Friday, 25 August 2017 20:50

LG Q6 – the angry man in LG’s range to finally go big in popularity?


With LG’s sales not seeing the stellar heights of its major South Korean competitor, can LG’s budget smartphone with 18:9 aspect ratio screen finally break the mould and go bigger than Ben Hur?

When I saw the wallpaper for LG’s new Q6 smartphone, the little brother to the G6, I didn’t just see the number six, but as you’ll see from the image below, I saw the angry man of LG smartphones staring back at me. 

You see, it’s no secret that LG has put out some pretty fantastic phones over the past few years. From the big brand names, was first with Laser focus, super fast cameras. It was first with a curved back. It had wireless charging before most others.

LG was first to deliver a really cool, multi-modularised mobile smartphone in the G5, and then, sadly, LG was first to abandon on-sale modularisation from its mountainous potential to a molehill of missed opportunity.

LG was then first to bring on the super widescreen revolution with the G6, beating Samsung to the punch but, like Rodney Dangerfield, still not getting any respect.

So, maybe this time, just maybe, LG can steal a leap on its competitors by being first of the big and exciting brand names to make it big with an affordable 18:9 big screen model, at prices way below Samsung, Apple or anyone else is going to have them available for in the foreseeable near future.

Look, all of the details of the Q6 can be seen, read and heard in your mind as you read to yourself by perusing my article entitled: “LG Q6: less is more to beat Note8 out the door.”

At just $399 in Australia, the Q6 clearly does not offer the same raw power as the new Note8, and the Q6’s 5.5-inch screen, once considering ginormously huge, is now not as large as it once was, nor is it as large as the Note8’s massive 6.3-incher.

But, as any smaller sized phone will surely tell you, it’s not the size that counts, but what you do with it and your 18:9 aspect ratio, and so perhaps this is yet another reason why LG’s Q6 is the angry man of smartphones, mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore, not satisfied to be just another also-ran in the smartphone world but a smartphone of popularity!

A smartphone that people desire! One that gives them an 18:9 they can actually afford and continue using without taking out a small mortgage to pay for.

One that lets them see more and scroll less without worrying there’s just so much less in their wallets than with the competing, overpowered flagships.

Only time will tell whether LG’s Q6 will resonate with the people as much as he should, for just to see the playful anger in his eyes is to know that the Q6 isn’t for mucking around. It’s not for making friends with Motorolas or HTCs or Nokias, it’s not for trying to one up Samsungs or Nokias.

No, it wants to make friends with you. Will Australians, Americans, Britons, Canadians, South Americans, Europeans, Asians, Russians, East Europeans, Islanders, New Zealanders and others take to this phone, and make it theirs?

We’ll just have to wait and see. LG keeps telling us that life’s good. Perhaps if only a few more smartphone buyers listened, they might find out for themselves that this is true. And LG might actually sell a few more phones this time around than ever before.

Good luck, Q6 angry man. I hope you find happiness soon in the hands of happy buyers, and that you can finally live happily ever after, with a big smile on your dial as below – transforming you into Cheeky Man!

Well, until the Q7 arrives, of course. 

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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