Hi all! As some of you know, my LG V10 died a few weeks ago from the dreaded bootloop. I've been using an old LG Optimus L7, but it's too small, too slow, and too weak for my needs. Today I was traveling and the L7 began to act up. It's just not powerful enough to multitask, and I got very annoyed at the constant reloading of apps because that would clear the map route, force webpage reloads, etc. I got on the phone with Mrs. R., and she approved of me getting a new device ("about time" were her terse words ). Unlike last year, this time I decided to get a current flagship. I had three candidates: the Oneplus 5, the LG G6, and the Samsung Galaxy S8. Today I found all three on a b&m store near the airport and spent a couple of hours playing with them. I liked the Oneplus 5, but I still don't want to lose the SD card, the Full HD screen wasn't as impressive as the G6's or S8's Quad HD screen, and the bezels look huge compared to the other two. The S8's screen is really awesome but the rounded sides confuse me although I think I could learn to like them. I was leaning towards the S8, but it was USD 250 more expensive than the G6! So the G6 it was. I admit it was more of an elimination than selection process, quite unlike the time I purchased the V10. I'm still annoyed at losing a powerful, 1-year old phone so suddenly, and the incremental changes I see are nowhere near so dramatic as a year ago. But the G6 has its share of new stuff to get excited about, so it's quickly growing on me. First surprise: the G6 came bundled with 4 gifts. Actually, the box itself was the first surprise: It was huge, 16 inches to a side, and almost 2 pounds in weight. This in itself was quite a problem, because I had a flight to catch and the box was a cumbersome carry. This led to a silly moment in the airport's lounge as I unboxed the phone, checked the contents and discarded most of the packaging, all the time under the intrigued stare of an 8-year kid who kept asking his father what I was doing As you can see, the four gifts are an LG BT headset, a 64 GB SDHC card, a 6700 mAH power pack, and a hard case for the phone. The store clerk got a few "mehs" from me as he listed these gifts and I showed him my Sony MDR-1RBT headset, 128 GB SDXC card, and 10.000 mAH power pack. I already gave my wife the LG headset (they look and sound much better than her Moto Buds), and I plan to sell the 64GB card and the power pack. The best thing that I can say about the hard case is that it was free - it's a thin, cheap-looking clear polycarbonate cover that mimics the G6's back color scheme, via an adhesive film that I promptly removed: This case is already scratched, so I plan to buy a new, better quality one as soon as possible, especially to protect the camera lenses. In the meantime, it should protect the corners and back in case I drop the phone. Now for the good parts: the phone is a significant improvement over my V10. The screen has less actual area since it isn't as wide as the V10's and is almost the same height, but the higher pixel count means higher density, and colors seem to be more accurate. The G6 is smaller in all three dimensions, which makes it much easier to use one-handed. It's also lighter, and the unibody construction feels quite solid, although not as sturdy as the V10's. The G6 looks and feels elegant and premium, whereas the V10 felt rugged and looked utilitarian to me. Don't get me wrong, I loved and admired the V10's looks, but the G6 has a different kind of appeal. The G6 looks really small for a 5.7" device. It's actually smaller than the Moto Z Play. I see the same kind of performance in the G6 compared to what I remember from the V10. Videos look wonderful in the wide screen, and the tiny bezels provide a more immersive experience. There's an option to scale the screen on a per-app basis, useful in case some game or app is not compatible with the 18:9 screen aspect ratio. This ratio allows for a very useful feature: showing two apps side-by-side. The screen is split vertically into two squares, and you can select any two apps to be displayed. Very useful to compose emails while using Whatsapp or navigating. It's a great feature! The screen also follows the newer trend of replacing the corners with curves, supposedly to minimize the probability of damage if the phone falls on a corner. The visual impact of the curves is minimal IMO. Battery endurance seems much improved compared to the V10. It's still early to know for sure, but I think I'm getting about 50% more running time with the G6. This is very welcome, since I spend lots of time away from power outlets. The cameras are every bit as excellent as I expected, even considering the G6's main cameras have a relatively low pixel count (13 MP) compared to say, the Oneplus 5 or even my 3-year old Xperia Z1, both of which have 20 MP shooters. The photo quality of the G6 is superb, both from the regular and wide angle cameras. The camera app is mostly the same as the V10's, but with a few extra controls. I could go on, but from a first impression I'm going to like this phone. I have lost a few things coming from the V10: - Removable battery: not important, didn't take it into account when selecting the V10 - Second screen: this one I miss. It was very useful, especially when I was playing or watching movies and wanted to ignore calls. Some of its functionality is mirrored by the "always on" display, but the most useful ones are lost. - Dual selfie cameras: not important for me - IR port: another feature I'll miss, but it never was a critical requirement. - Hi-quality audio DAC: was not a requirement, I seldom used it, and now I have a portable headset amplifier (Fiio Q1) to replace this function. But I gained quite a few things too: - Higher battery endurance and faster charge: very welcome - Water resistance: not a requirement, but welcome too - Dual main cameras: this one I'm already liking a lot! - Wide screen, almost no bezels: movies look better, phone easier to handle - Improved fingerprint sensor: The G6 is unlocked just by touching the sensor, doesn't require pressing the button as in the V10 - Unofficial 10% rebate: as soon as I sell the 64GB card, power pack and Moto Buds Conclusion: raspy is happy again!