, but if you're a road warrior or a heavy user who doesn't have the time to wait for your phone to charge, the G4 is the better choice. The removable back plate gives you access to the battery, which you can replace with a backup in order to maintain continuous power and productivity.
Samsung Galaxy S6: As it did with the SD slot, Samsung has also gotten rid of another popular Galaxy S series feature: a removable battery. Unlike the G4 (and like the iPhone), if your battery dies, you don't have the option of swapping it out for a backup. To make up for this, Samsung now has a quick-charge feature that gives you about 4 hours of power with just a 10-minute charge. The phone is also compatible with the Qi and PMW wireless chargers.
LG G4: Camera capabilities won't matter to many business users, but it's a huge deal for those who are often on videoconference. The G4 comes with an unprecedented 8-MP front-facing camera, making it an excellent shooter for those video calls.
Samsung Galaxy S6: The S6 comes with a lower-resolution, 5-MP front-facing camera. This doesn't make it a horrible camera by any means. Video will still be clear, and the camera can handle even low-light surroundings, such as offices.
Where the S6 really shines over the G4 is security. First, the S6 is equipped with a fingerprint scanner, which lets you keep your phone on lockdown and use your fingerprint by tapping on the home button instead of using a PIN or password. It also comes with Samsung Knox, a mobile security platform that isolates work data from personal data and enables two-factor authentication on the S6. Neither of these security features are available on the G4, making it a less secure device for business users.