Both LG and Samsung released a new round of flagships which they are proud of, but it is known that LG hasn’t focused on a better protection for its devices, and they’re only pretty and with decent specs, but that’s all. Samsung had a rough 2014, with sales below expectations, but this year, the company returned in force and released a totally changed Galaxy S6, with a glass back and a metallic frame. It was followed by its Active version, which lost the fingerprint sensor, but which gained a bigger battery and lots of protections so that you can take it in your adventures, without worrying that you might drop it and destroy it. Below, we’ll tell you more about both phones.
Displays, designs and dimensions
Both devices are capable of supporting QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, but their screens have different sizes and use different technologies. LG’s screen is IPS LCD and measures 5.5inches, resulting in a pixel density of 538 ppi, while the Galaxy S6 Active has the same screen from the original flagship, measuring 5.1inches and supporting 576ppi. It uses Samsung’s proprietary screen technology called Super AMOLED, which delivers more vibrant colors. IPS offers colder colors, which don’t affect the battery life and LG’s G4 screen is 25 percent brighter than the previous generation, the contrast has been increased by 50 percent and the colors are 56 percent more accurate.
In terms of designs, the LG G4, which measures 148.9×76.1×6.3-9.8 mm, has two variants of exteriors: one with genuine leather and with stitching running down the middle, while the other model has a plastic back with 3D diamond pattern.
The Galaxy S6 Active has three physical buttons below the screen and its back is made of shock-resistant plastic material available in two colors: camo blue and camo white. The phone is immune to dust, salt, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport etc., being IP68 and MIL-STD-810G certified. It doesn’t have the fingerprint sensor, but it gained a programmable button on its left side, which sits above the volume button. You can use this bottom to start the camera or any other application. The dimensions of this device are 146.8×73.4×8.6 mm.
LG used the penultimate Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor from Qualcomm, which contains a quad core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and a dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, which are backed by Adreno 418 graphics and 3GB of RAM, while its internal memory of 32GB can be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card.
The Galaxy S6 Active is identical to the Galaxy S6, featuring the same octa core Exynos 7420 processor using 14nm technology. The chipset supports two quad core processors clocked at 1.5GHz and 2.1GHz respectively, which are backed by 3GB of RAM and Mali-T760 graphics. It has the same internal storage as the LG G4, but it doesn’t offer a microSD card slot for expansion.
The LG G4 has a great back camera of 16MP with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash and an excellent 8MP front camera for selfies. The software is well structured and the Pro Mode will allow you to take igher quality photos.
The Galaxy S6 Active has a 16MP camera likewise the S6, which has f/1.9 aperture, LED flash, OIS and HDR, while the front camera is 5MP, also with f/1.9 aperture, but with Live HDR.
The battery inside the LG G4 has a capacity of 3000mAh, it’s removable and supports wireless Qi charging (optional). The Galaxy S6 Active comes with a bigger non-removable battery of 3500mAh, built-in wireless charging for both Qi and PMA standards and has additional sensors for heart rate and oxygen saturation.
The LG G4 costs 620 dollars without a contract and the Galaxy S6 Active costs around 700 dollars.