2016 is going on magnificently from smartphone industry standpoint. Main manufacturers have already released their flagship models. Today we will make all-around comparison between new bleeding edge Android phones, LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which is quite similar to G5 in terms of physical attributes.
- Built and Design.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge did keep the gorgeous glass-and-metal design from previous model and make it more useful with some new refinements. S7 Edge now is IP68 dust proof and water resistant. On the other hand, LG became the first company that came up with modular design, which was a trending topic during the last few years. At the bottom of the metal body there is a switch that enables to detach default part and use different modules that LG names “Friends”. Both smartphones are 7.7mm thick and each offers micro-SD expansion. On top of that, S7 Edge is capable of running dual-sim, but the second one uses micro-SD card slot.
Despite the fact that both models manufactured with quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, Samsung only uses this variant for US market. Nevertheless, international variant comes with Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos 8890 chipset. Running tests showed that Exynos8890 is faster and efficient than Snapdragon 820. However, there’s also approximately 10% speed and efficiency difference between G5 and S7/Edge(Snapdragon 820 variant) in favor of former one. But those differences are barely visible during daily usage. With 4GB DDR4 RAM and top notch GPU smartphones are literally a power house. The main difference between them are internal storage, G5 ships only with 32GB, whereas S7/Edge has 64GB version as well.
Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is default OS version inside those phones. Nevertheless, both LG and Samsung uses their own user interface built on Android. S7 Edge comes with a much cleaner version of TouchWiz, however there are still lots of Samsung bloatware that lead to slowing downs. Edge UI offers more functionality in comparison with previous year’s S6 Edge. LG’s Optimus UX is criticized for not performance lag, but because of its not user friendly system. There is no app drawer and it is absolutely ridiculous to manage folders on the home screen. Nevertheless, the customization that G5 offers through UX is limitless.
Considering that each model equipped with Quad-HD (1440x2560) display, it would not be wrong if we argue that display quality is much better on 5.3” G5 screen rather than 5.5” S7 Edge. However, that is not the case. AMOLED display that used by Samsung produces more vivid and saturated images than LG’s IPS panel. Besides, with the brightest display in the market, S7 Edge also has curved glass on both side of the screen, which offers additional functionality through its Edge UI.
S7 Edge houses 12-megapixel f/1.7 sensor for rear facing and standard 5-megapixel front facing camera. Although on the paper it seems like downgrade from last model, the newest technological advancement results in much better image and video quality. On the other hand, LG uses dual camera lenses; standard 16-megapixel f/1.8 sensor and 8-megapixel f/2.4 wide-angle for rear facing camera. With its 8-megapixel front facing camera, we can definitely say that G5 outstrips S7 Edge in terms of camera. Moreover, each smartphone has optical image stabilization and 4K shooting capability.
- Additional features:
Both LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge offers advance connectivity features such as 4G LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC. In order to meet top security requirement, both manufacturer included fingerprint sensor inside the body. S7 Edge runs its fingerprint sensor from tactile home button, while LG integrated it under the power button on the back cover. Additionally, Samsung uses micro-USB for charging and data transfer, whereas LG complemented its flagship with USB type C.
With its 3600 mAh battery S7 Edge runs 5+ hours screen-on time which is equal to 22-25 hours of normal usage, while G5’s 2800 mAh battery barely hits 4-4.5 hours of screen on time. Nonetheless, both smartphones are capable of surviving till the end od a day with normal usage considering they offer quick-charging. Besides, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge also supports fast wireless charging. However, LG offers something that most of the smartphones are missing nowadays: removable battery. Technically users can go from 0% to 100% in a minute with swapping batteries.
To sum up, both phones are near to perfect and designed almost for everyone. However, we would like to highlight an essential point. For people who value dual-sim support, magnificent display, long lasting battery S7 Edge; for people who cares about all-around better camera, modular design and faster user interface G5 would be more appropriate choice.