LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 comparison


LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: Connectivity 

As flagship phones both LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 support all the connectivity options you could dream of, with dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, USB OTG and an IR blaster 

Both are sold as single-SIM phones in the UK, with support for 4G. The LG G4 supports LTE-Advanced for download speeds up to a theoretical 450Mb/s, while the S6's Download Booster can pair Cat 6 LTE and Wi-Fi for faster downloads over 30MB. 

Only the Samsung Galaxy S6 features wireless charging as standard (the LG requires a Quick Circle case), a fingerprint scanner and a heart-rate sensor. 

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 comparison: Two gorgeous, powerful phones with beautiful screens, but will you plump for specs or value?

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: Cameras 

Samsung and LG both fit their flagships with 16Mp rear cameras. The G4's has an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilisation 2.0, laser auto focus, a new z-axis and a Colour Spectrum Sensor that allegedly works better than an IR sensor to understand and adapt to ambient light. The S6 has an f/1.9 aperture, optical image stabilisation, automatic real-time HDR and IR Detect White Balance. The camera is always running in the background, and launches in a fraction of a second with a double-tap of the home button. Both can record 4K video. 

At the front Samsung specifies a 5Mp selfie camera, and you can use the rear-mounted heart-rate sensor as a capture button. LG bests this with an 8Mp selfie camera on the G4. 

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 comparison: Two gorgeous, powerful phones with beautiful screens, but will you plump for specs or value?

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: Software 

Both Android Lollipop phones, the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 are running the latest flavour of Android and both will be upgraded to Android M when it becomes available. 

However, software is a key talking point for these phones given that the S6 runs the infamous TouchWiz UI, which has previously put off potential customers from purchasing a Samsung phone. Happily, we can report that TouchWiz has been overhauled for the new Galaxy: it's less laggy, and there's less bloatware preinstalled (there's still rather a lot, but you can at least hide much of it from view and even uninstall some apps). There was a lot of talk of Samsung preinstalling Microsoft Office, but actually you just get OneNote, OneDrive and Skype. 

Meanwhile, the LG G4 comes with the UX 4.0 UI, which adds new features such as Quick Shot, Event Pocket and improvements to the likes of Smart Notice and the Gallery app. As with the S6, there is a little less bloatware preinstalled. 

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 comparison: Two gorgeous, powerful phones with beautiful screens, but will you plump for specs or value?

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: Verdict 

It's impossible to give a definitive verdict until we've run the LG G4 through our benchmarks, but based on the specifications alone we can judge that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the higher-specified phone with what we expect will be much faster performance, as well as more bells and whistles including wireless- and quick charging as standard, a heart-rate sensor and a fingerprint scanner, while the £100 cheaper LG G4 offers better value and the added benefits of a microSD card slot and removable battery. 

OUR VERDICT

It's impossible to give a definitive verdict until we've run the LG G4 through our benchmarks, but based on the specifications alone we can judge that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the higher-specified phone with what we expect will be much faster performance, as well as more bells and whistles including wireless- and quick charging as standard, a heart-rate sensor and a fingerprint scanner, while the £100 cheaper LG G4 offers better value and the added benefits of a microSD card slot and removable battery.