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LG G6 review: Dolby Vision HDR easy on eye

News Corp Australia

LG is better known for its televisions than its smart phones.

But the G6 will certainly help to change that.

This is not the best smartphone on the market. But it is certainly up there.

My first impression was probably let down by something as simple as the home screen wallpaper.

It's a little lacklustre for a phone that is the first in the world to include Dolby Vision HDR imaging.

The screen is certainly brought to life, however, watching the sample video included on the phone, and photos and videos were shot while wondering through one of our favourite national parks.

Colours are ultravivid - the sort of stuff that you would normally only see at a screen at the movies or on a high-end television.

On the outside, the phone is solid and stylish with well curved edges, while the 5.7 inch screen takes up most of the real estate.

Gorillas Glass 3 and Gorillas Glass 5 protecting the front and rear of the device.

The home screen button and fingerprint sensor is on the back of the phone. It also doubles as the power button.

Unlike the iPhone 7 Plus, the G6 only has a single speaker at the base of the phone, but the sound is  decent.

The earphones it comes with are among the best fitting I've tried and produced a good bass-rich sound.

The battery size has been improved from 2800mAh to 3300mAh which is more than adequate for day to day use. 

A panorama photograph shot using the LG G6 phone.
A panorama photograph shot using the LG G6 phone.

While LG TVs uses OLED displays, the LG6 uses an LCD display.

There are a range of modes for viewing, including bright mode (for daytime use), vivid mode, cinematic mode (for dark environments), and standard mode which is better for power saving.

But as some reviews have pointed out, its Dolby Vision/HDR 10 capability is limited by the fact that content for this format is limited for mobile devices at the moment.

We checked out a Netflix movie on the LG6 and probably a good a viewing experience as a high end tablet.

The phone, like the Samsung S8, offers a 18:9 ratio instead of the 16:9 ratio used on most mobile devices.

The most impressive feature of the G6 is the camera.

It has two 13MP camera lenses - one normal and one wide angle.

The main one has a quick f/1.8 aperture, while the wide angle has a f/2.4 aperture.

A kookaburra captured with an LG G6 phone.
A kookaburra captured with an LG G6 phone.

We captured a superb image of a kookaburra sitting on a tree using the main lens.

The usefulness of the 125 degree wide angle lens was certainly noticeable in tight spots or nature settings where you are trying to pull in a bigger scope within a confined space.

There's some really nice options in the camera mode,, including popout which has fisheye, black and white, vignette and lens blur features.

In manual mode, you can change the ISO, focus, aperture and exposure lock settings.

Inbuilt filters include nostalgia, vintage, urban, black and white, vivid, 1839, jade and violet.

An extra wide selfie mode gets everything in.
An extra wide selfie mode gets everything in.

There's also a snap mode for short videos, panorama, slo-mo, 360 panorama, time-lapse and even a food photos setting.

The camera also offers settings squarely aimed at social media users with snapshot giving you a review of the last shot, and a preview of the next, grid shot (2x2 grids of photos and videos), guide shot and match shot (two photos for more creative posts).

One drawback is the dual cameras don't offer the same bokeh effect on offer from iPhone 7 Plus or Huawei Mate 9.

Sound recording is arguably better than most via the two Acoustic Overload Point (AOP) mics.

On the water resistance front, the G6 has a rating of IP68, so it it can be submerged up to approximately 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

It comes with 32GB of storage, though a microSD slot means it can be increased up to 256GB.

With a price of around $1000 outright, the LG6 is one of the more affordable quality offerings on the market in Australia and arguably in the top five phones for Androids right now.

The LG G6 captures and displays vivid colours.
The LG G6 captures and displays vivid colours.

AT A GLANCE

Dimensions: 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm.
OS: Android 7 Nougat.
Screen size: 5.7-inch with 18:9 aspect ratio.
Resolution: 1440 x 2880 (QHD+)
CPU: Snapdragon 821.
Battery: Non-removable, 3200mAh.