Last year, LG came under fire with the G5 flagship because of the design, as well as, the build quality. While the modular structure was not an epic fail, it did not help that DIY YouTube channel JerryRigEverything exposed the phone’s plastic primer paint on top of the metal.
This year LG went all out to show this year’s iteration is tougher and better. It sports a full metal and glass build along with a new design. Though the device is set to make its way to the carriers by the end of the week, those who are curious about its durability should know the G6 looks quite reliable.
This time YouTuber, JerryRigEverything put the device to an extreme stress test which included burn, scratch and bending trials. Unlike the G5’s questionable metal painting process, the G6 is pure metal throughout the frame. In the previous video that trashed the G5, Jerry opened the device to show off exactly what makes it stiff.
LG used some of the methods that were learned from a V20 to match the military standard drop testing. But how exactly did it compare when tested? The verdict shows excellence across the board and this is illustrated in the following departments.
This is stated to be the best way that one can determine real world strength of a mobile device. The LG G6 did not bend at all when they were flexed from the front or the back. This is quite impressive considering the fragile nature of other devices in the same department.
Both of them were manufactured using scratch resistant glass on the front as both of them use a curved glass back panel and both of them feature an aluminum frame.
The burn test
The burn tests are a big endorsement on the strength of the G6 as the screen recovered after being lit with a lighter for some seconds. Nelson explained to the viewers this is because it utilizes an IPS display panel which is going to recover from heat damage quicker than the usual AMOLED display.
Not many pass the JerryRig’s fire test which means LG’s offering is quite a solid device. The G6 also incorporates a copper heat sink and tubing which keeps it cool and extends the lifespan of the phone.
The YouTube test illustrated the metal frame is quite durable and resistant to scratches. The fingerprint scanner also happens to be scratch-proof, same as the iPhone 7 and OnePlus 3. The utilization of Gorilla Glass 3 on the front also offers a 40% increase when it comes to scratch resistance when compared to Gorilla Glass 5.
The 16-megapixel rear camera also utilizes a scratch resistant camera lens. However, the test revealed a weak spot as the ear piece is made of a cloth like material. After a period of wear and tear, this piece is likely to come out.
The point of these torture assessments is to analyze how a device like the LG G6 may hold up over a normal lifespan when it is in the hands of a careful owner; someone that is not going to try and roast the phone for fun. Overall, it seems that no corners were cut in making the LG G6 which is good news to all consumers who were hoping for something better with this iteration.